Temple’s libraries hope students will be using the 3M SelfCheck machines in Paley Library on Monday, April 15, which is the nation-wide Check-It-Out-Yourself Day.
By using the machines, students will be exercising their freedom to get moving quickly, as well as helping the libraries qualify to win a cash award from 3M Library Systems to buy additional library materials.
Everyone who participates can also register for a prize drawing. The theme for the day is “Exercise Freedom with SelfCheck,” and it’s part of a weeklong National Library Week celebration from April 14 to 20.
The University libraries’ overall theme for the celebration is “Exercise Freedom @ Your Library.”
The SelfCheck event will start the week off, and staff members will be on hand to assist all first-time users with the 3M SelfCheck machines.
Last year, the libraries won $1,000 to augment their materials budget as a result of their in-house campaign and the level of student participation.
During the entire week, “Freedom Exhibits” will be on display in several locations throughout the libraries.
At Paley Library, selections of alternative press publications of the ’60s and ’70s from the Contemporary Culture Collection will be on display, as well as some earlier rare examples of alternative press literature from the Libraries’ Special Collections.
In addition, photographs and publications illustrating “The Right to Protest: the U.S. Constitution at Work in Philadelphia” will be on display from the Urban Archives collections.
On the Tyler campus, the library will display exhibit catalogs and other materials on historical controversies surrounding the freedom of artistic expression, such as the Armory show of 1913, the Mapplethorpe show of the early 1990s, and the police shut-down of a New York gallery exhibit in the mid-1980s.
On the Ambler campus, library displays will highlight the freedoms and limitations of information resources.
National Library Week was first sponsored by the American Library Association in 1958, and is observed nation-wide by all types of libraries. Check-It-Out-Yourself Day is sponsored jointly by 3M Library Systems and the American Library Association.
Submitted by Temple library personnel