the future of academic libraries

On Friday (11.11.11) I attended The Future of the Academic Library: A Symposium: Bridging the Gap. Sponsored by Library Journal and EBSCO Host, the free conference was held at Temple University. The event press release suggested this would be a day “to overcome our misperceptions and stereotypes about our colleagues…

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jody alexander – artist and librarian

Jody Alexander is a librarian at Cabrillo College and a book arts teacher at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her work is ephemeral and nostalgic mostly because, while in library school back East, she fell, like Alice, down the rabbit hole into another life. Discovering the artist book as…

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a library for the leaves of the tree

Larry Aldrich opened the SoHo Center for the Visual Arts in 1973. He wanted to highlight emerging artists, those creative individuals without gallery representation. Adjacent to the Center, Aldrich collaborated with Bernard Karpel, who had just retired as MOMA’s librarian, in founding the Center’s library – a library for practicing artists…

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the secret life of the lonely doll

What made me pick up a second-hand copy of Jean Nathan’s The Secret Life of the Lonely Doll I can’t recall. But, after reading the prologue, I stopped at the local library branch and checked out four of Dare Wright’s children’s books. As a child, I had never read the…

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lewis carroll: artist and librarian

The Mock Turtle tells Alice how he went to school in the sea, taking courses like Reeling and Writhing and Fainting in Coils. He means these to relate to Alice’s own lessons of Reading and Writing and Painting in Oils. The Mock Turtle also studied Mystery (History), Drawling (Drawing), and…

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