The Alexander M. Bracken Library is celebrating its 40th birthday! And the whole campus community is invited to the party. Come celebrate with cake and other goodies at the opening of the exhibit Bracken Library: 40 Years of Service, Innovation, and Growth on the second floor of Bracken Library on Friday, March 25, 2016, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Welcoming remarks by University and Libraries administrators will begin at 1:30.
The dedication ceremony for Bracken Library, named for Ball State University trustee and benefactor Alexander M. Bracken, took place forty years ago on March 26, 1976. The 320,000 square foot building was planned with an eye toward the future, designed to support the academic needs of a growing student population by providing a central, flexible library space with ample resources for research and collaborative learning.
Today, the University Libraries serve over 1.4 million visitors annually and provides students, faculty, and researchers with access to a wealth of diverse print and electronic resources. In its transition to a predominantly digital environment, the University Libraries has created a globalized setting for learning and research through infrastructure enhancements that facilitate and promote access to services and collections on and off campus via mobile devices, social media, and collaborative platforms.
The exhibit that runs through May 6 is organized into a timeline highlighting major developments throughout Bracken Library’s first 40 years, including the automation of the library’s card catalog to allow for online searching, the development of innovative classroom spaces for library instruction, and the acquisition and creation of signature research collections, online databases, and technologies. Examples of historical items on display include:
- Original drawings and plans for Bracken Library
- A 3-D print of the library using the architectural plans for the building
- Historic photographs and digitized film from the library’s early years
- The library’s one millionth addition, a jewel-covered book donated by the Bracken Family
For more information about this exhibit or the opening event, contact Ball State University Archives and Special Collections at firstname.lastname@example.org or (765) 285-5078.
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