Titled From Burns and Bibles to Barton Bulldogs: Using Rare Books for Teaching and Learning at Barton College, the event will take place in the library’s Learning Commons, and refreshments will be served. The Barton community as well as the general public are encouraged to attend.
The schedule for the afternoon is as follows:
3-3:30 p.m. Reception, Hackney Library Learning Commons
3:30-4:00 Keynote address: Mr. John Lawrence. Mr. Lawrence is the Head of the North Collection at East Carolina University’s Joyner Library. He will speak on a program that ECU did for several years, in which all freshman English composition students (over 70 sections) used special collections materials for their final research papers. He will speak to successes and challenges, and offer suggestions about how such a program can be successful.
4:00-5:00 Faculty/Student panel discussions (Panel participants will describe their work with these materials, and take questions from the attendees).
- Rare Books–Professors Shawn McCauley, George Loveland and at least one student (student not yet confirmed).
- Discipliana Materials–Mr. Shannon Wilson, Barton College Archivist, and two students: Nieimah Moore and Patricia Holliday.
- College Archives–Dr. Susan Bane (Director of Barton’s Honors Program and Associate Professor of Physical Education and Sport Studies) and two or three students (student names not yet confirmed)
5:00-5:30 Ms. Elizabeth Sudduth, Director of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections, University of South Carolina. Ms. Sudduth will speak on effective ways to promote rare books and special collections to increase undergraduate use of these materials.
5:30-6:00 Plenary Panel Discussion, with Q & A.
Special Collections at Barton College is divided into three distinctive divisions:
- Rare Books
- College Archives
- the Discipliana Collection
These important and distinguished collections combine rare printed volumes; manuscripts; correspondence and personal papers; as well as sound and visual materials. Rare books focus on the works of Robert Burns and other volumes published in the British Isles in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. College archives document the history of Barton College. Discipliana materials contain published works dating back to the founding of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and primary documents related to church founders, such as Alexander Campbell and Barton Stone.
The primary purpose of our special collections is to support the academic mission of Barton College. The materials provide a great depth and richness to Hackney Library’s ongoing teaching mission. Students using special collections materials have presented their findings at Barton’s Day of Scholarship and other professional seminars and workshops.
The purpose of the October 20 symposium is to highlight this student research, and to invite input from the Barton and Wilson communities as to how special collections might be used even more extensively to stimulate undergraduate student research.
It is unique for a school the size of Barton to have a facility like the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room. It is also important to understand that our rare book room is NOT a museum, where patrons view priceless objects through protective glass, but a learning laboratory, where students examine rare books to explore history, theology, art, and cultural and political values in the 18th, 19th, and early 20th century.
We hope you will join us October 20 for a fascinating exploration of how special collections can be used to jumpstart and facilitate undergraduate research.