Thursday, June 21, 2012

Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library Lectures and Publications Now Available in the Digital Media Repository


“The book’s early life will be happier, its maturity longer, its final disappearance more distant if, like a child, it has found its lines cast among kindly and sympathetic friends and parents.”
John Alden, The Care and Repair of Books

Friends of Bracken Library Dinner, 2010
The newest collection available in the Ball State University Digital Media Repository documents the activities of The Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library, an organization that supports the Ball State University Libraries in the work of preserving and providing access to books, manuscripts, photographs, maps, and other important educational resources. The Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library Lectures and Publications include newsletters, lectures, and brochures highlighting the programs and work of that organization. The lectures and brochures included in the collection deal with a wide variety of topics including Muncie and Delaware County history, United States history, the cultural significance of libraries, and literature. Of particular note, this collection includes the lectures, officially named the E. Bruce Kirkham Lectures in 2000, which are delivered annually at the Friends of Bracken Library Dinner.
 
Jack Carmichael and Jeff Koenker
The Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library was established to maintain an association of persons interested in strengthening the Ball State University library system, enhancing its collections, and promoting its usefulness. Members support the University libraries through contributions of books, manuscripts, periodicals, other educational material, or financial donations. In fact, it is the generous support of this organization that helps make resources available in the Digital Media Repository. Currently, the Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library has approximately 2,200 members from all 50 states and over 40 countries.

Vic Lawhead and Hurley Goodall
This digital collection will be of interest to current members of The Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library, individuals interested in becoming members, and researchers interested in the wide variety of issues and topics addressed by the organization. So, take some time to explore this new collection if you have an interest in the history of railroads in Muncie, appreciate Native American music, want to try a new recipe, find yourself pondering the significance of libraries, or are simply interested in learning more about the important work of the Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library.

For more information about The Friends of the Alexander M. Bracken Library visit the Ball State University Libraries website or contact John B. Straw.

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