If you are on the Ohio State University campus anytime now until May 14, 2017, Building Ohio State it is a must see. In fact, it is worth a trip to Columbus to specifically see this library exhibit. You won't be disappointed as the amount of planning and preparation by the team that pulled everything together is truly amazing! You will learn about how trees play such an important role - both while they are alive and after they are harvested. One of my favorite areas of the exhibit included a "did you know case" that included a wide variety of items with a tie to trees (shown in the photo below).
While at the library, take time to take in the library too. The views from the reading room on the 11th floor and the attention to the woodworking detail is beautiful. Library hours can be found online at: https://library.osu.edu/locations/library-hours-this-week/#tho
Building Ohio State tells the story of the unique connections and history shared between The Ohio State University and Ohio’s forests. From its beginnings as a land-grant institution to the more recent renovation of the Thompson Library, the University has been instrumental in promoting forest research and education and demonstrating sound management of Ohio’s forests. On Wednesday, February 1st an exhibit opening was held at the library and guests enjoyed the exhibit for the first time.
The exhibition examines the past, present, and future of Ohio’s timber resources. From near-complete removal at the beginning of the 20th century, Ohio’s forests made a comeback thanks to The Ohio State University’s many contributions to forestry research, acquisitions of forest land, and its sustainable management. Building Ohio State celebrates the 10th anniversary of the renovation of the Thompson Library with white oak (Quercus alba) harvested from Ohio’s Zaleski State Forest. The exhibition highlights sustainable forest management and its continuing role in education, sustainability, and economic development in the state of Ohio.
This project was organized by The Ohio State University Libraries and the College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences in collaboration with the Ohio Society of American Foresters, the Ohio Forestry Association, Inc., the Ohio Tree Farm Committee, and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry.
A special shout out to the following individuals who have invested time, energy and expertise to make this exhibit a reality: Florian Diekmann, The Ohio State University, University Libraries, Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences Library & Student Success Center; Kathy L. Smith, Jeffory A. Hattey, and Matthew E. Monteith,The Ohio State University, College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences, School of Environment and Natural Resources; Mark S. Ervin, Ohio Society of American Foresters; and John E. Dorka and Adam M. Conway, Ohio Forestry Association, Inc.
To anyone with a love and passion for trees - don't miss this opportunity. It is truly an educational opportunity all around!
*Portions of this article describing the exhibit was taken from the library webpage.