Archive for July, 2012

Libraries and horse and buggies on postcards

July 21st, 2012
I'm always on the lookout for library postcards with interesting added features. There's nothing like a horse and buggy to add a little interest to the exterior of a library building. Five library postcards in my collection with horse and buggies are shown below.
Carnegie Library, Waterville, ME
Public Library, Kalamazoo, MI
Carnegie Library, Houston, TX
Public Library (Carnegie), Sheboygan, WI

Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT

4th annual Gleeson Library Bocce Tournament (LIB-R-BOCCE)

July 20th, 2012


On Thursday July 19th folks from the Gleeson Library were joined by members of the Nursing department and The McCarthy Center for the 4th annual Gleeson Library Bocce Tournament (LIB-R-BOCCE). the Competition was tough but Randy Souther (Gleeson Reference) successfully defended his title as LIB-R-BOCCE champion.  Carmnen Fernandez-Baybay (Gleeson Dean’s office) and Ernesto Hernandez (Nursing Dean’s office) took 2nd and 3rd place respectively.  An Honorable Mention was awarded to Matthew Collins (Gleeson Access Services)

Check-out a Bocce set from the Gleeson Library for a game of your own!

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Destruction of Stanford’s Library in 1906

July 16th, 2012

"It was soon after sunrise April 18, 1906, that the ground now solid underfoot began to heave, to tremble. As one journalist described the sensation of the earthquake, 'It pounced on the earth as some sidereal bulldog, with a rattle of hungry eagerness. The earth was a rat, shaken in the grinding teeth, shaken, shaken, shaken, with periods of slight weariness followed by new bursts of violent rage.' Everyone had supposed the massive construction and modest dimensions of this building would ensure its safety. As a matter of fact, the splendid masonry was stripped off that steel frame under the dome like flimsy paper from a bill-board. The walls that looked as if they might outlive Europe's cathedrals crumbled like lumps of sugar at afternoon tea."  The previous quotation is from the back of a stereoview (see above) showing the destruction of the newly completed library building at Stanford University in Palo Alta, California by the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. Fortunately, the new library was not yet occupied. More about the impact of the earthquake on Stanford University including the library can be found on the University's website. The stereoview was created by Underwood & Underwood a major publisher of stereoviews. Stereoviews are double images of a scene on a card that when viewed with a stereoscope appear to be three dimensional. Several decades before libraries appeared on picture postcards they could be viewed on stereoviews. I only have a handful of stereoviews in my collection of librariana.

Szabo to ALA in 1915 – Where’s my Booklist?

July 14th, 2012

Ervin Szabo (1877-1918) was Hungary's most famous librarian. Hungary has issued two postage stamps in his honor and has named one of its largest libraries for him. He was the first director of the Municipal Library in Budapest which is now the Metropolitan Ervin Szabo Library. I recently acquired a government issued postcard from Hungary that was mailed on July 12, 1915 to the Publishing Board of the American Library Association. The postcard was mailed by the Budapest Municipal Library and it indicates that the A.L.A. Booklist for 1915 issue 1 "has not come to hand". There is a printed signature on the card for Ervin Szabo as Director of the Library. ALA began publishing Booklist, a book reviewing journal, in 1905. More about Szabo who has been described as a "socialist theoretician" can be found in the online YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. More librarians on postage stamps can be found HERE.


July 12th, 2012

Scanning: On Trial in the Reference RoomFor the next two months we will be trialing scanners in the library (located in the copy room next to the Reference desk).

The systems include a “bookedge” flatbed scanner designed for scanning book pages without the need to push down on the book spine; and a document-feed scanner for fast multiple-sheet scans. The latter machine can scan both sides of a page at once, and can handle 50 sheets at a time.

A simple touch-screen menu guides you through the scan process, and lets you output in pdf, word, tiff, etc., and even produces searchable pdfs and editable word docs.

Scans can be downloaded to a flash drive or sent to an email address. No printing: so with no paper or toner costs, we plan to provide scanning for free.

Please come try them out and let us know what you think!