At Indiana University one person’s work inspires many.
For the past 200 years, faculty members at IU have influenced its community of learners by planting seeds of information that grow roots here and then branch out into the world. In Fall 2019 IU Libraries is celebrating the Indiana University Bicentennial with a multi-location exhibition, Lineage Ladders: A Legacy of Faculty Excellence. Lineage Ladders highlights three faculty members whose work built platforms for future academic generations to stand on, constructing ladders of knowledge at IU.
The multi-location exhibition celebrates faculty and their work as part of an ongoing conversation, inspiring people from global institutions and reaching students in many different disciplines. Brian Woodman, collections outreach & promotion specialist and initiator of the collaborative project, describes Lineage Ladders as one way to demonstrate how “influence moves from person to person throughout time.”
Woodman emphasizes that although students may not realize their important role in the movement of information, they are influential in spreading knowledge to others, growing the university’s family tree. He points out that the daily work students do with faculty members is, in part, the result of the cultivation of passions from the last two centuries. “Student and faculty work are interconnected,” he says.