by JoAnn Palmeri
Are you a faculty member who wants to promote use of primary sources and unique materials in capstone projects, research papers, and class assignments?
If so, please come to an Information Session to learn more about the Special Collections housed on the 5th floor of Bizzell Memorial Library: Bass Business History, Bizzell Bible, John and Mary Nichols, and History of Science. (Can’t get to a session? Send or drop off your card — this gets you a followup email and a chance to win a print from one of our digitized items). Encourage your graduate teaching assistants to attend, as well.
WHAT: Information Session on 5th Floor Special Collections
WHERE: Collaborative Learning Center Classroom, Bizzell LL123
WHEN: Wed. November 19/ Thurs. November 20 4-6pm
HOST: Dr. JoAnn Palmeri, History of Science Collections
Rare books and materials from the 15-20th centuries held within the 5th floor collections can support a wide range of research problems and studies spanning the arts, sciences, and humanities. Materials are accessible to faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates. Drop by one of our information sessions to learn about:
- The scope of materials in the collections, both primary and secondary sources
- Searching strategies for identifying relevant items
- Online guides and digital resources
- The possibilities for engaging students through exhibits, both physical and virtual. (For more on the upcoming Galileo’s World Exhibit, you are welcome to attend Dr. Kerry Magruder’s noon Brown Bag on 11/20 in the Digital Scholarship Conference Room).
- Procedures for using the collections
The 5th floor is currently undergoing renovation in preparation for the Galileo’s World Exhibit. Although class visits are not possible in the interim, students and faculty are still welcome to use Collections materials for their research. Be sure to visit our new Reading Room location – Room 414 Bizzell West (open Monday-Friday 9-4:45pm/325-2760).
If you can’t make these sessions but want to learn more about using Special Collections materials in support of teaching and research, please contact JoAnn Palmeri, Research Coordinator, History of Science Collections/Acting Curator, John and Mary Nichols Collection, /325-2741, email@example.com. And watch this blog for news and updates about resources and services relating to Bizzell’s 5th floor Special Collections.
For help researching the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine at OU see the following guides: http://guides.ou.edu/hosresources, http://guides.ou.edu/hossearching, and http://guides.ou.edu/fifthfloorexhibits. Go to the Crossing Cultures Exhibit page on the exhibit guide to get a feel for the scope – in time, geography, language, and genre – of materials held in OU’s 5th floor collections).
For help with primary source materials (digital or print) accessible through OU Libraries, please consult Laurie Scrivener, History Librarian and Primary Research Projects Specialist/325-1903, firstname.lastname@example.org and Jackie Reese, Western History Collections Librarian/325-3641, email@example.com and Kristina Southwell, Associate Curator, Western History Collections/325-3641, firstname.lastname@example.org. Additional Subject Liaisons at OU Libraries are listed here.
Archival and Special Collections on campus beyond Bizzell Library include: The Carl Albert Center, Julian P. Kanter Political Commercial Archive, Western History Collections. Click here for links to additional local collections and museums.