Every year the BYU Library invites students to apply for Student Research Grants. The grants are unique because they require a student to team up with a member of the university’s teaching faculty as well as with a subject librarian. The applications cover a wide range of subjects from Humanities to technology.
We thought you would be interested to hear from one of our recent grant winners as he looks back at what he achieved.
Kameron Eves has a plan. After graduating from BYU he will attend Texas A & M University where he can earn a PhD on his way to becoming a professor. His interest is in aviation systems and he isn’t afraid of a challenge. In fact, when he presented the intermediate results of his team’s research project to a leading expert in the field and a group of graduate students the initial response was “but what is the point of it? Why would anyone ever want to do something like this?” Eves however, had an answer that won them over. In fact the grad students thought Eves’ idea might be useful in their own projects.
By teaming up with Dr. Cammy Peterson from BYU’s Electrical and Computer Engineering and the library’s subject librarian for Engineering and Technology, David Pixton, Eves learned a key lesson that will help him in his chosen profession as a Professor.
“Upon beginning this research project, it was clear to me how important the library is to research in the arts and the so called “soft sciences”. Between primary and secondary documents, library research can serve an important role in understanding a research question in these fields. However, the importance of library research in the hard sciences seemed less clear to me. I now understand that research in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields could not exist without the work of those upon who’s shoulders we stand.”
Eves set out to create a system that is capable of detecting the orientation of a small unmanned aircraft in flight from the ground. Traditionally aircraft sensors are located on an aircraft. His team’s idea turned things on their head because they could see several important applications and benefits to their concept. For example, by removing the sensors from the aircraft they could reduce its weight which would improve its performance, including fuel efficiency and safety.
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the L.. Tom Perry Special Collections in the BYU Library have an exhibition titled Since the Golden Spike: 150 Year of Utah Railroad History.
This exhibition explores the history of railroads in Utah from the driving of the Golden Spike to the present.
The railroad had a major impact on Utah’s economy and allowed for advancements in various industries including: mining, agriculture, and steel production. Railroads also provided transportation for the first tourists to the region and had a significant impact on the national parks.
In the twentieth century, major commuter and inter-urban systems, like those constructed by Simon Bamberger and Walter Orem, were essential for travel in towns and cities along the Wasatch front. Today, with TRAX and Frontrunner rail travel is making a return to Utah’s valleys, proof that the impact and benefit of railroads is alive and well.
The public is welcome and admission is free.
The exhibition is open during regular hours for Special Collections.
- M 8 am – 9 pm
- T 8 am – 9 pm *
- W 8 am – 9 pm
- T 8 am – 9 pm
- F 8 am – 6 pm
- S 10 am – 6 pm
- S Closed
* Closed for devotional 10:45 am – 12:15 pm
The Education in Zion Gallery was featured in the the local news.
You can read the article in the Daily Herald here:
The gallery has been working hard to refresh their exhibits which are now a decade old. Hundreds of thousands of visitors have viewed the exhibits and it was determined that the time had come to update the content. The work was completed over the Christmas break and the galley will open soon.
To celebrate its reopening, the gallery will be holding an event on Jan. 30, 2019, from 3 to 6:30 p.m., where the public is welcome to come tour the refreshed gallery space. Visitors can meet Col. Gail “Hal” Halvorsen beginning at 3 p.m. At 4 p.m., composer Janice Kapp Perry will lead visitors in singing a medley of her beloved Primary songs followed by a riveting dance performance by BYU performing arts groups. A similar program will take place at 5 and 6 p.m.
Admission is free.
Brittany Long Olsen created one of the most interesting missionary journals we have ever seen.
Each day during the eighteen months she was on her mission she drew one image as part of her diary. Later she collected the images from her sketchbooks and combined them into one volume. The result is the book “Dendo” which means “missionary work” in Japanese.
The L. Tom Perry Special Collections is the home to Olsen’s collection and they have created a new exhibition featuring her sketchbooks, photos, and artifacts from her mission,”Dendo in Real Life.” This is a rare opportunity to see the materials behind a unique creative work.
“Dendo in Real Life” is located on level 1 of the library in the entry to Special Collections. It is open during Special Collections hours, Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am until 9:00 pm (closed for devotionals on Tuesday from 11:00 until noon), 8:00 am until 6:00 pm on Fridays, and 10:00 am until 6:00 pm on Saturday’s.
The public is welcome and admission is free.
The library opened a new exhibition on level 3, the main floor.
Collecting, Preserving, Inspiring was created with input from all of the curators in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.
The purpose of the exhibition is to teach people the history and mission of Special Collections.
The Friends of the Library have long been supportive of Special Collections, helping purchase many of the unique items that now reside in our collections.
After visiting the exhibition, if you have any questions you are welcome to stop by Special Collections on level 1 of the library where the staff will be happy to help you.
The exhibit is open during all library hours and admission is free.
This year’s commencement featured a Library Information Technology Department employee, Marcos Gallo, as the student speaker.
