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For the Record

University community reports recent accomplishments, activities

For the Record provides information about recent professional activities and achievements of University of Delaware faculty, staff, alumni and students.

Recent recognitions and publications include the following:


The University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press is featured in the January/February 2018 issue of AAA World Magazine. The article, “Field Trip!,” which showcases museums that are open to the public on academic campuses in the Mid-Atlantic, includes four galleries on UD’s Newark campus — Old College Gallery, Mechanical Hall Gallery, the Mineralogical Museum in Penny Hall and Special Collections Gallery. Chief Curator Amanda Zehnder and Curator of Education Ashley Rye-Kopec provide insight on what can be found in each of the gallery’s collections.

In the Winter 2017 issue of Studies in Illustration, published by the Imaginative Book Illustration Society (IBIS) in London, the article “A Plethora of Riches: The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection in the University of Delaware Library” highlights this unique collection of British literature and art from 1850 to 1900 found within Special Collections and Museums at the UD Library, Museums and Press. The article focuses on drawings by Aubrey Beardsley, Kate Greenaway, Edward Burne-Jones and other artists. The article’s author, Margaretta S. Frederick, Annette Woolard-Provine Curator of the Bancroft Collection at the Delaware Art Museum, holds a Ph.D. in art history from UD.

Two University of Delaware College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) professional staff members, Sarah Pragg and Tim Kim, have been named as 2018 Leadership Delaware Fellows. Pragg, a Delaware native, directs communications for UD’s Institute for Public Administration (IPA). She creates print and online resources for IPA’s public service and research projects, which span from education to transportation. Blue Hen alumnus Kim specializes in international student support as the orientation coordinator at UD’s English Language Institute (ELI). His position manages the unit that handles all aspects of student life for over 500 ELI students from over 30 different countries. Leadership Delaware is a nonprofit organization founded in 2008, its mission is to recruit and mentor outstanding young Delawareans who have the “stuff of leadership,” those with the potential, passion, and courage to excel at community, nonprofit, political, professional and corporate leadership within the First State. Jissell Martinez, the business administrator at the CAS Department of Physics and Astronomy, graduated from Leadership Delaware’s 2017 program on Nov. 30.


John D. M. Caldwell, senior assistant librarian and political papers archivist for the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press, is a coauthor of Archiving Constituent Services Data of the U.S. Congress: A Report of the CSS/CMS Task Force, published by the Congressional Papers Section of the Society of American Archivists in November 2017. The report provides an overview of the use of constituent management systems in the U.S. Congress and guidance for short- and long-term preservation of data in collecting repositories.

Megan Gaffney, associate librarian and coordinator of Interlibrary Loan and Document Delivery Services for the University of Delaware Library, Museums and Press, co-authored “RapidR: Innovative Resource Sharing for Physical Delivery” in the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery & Electronic Reserve. The article is a case study that demonstrates the positive impact one Interlibrary Loan tool had on two libraries’ resource sharing services and its ability to enhance traditional consortial borrowing structures.


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