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Our Digital Imaging Studio is helping researchers look beyond the surfaces of PUL Collections using the Selene Photometr...
06/13/2024

Our Digital Imaging Studio is helping researchers look beyond the surfaces of PUL Collections using the Selene Photometric Stereo System, a piece of technology inspired by the way scientists capture images of the moon.

Oh, and we're using a system of which there are only three in the world.

https://library.princeton.edu/news/general/2024-06-07/princeton-university-library-using-pioneering-digital-system-uncover-history

Created by Factum Arte, the system has four strobes attached to a camera system, a Canon EOS R5, with either 50mm or 100mm RF lenses. A small sequencing board and custom software made by Cano allows the system to capture consecutive photographs from illumination from 90-degree orientations.

Potential applications? Based on the images from Selene, We've made a mold of a coin for a numismatics conference, imaged the original 16th-century woodblock for the frontispiece of Realdo Colombo’s “De re anatomica libri XV", and scanning before and after plates by Jacques Callot for Princeton University Art Museum.

Tomorrow is the last day to see "Ulises Carrión: Bookworks and Beyond" in the Milberg Gallery.It explores Carrión’s pion...
06/12/2024

Tomorrow is the last day to see "Ulises Carrión: Bookworks and Beyond" in the Milberg Gallery.

It explores Carrión’s pioneering reinvention of the book as a material and social platform, primarily featuring Princeton’s extensive holdings: https://library.princeton.edu/ulisescarrion

Visitors to the Princeton University Pride Fest had some great recommendations for their favorite authors, books, and fi...
06/11/2024

Visitors to the Princeton University Pride Fest had some great recommendations for their favorite authors, books, and films:

In recognition of Pride Month, Princeton University Library shares media recommendations by students, staff, and faculty who visited Princeton University’s Pride Fair in April 2024.

“We demonstrated that our approach is not just effective — it’s versatile as well.”Fusion researchers led by Egemen Kole...
06/06/2024

“We demonstrated that our approach is not just effective — it’s versatile as well.”

Fusion researchers led by Egemen Kolemen have successfully deployed machine learning methods to suppress harmful instabilities that form at the edge of plasma without sacrificing overall performance:

Fusion researchers led by engineers at Princeton and PPPL have successfully deployed machine learning methods to suppress harmful edge instabilities without sacrificing plasma performance.

We were honored to host author and recent Princeton University graduate Uma Menon '24! CONGRATULATIONS! Uma brought her ...
06/05/2024

We were honored to host author and recent Princeton University graduate Uma Menon '24! CONGRATULATIONS! Uma brought her gorgeous picture book, "My Mother’s Tongues: A Weaving of Languages." In the book, Uma describes the beautiful dynamic of her family and the multiple languages they speak.

Recently, we were honored to host author and Princeton University student Uma Menon who is also GRADUATING today! CONGRATULATIONS! Uma brought her gorgeous picture book, My Mother’s Tongues: …

Starting to feel a little misty about leaving ? Check out this Lego idea of Nassau Hall!
05/29/2024

Starting to feel a little misty about leaving ? Check out this Lego idea of Nassau Hall!

In praise of Old Nassau . . .Built in 1756, Nassau Hall has seen more than its fair share of history. As the flagship building of Princeton ...

Harlowe Brumett-Dunn '24 is graduating with a concentration in Anthropology and certificates in Environmental Studies an...
05/28/2024

Harlowe Brumett-Dunn '24 is graduating with a concentration in Anthropology and certificates in Environmental Studies and African American Studies! Her thesis titled "Unveiling Environmental Warfare: Carbon Capture, Racial Injustice, and Artistic Resistance," explored new green technology that is putting environmental justice communities at further risk based on a historically racist foundation of extraction and how resistance is taking form from the federal policy level to grassroots and even artists.

"My favorite library memory is catching up with my coworker Jana during our late night shift. After Princeton, I am most looking forward to moving to New York City and pursuing further work in environmental justice organizations."

Congrats, Harlowe!

Isaac Gradl '24 is graduating with a concentration in history! His thesis, "The Presbyterian Religious and Political Ima...
05/27/2024

Isaac Gradl '24 is graduating with a concentration in history! His thesis, "The Presbyterian Religious and Political Imagination: Conceiving of the Church and the Relationship Between Religion, Church, and State from 1792-1815 in Kentucky" explored how various Presbyterian ministers in Kentucky conceptualized the relationship between religion and politics in the early republic period, and how this changed in a short period of time -- a period that was marked by several evangelical movements, significant political tension, and quests for American empire.

