Advance your education and research using UM’s ‘old classics’

Advance your education and research using UM’s ‘old classics’

28 Feb 2019

How can using old books from the Library’s Special Collections and a bit of technology add value to advance your courses? In Library Vlog #4, Rachel Elands tells us about a very special programme we have: the Maastricht Science Programme.


Student meets ‘old classics’

Students often settle for reading about the works of Darwin and Linnaeus or other ‘old classics’ rather than reading the works themselves. The attitude towards the old classics is quite a cordial one, for it originates from humility. The student is half-afraid to meet one of the noble scientists face to face. Yet, if the student only knew, the great scientist, just because of his greatness, is much more intelligible than his modern commentator.


Opening up old books: investigating the botanical archives of Maastricht 

Thirteen students from the Maastricht Science Programme (MSP) accepted the challenge to face the 18th century old botanical classics from the time of Linnaeus.

Evolutionary biologist Roy Erkens of the MSP, Wikimedia and the University Library’s Special Collections joined forces on the recently completed project: ‘Opening up old books: investigating the botanical archives of Maastricht’. If this title threw you off a little, no worries, our fourth vlog below makes up for it. And don’t forget to share, comment and subscribe to our channel. Think about how using these books can add value to some of your courses!


If you want to know more, contact curator Odin Essers or Rachel Elands via Ask your librarian.

Author: Rachel Elands, Scientific Information Specialist for FSE


This article is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) License.



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