New Exhibit on Display in Ginsburg Library: “The History of Temple’s Health Sciences Schools”

Guest post by Janeen Lamontagne, Ginsburg Reference Librarian 

Come check out the new exhibit “The History of Temple’s Health Sciences Schools,” on display in the Ginsburg Library. The exhibit—immediately to your left when you walk in the library’s doors—contains photographs, yearbooks, and artifacts representing all of Temple’s Health Sciences Schools from the late 19th century until recent years. Some highlights from the collection include an antique compounding scale lent from the School of Pharmacy, photos from the early 1900s of medical students at work, and a page from a mock medical journal titled “The North Philly Journal of Medicine” found in a 1978 yearbook.

Compounding scale lent from the School of Pharmacy with other exhibit items 

All of the photos on display in the exhibit were found in our Special Collections Research Center, either through the digital collections or in the physical collections during on-site research in the archives. Accompanying the exhibit is a survey where students can vote for their favorite photo in the exhibit, which can be accessed through a QR code posted on the main display case.   

Playbill for “The Fantasticks”-put on by the School of Pharmacy, 1969, from the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 

Gateway to the Chiropody School (now the Podiatry School), 1948, from the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 

Physical therapy student Dorothy Johnson works with her patient Joy McHenry, date unknown, from the Special Collections Research Center, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA 

It is my hope that when students view the exhibit they will feel a sense of camaraderie with Temple’s history and the Health Sciences students of the past, which will in turn ease some of the stress brought on by the intensity of their studies. Special thanks to Dr. Susan Dickey from the school of nursing for lending the exhibit some of her personal artifacts and to Margery Sly from the Special Collections Research Center for her research advice.

New Semester, New You 

Welcome back for the spring 2023 semester! No matter what this semester brings, the Libraries have the services, resources, materials, and expertise to help you succeed. 

Check out our website to browse materials, access resources, or to contact us with questions, and review our hours page if you’re planning to visit us in person. And read on for a refresher on our services, collections, and opportunities, as well as some of our top tips to start the new year off right. 

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Charles Library photo by Betsy Manning, Temple University

Help with research 

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Getting in touch with your subject specialist is easy: you can chat 24/7, email, or schedule an appointment. For more ways to get in touch, visit our Contact Us page. 

Access books, journals, archives, and more 

We provide access to a broad range of physical and online materials—from books, databases, and journals to ebooks, archival materials, and movies—all searchable through our website:

Each semester, we also compile a list of digitally available textbooks and reading materials, based on Temple bookstore information. Check out if your etextbook is on the list! 

Interested in doing archival research this semester, or just curious what we have to offer? Learn more about our special collections housed in the Special Collections Research Center and the Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection

Apply for research and creative writing awards 

Through February 27, we will be accepting applications for the Livingstone Undergraduate Research Awards, in which we recognize the best scholarly and creative work produced by Temple undergrads. There are cash prizes for the winners, and you can view past winning projects on our awards website

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Audience photo by Ryan S. Brandenberg, Temple University

Attend free workshops and events 

Do you know the Libraries host a range of free workshops and events? Our offerings include readings, concerts, workshops, our beloved Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection series, and more, and are always open to everyone.  

In the spring, our Beyond the Page public programming series explores the experience of making a home in a new place. We’ll look at the stories of immigrants, refugees, and others who have left one home for another, and consider what it means to belong—and to be welcomed into new spaces. 

We also have a full slate of virtual workshops scheduled for the spring on everything from video recording and editing to using citation managers to getting started with 3D scanning and printing. We hope you’ll join us for any or all of these specialized online learning opportunities! 

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