Spotlight on Academic LibrariesState Librarian's Report
Ohio’s academic libraries provide resources to support the learning, teaching, and research that takes place in institutions of higher education across the state. The resources and services provided by these libraries are as varied as the institutions they support. The selection of materials for academic library collections is usually driven by the institution’s curricula. However, many of these libraries house rare, unique, and sometimes unexpected collections of materials.
In this issue of The News, we highlight a few of these collections. Some of the collections we examine are collections that support a specialized field of study such as law, medicine, music, or art. The collections of the Packard Library at the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) provide students and faculty with access to a wealth of high-quality books and materials related to the arts. The Albino Gorno Memorial Music Library at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati Libraries, contains resources to support students of the third largest conservatory in the United States. The Capital University Law School Library houses a collection that supports the study of law and the Mulford Health Science Library at the University of Toledo supports the academic and clinical programs located at the University of Toledo’s Health Science Campus.
Some collections, such as the The Marantz Picturebook Collection for the Study of Picturebook Art, are even more specialized. This collection of more than 25,000 picture books is intended for use by teachers, librarians, and researchers who wish to study picturebooks as art objects as well as literary works. The Center for the History of Psychology at the University of Akron houses unique exhibits, papers, and archival materials related to the field of psychology. The Rose Melnick Medical Museum at Youngstown State University features exhibits that chronicle the history of the practice of medicine.
We found the unexpected at the Mulford Health Science Library, which houses a number of art pieces, and at the Southern State Community College South Campus Learning Resource Center, which features monthly exhibits by local artisans, live music performances, and a collection of materials related to Appalachia.
We hope these articles will inspire you to visit some of Ohio’s academic libraries for your own examination of the many unique collections of materials they contain.
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