Exhibition celebrating the achievements of our academic community launches at Western Bank Library

Authors showcase

The Sheffield Authors Showcase at Western Bank Library launched last week at a special reception opened by our President and Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett.

Celebrating the impact of research and teaching at our University, the exhibition features a collection of over 500 outstanding books from academic authors at the University, both past and present. The Showcase honours the achievements of our academic community, both by celebrating their contribution to academic endeavour and by recognising the effect that their scholarly works have had on their readers.

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The books were chosen from nominations by staff, students and alumni for books by sheffield academics that had made a big difference to their studies, their careers and their lives. Going forward the collection will continue to expand based on new nominations from our University community for books that have inspired, motivated or informed.

Tell us your story and help shape our showcase by nominating a book

The collection which is open to everyone at the University and the general public, is arranged chronologically from 1905 to present day, highlighting the historical legacy of the University’s academic endeavour. The collection is accompanied by an engaging video display featuring highlights from the collection, with readers talking about the impact and influence of the texts. Environmental journalist for the Independent Michael McCarthy and former Chief Executive of Cambridge University Press, Jeremy Mynott, both share their passion for Professor Tim Birkhead Bird Sense. Nancy Fielder, Editor of The Star, Sheffield Telegraph and Doncaster Free Press, talks about the importance of McNae’s Essential Law for Journalists by Mark Hanna.

Our own Showcase goes further because it not only celebrates scholarship and scholars, but also recognises the effect that their works have had on their readers.

professor Sir Keith Burnett

The collection is reference only, readers can take books to the soft seating area in the Main Hall or into the library Reading Room. If duplicate copies of books exist in the Library’s collection they can be borrowed by registered users.

Professor Sir Keith Burnett said:

"I am delighted that the University now has this wonderful showcase of over 500 outstanding books from academic authors at the University, both past and present.

"I first noticed displays of a university's own authors on a visit to the U.S., and I thought it was a wonderful idea. But our own Showcase goes further because it not only celebrates scholarship and scholars, but also recognises the effect that their works have had on their readers.

"I'd like to thank all who have out so much care into this exhibition and encourage people to see it for themselves."

The Showcase is intended to be a living display, growing with our institution to convey the impact of our academics’ publications.

Anne Horn

Anne Horn, Director of Library Services and University Librarian, said:

“Sheffield Authors Showcase emerged from a conversation I had with the Vice Chancellor on the importance of students taking the time to explore their discipline, and questioning whether students were aware of the key research and publications of their own lecturers, and the richness of Sheffield's research heritage.”

“For our University and wider communities, the Library is a space for the development of understanding, for the exercise of intellectual curiosity and the inspiration of discovery.

“The Showcase is intended to be a living display, growing with our institution to convey the impact of our academics’ publications and demonstrate the value that this library provides in bringing authors and readers together for the development of new knowledge.”

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