May your Labor Day be full of right-thinking and celebration!
We found this on our online exhibition, Doodles, Drafts, and Designs: Industrial Drawings from the Smithsonian.
Happy Labor Day!
"A truly American sentiment recognizes the dignity of labor and the fact that honor lies in honest toil." -Grover Cleveland
Image: Public Law 53-95: An Act Making Labor Day a Legal Holiday, June 28, 1894. General Records of the U.S. Government, National Archives and Records Administration
Read the full post on the AOTUS blog.
Librarians’ values are as sound as Girl Scouts’: truth, free speech, and universal literacy. And, like Scouts, they possess a quality that I think makes librarians invaluable and indispensable: they want to help. They want to help us. They want to be of service. And they’re not trying to sell us anything.
— Marilyn Johnson- This Book is Overdue: How Librarians and Cybrarians Can Save Us All (via marissathelibrarian)
The Whatcom County Library System (WCLS) seeks a dynamic and innovative Deputy Director to provide strategic leadership in planning, organizing, managing and directing the operation, services and activities of the WCLS branch libraries, outreach and mobile services to meet the WCLS mission, goals and objectives. Requires MLS, seven or more years’ relevant library experience, and must have, or be eligible for a Washington State Librarian Certificate. Full-time, FLSA exempt position with competitive salary and excellent benefits. Apply by Friday, September 19th. Click on the “read more” link for full posting and application instructions.
One of my reviewers is looking for a dynamic candidate to fill this position. I promised I would spread the word Sounds like a great job in a beautiful part of the country. Tumblarians, you have until September 19 to apply.
Act now! This kind of position does not open often! It’s an opportunity to live in a place surrounded by natural beauty, with recreation opportunities at Mt. Baker, on our many lakes and rivers and in Bellingham Bay and beyond.
This is the perfect-sized library system for someone who likes to jump right in and get things done; there are lots of opportunities for creativity!
On Sept. 10, we’re opening the next Challenge, on libraries. Our 12th News Challenge, it will build upon the 19 projects we funded with $3.47 million in June through the News Challenge that sought ideas to strengthen the Internet. That work, conversations such as the ones we recently had at the Aspen Institute this month and longstanding initiatives such as the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy have affirmed for us the centrality of libraries for building and maintaining an informed citizenry.
We’re hoping to hear ideas for leveraging the assets that libraries have built: physical spaces open to anyone; professional staff trained in how to seek, retrieve and share information; and a legacy of aiding new readers, new entrepreneurs and new Americans. In recent years we’ve seen libraries leverage the Internet and digital approaches for education, entrepreneurship, the arts and “making.” In a digital age we see libraries—public, university, archival, virtual—as key for improving Americans’ ability to know about and to be involved with what takes place around them….
As I prepped to write this, I realized that many of the upcoming titles I’m excited about involve communication—be it interviews or letters or examinations of how we interact—and crafts. Here are some I find particularly interesting.
“I had to put down By the Book: Writers on Literature and the Literary Life from The New York Times Book Review (Holt, Oct.),” edited by Pamela Paul, “to do real work,” I wrote to one of LJ’s literature reviewers. She helpfully agreed to review the book. The astute unabridged interviews feature a wide range of nonfiction and fiction writers such as Dan Savage, Neil Gaiman, and J.K. Rowling.
Another upcoming interview collection worth noting is Daniel Rachel’s The Art of Noise: Conversations with Great Songwriters (Griffin: St. Martin’s, Oct.). Originally published in the UK, it’s a thick volume that boasts new and in-depth interviews with 27 British songwriters whose popularity spans decades—everyone from Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe (Pet Shop Boys) to Noel Gallagher (Oasis) and Lily Allen talk about their craft. Read it cover to cover or skip around to your favorite artists.
As for books on how we interact, one that seems to blend social science with pop culture and memoir is Nev Schulman’s In Real Life: Love, Lies & Identity in the Digital Age (Grand Central, Sept.; Prepub Alert, 3/17/14). Schulman hosts MTV’s Catfish: The TV Show, which investigates whether people are in online relationships with someone legitimate or a “catfish,” defined by Merriam-Webster as “a person who sets up a false personal profile on a social networking site for fraudulent or deceptive purposes.” Here he provides insights into the show and people’s motivations for catfishing.
