Summer 2012 News

Students in the News:

  • Congratulations to Palmer School/ NYU dual degree student Nathasha Alvarez Recipient of the 2012 Josephine Forman Scholarship from Society of American Archivists!
  • Congratulations to Palmer School student Alexandra Gaete on receiving the Law Library Association of Greater New York’s Type I (student) Scholarship for 2012!


  • “A Visual Feast …” – Description of Special Collections’ Exhibition August 7 – August 31, 2012 (Hutchins Gallery/LIU Post Library)
  • Archives and Special Collections is Pleased to Invite You to Visit Our Newest Exhibit in the Hutchins Gallery on the Lower Floor of the Library Lobby from August 7 – August 31, 2012.

    A Visual Feast

    Exhibiting 38 Original Movie posters from the Original Movie Poster Research Collection

    Complementing A 67 Book Display, Illustrated by award winning Illustrators in the american juvenile collection

    Please click the link below for more information!
    A Visual Feast Description of Special Collections Exhibition

    • The National Archives and Records Administration’s restoration of Let There Be Light (1946) Online Screening
    • John Huston’s controversial World War II documentary about the rehabilitation of psychologically scarred combat veterans, will screen on the National Film Preservation Foundation’s website ( starting May 24. The free presentation will run from Memorial Day weekend through the end of August.

      The third in the World War II trilogy commissioned from Academy Award-winning director John Huston by the US Army Signal Corps, Let There Be Light follows the treatment of emotionally traumatized GIs from their admission at a racially integrated psychiatric hospital to their reentry into civilian life. Made decades before post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) entered the vocabulary, the documentary was created to help Americans understand the challenges faced by returning veterans and to demonstrate that the psychological wounds of war are very real and could heal through therapy.

      The War Department pulled the film shortly before its premiere at the Museum of Modern Art and commissioned a replacement in which white actors took all the speaking roles and the GIs upbringing was blamed for their psychological condition instead of war trauma. Let There Be Light was first shown publicly in December 1980, after a chorus of Hollywood leaders, joined by Vice President Walter Mondale, persuaded the Secretary of the Army, Clifford Alexander, Jr., to authorize its release.

      Let There Be Light holds a special place in documentary film history for its almost unprecedented use of unscripted interviews. Only now, with the new National Archives soundtrack restoration, can these interviews, ‘many with battle-weary soldiers who can only mumble or whisper personal stories’ be heard with their full emotional force.

      The documentary will be available for free streaming and downloading and presented with extras providing historical context, including:
      The Battle of San Pietro (1945), the second film in Huston’s WWII trilogy
      The Reawakening (1919), about the treatment of returning WW1 veterans
      A documentary about the National Archives Motion Picture Archival Unit
      Program notes about the film and its restoration

      The restored soundtrack for Let There Be Light was donated by Chace Audio by Deluxe through the NFPF grant program. Sponsoring the premiere is, a web showcase for independent films and documentaries from around the world.

      About the National Archives’ restoration of Let There Be Light:
      For the audio restoration of Let There Be Light, the National Archives provided a 35mm black-and-white print with a variable area optical sound track. The print had numerous crackles and pops from previous screenings, in addition to bumpy edits, audio level fluctuations in the original recordings and sibilance in the sound track. The sound preservation work was done at Chace Audio by Deluxe, using the sound track from the 1957 black-and-white print. The sound track was converted to digital audio files at 24 bits and 96 kHz. For preservation and long term archival reliability, the National Archives had both a new mono 35mm optical sound track negative made to produce new prints and a 35mm fullcoat 35mm polyester magnetic recording of the original and restored tracks.

      For the image restoration of Let There Be Light, the National Archives created a new picture negative from the 35mm black-and-white print. To create the new negative, the Motion Picture Preservation Lab staff used a wet-gate printer to alleviate the scratches on the original film. Wet-gate printing utilizes a fluid with the same refractive index as the base of the film and diffuses the light to minimize the appearance of scratches in the resulting copy. The Preservation Lab then created HD scans.

      The Lab currently is scanning in the film at a 2K resolution (2048 x 1556) and will use digital restoration tools to correct density shifts introduced in previous generations of printing and to remove dirt, dust, and scratches that were printed in or caused by mishandling. Once the film is digitized, the Lab will capture the audio from the restored magnetic track made at Chace Audio by Deluxe and create WAV files to sync with the image. The files will then be transcoded to HD, DVD, and web quality.

