Washington University Libraries

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John M. Olin Library, Washington University in St. Louis
Olin Library - Danforth Campus at Washington University in St. Louis.jpg
John M. Olin Library
Established 1853
Coordinates 38°38′55″N 90°18′28″W / 38.6486°N 90.3078°W / 38.6486; -90.3078Coordinates: 38°38′55″N 90°18′28″W / 38.6486°N 90.3078°W / 38.6486; -90.3078
Branches 12
Collection
Size 4.2 million volumes
Other information
Budget 37 million USD
Director vacant
Staff 152
Website library.wustl.edu

Washington University Libraries is the library system of Washington University in St. Louis. The system includes 12 libraries and over 4.2 million volumes.[1] The John M. Olin Library is the central library.

Olin Library[edit]

Centrally located on the Danforth Campus, just west of the Brookings Quadrangle, Olin Library houses general-interest materials and collections in the humanities, social sciences, biology, mathematics and engineering. It is also a designated federal depository library and houses over 70,000 microfilms. Special collections include the literary papers of James Merrill, Samuel Beckett, Howard Nemerov, Stanley Elkin, William Gass, Mona Van Duyn, and many other important writers; the Washington University Film & Media Archive includes material created by alumnus Henry Hampton documenting the Civil Rights Movement.[2]

Built in the early 1960s after a gift from John M. Olin and opened in 1962, the John M. Olin Library replaced the University's former main library at Ridgley Hall.[3] In 2004, the Olin Library was rededicated after a comprehensive renovation and an expansion of the main floor. This process took more than three years. The library contains a cafe/coffee shop, study spaces for graduate and undergraduate students, and many general services and administrative offices of the Washington University Libraries.

Washington University Film & Media Archive[edit]

The Washington University Film & Media Archive is an archive is composed of completed films and videos, most notably Eyes on the Prize the definitive documentary on America's civil rights movement. The archive also holds numerous materials that went into the creation of other works. The Archive collects photos, interviews, stock footage, producer's research notes, correspondence, treatments, and scripts, all of which provide a distinctive look at the film making at storytelling process for scholars, teachers, filmmakers, and students.

Opened in the Fall of 2002, the Film & Media Archive's first acquisition was the Henry Hampton Collection, an archive of the work of one of the most influential African-American filmmakers. For the first time ever, the tens of thousands of materials created by his company Blackside, Inc. during the production process became available for study.

The Archive has expanded from its inaugural collection to include the collection of filmmaker Bill Miles, the St. Louis Public School's educational films, and material from Insignia Films' Reporting America at War series. It continues to grow, focusing on collecting film archives that examine the great social movements of American history and African-American life and culture, and supporting documentary studies. In addition to acquiring collections of major historical importance, the Archive preserves and organizes these materials, publicizes them, and creates related educational and outreach programs.

Documenting Ferguson[edit]

Following the Shooting of Michael Brown, Washington University Libraries implemented a crowd-sourced digital repository to collected ephemeral documentation of the Ferguson unrest called "Documenting Ferguson". The collection accepts submissions of written testimony, images, and video related to the protests.[4]

Bernard Becker Medical Library[edit]

Located on the Washington University School of Medicine campus, Becker Library serves the Washington University School of Medicine, the Barnes-Jewish Hospital, and the St. Louis Children’s Hospital. The mission of the Becker Medical Library is to provide information resources and technology in support of the educational, research and patient care objectives of the School of Medicine. The library contains over 146,000 volumes, along with over 9,100 print and electronic journal titles.[5]

Becker Medical Library is organized into several departments which play unique roles in serving the Washington University School of Medicine community, including: Archives and Rare Books, Collection Management Services, Health Information Resources (Reference), and Translational Research Support.[6]

Leadership[edit]

Shirley K. Baker served as dean of Washington University Libraries from 1989 until her retirement on June 30, 2012. Her replacement Jeffrey Trzeciak, who served from July 1, 2012 until July 21, 2016. The libraries are currently being lead on an interim basis by Marion G. Crain, a Vice Provost and Professor of Law at Washington University.

Specialty libraries[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ WU Libraries: Library Facts
  2. ^ WU Libraries: Special Collections
  3. ^ WU Libraries: Olin Library
  4. ^ Arnold, Willis Ryder (2015-12-15). "Challenges Face Project Documenting Protests in Ferguson". news.stlpublicradio.org. Retrieved 2016-01-21. 
  5. ^ Bernard Becker Medical Library Facts About the Library
  6. ^ Becker Library Departments and Staff