New Staff (Part 2)

We are pleased to introduce new staff members who joined the Libraries over the last year! Krista Aniel, Management Support Specialist, Administrative Services -Hometown: Jacksonville, FL -Favorite Book: Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier -Fun Fact: Krista attended Georgetown University (master’s degree) and Brigham Young University (bachelor’s degree) with her identical twin sister Krishna, who now works across the street from her office at the Museum of Natural History in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.   Salima Appiah-Duffell, Library Technician, Library Technician (Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery and Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden Libraries), Research Services -Hometown: Washington, D.C./Seabrook, Md. -Favorite Book: Cloud Atlas by David Mitchell -Fun Fact: Salima met her husband in Malawi at a Peace Corps Halloween party. She was serving in the Peace Corps and he was volunteering at a trade school eight hours away. Pure fate brought these two – who are from opposite coasts in the States – together! Towana Barnett, Library Technician (Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait more »

New Staff (Part 1)

The Libraries has welcomed several new staff members in the past year. We are pleased to introduce you to them here! Grace Costantino, Outreach and Communication Manager, Biodiversity Heritage Library, Digital Services -Hometown: Denver, Colorado -Favorite Book: The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien -Fun Fact: Grace and her husband love to travel and her favorite place thus far is Cape Town, South Africa. She hopes to visit at least one country on each continent (maybe even Antarctica!) and all 50 states. Hollis Gentry, Genealogy Specialist, National Museum of African American History & Culture Library, Research Services Hometown: Norfolk, Virginia Favorite Book: Anything from Toni Morrison, Zora Neale Hurston, and Octavia Butler Fun Fact: I was bitten by the genealogy bug at age 13 and have been addicted to tracing my genealogy for many years, to the end of the 18th century on my mom’s side of the family. I am thrilled to have landed my dream job of being a genealogist at a phenomenal library network within the more »

Surrealism for the Masses: Finds from the Art and Artist Files

    The world of modern art is at times criticized for a certain reputation of exclusivity and mystery in which the more inaccessible a certain artist or artwork may be, the more valuable and reputable the art becomes. Salvador Dali, the most famed member of the twentieth century avant-garde movement, Surrealism, on the other hand, challenges this perception that artistic creation is a closed-off affair for an elite few. Sure, Dali was no more »

“Priority!” awarded Thackray Medal

A recent book to which Leslie Overstreet, the Smithsonian Libraries curator of natural-history rare books, contributed has been awarded the John Thackray Medal by the Society for the History of Natural History for “significant achievements in the history and bibliography of natural history.”

Welcome, Jennifer Jarvis!

The Smithsonian Libraries Book Conservation Lab would like to extend a warm spring welcome to Jennifer Jarvis, who will be joining Preservation Services as a book conservator.

Changing Library Services

Organizations which respond to the changing needs of their clients are the ones that survive well.  Here are two examples: Shortly after General Motors began manufacturing cars in the early 1900s it created a unit (GMAC), which loaned money to car buyers and earned interest on these loans. Although known worldwide as an industrial powerhouse, eventually GM began earning far more profit from this money-lending operation than they did from auto sales. more »

Judging an Artists’ Book Exhibition

  Starting with a summer professional internship project in 2011, Smithsonian Libraries has been working to share its collection of artists’ books. One of the end products of the this initiative has been the creation of a new Smithsonian Libraries artists’ book collection portal where visitors can explore the many artworks in the collection and learn more about the medium.

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