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In the Stacks: Putting it on display in the library

April 10, 2014 at 7:56 am

Everyone knows that the library is a place where you can study and search for articles, and you might even know that you can do scanning and video-editing. But did you also know that it’s a place where you can show off your own work?

Morse Library has a number of areas where students, faculty, offices, and classes have created exhibits of both original material and works they curated from the College Archives, the library collections, even from their own personal collections. As a central location used by many members of the college and local area, the library is an excellent venue for presenting your research to a wide audience. Or in other words, for putting the liberal arts into practice.

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Last year as part of her FYI class, Professor Beatrice McKenzie had her students mount an exhibit of Civil War letters and memorabilia, which, she says, gave them the opportunity “to analyze and synthesize [primary source] materials.” It also gave her Public History class the opportunity to engage with their fellow students’ work and “evaluate the effectiveness of the display.” Some featured objects included contemporaneous correspondence and diary entries from Beloit College students, photographs, handbills, and 19th-century bullets owned by archivist Fred Burwell.

For the rest of the spring, we have several student-curated exhibits on the schedule:

  • an oral history project conducted and translated into a visual experience by Ethan Ley’14 on Beloit’s Latino/a community
  • a feature for Sexual Assault Awareness Month
  • new books and DVDs added to the library collection, selected by senior library student workers
  • news clippings and photos of Beloit campus and community social movements from the Civil Rights era through the Occupy movement, curated by students in Carol Wickersham’s Duffy Partnerships seminar

Keep an eye on the library’s Facebook page for updates on future library exhibits.

In addition to the physical display cases and cubes scattered around the library (don’t miss the one near the lower level back staircase, where currently there is a display on the evolution of design and use of postcards using postcards with images from the Beloit area and Beloit College dating back to the 1890s), students have also created online exhibits on the College Archives web page.

Do you have an idea for an exhibit? Just let any of the library staff know, and we’ll be happy to explore the possibilities with you.