2013 Snyder contest winners
The winners of the 57th Snyder Book Collecting Contest at KU were honored at a reception on April 23. Dean Lorraine J. Haricombe welcomed guests, while Assistant Dean for Distinctive Collections Beth Whittaker presented the awards to the students. The keynote address for the contest was given by Elliott Shore, executive director of the Association of Research Libraries.
In the undergraduate division, Meagan Kane, an English major from Overland Park, won first place with her collection, “Who is Tiptree, What is She?: An Examination of a SF Legend.” Jennifer Salva, a journalism and media studies major from Sugar Creek, Missouri, took second place with “Czech & Slovak Tradition: Return to my Roots.”
In the graduate division, Baiba Sedriks, a Lawrence native and graduate student in English education, took first place with “Discovering Hollywood's Mysteries: Juvenile Literature from Cinema's Golden Age.” Chris Robinson, an American studies graduate student from Hayden, Idaho, received second place for “Feather's Nest: A Collection Exemplifying the Diverse and Prolific Career of Jazz Authority Leonard Feather.” An honorable mention was given to Liam Oliver Lair, a doctoral student in women, gender and sexuality studies from Chicago, for his collection "Trans* Life, 1901-2013: Celebrating over 100 years of Trans* People and Communities."
The winner of each division received a $600 prize and a $100 gift card from Jayhawk Ink, a division of the KU Bookstore. Second-place winners received a $400 prize and a $50 gift card from Jayhawk Ink. Honorable mention winners received a $100 prize and a $25 gift card from Jayhawk Ink.
Judges for this year's contest were Elliott Shore, guest speaker at the event, Beth Whittaker, the head of the Spencer Research Library and Assistant Dean for Distinctive Collections, and Laci Gerhart, a former Snyder winner and doctoral researcher in ecology and evolutionary biology.