"Heydon's Scholars" Honour Mentor, Dr. Rachel Heydon
In 2008, Dr. Rachel Heydon, an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, invited a group of her graduate students to come together and form a learning community. A type of Education 'think tank', the group met a few hours each month to discuss their work in a collaborative and open environment. To thank Dr. Heydon for her support and encouragement, the students, affectionately known as "Heydon's Scholars", have made a gift to Western Libraries Digital Bookplate Program in honour of their academic mentor. Wendy Crocker, a spokesperson for Heydon's Scholars explains: "People like Rachel do not come along every day; she is an amazing gift to the Faculty of Education and to students everywhere and that is why we decided to honour her in this way."
The group presented the tribute bookplate to Dr. Heydon at the first meeting of Heydon's Scholars for 2010. Dr. Heydon was surprised and overwhelmed by the gesture of her students. While people like Dr. Heydon are one essential piece of a successful research community, collections resources are also vitally important. As such, the Heydon's Scholars gift has been directed to the Western Libraries Collections Culture project as a way of ensuring continued enrichment and preservation of library resources to educate future generations of scholars. To view the materials linked to Dr. Heydon's bookplate, click here.
The Heydon's Scholars felt a tribute digital bookplate supporting collections at Western Libraries was the perfect way to express their gratitude to Dr. Heydon given her passion for literacy. "Perhaps in the years to come, her son will call up that book and read the tribute to his mother when he is a graduate student at Western," mused Wendy Crocker, noting as well the timelessness of the digital bookplate for marking the impact of mentors like Dr. Heydon.
The Digital Bookplate Program recognizes donations made to Western Libraries campaign priority projects. For more information, please visit Western Libraries' Be Extraordinary campaign website or the Digital Bookplate Homepage.