And this is what happens when our librarian and graphic designers team up for Valentine’s Day.
(Click here for a printable PDF version!)
Time to get those library Valentine’s Day cards ready!
Library and literary miscellany from your pals at Library Journal.
Highlights from our “Love in the Stacks” open house yesterday. Dance cards from the University Archives, valentines from the Iowa Women’s Archives, Chansons cordiforme from the Rita Benson Music Library, and comics from the Jen Wolfe Collection in Special Collections.
Belated but still so lovely, Valentines from the University of Iowa special collections.
(“Let’s bone” over a photo of a bone folder.)
We hand-picked books that we think you might love.
They’re not romance novels, by the way.
"You just might LOVE it!"
Everyone loves vintage Valentines! Seriously, with images so cute and bizarre, how could you not? Here are some of the totally charming Valentines made by our undergrads, plus a peak at some of the original Special Collections materials that inspired the event!
GPOML: Happy Valentine’s Day! There’s so much love in my horticultural library.
(“I like the way you roll” over a photo of book trucks. Photo credit: 1273148018052_proc2 by yurilong)
Come in and browse our brand new Blind Date with a Book display! This one is adult titles, but teen books will be on the way soon.
- Take a chance!
- Check out a book just based on it’s profile, and you might discover a new (or old) favorite
- Don’t unwrap the book until you get home
- If it’s not the book for you, you can always return it and try again — no one’s feelings will be hurt!
I love the hearts! I’ve always wanted a book to say TEXT ME.
Inspired by Worthington Libraries: Blind Date with a Book!
We started with ~40 books. Two hours later, all but four had found homes with library patrons (sorry, Flush, Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, Persepolis, and The Things They Carried, they don’t know what they’re missing).
Now, to send forth a new fleet of exciting books into student arms. Whew!
Last day of blind date with a book reblogs. Probably. Maybe.
Daniel Ransom lives in San Francisco and works in Oakland as an academic librarian at a small liberal arts university, with responsibilities in reference, instruction, and electronic resource management. When he’s not working with his students, he’s either at home working with his kids or out on a bike. He can be found online on twitter and tumblr as @ThePinakes (named for the catalog of the Great Library of Alexandria; he has a pet obsession with library history, especially the ancient variety).
“Daniel is THE BEST. He’s a great librarian, online and off. He’s been an incredible resource to librarian friends online (like me). He spent pretty much a week helping me revamp my application materials so I was ready to apply to professional librarian positions. He’s full of encouragement and practical tips on the profession. His grown a steady following on tumblr because of his willingness to share his real-life work, and engage in conversation with the community of (mostly young/new) librarians. He also wears a signature fedora—again, good stuff for a LW crush”
LW: You have been praised on giving advice and sharing professional info, have any tips on how to be a great mentor?
DR: I feel a little funny being labeled a mentor since I’m still relatively new to the profession. But I benefited a lot from the advice I received from experienced librarians while I was still getting my master’s degree, and I like to pass that advice on to the up-and-comers. There’s a tremendous energy among many of the new librarians I meet, and one thing I’ve noticed ‘mentoring’ others is that I get just as much out of the experience as they do. My advice to the advisors — anyone looking to take on a mentorship role — is that instead of feeling like you have to be a great sage, just be willing to be a part of the dialogue with new professionals. If you do that, you’ll benefit as much as they do, and it will energize your approach to your own work. Everybody benefits from a little professional conversation.
LW: What are your plans for Vday? Do you usually do something with the whole family?
DR: Admittedly, Valentine’s Day isn’t such a big deal in our household. Anniversaries and birthdays get much higher billing. Now that our elder daughter is in kindergarten, just helping her complete the 22 Valentine’s Day cards she needed to make for her classmates was the big effort. Before we had kids, we’d try to go out to a nice dinner, perhaps, or catch a movie. We have a few favorite ‘special event’ restaurants around San Francisco. But for our anniversaries, we try to take a trip and do something memorable — one year we rented a cabin in the mountains, and this year we got my folks to watch our kids while we took off for a weekend trip to Seattle. That little change of scenery is nice, especially when you’ve been together for a long time, as we have (sixteen years as a couple!).
LW: You live on a boat!
PS: I live on a boat!
Making valentines day cards after storytime! Best job ever.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Blind Date With A Book
What a fun idea from the Clintonville Public Library in Clintonville, Wisconsin!
Browse through the personal ads and check out one that catches your eye! You won’t know the author or title, but you might make a connection with a new author that will turn into a long-term relationship!
If you thought I was going to stop reblogging Blind Date with a Book displays, YOU WERE WRONG.