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Library Announces 2018 Winners of the Showalter Research Award

The Legacy Library is pleased to announce the winners of the 2017-18 Kenneth E. Showalter '50 Special Collections Research Award.

For this year, two research projects were nominated for the Showalter Award. Both were selected as co-winners by the award committee:

  • Hailey Bennett. "Washington County Public Library" — an infographic nominated by Prof. Sara Rosenstock for a GRPH 250: Information Design class project.
  • Mandee Young. "A Building of All Trades" — an infographic nominated by Prof. Sara Rosenstock for a GRPH 250: Information Design class project.

In her nominations, Prof. Rosenstock wrote, "The student was challenged to research the history of a building in Marietta, sort through all of the possible storylines and information to include in the project, and eventually edit it all down to the essential information that would educate the reader in an approachable, interesting and effective manner. The amount of information included in this (small) poster is impressive and the student designer created effective contrast between all the sections without overwhelming or confusing the reader. In the end, the poster is a successful informational poster, which communicates a complex history in a efficient amount of time."

This cash award is presented annually to an undergraduate or graduate student who authors the best research project using the primary sources of the Slack Research Collections of the Legacy Library. It is funded by the Kenneth E. Showalter ’50 Special Collections Memorial Endowment, established in 2010 by Robert and Shirley Showalter.

To be eligible for consideration:

  1. The submission must be a completed work in any form, for example, research paper, web site, presentation, video documentary, masters thesis, etc.
  2. It must present the original scholarly contribution of the author.
  3. It must have been completed while the author was a student, undergraduate or graduate, at Marietta College during the current academic year (or the preceding summer) and in connection with coursework at the college.
  4. It can be in any field of study, but must be based largely or entirely on sources held in the Slack Research Collections of Legacy Library.

The selection process followed a blind review standard in which information identifying the author of the project was removed prior to consideration. The award committee this year was composed of: Dr. Suzanne Walker, Associate Provost of Undergraduate Education; Dr. Douglas Anderson, Director of the Legacy Library; and Mr. Joe Straw, Reference and Instruction Librarian.