Feb 23, 2014
From staff reports
Ohio University Communications and Marketing in partnership with University Libraries is launching a new Compass series in honor of the Libraries’ 200th anniversary. This is the first installment in the series, which will highlight the ways in which the University’s library system has grown and adapted over the years and spotlight some little-known facts about University Libraries, the heart of Ohio University.
When the Ohio University Board of Trustees officially titled the University’s small collection of books the “Library of Ohio University” on June 5, 1814, OHIO’s founding fathers couldn’t begin to imagine how quickly the library system would grow. What began as a small library located in the northwest corner of “The Academy” on OHIO’s College Green, Ohio University Libraries has blossomed into one of the 100 largest academic libraries in the country, occupying seven floors in Alden Library, an extensive Music and Dance Library in Glidden Hall, as well as the Southeast Ohio Regional Depository (Annex), an off-campus high-density library storage facility.
University Libraries’ growth from “The Academy” to Alden had several stops along the way, occupying a total of five locations on the University’s College Green over the course of the past 200 years. Each of the library’s locations has its unique story, creating a comprehensive history of how University Libraries has transitioned from a book-focused facility to a student-focused gateway for the teaching, learning, discovery and exchange of knowledge.
The map below illustrates the growth and movement of University Libraries on the Athens Campus over the years. Information in the map was taken from “200 Years of Shared Discovery: The Bicentennial of Ohio University Libraries,” a book recently released in honor of the Libraries’ 200th anniversary. The publication tells the complete story of University Libraries both in words and images captured over the course of its 200-year history.
The Ohio University and surrounding community is invited to celebrate University Libraries’ 200th anniversary at the Founders Day Symposium from 1:30 to 4 p.m. March 25 on the fourth floor of Alden Library.
Titled “Founding Gardeners: The Revolutionary Generation, Nature, and the Shaping of the American Nation,” this event will serve as the official kickoff for University Libraries’ bicentennial. Speakers at the symposium include:
Andrea Wulf, New York Times best-selling author of “Founding Gardeners” and the 2013 Eccles British Library writer-in-residence, who will give the keynote address
Dr. David Holben, a professor of nutrition at OHIO, Fulbright Scholar and recipient of a University Professor Award, whose presentation is titled, “Thomas Jefferson: Gardener and Gastronome”
Lauren Cohen, a senior studying applied nutrition at OHIO, who will discuss “Athens Locavores”
The Founders Day Symposium is one of several events in the coming year that will celebrate University Libraries’ long history of service to the University and Athens communities.