Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Photographic commemoration of a print memorial

Today, processing yet more images from the University News & Publications donation we received earlier this year (only three boxes to go!), I came across a contact sheet (without negatives) labeled: 13 Sept 90, Library, SIDS Books Dedicate. Luckily, I work in the Library and so can interpret this cryptic note and add a little information to the sheet.

The special library collection, Oregon Memorial Library for Bereaved Parents, was started in 1990 as a result of a request to provide access to more information on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) for parents struggling to cope with their losses. The collection was thus developed as a consumer health-oriented collection focused on SIDS, but it also includes other books on grief and bereavement intended to be used by parents who have lost a young child. It is not separately shelved, but integrated with the general circulating collection in the OHSU Libraries. Titles in this subcollection can be located by searching the catalog for Oregon Memorial Library for Bereaved Parents.

In the photographs from the dedication, librarian Carrie Willman is shown with OHSU faculty members Diana White, PhD, and Joseph Gilhooly, MD, as well as a member of a local SIDS support group. The photos serve as a graphic reminder of the willingness and ability of libraries everywhere to respond to the information needs of their patrons with both skill and compassion.

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