His boss tells us Gallo is fluent in four languages, is graduating with honors, has presented at a national political science conference on his research on human trafficking in Thailand, and is a real wiz with computers.
The University Communications Office posted an interview with him. You can read it here https://news.byu.edu/news/focusing-people-and-moments-matter-most-qa-student-commencement-speaker.
The library is fortunate to have so many talented students who chose to work here. We wish all the graduating students well in their new endeavors.
The A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting conference for 2016 was a great success.
On Thursday a small group of lucky participants were able to attend pre-conference workshops on bookbinding or paper making.
On Friday the conference kicked off with breakfast and a welcome from Russ Taylor, the Associate University Librarian for Special Collections.
Sessions included Mormon illustrators, Mormon fantasy authors, the library’s Yellowstone collection, herbal and botanical texts, and more. For a complete list visit https://adlbcc2016.wordpress.com/seminars/
Carol Reid Burr was the keynote speaker. After lunch she told the story of her mother, Rose Marie Reid, the famous swimwear designer.
In the afternoon there was a gallery stroll of the exhibition Rose Marie Reid: Glamour By Design.
The next A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference will take place in March of 2017.
About the Conference:
Because of the generous gift and ongoing support of the late A. Dean Larsen and his family, the L. Tom Perry Special Collections is able to sponsor this unique experience.
In the Spring of the year collectors and enthusiasts of rare books gather together at the L. Tom Perry Special Collections on the Brigham Young University campus to enjoy each others company and participate in the unique experience of the A. Dean Larsen Book Collecting Conference.
Each year offers different and exciting workshops and seminars where participants see and learn first hand about many of the treasures located in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. Gifted and knowledgeable professionals share their expertise in the beautiful and comfortable surrounding of the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University.
Conference goers may select four out of the many seminars offered. Add to these seminar sessions two breaks, morning and afternoon for refreshment and socializing; a delicious lunch with a wonderful speaker, and you have a delightful day of biblio-exploration! And if you want even more, don’t forget the pre-conference workshops.
The last century in Utah Valley has been a time of incredible change. The Harold B. Lee Library at BYU has a new exhibition, Life in Happy Valley: A Historic Survey of Utah County, featuring photographs and artifacts that tell the story of the area’s development. The exhibit starts with artifacts from the construction site of the old Provo Tabernacle: nails, coins, buttons, and a piece of china are on display. You can track the changes on the block, including fires and demolitions, through a timeline from 1851 to 2016.
Another section of the exhibit shows the development of transportation, specifically the railroads. Following the completion of the transcontinental railroad, freight lines and spurs spread out across the country. In Utah Valley several lines were built including the Utah Electric Interurban Railroad. With trains the valley was no longer isolated. A person could go from the station near downtown Provo and, through connections, reach either coast in a couple of days. While rail travel made it comfortable to get to and from Utah Valley, it wasn’t always safe. In 1918 Mayor LeRoy Dixon of Provo was one of fourteen passengers injured in a collision between a Denver & Rio Grand Railroad locomotive and a Salt Lake & Utah Railroad train.
The exhibition looks at the two universities in the valley and the history of recreation. You can even see the original sign for Timp Haven.
The exhibition is the work of Dr. Jay H. Buckley of the Department of History at BYU; Tom Wells, the Photo Archivist of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections; John Murphy, Curator of 20th & 21st century Mormon and Western Americana; and Cory Nimor, BYU’s University Archivist. The four scholars teamed up to bring the best of each of their specialties to the exhibition.
Few people realize that the majority of employees in the library are students. There are students who staff the Help Desks, students who reshelf the books and videos, and students who work for custodial to keep the building clean. The library staff are aware of the importance of providing a positive work experiences where students can learn new skills and develop strong work habits.
Sometimes the students get more than they expected. Over the course of the last few weeks students have been working to promote and display many of the amazing Japanese items the library has in its collection. Student employees had the opportunity to look at 15th century Japanese ghost scrolls and to help photograph a 400-year of suit of armor.
Contributions to The Friends of the Library help us acquire unique items that open the door to a world of discovery for our students.
The nature of a university is that its students and faculty have interests in a wide variety of fields. Some subjects are easy to access, for example if you want to read the works of naturalists in the western United States you are in luck. We host the journal Western North American Naturalist on our library’s servers. (You can see a list of other journals we host at https://journals.lib.byu.edu/spc/.) Oher topics require us to look further afield. Recent events have driven interest in research materials related to North Korea. In response the library was able to acquire access to NK News.
“NK News is an independent, privately owned specialist site focused on North Korea. NK News has no affiliation to any political organization or country. The site aims to be a one-stop-shop on North Korea, bringing together news, opinion & analysis, research tools, data, and subject specialists in one convenient place.”
This is just one example of the library’s ability to adapt and support the reserch needs of the students and faculty at Brigham Young University. You can follow the library’s acquisition of new databases by visiting http://lib.byu.edu/feeds/electronic-resources/, once there you can subscribe to the RSS feed.