Capturing the Essence of HPU Libraries

Capturing the Essence of HPU Libraries

Blog post by Andrew Fair, Evening Reference Librarian

HPU librarians partner year-round, in multiple ways, with all the groups we serve. Not surprisingly, we actively collaborate with faculty and teaching staff on many levels: teaching library instruction classes; helping with course planning and preparation; acquiring new materials for our collections in multiple formats; and working with faculty on their research.

But, HPU library spaces often become an extended part of the classroom.  This summer was no exception, when we worked with a photography class taught by Benita VanWinkle of the HPU Art Department.  As part of the coursework, she asked her students to take photos in three library spaces: Smith, the Wanek Center Learning Commons and the School of Education Resource Center.  The assignment was to try and capture the “essence” of what these HPU spaces meant to each photographer as an individual.

In varying light conditions, and frequently in awkward spaces, VanWinkle’s eight students have produced a remarkable range of images.  Their lenses have captured some unusual, thoughtful and charming views, representing their interpretations of the assignment.  The collaboration was so successful, that we recently repeated the class exercise this semester. We can’t wait to see what this group comes up with!

(Image to left: Student on stairs at Smith Library; captured by Anna Cheng)

Keep scrolling to see the images!

Books on the 3rd floor of Smith Library; captured by Megan Painter

Books on the 3rd floor of Smith Library; captured by Megan Painter

 

Break area at Smith Library; captured by Hunter Fleming

Student reading a novel at Smith Library; captured by Justin Patierno

 

Board games at Smith Library; captured by Emily Gencarella

Board games at Smith Library; captured by Emily Gencarella

 

DVDs on display on the lower level of Smith Library; capture by Rock Collier

DVDs on display on the lower level of Smith Library; captured by Rock Collier

 

Break area at Smith Library; captured by

Break area at Smith Library; captured by Hunter Fleming

 

Curious George at the SOE Resource Center by Angela Tedrick

Curious George at the SOE Resource Center by Angela Tedrick

 

Above image captured by Heather Long

Beatrix Potter figurines at the SOE Resource Center; captured by Heather Long