Central Texas College’s library invited students to learn more about the United States Constitution at a special event Tuesday.
The campus’ Oveta Culp Hobby Memorial Library hosted a special display and activities in observance of Constitution Day.
Held each year on Sept. 17, Constitution Day recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and those who have become U.S. citizens.
Deba Swan, the college’s dean of library services, organized several informative displays on the history of the United States’ founding document, the men who created and signed it, and
the legacy of the Constitution itself. In addition to the displays, the library is showing two videos and provided Constitution-centric information, games and trivia on its website.
“Students who are interested can come in as they please and learn,” Swan said.
This isn’t the first time Swan has organized such an event. The library holds some form of educational event every second Tuesday of the month, with past topics including issues such as free speech and banned books.
“Next month we plan on holding an event on diversity,” Swan said.
The various events and information sessions that Swan puts on reflect the changing role of the library in a world where most students have a nearly unending sea of information at their fingertips.
While the CTC library still checks out books and other media, it also offers study sessions, workshops on research and other resources to help navigate the deluge of information available to students.
“We have become sort-of gatekeepers, who can help guide people to the information they are looking for,” Swan said. “The information age has just exploded, and we have to try and keep abreast of that.”