Fourteen SOIS students accompanied faculty to tour six libraries of Washington, D.C. and attend the National Book Festival this past September 24th, 2016.
Associate Professor Joyce M. Latham and former faculty member Tom Walker coordinated visits to the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Smithsonian Museum of African Art Library and the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum Library. Thursday was capped with a group dinner at Old Ebbets Grill, established in 1856, with the best crab cakes and oysters in town. On Friday the group toured the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, before meeting with the librarian and archivist of the Performing Arts Division of the Library of Congress. After lunch, the tour moved on to the District of Columbia Public Library.
Saturday, students helped staff the Wisconsin Center for the Book (a SOIS affiliate) table at the Pavilion of the States at the National Book Festival. Not only did many former Wisconsinites — and a few UWM grads! — come by to reminisce but John Cole, Historian of the Librarian of Congress, visited the table, followed by the new Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden.
The trip was tied to a one credit course, which involved students not only in the educational tour, but fieldwork at the festival. Students are required to write a reflection on their experience, incorporating content from a suggested reading list. SOIS hopes to offer the course opportunity again next Fall.
Library of Congress Center for the Book: http://read.gov/cfb/
Wisconsin Center for the Book: http://wcb.sois.uwm.edu/
National Book Festival: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/
Authors at the NBF: http://www.loc.gov/bookfest/authors/