April Recap: National Library Week, Exhibit Opening, and Partnerships

Attendees at the RCLM37 Opening Ceremony

Attendees at the RCLM37 Opening Ceremony

To embark on National Library Week 2019, the James B. Duke Memorial Library hosted an unveiling of the new RCLM 37 exhibit on April 7, 2019. Over 150 people gathered in the library eager to witness the reveal of the new exhibit. The day also commemorated Founder’s Day, marking the 152nd anniversary of the University’s establishment.

The RCLM 37 exhibit features an historical timeline, a soundtrack blended with oral history interviews, and a documentary that tell the story of the Biddleville/Northwest Corridor community. The launch event allowed attendees to connect via wireless headphones to musical beats blended with narratives from members of these historic African American neighborhoods surrounding JCSU.


RCLM37 Exhibit Visitors with Wireless Headphones

Since its opening, students and faculty have stopped by to engage with the momentous RCLM37 exhibit and the creative director, Janelle Dunlap.

The launch of the RCLM 37 exhibit was the kick-off event for National Library Week, April 7th-13th, 2019. Dr. Chantell McDowell and Keisha Parris spearheaded events for National Library Week following the launch of the exhibit.

National Library Week is an annual celebration highlighting the role libraries, librarians, and library staff play in transforming lives and strengthening our communities. This year’s theme, Libraries = Strong Communities, illustrated how today’s libraries are at the heart of our cities, towns, schools and campuses, providing critical resources, programs and expertise. They also provide a public space where all community members can come together to connect and learn. –American Library Association (ALA)


Students at the 2nd Annual Mini Makerspace Conference

National Library Week events were comprised of a GarageBand workshop, Game Night, a Raspberry Pi workshop, and the Student Research Resource Mash-up which was a collaboration between the Library and the Smith Institute for Applied Research.

The Student Research Resource Mash-up provided students with an opportunity to interact with library staff and learn more about free resources to help them with their research. Students were also given a first-hand demonstration of the library’s 3-D printing tools and information on accessing online learning resources provided through our partnership with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library.

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National Library Week culminated with our 2nd Annual Mini Makerspace Conference, a partnership with the Discovery Place Education Studio. This was a full-day event that provided one-on-one interaction with expert makers as well as hands-on demonstrations with 3D Printers and CNC devices.

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Interacting with Makers at the 2nd Annual Mini Makerspace Conference

CTI Information Session

CMS Teachers at the CTI Information Literacy Session

In late April, the library partnered with Dr. Jasleen Kohi, Assistant Professor of Spanish to host a poetry read led by Rafel Preto, featuring JCSU faculty and students. The University College Rhetorical Expo was held in the library along with Student Voting as JCSU students cast their votes for the 2019-2020 student leaders. The Director of Library Services and Curation facilitated an information literacy resource session for the Charlotte Teachers Institute, sharing helpful research tips for database searching to 40 CMS Teachers.

April was truly the month in which the library engaged in partnerships throughout the community and across campus.