Gigi (Grace) Swinnerton, a first-year graduate student at the School of Information Studies and a Syracuse University Libraries employee, curated a book display on the first floor of Bird Library inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Swinnerton is the first student employee to curate a book display, which runs from January 20 through early February.
“The Libraries has a long-standing tradition of supporting our student employees, including mentoring and encouragement of student work projects that the further each student’s individual interests and aspirations. This is the newest and an excellent example of applied experience for our professional students,” said David Seaman, Dean of the Syracuse University Libraries and University Librarian.
Swinnerton spent about a month developing the display, incorporating ideology behind the selection of each book. The idea was born out of her passion for history, Civil Rights and Women’s Rights Movements. “In curating this display, I felt it was important to include issues both of past and present to reflect on the impact of Dr. King’s legacy. It was a great opportunity to bring together my interests and current library school experience to create something for the Syracuse community to interact with,” said Swinnerton.