Library Exhibits

Audiobook Appreciation Month
Main Lobby Case – 2nd floor
The Audio Publishers Association has declared June to be Audiobook Month. A recent consumer survey conducted by the APA determined that 25% of Americans listened to an audiobook in the last year. The McDermott Library has audiobooks that span several genres, written by today’s best-selling authors. Check one out today for that special summer road trip!
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Juneteenth: Celebration of Freedom
Two Elevator Anteroom Cases – 2nd Floor
Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery and is now a national celebration of freedom. It was in 1865 in Galveston, Texas, when Union solders landed with news that the Civil War was over and slaves were free. This was two years after President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation. This display highlights the history behind Juneteenth as well as the many kinds of freedoms in the United States and the world.
Loreen Henry
Head of Information Literacy Services
Jay McAllister
Instruction Librarian
Carol Oshel
Liaison for Computer Science and BBS
Newbery Medal Winners
Juvenile Literature Case – 2nd floor
The Newbery Medal was named for eighteenth-century British bookseller John Newbery. It is awarded annually by the Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association, to the author of the most distinguished contribution to American literature for children. This May, swing by the juvenile section to celebrate acclaimed Newbery Medal-winning works of literature.
Katie Zlotnik and Doug Boedenauer
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Government Documents Case - 2nd Floor
June is the month when recent college graduates really begin their job searches. The United States Federal Government is a great place to start a search. It is the nation’s largest employer? There are roughly 30,000 job vacancies at any given time on the web site. This exhibit gives valuable information about programs for students and recent graduates as well as a listing of videos to help you find a new career. McDermott Library also has many books on how to find government jobs.
Marna Morland
Special Formats Metadata Librarian
McDermott Scholars Cultural Experiences
McDermott Scholars Case – 3rd floor
This exhibit showcases the diverse travel locations and cultural experiences of the McDermott Scholars through the existence of The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program. As McDermott Scholars, students are required to study abroad for at least one academic term during their time in the Program. This case holds a collection of some mementos that the Scholars have brought back from their travels. To date, over 60 countries have been visited by over 150 Scholars.
The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program
Enola Gay Controversy
Special Collections Department Case – 3rd floor
The Enola Gay was the B-29 bomber that dropped the first atomic bomb in warfare. An exhibit at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum (NASM) sparked controversy with veteran groups who claimed that the display omitted the true reason for dropping the atomic bomb and sympathized too much with the Japanese. Several WWII veterans were part of the push to change the NASM exhibit through letter-writing campaigns and articles on the subject. Our exhibit includes items that document the Enola Gay controversy. This display also contains photographs of the veterans working to change the Smithsonian exhibit as well as books on the Enola Gay, political cartoons, and newspaper articles.
Ally Boland
Special Collections Intern
The United States Transcontinental Air Speed Record
Special Collections Department Case – 3rd floor
One of the major goals of aviation technology development has been a race to increase aircraft speed. This display highlights the evolution of the transcontinental aviation speed record and the record-breaking aircraft involved. Also included are two other important speed records. The Schneider Trophy was awarded to the fastest flight by a seaplane over water. The Thompson Trophy was presented to the winner of the Cleveland National Air Races, where designers built custom aircraft designed for speed.
Dr. Thomas Allen
Special Collections Curator
Native Americans of Texas
Stacks Case – 3rd floor
Hundreds of Native American Indians occupied the region that is now known as Texas. They were as diverse in culture as the geography of Texas itself. Productive, smart, and brave people with great pride, these tribes contributed to the history and culture of Texas. You can learn more about these tribes as well as view several books on Native American art from the Texas area, with some artists practicing traditional methods and others with a more contemporary approach.
Una Scott
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Harlem Renaissance
Stacks Cases – 4th Floor
The Harlem Renaissance was an American cultural movement that began after World War I and ended during the Great Depression. During this period, Harlem (New York) became the artistic and intellectual epicenter made up of influential black artists, musicians, writers and scholars. Many African-Americans migrated from the South to North for better economic opportunities and to freely showcase their talents. View this exhibit and learn more about Langston Hughes, Arna Bontemps, Duke Ellington, Zora Neale Hurston, and Billie Holiday and others who forever changed the dynamics of African American arts and literature in the United States.
Mariza Morin
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