Snyder Book Collection Contest winners, finalists to be honored at KU

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

University of Kansas Libraries will hold a celebration recognizing the winners of the 57th annual Snyder Book Collection Contest. The event will be Tuesday, April 23, in Watson Library, level 3 West. The reception and viewing of the collections starts at 5:30 p.m. and the awards presentation will be held at 6 p.m. Visit the Snyder Contest website to learn more about the contest, and RSVP for the reception to Rachel Karwas at 785-864-8961 or

This year's contest will culminate with a reception and viewing of finalists' collections, followed by recognition of contest winners and a presentation by Elliott Shore, the Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries.

Dr. Shore has been a Professor of History and the Constance A. Jones Director of Libraries at Bryn Mawr College in Pennsylvania since 1997. Before then, he lectured internationally and was the Director of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study's Social Science Library in Princeton, New Jersey. He was appointed Executive Director of the ARL in January 2013.

The collection contest was established by Elizabeth Snyder in 1957 to cultivate and recognize undergraduate and graduate students' interest in collecting books. In recent years, additions to the rules have been made to accept digital objects and non-print materials for submission as collections or in support to books.

The contest features $1,100 in cash awards for both graduate and undergraduate divisions. Each year, the awards are provided through the Snyder Book Collection Contest fund, which is managed by KU Endowment. In addition, each winner will receive a gift card from contest co-sponsor Jayhawk Ink, a division of KU Bookstore.

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