Celebrating Alkek Library’s 25th Anniversary with a Human Chain

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By Kasandra Garza
News Reporter

Photo by: Jimmy Preston

Alkek staff will be hosting a book-pass “human chain” reenactment to celebrate Alkek’s 25 year anniversary on September 23 from 10-11 a.m.

The “human chain” will start at Old Main and end at Alkek Library, “linking the past to the future.”

This reenactment will recreate the same event that took place on May 1, 1990, when Alkek first opened for campus use.

Albert B. Alkek’s grandson is scheduled to attend representing the library’s namesake. Albert B. Alkek passed away in 1995, and the Albert & Margaret Alkek Foundation continues to provide support to charitable, medical, cultural and educational programs serving people of the state of Texas.

The 6 books passed in the Book-IT Brigade are:

The Narrative of Alvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca. The Imprint Society, 1972. The

first written account of what is now Texas and northern Mexico, written by the first

European to explore this region.  The Wittliff Collections owns an extremely rare,

original 1555 edition.

Up the Hill, Down the Years: A Century in the Life of the College in San Marcos,

Southwest Texas State University, 1899-1999.   Ronald C. Brown with Ronald C.

Nelson.  1999.  The most recent institutional history details the first 100 years of the

academic establishment that we now call Texas State University.

The LBJ the Nation Seldom Saw. Robert L. Hardesty.  1983.  University President

Hardesty is credited with acquiring funding to build the Alkek Library.  This cogent

publication provides an alternative view of the university’s most famous alumnus,

President Lyndon Baines Johnson.

The Pedagog. 1991. Published annually most years from 1904 until 1999, Texas State

University’s student yearbook features portraits, images of campus and student life,

extracurricular activities, and notable events during the academic year. This digitized

version of the Pedagog illustrates the transition from print to digital content in the

library’s collections.

… y no se lo tragó la tierra […And the Earth Did Not Devour Him].  Tomás

Rivera. Arte Publico Press. 1995.  Originally published in 1971.  Texas State

University’s Common Experience reading this year tells the story of a South Texas

Mexican-American migrant farm community through the eyes of a young boy during

the late 1940s and early 1950s. The novel has been adapted into an award-winning

film and is recipient of the first award for Chicano literature, the Premio Quinto Sol.

The House on Mango Street. Sandra Cisneros. A.A. Knopf : Distributed by

Random House, 1994. Originally published in 1984. Represents the Wittliff

Collections’s latest literary archive acquisition of Sandra Cisneros’ papers. The House

on Mango Street has sold more than 6 million copies worldwide and has been chosen as

a “One Book” by 16 cities across the U.S. A worn copy from the Alkek Library

collection included in the book pass reflects a quote from Cisneros, “The raggedy

state of my books that some readers and educators hand me to sign is the best

compliment of all.  These are my affirmations and blessings”.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are welcomed to join the staff to celebrate a “milestone” for Alkek library.

The “human-chain” will begin forming at 9:30 a.m. on the quad. If you would like to participate, look for the library staff in blue “Alkek@25” t-shirts on the quad, next to the marque. The first 400 participants will receive commemorative t-shirts available at the Fighting Stallions statue and the marquee.

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