On November 20-22 the Smithsonian Libraries hosted a three day workshop, “Understanding Asian Papers and their Applications in Paper Conservation,” given by Minah Song, a paper conservator at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia. The workshop began with a lecture on the process of papermaking in China, Korea and Japan and then moved onto hands-on techniques including learning different lining techniques, toning or paper with fiber reactive dyes, parchment repair and the Korean art of Joomchi.
Month: November 2013
We have the perfect activity to help you burn off some of tomorrow’s turkey dinner! Exercise your finger muscles by helping us transcribe the Scrapbook of Early Aeronatica! Collected by William Upcott, this first volume contains correspondence, clippings, ephemera, articles and illustrations, which cover early experiments, adventures and inventions in aeronautics starting with the Montgolfier brothers.
Please join us for our annual Adopt-a-Book event!
Thursday, January 9, 2014, 6:00 p.m. (rescheduled from October)
The Smithsonian Castle, 1000 Jefferson Drive SW
In a remote corner on the third floor of the National Museum of Natural History lies the Mammals Library. This medium-sized room houses roughly 10,000 volumes on mammalian subjects such as systematics, distribution, evolution, morphology, ecology, and evolution. There are also a number of related study aids such as dictionaries, atlases, and other resources. This impressive collection exists for the use of the Mammals division staff and visiting researchers, and is maintained by Smithsonian Libraries. The room was just closed for six weeks to undergo its first major renovation in over 30 years. Subsequently, on November 6th, the room played host to an exciting grand reopening celebration that was attended by nearly 100 Smithsonian colleagues.
There may be a bit of truth to observations that we’re less patient now than we used to be. Look at this article found in the 41st volume of Merchants Record and Show Window.
This month we show the capitals which belong to the three lower case alphabets shown last month.
The Smithsonian Libraries is currently recruiting for four spring internship projects. These are generally part time, unpaid positions and we are happy to work with universities to help students obtain credit. All are unique learning experiences with mentorship and guidance. They are open to grad students, recent graduates and some are open to undergrad students.
The Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to present the 20th Annual Dibner Library Lecture:
Copernicus and the Astrologers, Featuring Robert S. Westman
Thursday, December 12, 2013, 5:00 p.m.
Reception to follow
Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, Smithsonian American Art Museum
8th and F Streets NW Washington, DC 20004
RSVP at 202-633-2241 or SILRSVP@si.edu
Event is free and open to the public