Archive for April, 2012

Sexual Assault Awareness Month: Inform Yourself at the Library

April 23rd, 2012

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and there’s still time to get informed and participate in prevention!

At the library, we have a display of books, videos, and DVDs on topics related to sexual assault, prevention, healing, and support. The table is to the right just as you walk into the library:

All of the books and materials in the display can be checked out, so come take a look. There are also brochures and other materials about safety and sexual assault prevention:

In addition to the library display, there are events on campus to raise awareness about sexual assault and its effects. A calendar of events can be found here, and there are  some events happening this week!

These events are co-sponsored by: The Gender and Sexuality Center, Communities Against Sexual Assault (CASA), Health Promotion Services, Student Housing and Residential Education, USF Public Safety, Latinas Unidas, ASUSF Senate, USF Men’s and Women’s Rugby Team, and Social Justice League.

For more information, see the Sexual Assault Awareness Month official web site here.


Peterborough Library’s Interior, An Exceptional Postcard Find

April 17th, 2012


My other interior view postcard.

The Peterborough (NH) Town Library holds a special place in public library history. It is the oldest tax supported free public library in the world. It was founded in 1833 and celebrated its 175th anniversary in 2008. Although I already had a postcard showing the interior of the library, I was attracted by the quality of the interior view of a postcard I came across on eBay. It was the message on the back of the postcard, however, that made it an exceptional find.  The message was written by Ruby Tillinghast who served as the Librarian of the Town Library from 1916 to 1921. The postmark on the postcard shows that it was mailed on October 31, 1916 which was during her first year as Librarian. The postcard was mailed to Miss E. Howe at the Worcester (MA) Public Library.  The transcript of the messages reads: "What are you studying now? What did you get on your Simmons exams? You have a better sta(?) than a library seems to me! This the inside [of the library as shown on the postcard], the lamp & owl had departed before I arrived, revolving book-case on other end, nearer(?) one also missing and desk turned around so I look into the reading room as too busy to write this at present. R. Tillinghast don't work too hard."  I've included above an image of my other Town Library postcard interior view which shows the reading room which Ms. Tillinghast looked into. A current picture of the library's reading room is located HERE. Note that the statue of the builder of the library, J. H. Morison, is still at the library along with portraits of the founders of the library. I would love to know more about the library careers of Ruby Tillinghast and E. Howe.

Exhibit About Melvil Dewey’s Postal Card

April 16th, 2012



In 1898 the United States Post Office Department (now the United States Postal Service) issued a pre-stamped postal card that was the exact size of a catalog card. Melvil Dewey claimed that the issue of the postal card was the result of his lobbying of the Post Office Department for a card of that size. I have written a previous blog post about Dewey's postal card. I've been collecting examples of these postal cards used by libraries for over 15 years. Last year I put together a one frame, 16 page exhibit of these postal cards for the big stamp show in Chicago, and last month the exhibit was displayed at the St. Louis stamp show. In both cases the exhibit received a silver medal which was less than I hoped for, but I received some good feedback on improving the exhibit. Yesterday at the stamp show of the Wisconsin Federation of Stamp Clubs in Madison, the exhibit received a first place award (more than one first place awards are given). I will also be displaying the exhibit at the Denver stamp show next month. The exhibit varies considerably from traditional postal stationery exhibits in that it concentrates on library uses of a postal card instead of the postal uses. Postal cards were important tools in conducting day to day library business. The largest use for the Dewey cards in my collection was for the acknowledgment of gifts. Of course there are examples of overdue book notices and reserve book notices. Libraries also used the cards for requests to magazine publishers for missing issues of periodicals, and for requesting copies of publications. There are a host of miscellaneous uses ranging from meeting notices to the collection of library statistics. I have a previous post about the use of the card to announce a meeting of the New York Library Club, and a post about a card to collect data for the California State Library.

10th International Library Week, Ryukyus, 1968

April 14th, 2012


In 1968 the Postal Services Agency of the Government of the Ryukyu Islands issued a postage stamp to commemorate the 10th anniversary of International Library Week. The Ryukyu Islands had been occupied by the United States since 1945 following the defeat of Japan in World War II. Okinawa is the largest island in the chain of islands. Ryukyu reverted back to Japan in 1972. The text on the first day cover for the stamp shown above reads: "International Library Week was adopted in 1959 to be observed jointly by Ryukyuan librarians, educators, booksellers, and newspapers and American military librarians on Okinawa. The importance of libraries to the community has become increasingly apparent to the public. The numbers are increasing and even small villages are establishing library rooms in their community centers." National Library Week in the United States was established in 1958. The bookmark on the left includes the same slogan used for National Library Week in 1968 - "Be all you can be ... Read".

Gleeson Library on the Lawn

April 13th, 2012
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Once again the Gleeson Library joined the USF Farmstand on the lawn outside Library.  We offered books and DVD’s about organic gardening, real food, and healthy cooking all for check out on the spot.

This was USF’s Farmstands first International Farmstand offering different delectable dishes from around the world. The event also coincided with USF’s Dance Program show