Wednesday, October 1, 2014

American Archives Month

October is American Archives Month! You might be asking yourself: "What is an archives?" Good question! Archives maintain the non-current records of individuals, groups, institutions, and governments that contain information of enduring value. The purpose of an archives is to collect, organize, and preserve records to make them accessible to the public. That includes YOU and anyone else who wants to know about this university's history.

The Shippensburg University Archives is where we preserve records that document the university's origins and development, including the activities and achievements of its offices, faculty, students, and alumni. We also maintain Special Collections, which include unique and rare books about Pennsylvania history and other interesting topics.

The Shippensburg University Archives are your archives. We strive to preserve the university's history--which, as a Shippensburg University student, alum, faculty member, staff member, administrator, or friend--is your history! If you want to learn more about any aspect of the history of the university (a sports team, building, academic department, or relative who attended Ship), just ask!

Are you wondering how we have all of this information? The Archives collects records from many different members of our campus community in order to preserve this history for use by future Ship students, personnel, and the public. We can't do it without you! Below are examples of the types of materials we collect from folks all over campus and beyond.

Students: Do you belong to a student club and have group photos, flyers, or meeting minutes? Did you keep a journal while studying abroad? Have you written a paper about any aspect of SU history for one of your classes?

Alumni: Did you make scrapbooks documenting your college experience at SU (or for some of you, Shippensburg State College)? Do you have programs or other materials from class reunions? Are you still hanging on to memorabilia from your Ship days such as trophies, recordings of campus sporting events, clothing or pennants?

Personnel: Are you cleaning out a filing cabinet and wondering if certain records from your office or department belong in the archives? Consult the university's Records Retention Policy.

Faculty: Do you have syllabi from courses you no longer teach? Have you published a book you would like to have included in the SU Authors Collection at the library?

Want to know more about archives? Luckily for you, the National Archives & Records Administration created this brief but informative flyer that explains how archives fit into your life. The Society of American Archivists, a professional association for our nation's archivists, can also provide you with a wealth of information. Or, ask Ship's Archivist & Special Collections Librarian--Christy Fic.

Shippensburg University Archives & Special Collections is here to serve you! Contact us by email: or phone: 717-477-1516. We look forward to hearing from you.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Seeking Student Volunteers: Library Student Advisory Group

Make a Difference!  
We need your ideas on student needs, collections, website, special events, and more.
We want your input!
For more information contact Dr. Michelle Foreman, associate dean & director of libraries at 477-1475

Thursday, September 25, 2014

African American Cultural Connections

Book Cover Image: Tell It With Pride The Office of Housing and Residence Life is sponsoring an African American Cultural Connections program
 – Monday, September 29 @ 8:00 pm in McLean 2 Hall MPR

Event Poster: Raisin in the Sun at African American Arts Complex, 2012

Tell it with Pride book cover detail image

Monday, September 22, 2014

Banned Books Week Read Out

The American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom held a Banned Books Read Out in Las Vegas this past summer. Over 100 banned books were read out and posted to the Banned Books Read Out YouTube Channel. Elvis loaded up and read out In the Night Kitchen by Maurice Sendak.
Yours Truly, Shippensburg Librarian Aaron Dobbs, read out Caleb & Kate by William Steig:
What a great preview-shot for my video *shrug* :)

Thursday, September 18, 2014

2014 Banned & Challenged Books Week Sept. 21-27

Lehman Library celebrates the Freedom to Read !
Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the freedom to read! 
Have you read some of the banned books?  
Why were they banned ? 
Come see what books have been challenged and banned.  Lehman Library, lower level lobby between Sept. 21-27, 2014.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Did You Know? 2014 Constitution Day Celebration

Did you know?

  • The U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words. It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any government in the world.
  • Of the spelling errors in the Constitution, "Pensylvania" above the signers' names is probably the most glaring.

Come join us in celebration of the Constitution Day on September 17th with programs as follow:

  • 9:00 a.m.    Reading of the Preamble by the fourth grade Luhrs students along with the University President.
  • 7:00 p. m.   Special Lecture on "Religion and the Constitution" by Dr. Steven Lichtman, Associate Professor of Political Science. Grove Forum.

The display of artworks by GBLUES students on U.S. Constitution topics are on display in the Lehman Library, lower level lobby.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Shippensburg University & Lehman Library Celebrate the U.S. Constitution Day

In honor of Constitution Day, all educational institutions receiving federal funding are required to hold an educational program pertaining to the U.S. Constitution.

9:00 AM:  Reading of the Preamble by the 4th grade Luhrs Elementary School students along with the University President. 
In front of the library.

7:00 PM: Constitution Day special lecture on "Religion and the Constitution" by Dr. Steven Lichtman. Grove Forum

The display of artworks by GBLUES students on the U.S. Constitution topics are on display in the Lehman Library lower level lobby from September 15-26, 2014.