Porcelain Designs as Propaganda

Elizabeth Broman : November 1, 2017 9:00 am : Art and Design, Events, Special Collections, Trade Literature

Six Ukrainian cup designs

Six Teacup Designs, Plate XI. Katalog farforu fa︠i︡ansu i maĭoliky (Catalog of porcelain, faience and majolica. Kiev, Ukraine by Ukraïns’ke Der︠z︡havne vydavny︠t︡stvo mis︠t︡sevoï promyslovosti. qNK4141.U47 K19 1940 CHMRB

This extremely rare 1940 trade catalog the Cooper-Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum Library,  Katalog farforu faiansu i maĭoliky, represents the production of not any one company. It is the output of 10 state-owned ceramics factories all over the Ukraine in small towns and villages, after industry was nationalized in 1918. This is a primary source document for the decorative arts and for studying the material culture and political history of the Ukraine and the former Soviet Union.

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You’re Invited: Adopt-a-Book Evening

Allie Swislocki : October 17, 2017 9:00 am : Advancement and Development, Art and Design, Collection Highlights, Events

On November 7, we invite you to join us for an evening celebrating the scintillating collection of Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library at our Adopt-a-Book event in New York City. Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Library is the nation’s premiere resource for books, trade catalogs, serials, pictures, and archival material on design and decorative arts from the Renaissance to the present. The Library features more than 8,000 rare treasures. more »

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Information Matters Lecture: Education and Training Across the Digital Curation Spectrum

Erin Rushing : June 2, 2017 9:00 am : Digitization, Education and Outreach, Events, Research

Join us Thursday, June 15th at 2pm ET in the S. Dillon Ripley Center Lecture Hall for a discussion on preparing the workforce for digital curation with Margaret Hedstrom. Dr. Hedstrom, the Robert M. Warner Collegiate Professor of Information Professor of Information at the University of Michigan School of Information, will speak on her work in the field and as recent chair of the Committee on Future Career Opportunities and Educational Requirements for Digital Curation for the National Research Council.

 

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Cultivating America’s Gardens: Upcoming Events

Erin Rushing : May 8, 2017 9:00 am : Education and Outreach, Events, Exhibitions, Food and Drink, History and Culture

Mark your calendars! In conjunction with Smithsonian Gardens, Smithsonian Libraries is pleased to present the first two events in our Cultivating America’s Gardens programming. Explore and celebrate the history of American gardening with us! more »

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Opening this week: Cultivating America’s Gardens

Liz O'Brien : May 1, 2017 9:00 am : Collection Highlights, Education and Outreach, Events, Exhibitions, History and Culture, Natural and Physical Sciences, Special Collections

C. Ribsam & Sons trade card. Courtesy of Smithsonian Gardens.

Smithsonian Libraries and Smithsonian Gardens will present a new exhibition, “Cultivating America’s Gardens,” at the National Museum of American History May 4 through August 2018.

Amateurs and professionals, young and old, schoolchildren and scientists—Americans of every sort—have put their backs into gardening for a variety of motives: beauty, food, science and prestige. Americans garden to feed themselves and their families and to create a sense of place and beauty in their backyards and beyond. National parks, public parks and gardens and the individual plots of earth that people cultivate are all examples of their deep connections to the natural world. American garden making has evolved over time, shaped by history, social attitudes, the environment and new ideas. more »

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A behind-the-scenes tour for Preservation Week

Erin Rushing : April 24, 2017 9:00 am : Education and Outreach, Events, The Fix (Preservation)

This week, April 23-29th 2017, is Preservation Week, a week set aside by the American Library Association to highlight the importance of conserving and properly caring for books, papers and other media,  in both institutional and personal collections.

This year, we’re celebrating Preservation Week with a live, behind-the-scenes tour of our Book Conservation Lab, via Facebook Live. Viewers will have a chance to meet our conservation staff, learn about what they do and the tools they use and to ask  questions about book and paper conservation.

 

 

Tune in Friday, April 28th, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET on our Facebook page, to see what goes on behind-the-scenes to care for the over 2 million items in our collections.

To learn more about Preservation Week and find helpful links for caring for your own collections, view our previous blog post on the topic.

