FSU Libraries is a depository library for United States Federal publications, State of Florida publications, and United Nations Publications.
Every month I coordinate with Mohamed Berray, Social Science Librarian and Coordinator for Government Information, to create a government documents & information display around a specific topic that highlights works in our collections.
Our Government Information display area is at the far end of the Scholars Commons floor before the rear stairway and elevators.
This summer, we had three monthly displays.
- Memorial Day Display: From May until early June we celebrated the United States’ observance of Memorial Day. Celebrated on the last Monday in May, Memorial Day is celebrated to remember those who died while serving in the military. The display features a poster depicting members of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP). Thirty eight women in WASP have died while serving during World War II. The items on display are a mix of related federal documents, items from the general collection, and an item from our juvenile collection on Memorial Day.
- National Parks Display: June and July’s display honored the National Parks including the Fourth of July celebrations on the Washington mall. Millions of people visit the national parks every year and many go during the summer. The U.S. National Park Service commissioned Hawaii Volcano poster is a reissue of Charley Harper’s original artwork. The display included federal documents and items from the general collection. There were also some e-cards with featured e-resources viaQR codes including a link to the national parks’ celebrations for the Fourth of July.
- Women’s Suffrage Display: Our current display celebrates the women’s suffrage movement in honor of the Voting Rights Act’s anniversary on August 18. This poster was designed to celebrate women’s history, includes images of historic women in the letters, and has been seen on related displays. The items on display are a mix of Federal documents, UN documents, reference items, and materials from the general collection that celebrate women’s suffrage movements around the world. E-cards have QR codes for electronic resources related to the topic that you can access on or off campus.
Earlier this year, FSU Libraries was recognized as a top 20 depository nationwide for our outreach and display of US Federal collections. Our collections serve FSU students, faculty, and staff, and members of the Tallahassee community.
WRITTEN BY: Nicole Gaudier Alemañy