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E MPLOY E E NE W SL E T T E R D EC E MB E R 2013 McKay Library partners with Church Family History Library » By Matt Urick Since launching its partnership with the Church’s Family History Library this past April, BYU-Idaho’s David O. McKay Library has been busy scanning and digitizing documents for family history research. The McKay Library is one of eight other libraries that contribute research to Family History Books. Family History Books is a collection of more than 100,000 digitized genealogy and family history publications from the archives of some of the most important family history libraries in the world. The collection includes family histories, county and local histories, genealogy magazines and how-to books, gazetteers, and medieval histories and pedigrees. “Since partnering with the Family History Library, we’ve been able to get involved with moving family history work forward,” said Laurie Francis, director of Library Services. “We’ve also helped give local and community access to information that people haven’t normally had.” Concerning the local Rexburg community, the McKay Library has started to scan and digitize local yearbooks, beginning with Madison High School. “This project is great way in which we can really make local family history work easier and more accessible,” Francis said. “It’s a great blessing to have access to all this information at such a convenience.” Francis added that the purpose of this project is to scan and make family history material available to everyone. The McKay Library partnered with the Church’s Family History Library in April. McKay Library to host biennial book exhibition featuring faculty member’s work » By Matt Urick The David O. McKay Library will be hosting the Idaho Booker’s Dozen 2013, a biennial traveling juried artists’ book exhibition, this winter. The exhibit will be in the McKay Gallery from January 15 through March 15, and will feature the work of BYU-Idaho faculty member Scott Samuelson. The Idaho Booker’s Dozen 2013, the tenth edition of Idaho’s only traveling juried artists’ book exhibition, is a collection of 15 experimental, provocative, and beautiful handmade books by artists from all over Idaho. It also includes the work of extra-Idahoan locales in the USA, the Netherlands, Germany, and the U.K. The exhibit is sponsored by the Idaho Center for the Book, which is affiliated with the Center for the Book at the Library of Congress, and housed at Boise State University’s Hemingway Center. Samuelson’s book, Standing in a Perfect Sky/Springlight: Idaho Haiku, is a collection of poems that combine natural materials from the eastern Idaho landscape with haiku poetry style. The library will sponsor and evening with Samuelson during the winter semester. D EC E M B E R 2 013 l1

December 2013 News & Notes

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