Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Fellows Visit John Peace Library

Fellows peruse materials from the Sterling Houston Collection at John Peace Library

AALCI Fellow Fullamusu Bangura investigates materials from the Sterling Houston Collection.

 Tuesday, June 9, the Fellows made the annual visit to John Peace Library for a session on utilizing digital resources and materials in special collections. The session was led by university archivists Kristin Law and Julianna Barrera-Gomez as well as librarian Tara Schmidt, who's been a long-time guide for participants in AALCI.

None of the Fellows had previously worked with special collections, so the opportunity to look through materials in the Sterling Houston Collection here at the library was a notable moment for the group. So much of their research activities involves digital-based approaches, so looking through and holding handwritten letters and other materials from decades past was an unusual and exciting experience, the Fellows acknowledged.

Julianna Barrera-Gomez talks to Fellows about special collections.

Law, Barrera-Gomez, and Schmidt have considerable experience and expertise, which was apparent based on their varied and in-depth answers to the questions the Fellows posed about special collections and pursuing research through the use of online databases.

Later, some of us talked about the allure of possibly working a library and helping patrons track down hard-to-find sources and address other research-related problem-solving.  

AALCI 2015

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