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America’s First Known African American Scientist and Mathematician

Julia Blakely : February 15, 2017 9:00 am : Collection Highlights, Events, Research, Special Collections

At the beginning of February, Black History Month, the former slave Frederick Douglass (1818-1895) was much in the news. The most prominent African American of the 19th century, he first moved to Washington, D.C. in the early 1870s after his home in Rochester, New York burned down. Here he published his newspaper, The New National Era. From 1877 until his death in 1895, Douglass lived and worked in a stately Victorian house, called Cedar Hill, overlooking the Anacostia River. The property is in the D.C. Southeast quadrant and has been maintained since 1988 as a National Historic Site by the National Park Service. more »

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January Events at Smithsonian Libraries

Erin Rushing : January 5, 2017 9:00 am : Collection Highlights, Education and Outreach, Events

The Smithsonian Libraries would like to invite our colleagues to two January events, both of which are free and open to the public. More details are below. We hope you’ll join us!

 

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Color in the Scientific Image
Mazviita Chirimuuta, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Pittsburgh

6:00pm, Friday, January 13, 2017
Warner Bros Theater at the National Museum of American History
12th Street and Constitution Ave NW
Washington, DC

Do colors exist or are they merely an illusion? The posing of color as a challenge to our habitual belief in the reality of the visual world is commonly thought to stem back to the so-called scientific revolution of the 17th century. Between the wars of the last century historians and philosophers like Burtt, Husserl and Whitehead gave us highly influential narratives in which the mathematized and mechanical physical sciences of Galileo and Newton (amongst others) formed a new metaphysical picture which stripped colors away from objective nature. In this lecture, Dr. Chirimuuta will reconsider the narrative, suggesting that the puzzle of fitting color into the scientific image really took shape in the 19th century, with the appearance of a mechanistic science of the brain and nervous system.

See event page for additional information and RSVP link: http://library.si.edu/event/dibner-library-lecture-color-scientific-image

 

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The Future of Learning: How will people learn the skills they need for academe, work, and life?
Dan Russell, Google

11 am ET,  Thursday, January 26th, 2017.
Q?rius Theater
National Museum of Natural History, Ground Floor
10th Street and Constitution Ave, NW
Washington, DC 20560

What does it means to be literate in the age of Google? At a time when you can search billions of texts in milliseconds, we need to rethink what it means to be literate, and to be a learner. Although you might think that “literacy” is one of the great constants that transcends the ages, the skills of a literate person have changed substantially over time as texts and technology allow for new kinds of reading and understanding. Knowing how to read is just the beginning of it – knowing how to frame a question, pose a query, interpret the texts that you find, organize (and use) the information you discover, and understand your metacognition – these are all critical parts of being literate as well. In his talk Dan reviews what literacy means today and shows how some very surprising and unexpected skills will turn out to be critical in the years ahead.

This lecture is part of the Information Matters series, which is made possible through a collaboration between the Smithsonian Libraries, Smithsonian Institution Archives and the Smithsonian Office of the Chief Information Officer. This event will be webcast and recorded for later viewing. If you plan to join us in person, please RSVP. See event page for additional information: http://library.si.edu/event/future-learning

 

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Cooking up some fun with Adopt-a-Book

Erin Rushing : November 7, 2016 9:00 am : Advancement and Development, Collection Highlights, Events, Food and Drink, History and Culture, Special Collections

On Wednesday, November 16th, the Smithsonian Libraries will once again hold its annual Adopt-a-Book Evening and you’re invited! Join us for food and merriment, all while supporting the Libraries’ collections. Visit the event page for additional details and to purchase your tickets.

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Can’t make it to DC next week or just want a preview of the evening’s menu of books? Enjoy this “appetizer”, a mere sample of the 80+ items that will be on display during the event. Each has a unique place in culinary history and all will be available for adoption on November 16th. Learn more about our Adopt-a-Book program here. more »

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Eerie October happenings with Smithsonian Libraries

Erin Rushing : October 7, 2016 9:00 am : Biodiversity Heritage Library, Collection Highlights, Education and Outreach, Events, History and Culture, Holidays and Special Occasions

The month of October brings lots of some spooky good times for Smithsonian Libraries. Pumpkin carving patterns, the science of Frankenstein, a behind-the-scenes tour of rare anatomy books, and more! more »

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