2020 was a tumultuous year, primarily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. We navigated new environments of socializing, interacting, and learning. By the summer, we saw civil unrest here in the U.S. as millions protested and marched for social and racial justice. All of this happened while a presidential election was underway and culminated in November.
Through it all, the Samuel C. Williams Library adapted and changed its services and resources to meet the challenges. Librarians, experienced with helping students in person and online, switched to full-time chat services, delivered information literacy instruction via zoom, developed online events, workshops, and research guides. By the time we were ready to reopen our doors in September, we modified our spaces and practices to keep everyone safe with social distancing, masking, and a personalized seating reservation system.
The Library, with campus partners, organized popular events like book clubs that tackled racism and education by reading Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom by bell hooks or the first-year reading program selection, What the Eyes Don't See: A Story of Crisis, Resistance, and Hope in an American City by Mona Hanna-Attisha about the Flint water crisis. The Library’s Archives & Special Collections staff delivered several important lectures about the history of Stevens like The History of Stevens Traditions - Part 1 & Part 2, and Stories of Stevens Alumni Through the Years. We were even able to continue our favorite trivia and Stress Less events as well as a concert to celebrate Beethoven’s 250th birthday!
Looking toward 2021, we’ll continue to be here for you with the research help you need, the facts and information you’re looking for, comfortable study spaces, important cultural and educational events, and all with the friendly staff you have come to recognize inside and outside of the Library. Thank you to everyone who supported our efforts and collaborated with us. Good luck in the New Year!
- The Library will be celebrating Black History Month with a Roundtable Discussion of the James Braxton (Class of '37) Papers as well as highlighting resources from Black authors and scientists.
- Our spring workshop schedule continues to fill up. Make sure to check out our Events schedule for useful educational workshops.
- The Archives and Special Collections Department has started "Share Your Story: Documenting the Stevens Covid-19 Experience" where you can share materials about your experience during the pandemic.