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THE BROWN LIBRARY NEWSLETTER

Tickets available for spring banquet featuring Maxwells

We have a few seats and tables still available! Join us in the Hunter Welcome Center from 6-8 p.m. on Tuesday, March 20, for Angels Unawares: Untold Stories of the Jacob’s Dream Sculpture at ACU. Jack (’78) and Jill (Thompson ’78) Maxwell will discuss the creation of Abilene’s most famous sculptures and provide new insights into the impact of Jacob’s Dream on them and their audiences. The banquet also features a sneak peak into the production of their newest public sculpture of angels from the Bible. Please sponsor a table and purchase tickets here.

‘Early Evangelicals’ author to speak Feb. 22


Join us on Thursday, Feb. 22, for two lectures presented by Dr. James Gorman (’08 M.Div.), associate professor of history at Johnson University in Knoxville, Tennessee, and author of Among the Early Evangelicals (ACU Press). Gorman will discuss the involvement of early leaders of the Stone-Campbell Movement in transatlantic missionary work. Gorman will speak at 11:30 a.m. at the Adams Center and again at 4 p.m. at Chapel on the Hill.

Learn more about Gorman’s work and RSVP for Chapel on the Hill here.

Alternative Textbook Initiative Workshops next week


The Provost's Office, Brown Library and the University Library Committee have launched the Alternative Textbook Initiative Pilot program, a project designed to support ACU faculty in their efforts to replace traditional commercial textbooks with academically equivalent alternatives that are available at no cost to students.

The Innovation Foundry will host two workshops for interested faculty next week. Join us for “Making the Case for Textbook Affordability: Using Open Educational Resource Textbooks" next Tuesday, Feb. 27, at noon. Our staff will explore copyright law and fair use next Thursday, March 1, from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., at a presentation titled, “Two Librarians Tackle Copyright and Fair Use: PANE, TEACH, IP, CC, OER Hike!”

Click here to find more workshop details and to learn more about the Alternative Textbook Initiative.

Join our social media contests, win prizes

Starting March 5, Brown Library will sponsor two social media contests: Facebook #LikeACULibrary and Instagram #FollowACULibrary.

Follow along March 5-8 for a chance to win! Winners will be announced on Friday, March 9. Click here to view contest rules.

Hansen Reading Commons coming Summer 2018

This summer, Brown Library will renovate the east side of the Learning Commons into a community space for book browsing and reading. This Reading Commons will be full of new and recommended books and periodicals, new shelving, comfortable seating and tables with good lighting. Learn more about the new Reading Commons here.

Story Shorts program begins Feb. 22

On Thursday, Feb. 22, Brown Library will partner with the Department of Language and Literature to bring you Story Shorts, the first in a series of monthly readings of favorite short stories. Join us in the Reading Commons from noon - 1 p.m. as Dr. Todd Womble (’10 M.A.), assistant professor of language and literature, reads “A Good Man is Hard to Find” by Flannery O’Connor and Dr. Bill Carroll, associate professor, reads “The One Who Walks Away from Omelas” by Ursula K. Le Guin.

Employee Spotlight: Darren Wilson

On Jan. 29, at a Foundry Chat session in the Innovation Foundry, Darren Wilson, coordinator of the ACU Maker Lab, shared his experiences developing and directing the HOPE School of Leadership, a free online post-secondary school serving students in several countries across Africa. Wilson shared his experiences building a curriculum, developing an online community and growing a thriving school that serves students using data and creates opportunities for face-to-face service learning. Read more about Wilson’s work here.

Willis to lead ‘Church as Sacrament’ lecture

Join us March 22 from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the Adams Center Classroom for a CHARIS lecture by Dr. Wendell Willis (’67 M.A.) on the topic of “The Church as Sacrament.” Willis will explore the history of Christian congregational involvement in America and expand on a view of the church, common among Churches of Christ, that the church is an essential form of relationship of believers to congregational commitment. Email rsvp2ac@acu.edu or call Ext. 2455 to reserve your spot.

Learn more and RSVP here.

Maker Fest returns April 5

Join us in the ACU Maker Lab Thursday, April 5, from 3-7 p.m. for 2018 Maker Fest. We’re excited to share a free day of interactive maker workshops and exhibits offering software and tool demonstrations, show and tell presentations and hands on activities. We have a number of opportunities for you to be involved – click here to find out how you can participate in the Spring Maker Fest.

Ironman competition highlighted in new exhibit

The ACU Kinesiology Club and the Money Student Recreation and Wellness Center are hosting an Ironman competition through March 7, encouraging participants to cover 140 miles: swimming 2.4 miles, running 26.2 miles and biking 112 miles. Don’t miss our newest exhibit, which features helpful books for Ironman participants including Breakthrough Swimming by Cecil Colwin, Cycling Texas by Ann Baird, and The Complete Book of Running by Amby Burfoot. Read more and find out how you can get involved here.

Creative Cloud survey results coming soon

In 2015, ACU became one of the first Adobe Creative Campuses in the country, providing access to Adobe Creative Cloud for all faculty, staff and students, while also actively supporting campus learning and productivity with the creative software. This spring, the Innovation Foundry surveyed more than 500 faculty, staff and students about the use and impact of Creative Cloud among our community. Thanks to everyone who responded – we are eager to share the results with you soon!

Student spotlight: Damitra Holland

Damitra Holland, a junior communications disorders major, juggles attending school, participating in social activities and working in the library 12 hours a week by managing her time well. “I was initially afraid of working in such a central place on campus,” she said, “but now that I feel more confident, my favorite part about this job is the opportunity to interact with students and faculty.”

Read more about Holland and her work here.


Join us as the Innovation Foundry hosts Maker Mondays, Foundry Chats and Tech Tune-Ups. Go to the Events Calendar page, where you can RSVP and add sessions to your ACU Google Calendar.

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Abilene, Texas 79699-9208
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