Archive for April, 2015

Large Library Postcard Collection For Sale

April 30th, 2015
I'm assisting Dan Lester in disposing of his 10,000 plus library postcard collection. The largest portion of the collection (over 6,000 postcards) went to the American Library Association Archives last year. I have a group of 1,100 postcards that are duplicates of those in the ALA Archives collection. These postcards include libraries from 44 states and the District of Columbia. There are no duplicates, but there are multiple views of some of the larger libraries. The largest state group is for California with 145 postcards. Followed by New York with 68 cards, Massachusetts with 64 cards, Illinois with 61 cards, Indiana with 53 card, and the rest with less. I am willing to let the entire collection go for $800 postpaid which is a wholesale price. I would rather sell it to a library history enthusiast than a postcard dealer. If purchased individually from postcard dealers or on eBay, the collection would probably cost between $2,200 and $3,000 or more. Some images of the collection are shown below. If interested contact me (Larry Nix) at

Sir Walter Scott’s Library and Renée B.Stern

April 28th, 2015

Abbotsford is a historic country house in Scotland in the town of Galashiels, near Melrose. It is the former home of Sir Walter Scott, and one of its most prominent features is the library that Scott assembled. There are many postcard views of the library. The one above is from my collection, and it is special in that it was sent by a librarian to a librarian with a message that references Scott's library. The postcard was sent from Melrose, Scotland on August 4, 1903 by Renée B. Stern (1875-1940) to Emaline Carter at the Champaign (IL) Public Library. Stern writes: "My dear Miss Carter, Here is Sir Walter's library - its not D.C. [reference to the Library of Congress ?], but its really quite neat despite that fact." Stern served as a librarian at a number of Chicago area libraries, and was active in the Chicago Library Club. She was a writer and co-edited Book Trails, a multi-year/multi-volume publication of stories and poems for children. She also was author of Neighborhood Entertainments (1910).

Seed Saving Workshops and Food Adventures this Thursday and Friday!

April 28th, 2015



Come participate in at least one of the seed workshops led by Tarun and create your own seed packets, add to the USF seed library and take some seeds home for yourself too. If that is not enough come and enjoy a talk/discussion about Tarun’s multi-faceted food adventures and how you might get involved.

Thursday, April 30, 11:45-12:45 – SEED SAVING WORKSHOP Gleeson Plaza
Thursday, April 30, 3:00-4:30 – FOOD ADVENTURES WITH TARUN Lone Mountain 358
Friday, May 1, 1:00-2:00 – SEED SAVING WORKSHOP USF Community Garden

Tarun Mayra is a graduate of the USF Environmental Studies Program and currently farming in Sonoma County where he focuses on cultivating unique seed varieties ideal for our particular climate. While not farming, Tarun is instigating delicious meals in pop up venues throughout the Bay Area.
Please join us!

Scenes from the April 23rd Poetry Pop Up!

April 23rd, 2015

blue globeFrom Noon -1:00 PM,  the Gleeson Library/Donohue Rare Book Room Poetry Pop Up was in full-swing! It was great to see our USF folks come up and have an interest in the limited editions and unique offerings featuring some of our noted Poets of Color display. The signed edition of Five Poems by Toni Morrison with art work by Kara Walker was a hit. There was a fascination in Leonard Baskin’s etched artwork and printing of James Baldwin’s Gypsy & other poems, and the equally charming Ten Poems by Rita Dove. I appreciated all our students, staff and faculty that came up to the table.  We do this you! Special thanks goes out to John Hawk for his invaluable assistance and support, Kelci Baughman-McDowell and Randy Souther for helping get the word out.

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Check out Gleeson’s New Silent Study Area!

April 22nd, 2015

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Gleeson has a new study area! Grab your reading material, and unplug those potentially distracting devices — this new space is meant for serious, silent studying. Just in time for finals!

The new Silent Study Area is located on the 1st floor, past the scanner room in the Reference Department. Here’s a video showing how to get there from the library’s front gates: