When people come to Hornbake to explore our Literature and Rare Books collection they are often viewing our works from a historical or literary perspective. While it’s true that students studying history and English can find a wealth of resources in our collections collection, the same is equally true for students in STEM. Whether you study biology, astronomy, engineering, or math you can find early texts on those subjects in Rare Books. And it’s now easier than ever with a new libguide on STEM in Rare Books!Continue reading
Last semester we received a request to develop a tour for students in MATH107. At first glance, this seemed like an unlikely fit for our education program. The instructor explained that her students were mostly arts, humanities, and social science majors and we quickly understood how this collaboration could be a great opportunity to reach out to these students.
I worked with the curators of our collections to identify material. Course topics included:
…data analysis, equations, systems of equations, inequalities, elementary linear programming, Venn diagrams, counting, basic probability, permutations, combinations, tree diagrams, standard normal and normal distributions…includes problem solving and decision making in economics, management, and social sciences.
Curators recommended a great deal of material that I had no idea existed within out stacks! This was truly a hidden collection.
Material fell into four thematic sets, including early books on mathematics, educational resources, workplace tools, and discussions of gender and mathematics. Explore the resources used for the class below and, no matter your topic, reach out to us to explore potential educational opportunities. You might be surprised what we can find related to your topics.