Friends of JHU Libraries Awards Student Book
Winners of the Betty and Edgar
Sweren Student Book Collecting Contest
celebrated with judges, sponsors and Friends of the
Libraries at the Awards
Ceremony on April 18 at the Eisenhower Library. From the
Sweren, Friends member and contest sponsor; Jay Brooks,
president; Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University
Libraries and judge;
Betty Sweren, Friends member, contest sponsor and judge;
Kribbs, first place, undergraduate division; (back) Jeremy
place, graduate division; Sarah Montague, honorable
division; Dmitry Shapovalov, honorable mention, graduate
Gibson, first place, graduate division; and (front)
Macksey, judge and Friends member. Not pictured: Alexander
place, undergraduate division.
Photo by Jay Vanrensselaer / HIPS
By Pamela Higgins
Six prizes have been awarded in the 2008 Betty and
Edgar Sweren Student Book Collecting
Contest, sponsored by the
Friends of the Johns Hopkins University Libraries.
Begun in 1993 and
endowed this year by longtime members Betty and Edgar
Sweren, the contest recognizes the love of
books and the delight in shaping a thoughtful and focused
Open to all undergraduate or graduate students
enrolled in a degree program at Johns Hopkins,
this year's contest attracted 26 entries from six academic
divisions. Participants wrote essays
describing how and why the collection was assembled and
submitted a bibliography of up to 50 titles
and a wish list of up to 10 titles to reflect their future
goals and areas of interest in developing. Cash
prizes of $1,000 and $500 were awarded to first- and
second-place winners and $250 to honorable
Colin Azariah-Kribbs won first prize in the
undergraduate category for her collection of
otherworldly and supernatural works called A Library of
Weird Fiction. A freshman from Athens, Ga.,
Azariah-Kribbs is an
English major in the Krieger School of Arts and
Matthew Gibson of Washington, D.C., a first-year
graduate student in the Krieger School's
Master's in Applied
Economics program, won first place in the graduate
student category for his
collection of Russian literature, Learning to Read
Sophomore Alexander Baish of Rockville, Md., won
second place in the undergraduate category
for his entry, For the Love of Birds, a collection devoted
to finding, identifying, studying and
protecting birds and their habitat. Baish is an environmental
engineering major in the Whiting School.
Jeremy Pope, a doctoral candidate in Egyptology in the
Krieger School's Near Eastern
Studies program, won second place in the graduate
division for his collection of works on Africa's ancient
past titled Africa in Antiquity.
Senior Sarah Montague of Brookline, Mass., won
honorable mention in the undergraduate
division for Fairy Tales and Folklore, a collection of
tales from many cultures around the world.
Montague is completing her degree in biology in the Krieger
Dmitry Shapovalov, a doctoral candidate in astrophysics in the
Krieger School, won honorable
mention in the graduate division for his collection on
climbing and exploring the great mountain ranges
of the world titled Mountaineering in the Greater Ranges.
Shapovalov was born in Tajikistan and grew
up in Kiev, Ukraine.
In addition to the cash awards, winners receive a
one-year honorary membership in the Friends
of the Johns Hopkins Libraries. Top-prize winners of the
Johns Hopkins contest are also eligible to
enter the 2008 Collegiate Book Collecting Championship,
sponsored by Fine Books & Collections
Magazine. The three top winners of this contest receive
cash prizes, and a donation in their name is
made to their library.
Selections from the winner's collections are on
display on the main level of the Milton S.
Eisenhower Library, Homewood campus, through May 23.
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