“Big loves. Big ideas. Big dreams. Big Red.” is the theme of Reunion Weekend 2012. Olin, Kroch and Uris Libraries, the places where many of those ideas and dreams were fostered, has many events and exhibitions offered throughout the upcoming weekend that continue building upon that theme.
A complete list of library events may be found online. The following is a list of events taking place in Olin, Uris and Kroch Libraries:
Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Level 1, Olin Library. Open during building hours.
Maps Exhibition: Columbia or America: 500 Years of Controversy
Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Lower Level, Olin Library. Open during building hours.
Exhibition: Senator Justin Morrill and Cornell: Celebrating 150 Years of the Morrill Land-Grant Colleges
Thursday, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m., Level 1 and Gallery Level, Uris Library. Open during building hours.
Gallery hours: Thursday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; closed Sunday. Hirshland Gallery, Level 2B, Kroch Library.
Map & Geospatial Information Collection Open House
Thursday & Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Lower Level, Olin Library.
Located on the lower level of Olin Library, the Maps and Geospatial Information Collection includes over 340,000 maps, as well as books, atlases, and electronic media. Stop by to see highlights from the collection and learn about the latest in cartographic scholarship at Cornell and around the world.
Opening Lecture for the Exhibition “Collecting Imagination”
Thursday, 4:30 p.m. – 5: 30 p.m., Milstein Auditorium, Milstein Hall
Jay Walker (’77) speaks about the role of imagination in our past and future on the occasion of the first comprehensive exhibit of selections from his private Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination, hosted by Cornell Library’s Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections.
Treasures from the Walker Library of the History of Human Imagination
Exhibition Viewing and Opening Reception
Thursday, 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Hirshland Gallery, Level 2B, Kroch Library.
Through a remarkable array of rare books, manuscripts, and artifacts from the collection of Jay (’77) and Eileen (’76, ’78) Walker, this exhibit will showcase imagination as a driving force through history and celebrate the adventure of discovery, learning, and creativity. Featuring such treasures as the crystal ball from “The Wizard of Oz” and an original Soviet Sputnik, “Collecting Imagination” marks the first time an extensive selection of objects from this unique private collection will be on public view. Public gallery hours: Thursday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; closed Sunday.
Electronic Genealogy: Finding Your Ancestors in Cyberspace
Choose one session: Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.; Saturday, 1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Classroom, Gallery Level, Uris Library.
The computer and the Internet are powerful tools for genealogy. Let Cornell reference librarians introduce you to basic tools and concepts for discovering your ancestors. You’ll get hands-on practice in using the many electronic genealogy resources available on the Web and here at Cornell.
Preserving Family and Personal Collections in the Digital Age
Friday, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Room 106, Olin Library.
Family and personal collections are now a fascinating hybrid of historic documents, unique photographs, scanned archives of personal papers, emails, and digital photographs. Join Cornell University Library experts for an informative workshop on preserving and managing historic and digital document and photograph collections through preventive care and storage solutions and data preservation techniques. Attendees will learn how to safeguard family treasures and historic collections to pass on to future generations and keep digital assets safe from technical obsolescence and accidental loss. Attendees will leave with guidelines and practical resources to begin to preserve and manage their personal archives.
Tour of the Conservation Laboratory
Friday, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Tour begins at the Olin Library circulation desk.
Join us for a tour of the Book and Paper Conservation Lab where the treasures of Cornell’s libraries are conserved and restored. You will have the opportunity to meet with our conservation staff and see their latest projects. Notably, members of the conservation staff are currently restoring the Cornell Law Library Trials pamphlets collection. This project, funded by a Save America’s Treasures grant, makes possible the conservation treatment and digitization of the more than 300 pamphlets describing historically important trials including Aaron Burr’s treason trial, Andrew Johnson’s impeachment trial, and the trials of the Lincoln conspirators. Enjoy viewing additional rare and unique items that are in the process of being conserved.
Cayuga’s Writers: Celebrating Cornell poets and fiction writers.
Friday, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Current Periodicals Reading Room, Level 1, Olin Library.
With Fred Muratori, “One place to dwell” exhibition curator, poet, and English-language literature librarian. Discussion of exhibition materials and survey of creative work by famous Cornell authors.
Historic Walking Tour of Uris Library
Friday only, 2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Tour begins at the plaza in front of Uris Library.
Did you know that Cornell’s first president, Andrew Dickson White, donated his personal collection of 30,000 books to Cornell when he retired? Come view and experience the magnificent room where he put his books and join us as we tour this historic building. Hear stories about the emergence of the Cornell University Library as one of the premier academic research libraries in the world, and see how the Library continues to grow and change in our digital Information Age.
Rare Books, Manuscripts, and University Archives
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, Level 2B, Kroch Library.
Throughout the day on Saturday, curators and librarians will show selected materials from Cornell’s extensive rare book and manuscript collections. Examine 4,000-year-old cuneiform tablets, medieval illuminated manuscripts, documents from our spectacular American history collections, materials from our renowned Asia collections, Cornell’s Hip Hop Collection, and treasures from our literary collections and from our History of Science Collections. Look up friends, family (or yourself!) in our complete set of yearbooks, and enjoy Cornell memorabilia from the University Archives.
Cornell’s Human Sexuality Collection Discussion
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Level 2B, Kroch Library.
In honor of Burton Weiss ’66 and Steve Siegel ’68, Brenda Marston, curator of the Human Sexuality Collection, will share historic glimpses of Cornell’s LBGT student activism and new additions to this premier collection documenting sexual politics.
A. D. White Library Tours
Saturday, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. (20 minutes, repeated every 20 minutes), A. D. White Library, Uris Library.
Join us for a brief tour of one of the most beautiful and distinctive spots on campus: Andrew Dickson White’s library. Learn about the founder, his collections, and his role in designing “the great living, growing historical workshop of the University.”