I’m also starting to think about fall crafting projects. One book on my radar is Vintage Knit: 25 Knitting & Crochet Patterns Refashioned for Today (Laurence King, Sept.) by Marine Malak with Geraldine Warner. It’s well organized and offers large photos, including one of the original piece that inspired each pattern; also helpful is that instructions for color-work are both written out and charted. I can’t wait to try out the Two-Colour Spot Jersey. But, should this go awry, as I unravel my project and cast-on again I’ll keep close at hand a copy of Heather Mann’s CraftFail: When Homemade Goes Horribly Wrong (Workman, Oct.). Based on the blog of the same name, it makes light of disastrous crafting escapades. “They come out squashed and torn and look like something one might use to scrub feet,” laments the caption of a tissue paper flower. Try, try again.—Amanda Mastrull
Hard to believe summer is almost over. As consolation, the fall publishing promises a cornucopia of great titles as selected by LJ’s ever-discerning book review editors.
Your Friday fashion statement. Just the thing for a long holiday weekend.
If you build it, they will come!
There are lakes everywhere in Minnesota and now one of them has a floating library.
Thanks to Sarah Peters the contraption above is open for business on Cedar Lake in Minneapolis. Designed by Molly Reichert the 8 foot structure will hold upwards of 80 books for water travelers to peruse and check out.
Canoes, kayaks, paddle boards, skiffs, rowboats, or even inner tubes are invited to paddle up to the Library and browse the shelves from inside their watercraft. The library has both circulating and reference collections of artists’ books contributed by artists nationwide. A staff of friendly floating librarians facilitate the check out process and make reading suggestions
There are even drop off boxes on the shore to return the books.
About the project, Peters told the Minneapolis Star Tribune “Art books are not a widely known art form..And so there’s an element of delight and surprise. First of all, canoeing along and coming across a library. And then having it stocked with books that are totally unique. It’s like this double whammy of inventiveness. It can expand people’s ideas of what art is.”
True enough but it could also ruin a lot of those unique books. Granted one cannot enter the library but the confluence of books and water rarely ends well.
Perhaps a shore-based library by the landing dock could have achieved the goal of exposing people to the pleasures of book arts and artists books without the high risk. But then again maybe the reward is in the risk.
Story at the Star Tribune: The land of 10,000 lakes now has a floating library
h/t Shelf Awareness
We had so much fun uncovering gilded and fanciful book cover after gilded and fanciful book cover for our recent Summer of Archives feature that we thought we’d share a few more just for the heck of it. These five covers were designed by Will Bradley (1868-1962) and Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944), our two most favorite designers of the bunch.
A bit about Armstrong:
"Margaret Armstrong was among a number of important woman cover designers, beginning her work in the late 1880s. She began her career at A.C. McClurg and then went on to other publishers, primarily Scribner’s, for whom she designed half of her total output of about 270 books." [source]
At the peak of Will H. Bradley’s career in the late 19th and early 20th century he was acknowledged as one of the premier American graphic artists of his time and had made a marked impact on fine and commercial graphic arts. He contributed to the growth of various artistic movements within the United States and influenced developments in illustration and layout practices in the book and periodical arts. He did not restrict himself to a narrow range of styles, and his body of work, including his publishers’ bindings, shows him to be one of the more diverse artists of his generation. [source]
Love vintage book covers? DPLA’s got you covered.
- Binding for “Like a Gallant Lady" (1897 edition) by Kate M. Cleary. Designed by Will Bradley (1868-1962). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
- Binding for “The Quest of the Golden Girl" (1896 edition) by Richard Le Galliene. Designed by Will Bradley (1868-1962). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
- Binding for “A Week on the Concord and Merrimack Rivers" (1911 edition) by Henry David Thoreau. Designed by Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
- Binding for “Astoria, or, Anecdotes of an enterprise beyond the Rocky Mountains" (1897 edition) by Washington Irving. Designed by Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
- Binding for “The Bird’s Calendar" (1894 edition) by H.E. Parkhurst. Designed by Margaret Armstrong (1867-1944). Image courtesy University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Full text available.
The Audio Publishers Association (APA) has created a custom-wrapped “Audiobookmobile” that will travel to book festivals and libraries in five cities from August 30 to September 27, 2014, giving away prizes and downloads with the aim of introducing the audio format to new listeners.
Keep an ear out for this bookmobile!