Congratulations to the winners of this year’s Betty and Edgar Sweren Student Book Collecting Contest. The annual competition, endowed in 2007 by longtime Friends of the Libraries Dr. Edgar and Betty Sweren,  recognizes the love of books and the art of shaping a thoughtful and focused book collection.

The contest is open to all registered Johns Hopkins University students, and entrants must submit a bibliography of up to 50 items and an essay describing the collection. The quality of this year’s entries is a testament to the community of collectors across the university, and we thank all who entered and extend special congratulations to this year’s winners:

Undergraduate Division 

1st Place, $1,000 prize: Sandhira Wijayaratne (Senior, Public Health and Sociology double major) – Moralistic Humanitarianism and Africa

2nd Place, $500 prize: Audrey Swanenberg (Senior, Sociology major) – The Green Thumb Collection: A Future Farmer’s Book Collection for Practical Knowledge

Graduate Division 

1st Place, $1,000 prize: Jennie Kay Hann (English) – Books about Books: A Meta-Collection

1st Place, $1,000 prize: Kevin Baggot Roberts (English) – Cheap Thrills: Sex in American Publishing, 1924-1970

2nd Place, $500 prize: Hannah Joy Friedman (History of Art) – Classic American “Funnies”

Selections from this year’s winning entries are on display on M-level of the Milton S. Eisenhower Library through July 1. 

Please check back next fall for information on the 2012-2013 Betty and Edgar Sweren Student Book Collecting Contest.

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