Upcoming Events

July 15, 2020 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Capturing Controversy & Digitizing Racism: Yearbooks at Texas A&M University
Professor Rebecca Hankins

This presentation will explore how digitization and access decisions are considered when we make yearbooks available. The presentation looks at A&M's history of racism, sexism, and white supremacy represented in the archives, and the importance of preserving those stories, which are part of the institution’s complicated history. How are digitization and access decisions considered, as we wrestle with both the desire to preserve and provide access and the hope of changing painful elements from our past?


Professor Rebecca Hankins

Professor Rebecca Hankins holds the Wendler Endowed Professorship and is a Certified Archivist, Africana and Women’s Studies Archivist/Librarian at Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas. Her research intersects with her professional work that centers on the African Diaspora, Women’s and Gender Studies, diversity viewed broadly, and the use of popular culture as a pedagogical method that offers new approaches to the study of Islam.

This is an online event; to register:

A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the start of the event. This presentation will be recorded.

July 22, 2020 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Libraries and Popular Culture Conventions: Bringing Interests Together
Jeremy Brett and Sierra Laddusaw

Popular culture conventions (cons) can be powerful opportunities for library outreach, but they are underutilized or ignored as possibilities for many libraries. We recently conducted a survey of libraries, concerning their own con attendance/non-attendance, as well as perceived benefits and actual barriers to attending. This presentation discusses the survey findings, as well as our own experiences attending cons, including lessons learned and benefits for the University Libraries.


Jeremy Brett

Jeremy Brett is an Associate Professor at Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, where he is the Curator of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Research Collection.

Sierra Laddusaw

Sierra Laddusaw is the Curator of Maps, Co-curator of the Chapman Texas & Borderlands Collection, Curator of Digital Scholarship, and Curator of the Maritime Collection at Cushing Memorial Library & Archives, Texas A&M University. Her research interests lie in mapping of ideas and imaginary places and the use of cartographic resources in non-traditional fields of study. She has curated a collection at the University Libraries of materials that blur the line between cartography and art.


This is an online event; to register:

A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the start of the event.

This presentation will be recorded.




July 29, 2020 • 12:00pm – 1:00pm

3DHotbed and the Bibliographical Maker Movement
Kevin M. O’Sullivan

Over a century ago, prominent bibliographers such as R. B. McKerrow and Philip Gaskell proposed a new pedagogical approach, which seeks to help students understand the physical texts they study by immersing them in the historic trades used to produce them. This approach, now known as the Bibliographical Press Movement, was taken up by faculty and librarians around the globe, including those at Texas A&M University. This presentation will discuss advances made in book history education over nearly two decades of praxis at Texas A&M, highlighting in particular the experiments in critical making in the recently designed Historical Pressroom and efforts to extend an experiential approach to bibliographical education through the use of 3D technologies.

Kevin M. O'Sullivan

Kevin M. O’Sullivan is Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts for the Cushing Memorial Library & Archives at Texas A&M University, where he also serves as the Director of the Book History Workshop. He is a founding partner of the 3Dhotbed Project, a collaborative digital humanities effort that seeks to enhance book history instruction through 3D technologies.


This is an online event; to register:

A Zoom link will be sent to you prior to the start of the event.
This presentation will be recorded.