The Baylor Collections of Political Materials (BCPM) is creating a rare book room in the existing Poage Library Reading Room.
"Initial funding is available for beginning the project," says Ben Rogers, BCPM director, "but additional funding is needed. We will ask members of THE STANDING COMMITTEE, our friends-of-the-library group, to assist with fundraising and approaching possible donors."
The plan, called the Blue Tape Project, is to create a room and refurbish it to current HVAC and archival standards for the long-term preservation of special collections. This newly refurbished area will accommodate 3,000 books and special needs' items in the Poage Library. The new room will also permit the BCPM staff to approach other collectors about placing their materials in the library.
A glass and wood wall, reflecting the present architectural features of the reading room, will be constructed to divide the room into two sections. A wooden ladder will provide access to the upper shelves. Extended shelving with doors will be used for newspapers and other oversized materials.
A website for the Blue Tape Project has been created to document the room's progress from beginning to end: http://www3.baylor.edu/Library/BCPM/BlueTape/welcome.htm.
Anyone interested in making a donation for the project should contact John Wilson at 254-710-3457 or by e-mail, John_Wilson@baylor.edu. - Ben Rogers, BCPM