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For the Record

University community reports recent presentations, publications, honors

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

Recent presentations, publications and honors include the following:

In the media

Trevor A. Dawes, vice provost for libraries and museums and May Morris University Librarian at the UD Library, Museums and Press, is featured in Library Journal’s article “Leading Inside and Out,” which discusses the balancing of leadership roles and professional service. In the article, Dawes explained the need for collaborations with other organizations, saying, “We can’t do it all alone. We have to develop partnerships to be more effective. There is a saying that if you want to go fast, go alone, if you want to go far, go together. We want to go far. How can we offer our collections to the broader community?”


On May 29, Mark Samuels Lasner, senior research fellow in the Special Collections Department of the UD Library, Museums and Press, presented “Victorian Passions” to the London Society of Bibliophiles. He delivered his talk at a dinner held in the library of the Athenaeum Club in Pall Mall. Founded in 1824, the Athenaeum has had many of the most eminent Victorian writers and artists represented in the Library’s Mark Samuels Lasner Collection as members, including Matthew Arnold, Max Beerbohm, Robert Browning, Edward Burne-Jones, Lewis Carroll, Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy and Alfred Tennyson.


The Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS) has awarded ALCTS Honors for 2018 to Deborah Ryszka, librarian and coordinator of the copy cataloging unit within the cataloging department of the UD Library, Museums and Press. Ryszka is being recognized for her dedication to service, commitment to excellence, willingness to accept challenges and record of moving ALCTS forward. She will receive the award on June 23 during the 2018 American Library Association annual conference and exhibition in New Orleans.

Bill Sullivan, managing director of the Courtyard by Marriott Newark – University of Delaware and adjunct faculty member in the Department of Hospitality Business Management, has been elected chairman of the Board of Director of the Greater Wilmington Convention and Visitors Bureau (GWCVB. Dedicated to generating economic growth, the GWCVB focuses on marketing the area’s history, culture and attractions to leisure travelers, while also cultivating meetings, conventions and group tour opportunities. The 27-member board includes appointees by the governor, New Castle County chief executive and mayor of Wilmington, as well as elected members.


Rudi Matthee, John and Dorothy Munroe Distinguished Professor of History, published, “Historiographical Reflections on the 18th Century in Iranian History: Decline and Insularity, Imperial Dreams or Regional Specificity?,” in Crisis, Collapse, Militarism and Civil War: The History and Historiography of 18th-Centuy Iran, edited by Michael Axworthy (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 21-42.


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