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Steuer speaks Friday on special library collections

Jan. 14, 2007

KALAMAZOO--Dr. Susan Steuer, head of the Department of Special Collections for Western Michigan University's library system, will speak at the next Friends of the University Libraries gathering at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 19, in the Meader Rare Book Room on the third floor of Waldo Library.

The discussion, "From widows to Waldo," will be an intellectual pseudo-biography about Steuer's training and education as it pertains to working with WMU's Rare Book Room collections. To RSVP for the reception that will follow the program, please contact Kathy Gerow at (269) 387-5202 or kathy.gerow@wmich.edu by Tuesday, Jan. 16. Both the program and reception are open to the public free of charge.

WMU's Department of Special Collections is one of the largest repositories of primary resources and research materials in the University's library. It contains more than 39,000 books and 4,500 linear feet of modern manuscripts. The holdings are organized into different research collections, emphasizing Cistercian and monastic studies, medieval studies, American women's poetry, historical children's books, pop-up and movable books, 19th- and 20th-century literature, and handmade paper and artist's books.

Steuer has taught several courses at both the University of Minnesota and Indiana University. She has been involved in support functions since 2002 for an exhibit on digital materials from the collections of the League of Nations Archives at the United Nations Library in Geneva, Switzerland.

Steuer earned a doctoral degree in history from the University of Minnesota, and a master's degree in library science from Indiana University, with a specialization in rare books and manuscript administration. She received her bachelor's degree in history and English from the University of Missouri.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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