In the same way that individuals have implemented bookplates to show ownership and deter theft, institutions like Slippery Rock University have also used the craft.
Opening in 1889 as Slippery Rock Normal School, Slippery Rock University has evolved through the decades. From the 1927 transition to Slippery Rock State Teacher’s College, to Slippery Rock State College in 1960, and finally to Slippery Rock University in 1983. Each shift is evident in numerous ways, down to the use and design of a variety of bookplates.
Each example illustrates not only the University’s era, but also the nature of library science and academia as technologies and demographics continue to change.