During this Spring 2011 semester, I’ve already received calls and e-mail’s from many professors who are using the resources available at the Burns Library in their classes. Professor Stacey Barone’s “Introduction to Professional Nursing” class will be doing an extra credit assignment based on the Notes on Nursing exhibit here at the Burns Library. Professor Rory Browne’s history class “Animals and Attitudes” visited to look at Athanasius Kircher’s Arca Noë. And yet another option for classes here at Burns was explored by Professor Min Song’s Introduction to Advanced Research Methods class. In this class, students are introduced to archival research through an assignment that asks them to study a particular item and produce their own “edition”, write a reception history using primary sources or write an analysis on the particular history of a certain item in the collection. By undertaking these types of projects, students and professors engage in innovative and original research and also help to spread knowledge of the wonderful resources available here at Boston College’s John J. Burns Library. We also have the opportunity to look at some amazing “stuff” during these sessions, including letters written by Graham Greene, books from Graham Greene’s library, W. H. Auden’s letters to H. A. Reinhold and the oldest item in the Burns Library’s collection, a Mesopotamian Clay Tablet from the third dynasty of Ur, 2100–2000 B.C.
If these examples give you any ideas for your own teaching or research, please contact us by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 617-552-4861. My colleague Kathleen Williams and I will be happy to work with you so that you and your students can discover new possibilities for scholarship here at the Burns Library.
- Justine Sundaram, Reference Librarian/Bibliographer, Burns Library