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Exciting days are ahead as the Thomas Cooper Society begins its 2015-2016 year — interesting programs, special exhibits, wonderful speakers, new acquisitions and more. We invite you to join the Society and help us in our efforts to support and enhance the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections.

As the Society’s new president, I look forward to building on the hard work and dedication of our immediate past president, Lynn Robertson. Under Lynn’s leadership the Society has this new, redesigned web page and a full-color newsletter, two important information tools for sharing the Society’s work with the community-at-large. She also gave her time and expertise as a member of the Audubon Committee, which is working toward the conservation of the library’s 435 engravings of John Audubon’s Birds of America and developing a special place within the library to exhibit them. Thanks for all you have done for the Society, Lynn.

We also give our sincere “thanks” to outgoing board members Dennis Kennemur and Rodger Stroup for their contributions and also welcome four new members to the Thomas Cooper Board — Lisa Burgess, Bruce Cole, Ginny Grose, and Jenny Maxwell. Each of our board members brings special talents, insights, and expertise to the Society that help the organization achieve its mission.

The work of the Thomas Cooper Society would not be possible if it were not for the marvelous staff of the University Libraries. We are fortunate to have dedicated, creative, and talented professionals working at the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections and assisting the Thomas Cooper Society. Thanks for all you do.

I look forward to working with the board, library staff, and the Society’s members as we expand our membership and share our programming and resources with the community. One of the special events scheduled for mid-April 2016 is a chance to see an exhibit of William Shakespeare’s First Folio, the first collected edition of the Bard’s works published in 1623. The traveling exhibit from the Folger Shakespeare Library will be housed in the Ernest F. Hollings Special Collections Library for four weeks and will be open to the public. In addition, the University Libraries and other partners, such as the Richland Public Library, will offer many special events, programs and other initiatives throughout the community.

I’m honored to be president of the Thomas Cooper Society. I will work hard to help this wonderful organization, founded 25 years ago, continue to grow and prosper. I hope you will attend the exciting programs, exhibits and other activities planned for this year and get involved in the Society’s initiatives.

Maureen Lee
President 2015-2016
Thomas Cooper Society

For the Thomas Cooper Society our new year begins July 1, and this coming year is off to a strong and promising start thanks to the leadership of the immediate past president, John Dean.

Four new members have been elected to the TCS Board of Directors: James Baker, Charles Israel, Ginny Newell, and Susie Thorpe.  Each brings a special talent to the Board and a history of strong community and professional involvement.   Bringing another burst of energy to the Board was the decision by the membership at the annual meeting in May to add an undergraduate and a graduate student member, Katelyn Hayworth and Robert Smith.

Right now you are participating in one of the most recent initiatives, a new webpage for TCS.  Be on the lookout for TCS news, photos, event announcements, and new activities of the Society.  Along with the webpage you will begin to notice an upbeat change in the format of the TCS Newsletter, new membership forms and information material about the University Libraries.

New is interesting, but so is old.  Have you attended one of the recent Open Galleries at the Hollings Library?  They are held throughout the year on selected Saturdays from 10 until 2.  There are fascinating exhibits and interesting gallery talks. Or perhaps you would like to visit the vault housing rare books and manuscripts.  Bring a sweater and a friend.  Spend some time with MIRC, the online (sc.edu//mirc) film collections.  I had several hours of fun with the Fox Movietone News Collection.

Old or new, there is one constant factor that makes everything happen, and that is the remarkably talented, creative, energetic and dedicated staff of the University Libraries.  They will play a major role in making this a good and interesting year for The Thomas Cooper Society.