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Friday, 17 August 2012

Clarion University Special Libraries Association's student chapter will have a Book-Based Designz display and sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. weekdays, Aug. 20 to Sept. 7, in Gemmell Student Complex.

The students will offer an assortment of book-based décor - books that have been repurposed into lamps, vases, bookmobiles, book safes, shelves and more - perfect for dorms and apartments.

"Many of the books which were used to create the artwork would have been otherwise discarded, so the fundraiser incorporates the values of both recycling and artistry," said Michael Widdersheim, a recent graduate of the Master of Science in Library Science program at Clarion University and SLA president. "We scheduled the fundraiser during first-year orientation and move-in so that students could find items for dorms and apartments, and also so that parents could view our display. We hope this event not only helps support our student organization, but that it also inspires others to repurpose their libraries in new and creative ways."

Special libraries include corporate libraries, government or military libraries, law libraries, art or music libraries, science or medical libraries, and special collections or archives. Special Libraries Association is an international organization which provides support and development opportunities for information professionals working in these environments. The Clarion student chapter of SLA provides a forum for students interested in special librarianship, provides students with networking and professional development opportunities, and educates members of the Clarion campus about special librarianship. During the 2011-2012 school year, Clarion's SLA student chapter had about 50 members.

For information about Book-Based Designz or SLA, email Widdersheim at m.m.widdersheim@eagle.clarion.edu.

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