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 Tuesday, June 22, 2004 IssueFaculty/Staff E-Newsletter


Elizabeth I Enthroned in Norlin
By Linda Besen, Publications & Creative Services

It took two dedicated faculty librarians two years of paperwork, hundreds of hours of preparation and crossed fingers to bring "Elizabeth I: Ruler and Legend" to Norlin Library for six weeks. Opening June 25, this national traveling exhibit focuses on the monarch who ruled England from 1558 until 1603. The exhibit will be open seven days a week in the Center for British and Irish Studies from noon to 6:30 p.m.

Humanities Librarian Jennifer Knievel and History Librarian Thea Lindquist first heard about the exhibit two years ago. "We thought CU would be the perfect place for it," said Knievel. "We applied to host in the summer to coincide with the Shakespeare Festival."

It wasn't until after they had been selected in April 2003 that they realized how lucky they were. Fewer than 30 percent of applicants were selected, and only 12 academic libraries in the country.

Knievel and Lindquist say one reason for their success was that scholars from so many departments wrote letters of support and promised participation. Support came from the Center for British and Irish Studies, Friends of the Libraries, the Special Collections Department, the Center for Humanities and the Arts, the College of Music, and the English, film studies, history and theatre and dance departments.

After CU was selected to host the exhibit, the real work began. "It was probably just as well that we had no idea what we were getting into," said Lindquist. They spent countless hours seeking funding. While the National Endowment for the Humanities provided major support, local supplementary grants provided nine times more. Every department they asked provided funding, even though it was a difficult year financially. "Nobody just said no to us," said Lindquist.

Knievel went to Chicago for training to host, set up and care for the exhibit. Both librarians arranged for concurrent events including a speaker series, a film series, a costume exhibit from the Colorado Shakespeare Festival collection, an exhibit from the Special Collections Department, and supporting events at the Boulder Public Library.

The free opening gala, June 25 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., will feature refreshments, Elizabethan music, a speaker, and people in period costume.

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