Identifying ‘French Moderns’ from a 1930s Soviet Publication

December 2, 2013

This was written by Hirshhorn Library volunteer, Elena Grant. In the summer of 2013, while preparing donated books for cataloging at Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden library, we discovered an uncatalogued item—a 14 ½ by 11 ½-inch portfolio of reproductions titled 22 Selected Masterpieces: French Moderns, Museum of New Western Art, Moscow, USSR. The unfamiliar publisher name “Bookniga” and name of the long-extinct museum in the title attracted our attention. We decided more »

5 Tips for Better Searching

September 20, 2013

You’ve been using Google for years. In fact, you use it every day. And you always get tons of results, so you must be an expert searcher, right? Not so fast… Getting more results is not always helpful! Do you really have time to go through 264 pages to find what you want? What you need are better results, which come from better searches. So here are some tips that work in more »

Yayoi Kusama: the Fashion of Obsession

September 10, 2013

It’s not unusual for art and fashion to exist symbiotically, each providing inspiration for one another. Some artists, such as Andy Warhol, have become fashion icons both in the incorporation of their artworks into fashion designs, as well as their own fashion sense.

Description of adorable new mammal in Smithsonian Research Online!

August 21, 2013

In case you missed the news last week, a Smithsonian scientist has identified a new mammal species, one that is particularly fuzzy and cute. Meet the olinguito! We are pleased to tell you that the paper describing the species, first published in the open access journal ZooKeys, can be found in the Libraries’ Digital Repository .

Selection as a Service to Readers

August 7, 2013

A frequently overlooked service that librarians provide to their users is that of selection for collection development. From the universe of available books, this service determines which should be acquired for a particular collection. Reference and subject-specialist librarians pore over an increasing volume of new book announcements and publisher and dealer catalogs, picking out the best titles that are appropriate for purchase and addition to the collection they manage. But like many more »

Opening the door to institutional repositories

June 21, 2013

What if you could search the research output of hundreds of institutions in one place, gaining access to some of the most important research being done on any number of fields of interest?

Are books history as we go digital?

Inspired by the launch of the Digital Public Library of America, BBC News reporter Jane O’Brien wanted to get the scoop on physical libraries versus digital libraries. Watch her interview our Director Nancy Gwinn, who brought out a handwritten letter by Galileo at the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology:

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