I am happy to announce that Alexia MacClain, SIL staff member at the National Museum of American History, was the winner of the trivia contest held at the Libraries’ 40th anniversary celebration in April at the Smithsonian Castle. Her name was drawn from among all those who had answered the questions correctly. She won two free tickets to the SIL "Paint the Town REaD!" ruby gala, to be held on October 30 at the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard in the Donald W. Reynolds Center. Congratulations, Alexia! — Nancy Gwinn
David Elliott, Nancy Gwinn, Leslie Overstreet, and Cynthia Neal2008-06-09-dscn4174Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic Smithsonian Libraries presented "Mark Catesby’s America: Symposium and Panel Discussion" on June 9, 2008. The symposium featured Dr. Storrs Olson (National Museum of Natural History), D. Therese O’Malley (National Gallery of Art), and Leslie Overstreet (Curator of Natural History Rare Books, Smithsonian Institution Libraries). Dr. Alan Feduccia, professor of Biology and Department Chair at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, presented the keynote address, "Mark Catesby and his Natural History of Carolina … : an Introduction and perspective." The event, held at the Freer Gallery of Art, was attended by over 150 guests. Following the symposium, the audience was treated to the Washington premier of The Curious Mr. Catesby. The documentary film, introduced by producers David J. Elliott and Cynthia Neal. The film, an excellent overview to the life and work of Catesby, features Leslie Overstreet and the Cullman Library. A reception followed at the Freer Gallery of Art. View images from the Smithsonian Libraries’ copy of more »
We have also created a finding aid for the Panama Canal Zone Post Office collection – Which consists of correspondence, newspaper and journal articles, government documents, stamp design files, photographs and other illustrations. The files cover the history of the Panama Canal Zone Post Office from 1904 to 1999. Please look at the finding aid – http://www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/NPM/ – and post your comments in the comment box below.
The National Postal Museum Library is one of the largest and most important research facilities for the study of philately and the history of postal services in the world. Supplementing the collection of publications on philately and postal history are major document collections including: General files of the Third Assistant Postmaster General – contain documentation on the stamp design and production process, covering issues such as paper, inks, engraving and printing methods, production numbers, and public reaction to the stamp designs. Stamp design files of the Third Assistant Postmaster General – especially strong from 1920 to 1970, the files are arranged by Scott number and type, including regular issue, commemorative, and airmail stamps. Please take a look at the finding aids – http://www.sil.si.edu/digitalcollections/NPM/ and let us know your reaction in the comment box below.
In his large-format images, photographer Jonathan Singer captures the essence of plant form, color, and texture, thereby enhancing the viewer’s appreciation of the complexity of the botanical world. Collaborating with scientists in the Smithsonian’s Department of Botany, the large-format photographs focus on the Smithsonian’s living plant collections. Each photo was taken with a high-resolution digital camera and printed on hand-made paper with special inks. Jonathan Singer donated the first set of this monumental five-volume work to the Smithsonian Institution’s Department of Botany and the Smithsonian Institution Libraries. Images from Botanica Magnifica will be on display in the Smithsonian Libraries exhibition case located in the National Museum of Natural History (10th St. and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC), ground floor lobby, through October 2008. Since the Smithsonian’s copy of the “Botanica magnifica” is held in a research library behind the scenes, visitors who wish to see it are requested to call several days in advance to arrange an appointment: (202) 633-1184.
2008-05-29-dscn3908Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic Smithsonian Libraries’ staff visited the new Pennsy Drive facility near Landover, Maryland on May 29. The Pennsy Drive facility will house the Book Conservation Lab, the SIL Imaging Center, binding operations and also provide a reading room and shelf space for over 500,000 volumes. The Libraries will begin moving into the new space sometime in the fall. Pictured above: (left to right) Dave Bartlett, Lu Rossignol, Marcia Adams, Martin Kalfatovic, Nancy Gwinn, Laudine Creighton, David Holbert, and Eliza Gilligan
ALA President, Loriene Roy, Ashinabe, Professor at the University of Texas Austin, iSchool, delivered the first in the Smithsonian libraries 40th anniversary lecture series on May 12, 2008. In covering the wide topic of America’s Libraries: Expanding Collections, Services, and Facilities," Dr. Roy began by reminding her audience that 1968 was a very different place with the Beatles balanced by social turmoil. However, for libraries, the issues were similar and included censorship, building public involvement, and preserving budgets. Based on her 320 days as ALA president, Dr. Roy used her media experience to identify what issues matter most. Reporters consistently ask about the way libraries look now, the impact of the Web, gaming, and if we are a dying profession. Loriene was able to say that more young students are entering the profession, leveling the playing field and increasing the challenges of how to make libraries inclusive as employers and as a service. ALA will offer a gaming evening at Annual conference to recognize that people don’t divide their lives more »
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