News and Events at Boatwright Library
New Librarians Join Boatwright
Boatwright Library welcomes two new Social Sciences Librarians in 2015. Their primary responsibilities include serving as a liaison librarian to various departments, teaching library research skills and methodologies to students, and providing special research assistance in the areas of data and assessment.
Sojourna Cunningham is the Social Sciences and Assessment Librarian, and she serves as the liaison librarian to Psychology, Sociology & Anthropology and Education. She most recently served as Diversity Resident Librarian at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville and her research interests focus on studying the user experience in an academic library, emerging technologies, library assessment and diversity within the profession. Sojourna completed a B.A. degree in English Literature and History at the University of Pittsburgh and a M.S. in Library Science at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill.
Samantha Guss joins the staff as Social Sciences Librarian with a specialty in government information and data. Samantha holds a B.A. in English from Penn State University, a M.S. in Library Science from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and a M.A. in Business & Workplace Education from New York University (NYU.) She was previously Data Services and Public Policy Librarian at NYU Libraries. Samantha’s research interests include data services in libraries, library-IT collaborations, research data management and workplace learning. Samantha is the liaison librarian for Political Science, Geography & the Environment, Environmental Studies, and International Studies.
-Lucretia McCulley, Head, Scholarly Communications
Library Exhibit: The Gibson Girl
In the 1890’s the ideal of feminine beauty and allure was The Gibson Girl. With her tousled hair piled high on her head, her miniscule waist and generous bust line, she hovered between fragility and strength, always with a coterie of admiring men in her wake. She was popular in the United States and Canada. She was a member of the upper class, went to college, was athletic, and was even found in the workplace. However she was never a part of the suffrage movement, seen as the purview of The New Woman.
The creator of this icon of the late 19th and early 20th century was the artist Charles Dana Gibson. Born to the upper crust in Massachusetts in 1867, Gibson attended the Art Students League in New York City. He sold his first work to LIFE magazine, then, as his reputation grew, to Harper’s Weekly, Scribner’s, and Collier’s. He also illustrated many books, including Anthony Hope’s The Prisoner of Zenda. Gibson became the editor and owner of LIFE magazine in 1918. But he will always be most remembered for the creation of the Gibson Girl.
He had ties to Virginia through his wife, Irene Langhorne, of Danville, Virginia. The Langhornes had been wealthy land and slave owners prior to the Civil War. Their father followed his cousin, Jeb Stuart, into the cavalry. After the war, he moved his family to Richmond where he began a career with the railroad. Irene was one of eleven children (only 6 survived to adulthood). The Langhorne girls were all lovely. Irene’s sister, Nancy, became Lady Astor and the first woman to hold a seat in Parliament. (She also visited the Westhampton College at the invitation of Dean Marguerite Roberts.)
Boatwright Library owns two books of Charles Dana Gibson prints in our Special Collections that are currently on display in the Silent Study area on the second floor of Boatwright. Drop by and see what made Gibson’s creation a national phenomenon.
-Betty Dickie, Special Collections and Preservation Associate