Armstrong Browning Library to Host its Annual Benefactors Day Celebration

Nov. 3, 2017

Armstrong Browning Library is pleased to announce it will host its annual Benefactors Day celebration beginning at 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 14. The event commemorates those who support Armstrong Browning Library (ABL) and continue to contribute to the world’s leading 19th century research center and home to works of art.

“Our Benefactors Day tradition gives us the opportunity to thank our donors and supporters of ABL,” said Jennifer Borderud, director of the Armstrong Browning Library. “We also invite the Baylor and Waco communities to join the celebration with a presentation by Dr. Dino Felluga.”

Dr. Dino Felluga, very first recipient of Armstrong Browning Library’s Three-Month Research Fellowship, has spent his time researching the emerging field of digital humanities and developing COVE: The Central Online Victorian Editor. He hopes to discuss these topics with his presentation: “Can Elizabeth Barrett Browning Save the Humanities? Exploring New Digital Tools for Research and Teaching.”

“With commercial databases growing in price and university allocations for libraries decreasing, scholars have found it increasingly difficult to publish and disseminate their work,” Felluga said. “My work on this online publication and teaching space will allow scholars to work with libraries to disseminate and make their material readily available in their special collections.”

In relation to ABL, COVE also enables the creation of digital scholarly editions of Victorian texts and creates online editions of poems by Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.

In the past, Benefactors Day has taken place at Armstrong Browning Library. This year it will be held in the Visualization Studio at the W.R. Poage Legislative Library to accommodate aspects of Felluga’s presentation. The Visualization Studio features a 20-foot, high resolution screen.

“I’m excited about meeting in this new space,” Borderud said. “Dr. Felluga will be speaking to digital tools used in research and teaching. We felt this technology would maximize visual impact. I’m excited to hear the conversation sparked by Dr. Felluga’s presentation.”

A reception will follow Dr. Felluga’s lecture. This event is free and open to the public.

Parking is available in the area near the Wiethorn Visitor Center. We are working with Parking Services to reserve parking near the W. R. Poage Legislative library for this event and will post updated information as it becomes available.

For more information about Benefactors Day (including directions), visit www.baylor.edu/library/felluga or contact Christi Klempnauer at Christi_Klempnauer@baylor.edu.