Daily Archives: October 7, 2009

Charles H. Smith at the Darwin Conference in Brazil



Science Librarian Charles H. Smith recently spent several days at a Darwin conference in Brazil. He was invited by the conveners of the international ‘Echoes of Darwin’ symposium, the Institutos Humanitas UNISINOS (IHU), to present an evening session on the work of Alfred Russel Wallace, another evolutionist and colleague of Darwin’s. The IHU is a division of UNISINOS, a large Jesuit-founded university situated near the southern city of Porto Alegre in the Brazilian state of Rio Grande do Sul. Smith’s topic for the day was ‘Alfred Russel Wallace and the Notion of Final Causes in Evolution,’ and featured discussions of his research on both history of science and systems theory subjects. An interview of Smith conducted online prior to his arrival appeared in a UNISINOS magazine just before the conference, and while there he was interviewed again for another publication.

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“Appalachian Power Shift” on “True Cost of Coal” in Java City

Beehive Design Collective, an ecology oriented group, gave a presentation at the Jave City on the patio of Helm LibraryThe Beehive Design Collective’s ecology oriented group called the “Appalachian Power Shift” gave a stirring presentation on the “True Cost of Coal” to a crowd on the Java City patio today. The Beehive Design Collective- a non-profit, volunteer driven, political arts organization based in eastern Maine who’s mission is to “cross pollinate the grassroots” through the creation of images as an effective medium for deconstructing and educating the public about complex geopolitical issues. The Bees also presented art that illustrated the need for clean-alternatives to coal and focused on the problems surrounding Mountain-top removal in Appalachia. This event was sponsored by the Art Department, the Institute for

Citizenship & Social Responsibility, the Political Engagement Project, the Philosophy & Religion Department, the Biology Department, WKU Libraries, and a number of individual donors.

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Archives Month

Holy Cross archivist Sarah Campbell stated that “archives aren’t lending libraries.”  Special collections serve a different mission than lending libraries.  They hold unique, one of a kind items that need special care and handling in order to preserve them for as long as possible. 

Think about the different conditions that you subject a library book to while you have it checked out.  How many other items are in your back pack with it jostling around?  Is it raining outside as you cross campus without an umbrella?  Do you read at the dining table while eating?  Do you take notes with a sheet of paper laid over the pages?

These are things that would destroy most archival materials in a relatively short time.  Special collection books and documents don’t circulate and we have rules about how they can be handled in order to ensure that you can use them as well as the person who comes in after you.

Check out the Kentucky Library & Museum collections on KenCat.

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