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Coming Home to the Library

The Ames Library will be hosting a number of events throughout Homecoming Weekend and we look forward to welcoming alumni, family, and friends to events in Ames, the Memorial Center, and around campus.

On Friday, we will host a reception celebrating the opening of the Kindred Collection, with comments from Dave Kindred (’63). On Saturday, we will host the 9th annual “mini-museum” in Eckley Lounge from 8:00 – 11:30 am, providing a “condensed view” of IWU history, including highlights from the University Archives. Also on Saturday, we will get a first-hand look at IWU history when we open the Evans Observatory Time Capsule on the 50th anniversary of its original placement, also in Eckley Lounge, at 10:45 am. Finally, we will be offering opportunities throughout the weekend for alumni to make contributions to our IWU Oral Histories Collection (reservations required).

We look forward to seeing all our alumni during Homecoming, and are especially interested in re-connecting with “our” alumni, the former student employees of Buck, Sheean, Thorpe, and Ames libraries. If you are a former IWU student library employee, please come to sign our “alumni” book at the Library Services Desk and update your contact information so that we can continue to share updates and information with you about how the library continues to contribute to student success at Illinois Wesleyan.

Opening the Kindred Collection

Dave Kindred (’63) left the Illinois Wesleyan baseball team for one of the most storied careers in sports journalism one could imagine, including stints with the National Sports Daily, Sporting News, and Washington Post. Golf Digest, for which Kindred also wrote, recently concluded that “it is almost impossible to describe just how good Dave Kindred is and has been at what he does,” while listing the many awards he has received for his work, including the Red Smith Award, given by the Associated Press Sports Editors for “major contributions to sports journalism,” and the Dan Jenkins Medal for Excellence in Sports Writing, given by the Center for Sports Communication and Media at the University of Texas at Austin for lifetime achievement in sportswriting. In 2016, this member of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Hall of Fame donated over 50 years of his personal papers to the Tate Archives and Special Collections.

As part of Homecoming 2019, we will welcome Kindred, along with friends, colleagues, and classmates, to the opening of the Dave Kindred Papers, which include notebooks, scrapbooks, photos, and research materials drawn from his many books, including Sound and Fury: Two Powerful Lives, One Fateful Friendship (2007), his study of the relationship between Muhammad Ali and Howard Cosell.

Please join us for this celebration of Kindred’s career on Friday, October 4th. Information on this event, as well as other homecoming activities, is now available through the Alumni Association.

The Dave Kindred Papers were processed by Visiting Project Archivist Sarah Lindesbaum, Meg Miner, University Archivist and Special Collections Librarian, and student employees in the Tate Archives and Special Collections. If you have any questions about the Kindred Collection or the opening reception, please contact Meg Miner.


Experiential Learning in the Library

Intern Cynthia Arends with special collections

At Illinois Wesleyan, we are committed to providing experiences that “blur the line between the learning that takes place in the classroom and outside the classroom,” and The Ames Library and its faculty have supported these experiences for years, e.g., through information literacy instruction that supports undergraduate research projects, and partnerships with other units with a focus on “engaged learning,” including the Writing Center and the Action Research Center. But, the library can also be the site for research, internships, and community projects that demonstrate our commitment to engaged learning, both for our undergraduate students and for graduate students working toward a future in library work.

The Tate Archives and Special Collections, for example, has hosted Library and Information Science (LIS) students from the University of Illinois School of Information Sciences as part of that program’s Alternative Spring Break. This summer, Associate Professor and University Archivist Meg Miner is serving as intern supervisor for Cynthia O’Neill, a student in the Kent State University Master of Library and Information Studies program pursuing a concentration in Archives and Special Collections. Ms. O’Neill comes to her internship at Ames with experience in both the museum and public library fields.

“There are similarities in the missions of libraries, archives, and museums,” Professor Miner notes, “but also subtle differences in the ways we go about achieving our shared goal of preserving and providing access to cultural heritage materials in our communities today and into the future.” This internship, Miner continued, “will provide Cynthia with hands-on experience with these distinctions, and with strategies for applying both archival theory and her past experience to archival work in the academic environment.” 

In her IWU internship, Ms. O’Neill is learning about the management of archival collections, as a whole, and about the management of the archives as a research environment. She will do this in the context of completing a number of specific projects:

  • assessing, organizing, and describing a collection of materials donated by Marjorie Kouns (’79);
  • conducting a preservation assessment of the Leslie Arends Congressional Collection; and,
  • creating a tutorial on historical book construction techniques and their preservation needs.

“Everything I’ve learned in my classes is coming together [in this internship]”, O’Neill says, and the field experience “is especially beneficial as I am gaining experience both with university records management and with the personal collections of regional residents and organizations.”

Both as a resource for experiential education and an opportunity for experiential education, The Ames Library reflects the university’s commitment to engaged learning. We expect this to only grow with the launch of the Center for Engaged Learning in the library in the coming year. If you or your students have questions about opportunities for pursuing undergraduate research or other engaged learning experiences under the supervision of library faculty, please contact Scott Walter, University Librarian.