March 5, 2001
In the 1950s, the library was to be moved from its old location in the Stewart Building to the new library in the east wing of Browning. Miss Lucy Howard, librarian, came up with an interesting way to transport the library's contents. What was it?
Answer: Classes were dismissed, students formed a long line across the campus, and stacks of books were passed from one student to another until they were deposited on their shelves in the same numerical sequence. Once a student had deposited the books, he or she went to the end of the line to await another load. Within a few hours, the entire collection had been moved to the new location--in almost perfect numerical order.