academic libraries

Academic Engagement: Hello from Amanda and Jamie

Over the past few years, the University of Michigan Library in Ann Arbor has developed a couple of different models for offering programs to the UM community. Along with these models, we also have a couple of defined spaces, a gallery and event space at our Graduate Library, and a new study lounge and event space at the Undergraduate Library. We work to coordinate a variety of programs for students, faculty, and our larger community.

Mutual Affection: Partnering with Local Rescue Groups for Pet Therapy Events

In the past few years, it seems that every academic cycle brings more news of universities using therapy dogs to ease the stress of students during finals week. One of the first instances to hit mainstream media was the report in the March 21, 2011, New York Times that the much revered Yale Law School was now circulating a certified pet therapy dog named Monty through their library. It was clear that America’s growing inclusion of pets into everyday lives was making its way into our libraries.

Featured Library: Solvang Library

This month’s featured library is the Solvang (Calif.) Library and its early literacy program, “Noche de la Familia.” Recommended for children up to six or seven years old and their caregivers, this themed monthly series was developed to encourage and support learning in families with young children as well as introduce parents to available library resources. What makes it unique is its additional focus on healthy eating.

Women’s History Month @ your library

Women’s History Month has been celebrated in March since 1987. This year’s Women’s History Month theme, “Women’s Education—Women’s Empowerment,” aims to bring attention to the critical role that rural women play in the global economies of both developing and developed nations. Throughout the month libraries will offer a variety of programs and activities to celebrate. Here are just a few examples of what libraries are doing.

Building Community through Engaged Discussion at Skokie Public Library

One of the best programs we have had at the Skokie (Ill.) Public Library was not my idea, nor the idea of any of our staff. It was brought to us by some members of the Indian community who wanted the library to have a program in honor of Mahatma Gandhi. At the time, the United States was engaged in wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We were reading daily about conflict in Sudan and elsewhere in the world. One can feel helpless and ineffectual when confronted with violence on such a large scale. How might Gandhi’s teaching help?

A University Library Remembers the Civil War

The Perkins Library at Duke University is hosting a one-day symposium tomorrow to mark the Civil War Sesquicentennial. Titled “Another March Madness: The American Civil War at 150,” the symposium is open to the public and will feature prominent speakers from Duke University, University of North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Ohio State. Themes to be discussed include the social, cultural, medical, and military aspects of the Civil War:

An Academic Librarian’s “Fine Romance” with Programming

An email message on the Virginia Library Association discussion list hit my inbox back in November 2010 with the subject line, “Traveling exhibitions celebrate life and work of great Jewish artists.” The announcement from the ALA Public Programs Office detailed how interested libraries could apply to host one of these ready-made exhibits focusing on the author Maurice Sendak, the poet Emma Lazarus, or the Jewish songwriters of the early twentieth century.


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