2020: The library's Map & GIS Librarian created a major new resource for exploring how racism has historically impacted the greater Denver region. He developed a Race-based Historical Covenants mapping project that surveys historical race-based real estate covenants in Jefferson County. The library led a community event on 11/18/20 about the project that attracted 89 attendees and generated considerable public interest. In Spring 2021, to further engage the community, we installed an interactive exhibit on the project at the library entrance.
Learn more about the project: https://libguides.mines.edu/jeffco
What do you do when a student asks if the library has shelf space to house some Arabic reading material? Create free Arabic library with the support of the Saudi Students Club. The library was excited to support such a great idea and has expanded that original initiative to include reading material from other cultures.
Galaxy Girls: 50 Amazing Stories of Women in Space by Libby Jackson
Filled with beautiful full-color illustrations, a groundbreaking compendium honoring the amazing true stories of fifty inspirational women who helped fuel some of the greatest achievements in space exploration from the nineteenth century to today--including Hidden Figure's Mary Jackson and Katherine Johnson as well as former NASA Chief Astronaut Peggy Whitson, the record-holding American biochemistry researcher who has spent the most cumulative time in space. From Ada Lovelace in the nineteenth century to the "colored computers" behind the Apollo missions, from the astronauts breaking records on the International Space Station to the scientific pioneers blazing the way to Mars, Galaxy Girls goes boldly where few books have gone before, celebrating this band of heroic sisters and their remarkable and often little known scientific achievements.
Arthur Lakes Library conducted a diversity, equity, and social justice assessment to identify the need for collection materials that aren't normally included in the University curriculum. Resulting purchases focus on current events and global initiatives including movements involving women, the LGBTQ+ community, persons of color and the intersection between them. The full collection is located in the Browsing Room on the 2nd floor.