Thank you to Katie McCormick, Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives, for this post to kick off our new blog redesign.
Welcome to Illuminations, the FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives blog. Whether you are a regular reader or this is your first time here, you’re in a new place. We’re excited about our new look, about telling more stories, and about all the new possibilities a new year brings.
2020 was quite a year. We went into pandemic quarantine with the rest of the world. We learned to navigate as our lives and routines were turned upside down. We felt the pain of injustice in communities across the country and in our own. Through it all, we have reflected, pivoted, adapted, and imagined new.
Whether we’re Zooming or answering emails or designing online classroom learning modules, we continue to pursue projects and to connect with students and researchers. We’ve been hard at work thinking about how our collections tell the stories of many communities and reflecting on how we can become more inclusive and welcoming.
Our goals have always been to connect you to the people, places, and events documented in our collections, to share the stories of students and researchers on their journeys of discovery, and to illuminate our work. We look forward to the day when many of you are researching with us again in person, but we are also excited about all the ways we can continue to connect with those who can’t travel to Tallahassee.
The redesign of Illuminations is an expression of renewed efforts and new thinking. We hope that the new design allows for more opportunities and more connections. Click around. Explore the stories. And let us know what you think!