Catalog for ‘Medicine on the Maumee’ exhibit wins national award

April 18, 2013 | News, UToday, Library
By Staff

The Ward M. Canaday Center for Special Collections will receive an award at the American Library Association’s Annual Conference in Chicago in June.

Medicine on the MaumeeThe catalog for “Medicine on the Maumee: A History of Health Care in Northwest Ohio,” a 2012 Canaday Center exhibition, will be recognized with the Katharine Kyes Leab and Daniel J. Leab American Book Prices Current Exhibition Award, given by the Association of College and Research Libraries Rare Books and Manuscripts Section.

Funded by an endowment established by the Leabs, editors of American Book Prices Current, the award recognizes the best printed and electronic exhibition catalogs produced by North America and Caribbean libraries in categories based on cost of production.

Tracing the area’s history of medicine from the earliest days of settlement to present, “Medicine on the Maumee” featured items from the Canaday Center’s holdings as well as from ProMedica, Mercy and Mercy College. Other exhibited items were borrowed from the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, the Academy of Medicine of Toledo and Lucas County, the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library, and other libraries in the region. The exhibit showcased rare medical history-related items that are not likely to be brought together again in a single exhibit.

“Drawing from a number of community resources, this broadly collaborative exhibition documents the evolution and practice of medicine and the establishment of health-care systems in northwest Ohio from the earliest settlements to the 21st century, serving as ‘a mirror reflecting the development of our community,’” said Cherry Williams, chair of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Section Exhibition Awards Committee and curator of manuscripts at Indiana University.

“In addition to recording the exhibition, the catalog functions as a valuable reference tool, utilizing both a table of contents and a bibliography for optimum user navigation and a resource for further study,” she said. “The page layout, typography and construction of the catalog allows for easy readability while the clear, concisely presented narrative within each chapter builds upon the previously presented material fulfilling the expressed goal of providing a humanistic interpretation, which both educates and enlightens.”

The extensive catalog was a cooperative project of the staff of the Canaday Center and archivists and librarians from ProMedica, Mercy and Mercy College.

“We are excited about this honor. It reflects the excellent work of writers from several institutions, as well as the outstanding graphic design efforts by the UT Marketing Office,” said Barbara Floyd, director of the Canaday Center and coordinator of the exhibition. “It is wonderful that our work has been recognized by our peers.”

Floyd will travel to the Windy City to receive the award Sunday, June 30.

In addition to the UT Canaday Center, other schools to be honored are:

• Stanford University Hoover Institution Library and Archives for the exhibition catalog “A Century of Change: China 1911-2011.”

• Yale University Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library for its brochure titled “Remembering Shakespeare.”

• The University of Texas at Austin Harry Ransom Center for its electronic exhibition on “The Greenwich Village Bookshop Door: A Portal to Bohemia, 1920-1925.”

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