“Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some are to be chewed and digested.” ~Francis Bacon, Essays (1625) Bacon’s Essays By Francis Bacon, Richard Whately. We have talked about artists’ books on the Smithsonian Libraries blog before. And we’ll talk about them more, as a part of a short series to highlight interesting works of book art owned by the Smithsonian’s American Art & Portrait Gallery Library. But what, exactly, is an artist’s book? You may not be able to tell just from looking at the object itself!
Mary Augusta Thomas and I, Nancy Gwinn, went to Panama this week to visit our library at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Center. We saw the renovated library reading space, where extra windows have been added to bring in the light and lushness of the green spaces outside. STRI Director Biff Bermingham has a new senior team in place with Deputy Director Ron Herzig and Owen McMillan in the newly created position of Academic Dean. Dr. McMillan will be in charge of the expanding fellowship program. The library will work with both of these administrators for their STRI-related needs. The two expressed great confidence in our librarian Vielka Chang-Yau and told us how important and well-run the libraries and its services are. We also met with Vielka's staff Angel Aguirre, Ricardo Beteta, Elizabeth Sanchez, Apolinar Guerrero, and Mr. Sanchez. (See photo) The hard work and dedication of the staff are one of the keys to the library's success. Library volunteers Diane and Abby presented their project of inventorying and digitizing the 750-item map collection in the library, more »