      The National Archives and Records Administration is an independent Federal agency that preserves and shares with the public records that trace the story of our nation, government, and the American people. From the Declaration of Independence to accounts of ordinary Americans, the holdings of the National Archives directly touch the lives of millions of people. The National Archives is a public trust upon which our democracy depends, ensuring access to essential evidence that protects the rights of American citizens, documents the actions of the government, and reveals the evolving national experience. The National Archives, as the nation’s record keeper, holds one of the world’s largest moving image repositories, with more than 360,000 reels of motion picture film titles. The National Archives carries out its mission through a nationwide network of archives, records centers, and Presidential Libraries, and on the Internet at

      The National Film Preservation Foundation is the nonprofit organization created by the U.S. Congress to help save America’s film heritage. Since opening its doors in 1997, the NFPF has supported film preservation in 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico and has helped save more than 1,900 films. The NFPF is the charitable affiliate of the National Film Preservation Board of the Library of Congress.


    • Congratulations to J. Fernando Pena, Director of the Rare Books & Special Collections Program, Palmer Manhattan, on being elected Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect of the Rare Books and Manuscript Section (RBMS) of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association. Fernando’s three-year term will commence at the end of the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim on July 1, 2012.


    • 2012 ACRL/NY Annual Symposium “Cultivating Entrepreneurship in Academic Libraries” Poster Session Proposals
    • Focusing on academic librarians who seek out new opportunities for collaboration, innovation and creative service offerings that meet our users’ evolving needs with limited resources. At ACRL/NY’s 31st annual symposium, we will explore how academic librarians can actively promote risk-taking and develop an entrepreneurial and intrapreneurial approach to service.

      ACRL/NY invites you to submit a poster session proposal for the symposium. It can address any issue related to this theme. Examples follow:

      · New programs
      · Retraining
      · New entrepreneurial initiatives
      · New cost-saving collaborations
      · Non-traditional roles for the library and/or librarians
      · Programming on a shoestring/limited budget
      · Revenue generating service/project
      · Cooperative projects; such as across institutions or departments
      · New online tools
      · Software development
      · Open source software or projects
      · Resource sharing projects
      · Strategic planning initiatives
      · Marketing your library’s services
      · Branding in the library
      · Empowerment through Friends of the Library groups
      · Working with institutional advancement and marketing & communications on campus
      · Writing a successful business plan/project proposal

      Please submit your proposal using the online form at

      The deadline for submission is Friday, September 14, 2012

      Accepted posters will be notified by Monday, October 1, 2012

      For some helpful poster pointers, check the “poster presentations” tab on the LibGuide at

      The Symposium will take place on Friday December 7, 2012 in New York City at the William and Anita Newman Vertical Campus Conference Center, Baruch College, 55 Lexington Avenue (at 24th Street) Room
      14-220 (14th floor).
      For further information about the symposium and poster sessions, go to

      We look forward to your submissions!

      The 2012 ACRL/NY Symposium Committee

    • New Online Teaching “Concentration” approved at Palmer
    • The Palmer School has approved a new “concentration” to prepare people to teach online courses in K – 12 environments, public libraries, special libraries, corporate libraries and information centers. This concentration will consist of 4 courses, has been developed in collaboration with the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, School of Education, and will be launched within the next academic year (2012-2013). Courses will be totally online. The first course will be offered in Fall 2012; it is LIS 624: Introduction to Online Teaching. Classes will be taught in asynchronous format with 2 synchronous meetings via Adobe Connect Pro (specific dates for this haven’t been decided yet). This class will be co-taught by Dr. Bea Baaden and Amy Gaimaro. In this class, students will learn about historical and current trends and learning theories in online learning; apply instructional design theories, and design online activities. Topics include instructional design for online le!
      arning, planning online activities, copyright and intellectual property related to online learning, assessment of online learners, understanding social learning, collaboration tools, and classroom management for online learning. This course is limited to 22 participants, so if you are interested, contact Gerry Kopczynski for enrollment information. For school library candidates, this is a possible elective if you currently have teaching certification and Dr. Baaden has noted that you have an elective. If you have any questions about this course or the new concentration, please contact Dr. Baaden. Thank you.