Library Display Cases
Display cases provide exposure to library collections, curriculum research and interests of SSU faculty, staff, students and regional issues including support of local culture initiatives.
2nd floor South
From the classic humor of Peanuts, to the crime-fighting adventures of Batman, to hard lessons learned from coming-of-age during wartime, there are comics and graphic novels to suit all tastes! Take a peek at some highlights from our collection.
3rd floor North A (near Administrative Offices)
Ever wondered about the professors you see featured on our Teaching Award wall? Get to know those who have been honored for their Excellence in Teaching through Library books and databases, or order their work through inter-library loan!
3rd floor North B (near the Graduate Reading Room)
More exciting vinyl selections to enjoy! In celebration of Black History Month which is themed “Civil Rights in America,” this display highlights jazz and blues musicians who helped further Civil Rights. For many years black and white musicians were not allowed to perform together publicly. This display contains artists who defied that law and who broke new barriers for African Americans toward desegregation of the United States. All albums in the case are still available for your listening pleasure as well as many others. Check out some of these “ hot plates” (a hot recording) and get down and get funky!
3rd floor North C (smaller case near Teaching Award wall)
Inspired by the University Library Art Galley Exhibit "Decisions Driven: Works on Paper," this case features a selection of Art books from the Library collection. See the works on printmaking, DeKooning, Lautrec, and more!
3rd floor South (near the Quiet Study Room)
Birds of the Pacific slope : one hundred fifty-six bird portraits painted in California and Mexico, 1853-1869.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of the publication of Jack London’s novel The Valley of the Moon.
3rd floor South (near Regional Collection)
Love Valentine's Day? Hate Valentine's Day? Resources for all opinions are available in this case to satisfy both fondness and aversion to this holiday.
3rd floor South Quiet Study Room
In honor of Black History Month this February, see works about Angela Davis, W.E.B. DuBois, the Narrative of Sojourner Truth, alongside many more individuals who continue to inspire us today through their actions, perseverance, and their words.
3rd floor Bridgeway
SSU Library English Chapbook Collection
This collection is comprised of 19th century chapbooks from England.
Chapbooks were small cheaply produced pamphlets which contained poems, songs, fairy tales, ballads, almanacs, entertaining stories, moral tales and religious tracts. They were produced in England and Scotland as early as the 1570s and reached the height of popularity in the 17th and 18th centuries. Originally intended for adults, they became popular as reading tools for children.
Chapbooks were sold by peddlers known as ‘chapmen’. The typical chapman wore a long pack, partly open, suspended from the neck and traveled about selling household items such as thread, cloth, needles, writing paper, etc… These individuals ensured a wide distribution of chapbooks.
Display Case Exhibit Proposals
Proposals for exhibits in the University Library Display Cases are reviewed throughout the year. The Coordinator of the Library Arts and Lectures program or designee is charged with reviewing proposals for the display cases. Exhibits run an average of eight weeks. The display case calendar is planned at least four months in advance. The Arts and Lectures Coordinator works closely with other campus departments to create a variety of exhibits.
- Individuals/groups must submit proposals in writing describing the exhibit.
- Proposals should be submitted at least four months in advance of the desired exhibition date. Individuals are encouraged to contact the University Library Arts and Lectures Coordinator prior to submitting a proposal.
- If the exhibit has been shown before, the proposal should include the dates and places of prior exhibitions and exhibition catalogues, if available.
- Exhibition proposals will be kept on file in the office of the University Library Arts and Lectures Coordinator for a minimum of two years with action noted.
- Proposals are reviewed for their appropriateness to the University Library Arts and Lectures mission and such additional factors as:
- Educational content
- Timeliness in regards to other SSU events.
- Any costs incurred are the responsibility of the exhibitor.