John Cage and the sounds of silence

Paul Allen Sommerfeld volunteered in the Hirshhorn Library July 2017-March 2018. He holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Duke University, and is currently pursuing a Master of Library Science at Catholic University. His research focuses on music, film/media, and fandom cultures in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. In April 2018, he began as a full-time Reference Librarian in the Music Division of the Library of Congress.   The Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture more »

Swinging Through Summer

With the arrival of warmer days, images such as the lawn and porch swings found in this trade catalog might look inviting. Imagine you are relaxing on a porch swing looking out over the water, just like in one of the images in this 1913 trade catalog.

The Fix: Conservation of Les Lépidoptères de la Belgique

This post was written by Ludivine Javelaud, intern in the Book Conservation Lab. I am currently a conservation graduate student at the Institut National du Patrimoine in Paris and I have been accepted to complete part of my 4th year internship requirement in the Book Conservation Lab in the Preservation Department at the Smithsonian Libraries.     One of the projects I am involved with is the conservation of a collection of more »

Digital Archives, Records Management, and Organizing Digital Assets at the Zoo

This post was written by Laura Bell, Digital Archives Intern, Smithsonian National Zoological Park (Exhibits Office) and Smithsonian Libraries (Dec. 2017-May 2018).   What do most people picture when they imagine an archive? Probably a grand building with old, precious documents like the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration building in downtown D.C. Some people think of the movie National Treasure. But, not every archive holds centuries-old documents. Some archives are for more »

Fall 2018 Internship Opportunities

The Smithsonian Libraries is currently recruiting for fall internships. We have four projects available – two in our Education department, one that is fully virtual and one that would be a fantastic experience for an aspiring science librarian. Below are additional details. We expect to close applications July 31st, 2018. Full details and application instructions can be found on our webpage:   Educational Programs (Storytime) Smithsonian Libraries Education Department is looking more »

Join us for “Cultures of the Garden: The Hidden Histories of an American Obsession”

Join us as Dr. Jennifer Atkinson and Dr. Robert S. Emmett explore the garden’s unique role in American history and literature, including ways it has shaped U.S. culture and the arts, social justice movements, environmental advocacy, and other public and private visions of the good life. 5:30pm, Friday, June 22, 2018 S. Dillon Ripley Center Lecture Hall 1100 Jefferson Drive, SW Copies of Gardenland: Nature, Fantasy, and Everyday Practice and Cultivating Environmental more »

Connecting the dots: It started with Roxie and the Electra…

I recently discovered an important link between two stories about which I have known for years.  Turns out there is a deep connection between one of my favorite aircraft and a pioneering scientist at the National Museum of Natural History.  The connection appeared while working on a cataloging project, which ended up overlapping with a book that was recommended to me. The book, The Electra Story by John Selding (in Smithsonian Libraries), more »

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