TELDAP 2009 International Conference, Taipei, Taiwan

During the week of February 23-27, 2009 TELDAP International Conference held in conjunction with Global Research Library 2020 and MCN Taiwan Meeting in Taipei, Taiwan. TELDAP is a nation-wide and centrally-funded project to bring together the cultural and scientific projects in the digital environment. The TELDAP organizers did an excellent job of bringing together a world-wide group of collaborators to share their own experiences and work with participating TELDAP institutions to analyze the work of TELDAP. Myself and Michael Edson, Director of Web Strategy in the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) were invited to give an overview of library, archives and museum collaborations, and web strategy for the MCN Taiwan portion of the meeting. Our session, attended by about 150 people, was well received with many comments and questions. You can find my presentation, “A Natural History of Unicorns: Smithsonian Collaborations in the World of Library, Archives, and Museums” is available online. TELDAP 2009 Home page GRL 2020 Home page —Martin Kalfatovic

Strategic planning

What will the libraries look like in the future? Staff met this morning to take a first look at a draft strategic plan which included ideas about collaboration, new modes of connecting with users, values, and developing expertise with emerging technologies. —Elizabeth Periale

Featured: Trade Literature

The National Museum of American History Branch Library houses the Trade Literature Collection, an extraordinary collection of over 430, 000 pieces of manufacturing and product catalogs comprising a broad range of American industrial output, from 1875 to 1950. Today's featured item is fairly typical of the collection as a whole: a straightforward catalog sent to the company's jobbers, distributors, and retailers: the " trade." But within its pages are some hidden nuggets that reveal an unusual path to a practical innovation. The catalog is entitled “Lamson Wire Line Carriers”, from the Lamson Company, based in Syracuse, New York. Lamson was a pioneer in the development and manufacture of pneumatic tube systems of document delivery, used in offices, factories, and even libraries. This conveying system was devised by William Stickney Lamson, who was based in Lowell, Massachusetts. Lamson became impatient with the time-consuming process of clerks having to walk paperwork and money back from cash registers and front offices to the payroll or purchasing or other back office locations. He devised more »

Women’s History Month – Marie Curie

Portrait of Marie Curie (1867-1934), PhysicistOriginally uploaded by Smithsonian Institution Among the many interesting photos in the Dibner Library's collection of portraits of scientists is this 1934 photo of Marie Curie (1867-1934). Curie was the only woman to win two Nobel prizes – the 1903 award in Physics, along with her husband Pierre, for research on radiation phenomena, and the 1911 award in Chemistry for her studies in radium and polonium. Marie was also mother to Irène Joliot-Curie, the recipient of the 1935 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Marie Curie died in 1934 from aplastic anaemia, a blood condition often associated with exposure to large amounts of radiation. We invite you to join the conversation about Marie Curie on Flickr, or view our entire portrait collection, "Scientific Identity: Portraits from the Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology" on our webpage. —Erin Clements Rushing

2009 Dibner Library Resident Scholar

Meghan Doherty, one of Smithsonian Libraries 2009 Dibner Resident Scholars, began her studies at the Dibner Library in the National Museum of American History on January 5.  Her research tenure will extend through March, and she will return again for the month of June.Meghan is working on her doctoral dissertation “Carving Knowledge: Engraving, Etching, and Early Modern Science,” which focuses on how tools used in printmaking played a role in the creation of knowledge.  She is researching the engraver’s burin and the etcher’s needle, and the use of these tools in the making of printed images by and for members of the Royal Society of England in the late 17th and early 18th centuries.  Meghan plans to use several rare books from the Dibner Library’s collection to aid with two chapters of her dissertation, including Robert Hooke’s “Micrographia” and two of Antoni van Leeuwenhoek’s “Anatomia” texts.Meghan is a PhD candidate in Art History at the University of Wisconsin, Madison.  She also earned an M.A. in Art History from the University more »

More web features for Picturing Words

Libraries exhibit Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration is being pointed to in the blogosphere via its mention in The Librarian's Internet Index "New this Week" feature.—Elizabeth Periale

Libraries exhibition featured on Art Daily.org

Art Daily.org, "The First Art Newspaper on the Net" recently featured two Libraries exhibitions, Picturing Words: The Power of Book Illustration and The Art of African Exploration on its website. —Elizabeth Periale

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