Library ambassadors: written by Matheson Tang

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Hey everybody I’m back! My name is Matheson and I am in my 2B term of Honours Science at the University of Waterloo. This is my second term as a Library Ambassador, and I wanted to come back because I had such a great experience being a Library Ambassador last fall term.

As Library Ambassadors we are often around campus promoting the events and the extensive services that the library offers. Our goal is to provide you with information, raise awareness about different aspects of the library, and answer any questions or concerns you may have involving the library and its services.

One aspect of the library I will be shining light on is the Special Collections & Archives department. What is the Special Collections & Archives department? This department in the library holds many rare books and resources that require careful handling due to their early publication date. The library staff in this department provide research and information services related to these rare book and resources.

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The Special Collections & Archives department is located in Dana Porter in the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room. Fun fact: this room is named after the very first librarian of the University of Waterloo. Another fun fact: these resources are not only open to students, as faculty, staff, and even the general public can use any of these great resources.

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The rare books and materials in the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room cover a variety of different areas such as the history of mathematics, architecture, women’s studies, history and urban planning just to name a few. Even if these areas may not be related to your program, you might find some great books or materials you didn’t even know existed!

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You can even learn more about the University of Waterloo’s past as the Doris Lewis Rare Book Room also holds the University of Waterloo Archives. These are past official records that include reports, publications, architectural and building plans, photographs, and memorabilia. One day the present University of Waterloo we know will be apart the Special Collections & Archives department as well.

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This is only one of the many resources and services that the library has to offer! One of my favourite parts about being a Library Ambassador is being able to learn about these resources and share the knowledge I have with other students here at the University of Waterloo.

Hopefully I’ll see you around!

-Matheson