Posted by Amy Schlumpf Manion on September 25, 2013
For the third year in a row, women in the Gamma Phi Omega sorority, Eta chapter, at Aurora University have created a book and media display in Phillips Library to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, which is celebrated from September 15–October 15. Book displays showcase items in the collection and heighten students’ awareness of the resources available to them.
“Having student groups create displays is a unique opportunity to demonstrate how to research in-depth on a topic that is important to them,” said Information Services Librarian Lauren Jackson-Beck. “The process is a great hands-on learning experience, and it is mutually beneficial.”
The women used the Phillips Library catalog to create a spreadsheet of books, DVDs and other materials by Hispanic authors as well as resources about Hispanic culture. This included titles in both Spanish and English. They learned how to locate books and media from various sections: the reference collection, children’s books in the juvenile collection, curriculum materials, film DVDs and music CDs. They then gathered these resources for the display.
The display itself also accomplishes another goal—to increase cultural awareness among the student body. Thousands of people will enter Phillips Library during this time period and virtually all of them will see the display due to its prominent location and the creative, eye-catching way the materials are displayed.
Gamma Phi Omega, Eta chapter, also produces a weekly newsletter to mark Hispanic Heritage Month called Caliente Info!, which is available on the Spartan Net student intranet. The four issues created highlight Hispanic art, music, literature, health issues, politics and more.
Phillips Library is willing to partner with members of any student organization who want to promote their group and spotlight issues important to them by having a book display. For more information, contact Amy Schlumpf Manion.