Grand reopening of Augustana's Special Collections


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Posted Online: Sept. 28, 2012, 10:45 am
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Press release submitted by Augustana College

Rock Island, Ill. – As a part of the Center for Student Life construction project, Special Collections in Augustana's Thomas Tredway Library underwent a complete renovation over the summer and is now ready to be used for research and teaching once more. Special Collections will host a Grand Reopening and Open House on Tuesday, Oct. 2, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on the first floor of Thomas Tredway Library (3435 9½ Ave.).

As part of the celebration, selected materials from the collection will be featured in the Reading Room, as will the current exhibit on the Dakota Conflict of 1862 and a display on library history. President of the College Steven Bahls will speak briefly during the event, and refreshments will be served.

"The new space is more visible on the first floor, which we hope will draw more people into Special Collections," said Special Collections Librarian and Instructor Sarah Horowitz.

The renovations to Special Collections include a 24-seat classroom, a better space for indexing and organizing materials, and an improved infrastructure for maintaining temperature and humidity to prolong the life of the materials.

"Special Collections is the laboratory of the humanities," explained Horowitz. "Having a better classroom with modern technology allows us to integrate instruction in Special Collections more seamlessly into the general library instruction that we already do."

Due to the renovations on first floor of the library, librarians had to move all the materials held by Special Collections into storage, and then from storage into the new space. Special Collections was closed for nearly four months while the materials were in storage.

Horowitz said, "We are glad to be able to make our rare books and manuscripts accessible again."




















 



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