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Academic & Community Engagement

As a State of Kansas institution, KU Libraries is dedicated to serving users both on and beyond our campus.  In accordance with KU Libraries' mission, the Academic & Community Engagement staff strive to engage with incoming and returning students, and to reach out to lifelong learners within the Lawrence and Kansas City communities by promoting access to KU faculty and student scholarship through the Libraries Lecture Series and Libraries Exhibits Programs.

The KU Libraries are committed to actively promoting diversity and inclusion in their programs and events.  The Academic & Community Engagement staff seeks to honor this commitment, seeking to collaborate with and showcase the scholarship and activities of diverse individuals within the KU, Lawrence, and Kansas communities via our semester-long exhibits in Haricombe Gallery.  We believe that our obligation as Academic & Community Engagement staff members is to provide access to resources and scholarship to all individuals, and that our unique position within KU Libraries allows us to affectively work towards equity, diversity, and intersectionality within the KU and Lawrence community.


Academic & Community Engagement Initiatives:

KU Libraries Exhibits Program and Scholarly Showcases

The Academic & Community Engagement staff is responsible for the showcases of campus and community scholarship in the Haricombe Gallerylocated on the third floor of Watson Library.  Our biannual exhibits highlight library collections and campus and community scholarship through the exploration of different themes.

Gallery Lecture Series

The Gallery Lecture Series highlights the breadth of interdisciplinary research and creative work found on the range of topics showcased each semester in the Haricombe Gallery.

Libraries Love Lawrence

The Libraries Love Lawrence initiative brings staff members from KU Libraries and the Lawrence Public Library together to identify shared opportunities and challenges, and to promote collaborative activities between both institutions.  In order to effectively serve Lawrence library users - to build trust, sustain relationships, encourage community research activities and engaged scholarly output – our libraries must work together to promote each other’s skills, expertise, collections and resources.


Contact Information:

Room 450, Watson Library
1425 Jayhawk Blvd.
Lawrence, KS 66045

Sarah Goodwin Thiel, Academic & Community Engagement Librarian and Haricombe Gallery Program Coordinator
Phone:  785-864-2299
Email:  sgthiel@ku.edu

Conner Mulkey, Academic & Community Engagement Intern
Email:  conner.mulkey@ku.edu


Sarah Goodwin Thiel
Head of Community Engagement
Watson Library

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