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K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room / Special Collections Symposium on October 13

WILSON, N.C. — Barton College and the Willis N. Hackney Library are pleased to present the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room / Special Collections Symposium on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. The symposium will welcome a variety of noted speakers as well as student research presentations. The afternoon’s series of events will conclude with a keynote address by featured speaker Dr. Emily Kader, rare book research librarian at Wilson Library on the campus of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The symposium will be held in Hackney Library and is open to the public free of charge. The community is encouraged to attend.

This special event will highlight how the College’s use of the K.D. Kennedy, Jr. Rare Book Room, the Discipliana Collection, College Archives, and a variety of North Carolina Collections supports the development of undergraduates’ critical thinking skills, and inspires original and innovative student research.

“We have already had great success with our students producing original and creative research in several different disciplines through their access to our archives,” explained George Loveland, director of Hackney Library. “The purpose of this symposium is to highlight these successes and to promote an even greater use of these collections among our faculty and students.”

From 3 p.m. – 4 p.m., audience discussions will be led by Dr. K.D. Kennedy, Jr., trustee emeritus; Dr. Susan Bane, associate professor of physical education and sport studies, women’s health physician, and director of the Whitehurst Family Honors Program; and Shannon Wilson, college archivist.

At 4 p.m., there will be an hour-long reception with student poster presentations on display in the Hackney Library Learning Commons. Students in the Honors Program will present posters that illustrate their research using the college archives, as well as fielding questions about their current research and findings.

At 5 p.m., Dr. Kader will deliver the keynote address, which will describe in detail UNC-Chapel Hill’s use of rare book collections to promote undergraduate research.

For additional information about this event, please contact George Loveland, director of Hackney Library, at 252-399-6501 or gwloveland@barton.edu.