Document Type

Article

Publication Title

College and Research Library News

ISSN

2572-6803

Volume

73

Issue

2

Publication Date

February 2012

Abstract

At the University of the Pacific Library, a work of art is being used to raise the visibility of one of its unique special collections. A photographic mural in the library’s study commons offers an artistic tribute to the naturalist John Muir, whose papers are housed in the library’s Holt-Atherton Special Collections department. The series of events that led to its installation provided unique opportunities to forge partnerships between the library and a variety of people and units within the campus community. As a result, the study commons features artwork that provides this learning space with aesthetic beauty as well as a thematic connection to the John Muir Papers. This educational impact reflects the perspective of former ALA President Jim Rettig, who observed, “art has an educational purpose that resonates with the library’s academic mission.”

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