Isaac worked the info desk at Firestone. "Coming into my senior year as a gap student, many of my friends from the Class of 2023 had left Princeton. I was concerned about what my community / social life at Princeton would look like here, but working at the information desk provided me with an opportunity to meet so many cool people (and new friends) to share my final year with here. Some of my favorite conversations this year happened at the info desk with my co-workers, several of whom became some of my closest friends at Princeton 😀 "

After graduation, Isaac hopes to find a position teaching history. "I'm really looking forward to taking the knowledge I've learned at Princeton and sharing it with my community, while simultaneously learning from my students and other members of my community."

Congrats, Isaac!

Myra Norton '24 is one of our graduating Makerspace student staffers. Her thesis, titled, "Profiling SIMD Instructions f...
05/27/2024

Myra Norton '24 is one of our graduating Makerspace student staffers. Her thesis, titled, "Profiling SIMD Instructions for the Acceleration of Audio Algorithms" focused on assessing the speed of different Single Instruction Multiple Data instructions by comparing it to the same operation performed by different instructions on different data types.

Myra won't be going far after graduation. "After graduation, I'll be working as a STEM+ Learning Fellow at Princeton's McGraw Center for Teaching and Learning, which means that I'll be sticking around for the next year or two! I'm really looking forward to having the time to do puzzles, read, and work on my ever-growing list of projects (creating a book nook, updating my website, producing music, learning TouchDesigner, writing a book, etc.)."

Congrats, Myra!

Maya Jaaskelainen '24 (.jaaskelainen) is graduating from Chemical & Biological Engineering. Her thesis, "Capture of carb...
05/26/2024

Maya Jaaskelainen '24 (.jaaskelainen) is graduating from Chemical & Biological Engineering. Her thesis, "Capture of carbon dioxide with cation-exchanged boron zeolites," investigates the synthesis and usage of microporous borosilicate materials for carbon capture.

"My favorite Library memory has been caring for the plants of Mendel for the past year and a half or so. We gave away a lot of our plants this year, but I've been doing my best to keep the remaining plants thriving. Several patrons have complimented the plants and said that they make for a great study environment, so I'm glad I've been able to contribute to that!

"I'm looking forward to moving to a new place and continuing to learn from the world around me. I'll be working as an engineer after graduation and I'm excited to see how everything I learned in my classes at Princeton translates to industry and the real world."

Natasha Hurwitch '24 was another of our Mendel student staffers! In her thesis, "Raising a Hand: Examining Verb/Aspect M...
05/25/2024

Natasha Hurwitch '24 was another of our Mendel student staffers! In her thesis, "Raising a Hand: Examining Verb/Aspect Movement in ASL," she discusses aspect-inflected syntactic structure in American Sign Language.

What's next on Natasha's schedule? "A very relaxing summer with my family."

Congrats, Natasha!

Lana Utley '24 is graduating from Princeton University - Department of Economics! While at Princeton she worked at Mende...
05/25/2024

Lana Utley '24 is graduating from Princeton University - Department of Economics! While at Princeton she worked at Mendel Music Library, and titled her thesis, "Examining the Effect of Fundraising Expenses on Opera Company Revenue." What is she looking forward to after graduation? "Moving to New York City!"

Congrats, Lana!

Deniz Kuckerbas '24 is graduating with a concentration in Electrical and Computer Engineering! Deniz worked at Marquand ...
05/24/2024

Deniz Kuckerbas '24 is graduating with a concentration in Electrical and Computer Engineering! Deniz worked at Marquand Library, and her thesis is titled "Multi-Agent Deep Reinforcement Learning Approach for Stock Trading by Varying Risk Aversion"

"Though I do not have a favorite memory, I would like to thank my favorite library staff, Jessica and Ryan, for being the most lovely, kind, supportive and understanding supervisors since my sophomore year. "After school, I am looking forward to moving to a new city, meeting new people and being surrounded by new opportunities."

Congrats, Deniz!

Kutokor Kotey '24 from Princeton Sociology worked at Marquand during her time at . Her thesis, "The Impacts of Parental ...
05/23/2024

Kutokor Kotey '24 from Princeton Sociology worked at Marquand during her time at . Her thesis, "The Impacts of Parental Relationship Dissolutions on Children's Cognitive Abilities," investigates the associations between divorce/breakup and children's cognitive test scores.

"My favorite Library resource has been the online databases. They have been extremely helpful in my research. After Princeton, I look forward to starting my first 'adult' job!"

Congrats, Kutokor!

