Priorities

“We are re-imagining our role and finding that we are now more essential than ever—not just for providing the resources that scholars need, but for serving as centers of original research, scholarship, and technological creativity.”
~~ Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums

The Brody Learning CommonsLibrary use and users continue to push libraries in different but complementary directions. The “both and” model of libraries is now the norm, with scholars continuing to value the library as a physical place in which to work, study, and even socialize while requiring an ever more robust arsenal of online resources with which to accomplish their aims.

We are rising to the challenges inherent in this ever-evolving landscape by investing in three priority areas: People, Collections, and Programs.

People

Support for staff through endowed positions ensures that we can attract and retain the very best curators and librarians. We seek endowment gifts to support the following positions.

For more information about these naming opportunities, please contact Sylvia Eggleston Wehr.

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Curator for the George Peabody Library

The curator will manage the George Peabody Library’s collection; identify and promote teaching opportunities with the collection to faculty and students across Johns Hopkins and other area institutions; develop specific classes, exhibitions, and programs that are tied to the library; and build community, regional, national, and international recognition for the “cathedral of books.”

Director of the Digital Interdisciplinary Scholarship Center

The new Digital Interdisciplinary Scholarship Center (DISC) will provide services and partnership to faculty and students by offering training in digital research tools and technologies and by seeding and incubating digital research projects. The inaugural director will lead this new center and help to create a culture of digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences at Johns Hopkins University.

Director of the Center for Educational Resources

The Center for Educational Resources (CER) partners with faculty and graduate students to employ innovative teaching strategies, develop educational software, adopt emerging instructional technologies, and conduct educational research. The Center also manages the Johns Hopkins Teaching Academy – a university-wide initiative that trains graduate students and post-doctoral fellows as teachers. We seek endowment funding to name the Director of the Center for Educational Resources to help ensure the Center’s continuing leadership on pedagogical excellence, instructional technology, and graduate student professional development.

Special Collections

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Acquisitions

Each year, our curators and librarians teach more than 150 class sessions using items from our Special Collections holdings. Items selected for acquisition are chosen in collaboration with faculty for use in both teaching and research. The objects span disciplines and range across the centuries, but each opens a window onto the past, and each holds the bright promise of future discoveries by our scholars.

Endowment

Since the 2012 opening of the Winston Tabb Center for Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Archives Research, the Special Collections Department has seen an increase in students interested in exploring the collections and a rise in original research by undergraduates using the collections. Support for the Winston Tabb Special Collections Research Center Endowed Fund will provide a permanent source of funding for acquisitions, exhibitions, student and faculty outreach, and scholarly collaborations.

Conservation

The Department of Conservation and Preservation, established in 1975, is a national and international leader in conservation, education, innovation, and practice. In addition to working on rare books and manuscripts from the rich collections of the Sheridan Libraries and University Museums, the department is engaged in an active materials science research agenda.


Programs

Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards

The Dean’s Undergraduate Research Awards (DURA) offer funding for exceptional undergraduates conducting original research using our holdings in Special Collections and the University Archives.

DURA recipients work closely with a faculty mentor, and past awardees have mounted exhibitions of rare books and manuscripts and co-authored scholarly publications with their faculty advisors.

Graduate Fellowships

Graduate fellows assist in the curation of major exhibitions, process archival collections, and receive unique opportunities to produce and publish original scholarship through research connected to the Department of Special Collections and the University Archives.