The Legacy Library is pleased to announce the winners of the 2019-20 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:
In his nomination, Dr. Young wrote, "In my twenty years at MC, I have never had a student make more extensive use of MC Special Collections. Madison McCormick researched and wrote a comprehensive history of the physical changes of the college's campus from its origins into the 21st century using a wide variety of materials. She successfully completed the project, and has since shared it with a wide audience. She developed an online map/tour which is now linked to the Alumni Relations website, and led her own tours during Homecoming weekend."
In her nomination, Prof. Rosenstock wrote, "Carter Lang went beyond the requirements of this research and design project. He spent a lot of time reviewing materials in the Special Collections and engaged the librarians to find content that was not already curated for him. I think he did an excellent job editing the content in a way that does not overwhelm the reader, as well as contextualizes the content in a way that makes the objective of the content apparent."
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:
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. Janet Bland, Provost; Dr. Douglas Anderson, Director of the Legacy Library; and Mr. Joe Straw, Reference and Instruction Librarian.