Tour for Quirk Endowment

Recently longtime museum supporter Betty Quirk brought a group to visit the American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library. Head Librarian Doug Litts set up a book display for the guests which included catalogues and several artists’ books.

Artists Books tour for the 13th Biennial Book Arts Fair and Conference

This post was written by Anna Brooke, head of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery Library. We just can’t get enough of art book fairs! Local nonprofit, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center, for printmaking, papermaking and book arts, sponsored the 13th Biennial Book Arts Fair and Conference,  last month. As one of the DC tours offered to participants, the Hirshhorn Museum Library gave a presentation on our collection of artist’s books. American Art more »

A visit to the Hirshhorn

This post was written by Salima Appiah-Duffell, library technician at the Smithsonian American Art Museum/National Portrait Gallery Library and Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Gallery Library. Salima recently joined our staff in July. Welcome, Salima! When I started library school at Catholic University, working at the Smithsonian (Institution) seemed like a beautiful, but impossible dream. Now, with my Master’s in hand, I’ve started my second career exactly where I hoped.  I’ve been a more »

The Visit of the Steamship Historical Society of America in the Dibner Library

This post was written by Lilla Vekerdy, Head of Special Collections. On June 24, 2013, The Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology hosted a group from a national society interested in a special topic, steam vessel navigation. The Steamship Historical Society of America requested a rare book display and presentation following the encouragement of Brent Dibner, who is a Board Member of the association and knows about the Library’s more »

Diffusion of Knowledge Extends to Some Very Young Patrons

This post was written by Dave Opkins, Administrative Projects Specialist. On Monday, June 24, 2013, our Anthropology  librarian, Maggie Dittemore hosted the Wallaby class (a group of three and four year olds) and their teachers from the Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center (SEEC).  My daughter is one of the students in the class, and I had the job of escorting the class to the library via the Anthropology Department’s maze of hallways, cases, more »

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