My Visit to SIS Library

By Alix Swann

My visit to the SIS Library was very enlightening, and I understand why Young Scholars are encouraged to spend time there. My visit was only a glimpse into the extensive body of literature that is available for our research. The library is organized into various sections: SIS Summa Readers and SIS anthologies, interview transcriptions, SIS history, and books for general reading across the disciplines.

One of the books that caught my interest was Soul Talk: The New Spirituality of African American Women written by Akasha Gloria Hull. I read this book after it was recommended by Ree Botts, a former Young Scholar in SIS. Because my research focuses on Black women’s trauma, Ree told me that healing and resilience are excellent entry points to this type of research.

Of course I also saw an abundance of books on the art of oral history. In my multicultural education class, we are discussing how important oral history is in a study of Black culture. My research this semester is about Black women in prison, and I’m sure oral history culture plays a large part in research on the prison world. Most of the activities in prison are oral, so it will be interesting to know more about this research methodology.

Throughout the semester, I will be returning to the library to find additional sources for my independent research and, as well, for my class research. I hope one day to have a personal library that is as extensive as the SIS Library. It will be open to my friends as a lending library of love.