To celebrate the first day of the fall semester and my first day as Burns Librarian, Burns Library staff members gathered last Tuesday for a group photo on the steps of the Ford Tower. It took us a moment to set up the shot and strike a pose in the bright and rather hot late summer sun, and the focus was still a little off, but pictured left to right, are: (front row) Christine McIntosh, Justine Sundaram, Amy Braitsch, Lydia Murdy, Elizabeth Sweeney, Kathleen Williams; (middle row) Xaviera Flores, Barbara Adams Hebard, Jack Kearney, Adrienne Pruitt, Shelley Barber; (back row) David Richtmyer, Michael Burns, David Horn, (yours truly) Christian Dupont, and Andrew Isidoro (not pictured Fr. Philip Kiley, SJ). If you’re curious to know who of us does what at the Burns, feel free to take a peek at our staff listing.
After a couple of digital shutter clicks, we threaded our way through the Memorial Labyrinth on the lawn adjacent to our building. I have long loved labyrinths, and have walked through them in various churches and cities. I had even walked our labyrinth on previous visits to campus, but most often alone, rapt in private meditation. So it was an especially moving experience for me to join my new colleagues in tracing out the winding pathway, the chain of our footsteps doubling back as we passed by one another in sometimes hushed, sometimes laughing contra dance lines—our gyrations drawing us closer, then farther, then finally into the center where we stood for a moment and faced each other in a ring around our Boston College seal and motto, “Ever to Excel.” How happy and enriched I feel to share this bond with the BC community, and with what joy I look forward to serving students, faculty, visiting researchers, alumni, and the global public in my new role as Burns Librarian.
For more information about the Burns Library’s collections, services, and programs, please contact us by phone at 617-552-4861, via e-mail at email@example.com, or visit our website at libguides.bc.edu/burns.
Christian Dupont Burns Librarian and Associate University Librarian for Special Collections