Members of the Student Friends visited our Digital Studio to learn about the ways many of the books and items you reques...
05/23/2024

Members of the Student Friends visited our Digital Studio to learn about the ways many of the books and items you request are made accessible on digital platforms. Among the tools at our lab tech’s disposal is the Selene Photometric Stereo System, a custom-built setup that can create images and analyze the surface details of items.

“The surface detail is rendered through a depth map image, created by the Selene software, that also allows for a three-dimensional view of the surface detail. Seeing only the topography of flat surfaces has yielded an informal designation of this relief as 2.5D imagery.” - Roel Muñoz, Library Digital Imaging Manager

Congrats to all the Princeton University Library student staff members who are graduating this spring! We'll be spotligh...
05/23/2024

Congrats to all the Princeton University Library student staff members who are graduating this spring! We'll be spotlighting some of the grads this week, starting with Chaewon Han from Princeton University - Department of Economics For her thesis, "Does Inclusive Education Harm Non-Disabled Students?: Examining the Impact on Long-Term Educational Outcomes for All Students," Chaewon examined the correlation between the frequency of inclusive education (where students with special needs are incorporated into general educational classrooms) and various levels of degree attainment.

After graduation: "I'll be in New York City, so I'm looking forward to exploring the city and making memories with friends!"

"My fiancé just noticed that my  diploma spells “university” in Latin as “Vniuersitatis,” rather than “Universitatis. Co...
05/22/2024

"My fiancé just noticed that my diploma spells “university” in Latin as “Vniuersitatis,” rather than “Universitatis. Could you tell us why?” - Mr. Mudd explains:

By April C. Armstrong *14 on behalf of “Mr. Mudd” Dear Mr. Mudd, My fiancé just noticed that my Princeton diploma spells “university” in Latin as “Vniuersitatis,& #8221…

05/22/2024
"In our small way, I and my library colleagues wanted to be a part of such an important initiative led by Freedom Reads ...
05/20/2024

"In our small way, I and my library colleagues wanted to be a part of such an important initiative led by Freedom Reads - supporting the efforts of people in prison in New Jersey to transform their lives through increased access to books." - Dean of Libraries and Robert H. Taylor 1930 University Librarian Anne Jarvis

National non-profit Freedom Reads to open nine Freedom Libraries at Garden State Correctional Facility; Freedom Reads Founder & CEO Reginald Dwayne Betts to perform his one-man show FELON: An American Washi Tale.

Two projects, one mapping the function of the brain’s neuronal network and another combining robotics and light-based co...
05/17/2024

Two projects, one mapping the function of the brain’s neuronal network and another combining robotics and light-based computer circuits to create safe self-driving vehicles — have been awarded funding through the Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Princeton University Office of the Dean for Research Transformative Technology Fund:

Two projects — one that maps the function of the brain’s neuronal network in unprecedented detail and another that combines robotics and light-based computer circuits to create safe self-driving vehicles — have been awarded funding through Princeton’s Eric and Wendy Schmidt Transformative Te...

The Student Friends of PUL learned to make Zines, or small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated t...
05/16/2024

The Student Friends of PUL learned to make Zines, or small-circulation self-published work of original or appropriated texts and images. at their latest workshop. Using old magazines and other paper media, they created wholly new works, and even printed a small-run using the Makerspace's gear.

“You can go to Firestone Library and learn a lot, but you’ve got to take it back to folks that are on the front lines."P...
05/14/2024

“You can go to Firestone Library and learn a lot, but you’ve got to take it back to folks that are on the front lines."
Pulitzer Prize-winning author Matthew Desmond's class "Poverty in America" tackled questions about America — and field-tested solutions:

The class is one of 90 courses offered this year through the University's Program for Community-Engaged Scholarship, now marking its 25th anniversary.

Researchers from Princeton Engineering and Princeton Computer Science  are one step closer to mixing the real and virtua...
05/13/2024

Researchers from Princeton Engineering and Princeton Computer Science are one step closer to mixing the real and virtual worlds in an ordinary pair of eyeglasses.

The result is a virtual and augmented reality display that has the potential to be truly immersive:

Researchers have invented a tiny device that makes holographic images clearer, setting the stage for a new era of immersive displays.

PUL mourns the loss of our esteemed colleague, Will Noel, who passed away on April 29.
05/10/2024

PUL mourns the loss of our esteemed colleague, Will Noel, who passed away on April 29.

William (Will) Noel, the John T. Maltsberger III '55 Associate University Librarian for Special Collections at Princeton University Library (PUL), passed away on April 29, following a tragic accident in Edinburgh, Scotland earlier in the month. Will helped shape the field of early book history and b...

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