Fall 2022 Library Showcase Winners Announced

Showcase winners: Salim Adobe: Building Collective Leadership, It's a Great Camp For Us All, and Watering Whole

Every fall and spring semester, the Library takes delight in sharing a variety of research projects and creative works submitted by members of the Georgetown Community to the Library Showcase. We are delighted to honor the top projects as the winners of the Library Staff Pick and Voters’ Choice Awards for the Fall 2022 semester.

Two projects tied for the Library Staff Pick award. Watering Whole is a small, self-published book of poetry by Jan Menafee and supported by Noah Martin, both of whom work in the Red House. The poems center around Jan's personal and cultural relationships with water as a young Black person in the United States. Using the Maker Hub, Jan and Noah digitally designed the book's layout, cut the paper and laminated cover layers, and printed more than 100 copies. In Jan’s submission he says that “The process of not only writing, but also printing and binding this book of poetry completely by hand taught me the importance and joys of craftsmanship.”

The second Library Staff Pick Award goes to “It's a Great Camp For Us All": A Musical History of Midwest Chinese Family Camp, a StoryMap created by Emma Trone (C'23) in tandem with her American Studies thesis research for her Public History course with Professor Mireya Loza. Emma’s site pulls together photos, archival video footage, and commentary on how the camp’s traditions evolved over time and how they were tied to broader trends in Chinese American life.

The Voters’ Choice Award goes to Andrew Edghill, (G'23) for his short documentary Salim Adofo: Building Collective Leadership, which he created for Professor Lauren Knapp’s course, Photo & Video Storytelling. Andrew used several pieces of equipment provided by the Library including a light panel kit and shotgun microphone for this inspiring documentary video about Ward 8C07 ANC Commissioner Salim Adofo, Candidate for the Ward 8 DC Council seat, and his holistic leadership style and advocacy for his community.

Two other projects received Honorable Mentions for the high number of votes received for the Voters’ Choice award. Noa Offman’s (C'25) StoryMap "Adult Crime, Adult Time:" The Story of Juvenile Lifers, which calls for reform to our juvenile sentencing and imprisonment processes, and Kami Steffenauer’s (C'26) Madeleine Albright Statue Proposal, which petitions the University to build a statue of forty-year professor and beloved Hoya mentor, Madeleine Albright because there are, “more statues of dogs than there are of women,” on the hilltop.

The Fall 2022 Library Showcase includes 10 outstanding projects, including a 3D printed simulator for learning microlaryngeal surgery, a collage-style animation called “It Is What It Is” inspired by HAIM’s song, “Man From the Magazine,” and highly engaging podcasts and StoryMaps.