1. amnhnyc:

    Travel back in time and explore the Museum archives on October 5th!

    Celebrate New York Archives Week by coming to the Museum Library to discover the Museum’s rich history of scientific exploration from around the world. Rarely seen collections of field notes, films, photography, artwork, and memorabilia will be on display to tell the hidden stories behind the Museum’s world-famous dioramas and exhibitions.

    Watch early moving-image footage from historic Central Asiatic Expeditions to Mongolia, in which a team led by Roy Chapman Andrews discovers the first dinosaur eggs, or browse the original landscape studies painted in the field during Carl Akeley’s perilous expeditions to Africa. The Library staff will explain how these one-of-a-kind objects are cared for and give hands-on demonstrations of the new Digital Special Collections, an online endeavor to make the Library’s extensive image collection available for research and reference. 

    This event is part of the New York Archives Week, which runs October 5-11, 2014, an annual celebration aimed at informing the general public about the diverse array of archival materials available in the metropolitan New York region.

    The tours, which run between 12 pm - 5 pm are free with Museum admission.

    Register today!

    My first library job was at the AMNH, handling interlibrary loan requests from institutions around the world . Such a fabulous resource.

  2. bookpatrol:

    Minnesota: Land of 10,000 lakes and 1 floating library

    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 

    Floating Library website

    Flickr set of the Floating Library, 2013

    h/t Shelf Awareness

  3. Log In - The New York Times →

    It is fitting that the quietest place at Wimbledon is the library.

    “It’s an oasis,” said Audrey Snell, who has worked there for 15 years.

    About 40,000 fans crowd onto the grounds of the All England Lawn Tennis Club each day during the tournament, filling Centre Court, smothering Henman Hill and shuffling among matches, sipping Pimm’s and nibbling strawberries.

    Only a few each day find their way to the library, with the sport’s greatest collection of books and magazines.

    This special library does it the old-fashioned way: offline.

  4. Secret Libraries of New York City →

    Tumblarians, are you coming to BEA? Be sure to check out some of Gotham’s secret libraries. I have the Hispanic Society of America on my must-see list.

  5. openroadmedia:

Open Road is proud to be part of the US Navy’s NeRD program, delivering ebooks to sailors via secure devices!
(And the acronym is just about the best thing ever!)

    openroadmedia:

    Open Road is proud to be part of the US Navy’s NeRD program, delivering ebooks to sailors via secure devices!

    (And the acronym is just about the best thing ever!)

  6. Film Library Gets Star Treatment

    Forget that Oscar selfie. This was the best Oscar-related tweet of the night. What is the Margaret Herrick library? Only a film lover’s version of paradise.

  7. Tumblarian list—help me update! →

    thelifeguardlibrarian:

    Librarians, students, library service lovers! Who am I missing? Who would like to be included or removed?

    You heard the lady.