A walk through library history

By Lindsey Wright
Flapjack Chronicle 

Students rushed in and out of automatic sliding glass doors. Both student and teacher alike could be seen sitting in the café enjoying a steaming cup of their favorite beverage or nestled down in the workspace of their choosing. Amidst the usual hustle and bustle of the library’s first floor lobby, the grand opening of the new library exhibit, The Evolution of Information, began.

March is the Library Showcase month that coincides with the ongoing celebration of the HSU centennial year. This was just a kick off to all of the next seven events that the library staff has planned for the month.

Anna Kircher, the information technician chief working in the dean’s office, was responsible for finding the funds and giving permission for this exhibit to exist.

Kircher spoke highly of her fellow faculty and gave them praise for a job well done.

“Carly [Marino], Kumi [Watanabe-Schock], and Kaitie [Lasla] are three of the wonderful ladies who picked up this idea and ran with it,” said Kircher.

People started to gather around the nearly invisible glass windows encompassing the display of library history. With a large wooden canoe to their left, students sprint through time, only a few slowed to acknowledge the carefully selected and displayed artifacts on their right.

“This [the display] is setup from old to new as students walk through it. They can walk through time!” said co-curator Kathryn Beckley.

She and many others worked vigorously for two months to bring this exhibit to life. The exhibit will be up for the whole month. Beckley gushes about her favorite artifact, a photograph from the Erickson Collection.

“We selected artifacts that would be relatable to the students and to the centennial year. We also wanted this exhibit to promote the HSU library’s special collections from the Humboldt Room,” said Katie Lasla, one of the special collections librarians.

Everyone munched on the cookies placed out for the grand opening, and gazed at the old novels and textbooks or educated themselves on the fun facts scattered throughout the entire display. The constant flow of people through the exhibit created a nonchalant mood to the entire event.

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