Libraries at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


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Collaborative Librarianship 8(4): 165-172 (2016)




Between October 2014 and February 2016, Kansas State University partnered with academic and local government and business organizations to host an exhibit displaying William Shakespeare’s First Folio. University and community organizations came together to provide twenty-four programs showcasing the works of William Shakespeare, and to host educational lectures for the community regarding Shakespeare and his contemporaries. The Libraries secured funding to obtain modern Shakespeare materials, filling in critical humanities collection gaps, along with illustrating modern adaptations of Shakespeare’s works to students. The exhibit was a resounding success, attracting more than 4,000 attendees and more than 2,100 participants in programs related to the folio. The exhibit, a collaborative effort to celebrate the humanities and social sciences at a university traditionally focused upon the sciences, illustrated the importance of valuing all academic disciplines, and provided students and rural community members with a well-rounded educational experience.