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From "Treasure Room" to "School Room": Special Collections and Education
RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage (2006)
  • Steven Escar Smith, University of Tennessee - Knoxville
Abstract

Webster's Ninth New Collegiate Dictionary states that education involves learning and then defines learning as the acquisition of knowledge or understanding through study, instruction, or experience. This is the best and broadest definition of the term I know of and the one that most closely informs what I do in my work as director of the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives at Texas A&M University. I consider any activity that provides opportunities for study or experience as education. In a special collections environment, this includes traditional classroom teaching as well as many other undertakings—exhibits, displays, guided and self-guided tours, . . .

Keywords
  • special collections,
  • libraries,
  • public education,
  • educational programs,
  • teaching
Publication Date
Spring 2006
Citation Information
Steven Escar Smith. "From "Treasure Room" to "School Room": Special Collections and Education" RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage Vol. 7 Iss. 1 (2006)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/steven_smith/9/