Our participation in The September Project kicks off on Monday, September 12th, with a panel discussion, Perspectives on Civil Liberties in the Post 9/11 World. Faculty from four disciplines will lead a discussion on the tension between security and liberty. Join us on the 1st floor of the library at 7 p.m. for an interesting conversation, and check our Website for more events and links. There are now over 600 libraries in 31 countries participating in this project. The project blog makes for interesting reading, as does a story in the Chronicle. (We, apparently, fall into the category of libraries that "have decided to take on charged subjects." It seems to us citizenship does carry a charge - in multiple senses of the word.)
Lots of new faces in the library! In addition to Sonja Timmerman who joined us this summer as Collection Manager, Amy Fry has joined us as an academic librarian and Sarah Sanford has come aboard as our new Serials Manager. (Some of you may know her from her days as a Gustavus student.) And one more staff addition: Shelley Grace is pitching in at the reference desk this fall. Come and say hello when you get a chance.
The Lutheran Church Archives, under Edi Thorstensson's leadership, has submitted 18 historical photographs to the Minnesota Digital Library Coalition's first project, Minnesota Reflections. This project, involving more than 50 libraries, historical societies and archives, offers free access to more than 6,000 images from Minnesota's first 50 years in a searchable database. For more information, contact Edi Thorstensson.
The GLA wants you! Our stellar Friends group, Gustavus Library Associates, is having a membership tea at the Interpretive Center at 10 a.m. on Monday, September 12th. All membership dollars go straight into book purchases.