On Friday, October 20th, four members of University Libraries attended the APALA (Asian Pacific American Library Association) Northeast Chapter visit to Princeton University. Librarians had an opportunity to learn about DEI initiatives from Ufuoma Abiola, Executive Head and Associate University Librarian for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Amy Vo, Processing Archivist; Setsuko Noguchi, Japanese Studies Librarian; and Joshua Seufert, Chinese Studies Librarian shared insights into Princeton’s Special Collections. PUL’s Special Collections spam five millennia and five continents. It includes around 400,000 rare or significance printed works including cuneiform tablets to contemporary manuscripts. Librarians had the opportunity to learn about the origins of each item, the historical significance, and which space the items are stored.
During the second half of the visit, librarians walked from Firestone Library to the East Asian Library as well as the PUL Makerspace. After an introduction to the available stations (3D printers, sewing station, video production toom, VR exploration room, button makers, large format printer, and cutting machines) librarians were encouraged to try out each station such as making buttons & creating jewelry.
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