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Meaningful Books and Getting to Know the Community

Last Friday I participated in the Meaningful Books Series at Champlain College which is run by my colleague Sarah Cohen. I don’t normally do things like this, but I really love this event series every time I’ve gone, simply because you get to learn a lot more about a member of your community. So I figured I would share myself with the community and help out my friend. We also recorded it so people who couldn’t attend could see it as well. Here’s the last 5 minutes:

Click here to watch the video on YouTube

Also, my friend Becky from library school at UW-Madison told me about a community reception her library runs that highlights faculty scholarship and creativity. So you’d be able to learn more about the accomplishments and wider lives of community members in that way. I just think stuff like this is so cool and think that we should be doing more of it.

Is anyone else hosting events like this?

Andy Burkhardt

10 Comments

  1. When I worked at SEMO, we had a lecture series where faculty presented their research. We host it in the library and had about two per month. I also started a lecture series where faculty talked about their writing and the process of publishing a book. It was a nice way to collaborate across campus and draw more people to the library.

    Also, I loved the video :)

  2. When I worked at SEMO, we had a lecture series where faculty presented their research. We host it in the library and had about two per month. I also started a lecture series where faculty talked about their writing and the process of publishing a book. It was a nice way to collaborate across campus and draw more people to the library.

    Also, I loved the video :)

  3. Thanks Emily! I’m glad you enjoyed the video. I think the idea of highlighting different people around campus, whether it’s faculty or staff builds social capital (and even better if the library hosts).

    I also like those ideas of faculty discussing their writing and research interests. It let’s folks get to know them better but also emphasizes the importance of information literacy and being interested/passionate about a topic.

  4. Thanks Emily! I’m glad you enjoyed the video. I think the idea of highlighting different people around campus, whether it’s faculty or staff builds social capital (and even better if the library hosts).

    I also like those ideas of faculty discussing their writing and research interests. It let’s folks get to know them better but also emphasizes the importance of information literacy and being interested/passionate about a topic.

  5. I’m excited for our reception on Friday. This will be my first time with a publication and some photography in it. (I’ll be working in my role as the the official “unofficial” library photographer.) In addition to the reception, there are 2 speakers which is always fun. Last year the president was the MC. He was rather entertaining. I think the best part though is the bibliography, the committee puts together. Last year was the first year we posted it on the website, with links to articles, catalog results, and organizations websites. (http://www.dbq.edu/library/2009FacStaffCelebBiblio.cfm)

  6. I’m excited for our reception on Friday. This will be my first time with a publication and some photography in it. (I’ll be working in my role as the the official “unofficial” library photographer.) In addition to the reception, there are 2 speakers which is always fun. Last year the president was the MC. He was rather entertaining. I think the best part though is the bibliography, the committee puts together. Last year was the first year we posted it on the website, with links to articles, catalog results, and organizations websites. (http://www.dbq.edu/library/2009FacStaffCelebBiblio.cfm)

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