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Important UW–Madison Libraries messages and events for September

Dr. Johanna Drucker Traces the Origins of the Alphabet

The alphabet is so fundamental it is easy to take for granted, but it has a rich story. Johanna Drucker, the Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies and Distinguished Professor in the Department of Information Studies at UCLA, traces the history of the alphabet and our contemporary understanding of its origins and development in her new book, Inventing the Alphabet: The Origins of Letters from Antiquity to the Present (University of Chicago Press, Jul 26, 2022). Free Public Lecture – 4:30 P.M. Tuesday, Sept. 20 at the Chazen Museum of Art Auditorium


Picture Perfect – Researchers and Librarians Partner to Improve Medical Imaging

UW–Madison Librarians provide critical support for researchers in countless disciplines. In some cases, their efforts help researchers produce life-changing findings. Recently, the librarians at UW–Madison worked closely with researcher Jevin Lortie and his team as they studied ways to better understand medical imaging in an effort to improve this important practice.

New Tutorial Helps Students Avoid Plagiarism

Many campuses, including UW–Madison, noted an increase in reports of students cheating during the pandemic. While the reasons for this are nuanced and undoubtedly related to the pressures and challenges the pandemic surfaced, this moment offers an opportunity to provide greater support to students in learning about how to use and incorporate outside sources in their research. To support this effort, the UW–Madison Libraries, in collaboration with the Writing Center, the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards, and International Student Services, introduced significant updates to an online tutorial that helps students understand and avoid plagiarism.