04/18/2014 - Beyond Our Walls: A Conversation with Karen Cook

Karen Cook, Special Collections Librarian at KU’s Spencer Research Library, will be presenting "Kenneth Spencer Research Library: The Changing Scene” on Friday, April 18th from 10-11 AM in Bizzell Memorial Library, room 339.

During Ms. Cook';s fifteen years as a Special Collections Librarian in Kenneth Spencer Research Library, the accelerating pace of change there and in the University of Kansas Libraries overall has made the preceding thirty-two years, since Spencer Research Library first opened in 1968, seem static by comparison. After introducing you to Spencer Research Library with a virtual tour and a summary of its history, her talk will focus on the impact of recent library trends. While mentioning University Archives and the Kansas Collection, she will focus on Special Collections, the part of Spencer Research Library of which she has the most expertise. Of particular interest is her experience leading an NEH-funded project to digitize Spencer Research Library’s collection of John Gould’s mid-19th century ornithological books and about 2000 preliminary drawings and watercolors from his workshop.