The University of Waterloo Library in Waterloo, Ontario is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).
Jessica Blackwell looks at a book about Euclidian geometry that was printed in 1570. It features pop-ups that give the Greek mathematician’s ideas three dimensional shapes, and she gushes like an adoring fan.
“This one is my favourite. It’s my baby,” said Blackwell, librarian for the University of Waterloo’s special collections and archives.
That’s saying a lot when you work with 80,000 old books and periodicals dating back to 1493.
In the basement of the Dana Porter Library there are 7,000 linear feet of materials shelved in a special room where the temperature and humidity are carefully controlled.
For Nick Richbell, the head of the university’s special collections and archives, there is nothing better than taking a phone call from someone who wants to donate their grandparents’ papers, records, artifacts and books to the archives.
“I love it, for me the best part of the job is working with donors, seeing what they have,” said Richbell.
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