We are back* for the new academic year after a very busy summer. A lot of things happened in all three of our areas: University Archives, Rare Books and Special Collections. One of the most significant is the creation of an internship position for a graduate student who will focus on the Heritage Edition of The Saint John’s Bible that is based in the Rare Books Room while on loan to Creighton University. Deep and profound thanks go to Dr. Eileen Burke-Sullivan – whose many positions at Creighton include holding the Barbara Reardon Heaney Chair in Pastoral Liturgical Theology – and Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library, whose combined support make the internship possible.
A familiar face holds the new post. Lexie Kafka worked in our department as an student worker until she graduated last May, and she is now our first graduate intern. With Lexie on board in this new role, we will be able to increase the opportunities for people to interact with the beautiful sacred art and text of the Heritage Edition. One way we will do this is with the addition of viewing hours on Sundays from 11:00am to 3:00pm. We hope this time will accommodate area churchgoers who are not able to make it to campus to see the Bible during our weekday hours.
Lexie is already very knowledgeable about The Saint John’s Bible and the Heritage Program, as people who saw her with the Bible at the 2016 Baccalaureate Mass can attest. We are very lucky to have her with us.
If you are planning a trip to see the Bible, here are a few things you might want to know:*A section of our website highlights the Heritage Edition while it is at Creighton, and it tells each week’s featured illumination – that is, the one on display in the Rare Books Room. Lexie considered the 15th anniversary of 9/11 when she selected this week’s illumination.
* We take the Heritage Edition to special Creighton events, but the easiest way to see the seven-volume set is to visit the Rare Books Room of Reinert-Alumni Memorial Library Directions can be found in the Locations section of our Contact Information webpage.
* Our standard hours for the semester will be Sunday, 11am-3pm; Monday-Wednesday, 11am-2pm; and Thursday-Friday, 2:30pm-4:30pm. Lexie will be there most Sundays through Wednesdays, and Arnette Payne will be on hand Thursdays and Fridays. You may want to check the website for current hours, though, since these hours are subject to change for holidays, class visits, programs and other events that may limit access. We also hope to add some hours as the semester unfolds.
Come see us!
* Apologies to those who missed reading our posts over the summer. It turns out that Creighton’s Attic took a longer vacation than planned.