Northeast Ohio Regional Library System - Event Information
Academic Library Directors Network
Academic library partners with a special library to benefit middle school, high school and college students. How do unrelated organizations seeking a collaborative partnership make a case for funding, what are the logistics of such a partnership, and how does each entity benefit? These are just some of the questions at the heart of successful partnership. Collaborative projects grow, thrive, and mature if given mutual attention and consideration.
The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is in the second year of a two-year grant funded project to digitize a collection from their archives, develop a curriculum for using those primary sources in middle school and high school science classrooms, and provide experiential learning in higher education. Material for this project comes from the archives of Arthur B. Williams, a Cleveland naturalist and educator who was instrumental in starting the nature centers within the Cleveland Metroparks. Baldwin Wallace University has joined as the co-creator of an online repository for the archival materials, while students in the biology and geography departments at the University of Akron are working with the material to create georeferenced maps and other tools. By bringing these separate but similar collaborative efforts together, we discuss the duality of certainty and uncertainty within the realm of nonprofit funding and seek to strengthen our positions going forward.
Join Wendy Wasman, and Kieth A. Peppers for this discussion along with your fellow academic library directors. This will be the first Academic Library Director Network Meeting and we look forward to hearing your input.
Presenters: Kieth A. Peppers
Kieth A. Peppers received his education at Cleveland State University where he achieved a Master of History and Museum Studies summa cum laude. He is the co-founder and CEO of Pursue Posterity, an organization dedicated to the preservation and promotion of all history. He is concurrently employed with Baldwin Wallace University as the archivist, historian, and faculty, where he teaches classes in Public History, curates exhibits, writes grants, and collaborates with external institutions. During the development of his vocation, Kieth worked with a variety of museums, archives, special collections, and libraries across northeast Ohio on numerous projects from publishing corporate histories to cataloguing and photographing museum collections.
Wendy Wasman has a B.A. in Cultural Anthropology from Oberlin College. She received her Master's in Library Science (MLS) from Kent State University in 1988. Wendy was the Librarian at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History from 1988 until her move to Philadelphia in 1994, where she served as the Science Librarian at Haverford College. She returned to Cleveland in 2000 and rejoined the Museum as Librarian in 2008. In 2012, she assumed responsibility for the Museum Archives. As the Librarian and Archivist, Wendy oversees the 50,000-volume research library, curates the 1,000-volume rare book collection, maintains the special collections, and manages records retention for the Museum. Wearing four different hats is sometimes challenging, but Wendy loves that she can learn something new every single day.