WSU Libraries Plan Activities

PULLMAN, Wash. — Washington State University Libraries will recognize National Library
Week, April 12-16, with several special events during the month.
The libraries’ goal during the month is to remind people that libraries are here and part of the
university, said Nancy L. Baker, director of WSU Libraries.
Robert C. Speth, a Veterinary and Comparative Anatomy, Pharmacology and Physiology
faculty member, is the 1999 Faculty Library Award winner. Speth will be honored for showing
exceptional support for the libraries at a ceremony Wednesday, April 14. The 4:15 p.m. ceremony
and reception are set for the Kamiak Room on Holland/New Library’s fourth floor.
The Holland/New Library will open its doors to the public April 17 as a part of Mom’s
Weekend activities. Live piano music in Holland Atrium, an open house featuring the George
Mathis exhibit in the Manuscripts, Archives and Special Collections area, and a
book-preservation exhibit on the Holland/New Library’s first floor are scheduled. In addition, a
WSU Press book sale is set from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in the atrium.
A celebration in honor of the 20th anniversary of Owen Science and Engineering Library
opening is scheduled for April 23 at 1:30 p.m. Baker will open the program with a welcome and
introductions. Provost Gretchen Bataille; Darlene Hildebrandt, library head; and Kirk McMichael,
an associate professor of chemistry and a member of the library’s building committee, will make
remarks. A birthday cake will be served.
The debut of the WSU Libraries’ new poster featuring WSU’s mascot, Butch, and the slogan
“Reading is a gift …” also coincides with the awareness month.
The poster is modeled after the American Library Association’s “READ” poster, which is
found in American libraries and features pictures of celebrities reading.
The WSU Libraries are asking major university supporters to deliver posters to their local
libraries. Staff and library supporters will receive posters, and a limited number will be on sale for
the public.