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As we're coming up on National Library Week, the sites I selected for the newsletter are about books, libraries, bookmarks, books as art, books in art, and reading, plus a couple others I just really liked. Bon appetit from librarians Wendy, Maria, Charlotte, and Jennifer.
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What else went into the database this week? More than two dozen other sites, including NATO turning 60, the periodic table on video, North Korea, transparency in monetary policy, adult fitness, co-sleeping, and the goodness of fruits and veggies.
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An Archive of Book Cover Designs and Designers
View hundreds of recent book cover designs "for the purpose of appreciation." Browsable by designer, illustrator, photographer, author, and other categories (some categories are under development). Also includes a blog with "industry news, site updates, [and] assorted book cover-related miscellany," and links to related sites. From enthusiasts.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28108
The Atlas of Early Printing
"This site depicts the spread of printing through Europe in the fifty years following the European refinement of the tools and process to make impressions from movable type cast in metal." View a map of Europe by year (1450-1500) to see locations of the spread of printing, universities, paper mills, fairs, and trade routes. Also includes material about 15th-century printing and an animated model of a printing press. From the University of Iowa Libraries.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25476
Companion to an exhibit of modern art in the shape of books, which are "difficult to categorize. ... The works presented here use a variety of techniques -- photography, film printing, assemblage, drawing, and sound recording." View highlights of works by artists such as Dieter Roth, Edward Ruscha, and Brian Belott. From the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26077
Dust Jackets From American and European Books, 1926-1947
Online collection of images of "more than 2,000 original specimens of book jackets from trade books." The jackets "are from books published in the United States and Europe during two turbulent decades. Throughout, the illustrations and titles mirror the era's changing political concerns and desires. The dominant Art Deco design trends of the early years are evident." Browse by year, or search by keyword. From the New York Public Library (NYPL).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27448
Henri Cartier-Bresson, Helen Levitt: Side by Side
Website accompanying a 2008 exhibit in which "[f]or the very first time Henri Cartier-Bresson and Helen Levitt, both internationally recognized twentieth century masters of street photography, [were] exhibited side by side." Includes a brief introduction to Levitt (1913-2009) and Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), and two pages of photos from the exhibition. From the Laurence Miller Gallery, New York.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28200
Website about bookmarks. Features an exhibit of "outstanding bookmarks from 1850s up to now with over 150 images" (with topics such as Victorian, bookstores, religious, heroes, handmade, museum, and French advertising), history of bookmarks, bookmark quotes, and related material on interesting bookstores, libraries, and other topics. From a Swiss company that sells metal bookmarks.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/25305
The New York Times: Graphic Books Best Seller Lists
This series of weekly blog posts details New York Times best seller lists introduced in March 2009: "three separate lists of the best-selling graphic books in the country: hardcover, softcover, and manga." Blog entries provide an overview for the week, followed by the lists. Part of The New York Times ArtsBeat blog.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28081
Website for this New York City Museum "that tells the stories of immigrants who lived in 97 Orchard Street, a tenement built in 1863 on Manhattan's Lower East Side." The "History" section includes a list of the thousands of residents of lived in the building over the years and describes changes in building toilets, light, water, and heating. Also includes a virtual tour, 1916 immigration simulation game, and lesson plans.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28135
Companion to an exhibition that "includes a wide range of works from sculptures that reference books to books that reference movement and shape beyond the bound page," and typewriter poetry, "an important variant of visual poetry." Includes introductory essay, which considers "what is a book?", images of selected books sculptures, description of how to make a typewriter poem, and typewriter poem examples. From the University of Central Florida Art Gallery.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27901
Bound to the Word
"Barack Obama keynoted the opening general session at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago, June 2329, 2005, while a U.S. senator from Illinois. This article, published in the August 2005 issue of American Libraries, is an adaptation of that speech, which drew record crowds and garnered a standing ovation." From the American Library Association (ALA).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27812
Association of Research Libraries: Google Book Search Library Project
Update about the copyright and intellectual property implications of the Google Book Search Library Project. "On October 28, 2008, after several years of legal wrangling, Google, the Association of American Publishers (AAP), and the Authors Guild reached a settlement agreement concerning Google's scanning of copyrighted works." Includes links to the settlement agreement, material about security standards and public domain works, and related material. From the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27402
Changing Lives Through Literature (CLTL): An Alternative Sentencing Program
Website for this Massachusetts alternative criminal sentencing program in which "CLTL participants, judges, probation officers, and instructors believe that bringing carefully selected works of literature to criminal offenders may help these men and women gain insight into their lives and behavior, while learning that they are not alone with their problems." Includes material for students and instructors, discussion of key issues (such as sentencing), bibliographies, and related material. From the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/26728
The National Library Buildings Across Europe
View "more than 300 pictures of the national libraries of Europe; this exhibition provides many fascinating building details and broad architectural examples of official monuments." Find exterior and reading room views of over 3 dozen libraries in Iceland, Norway, Russia, Belgium, Latvia, Portugal, Switzerland, Romania, Malta, and other countries. From the European Library.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28110
ALA Washington Office Submits Report to Obama-Biden Transition Team
Page for the December 2008 American Library Association (ALA) report "Opening the 'Window to a Larger World,' Libraries' Role in Changing America." The report discusses broadband and telecommunications policy, school libraries, library funding, access and transparency in government, access and civil liberties issues (including USA PATRIOT Act provisions), literacy and lifelong learning, and copyright.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27813
Blog for the New York Public Library (NYPL) covering a wide range of topics such as National Poetry Month (April), dandies, author Flannery O'Conner, feminism, changing styles in children's literature, noteworthy American Irish women writers, the menu collection database, the NYPL during the Great Depression and today's economic crisis, the Reader's Den (online book club), and much more.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/27535
I Love Libraries
This initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) is "designed to keep America informed about what's happening in today's libraries, found in public, school, academic, corporate and institutional settings."
Includes material about challenges for public libraries in difficult economic times, suggestions for you to take action to support libraries, information for locating public libraries, an "ask the librarian" feature, material for National Library Week (mid-April), and related material.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28170
Libraries' Surprising Special Collections
This article from March 2009 highlights some "unexpected archives and world-class treasures" at U.S. libraries. Learn about the largest collection of Arabic papyrus and paper (University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library in Salt Lake City), nurse romance novels (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee), tobacciana (New York Public Library), and more. From Smithsonian magazine.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28103
Multicultural Literature in the United States Today
This 2009 publication "focuses on distinguished American writers from various ethnic backgrounds who add immeasurably to mutual understanding and appreciation through tales of their native lands and their experiences as Americans." Some of the article topics include American Indian storytelling, urban (or hip-hop) fiction, Afghan poetry traditions, and fortune cookies. From the Bureau of International Information Programs (IIP), U.S. Department of the State.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28101
Written in Bone: Forensic Files of 17th-Century Chesapeake
This exhibit "examines history through 17th-century bone biographies, including those of colonists teetering on the edge of survival at Jamestown, Virginia, and those living in the wealthy and well-established settlement of St. Mary's City, Maryland." Features include a comic based on an actual forensic case, a series of forensic case files, and illustrated essays on bones, forensic anthropology, and Colonial life. From the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.
LII Item: http://lii.org/cs/lii/view/item/28015
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Jennifer English, Liaison to Califa Library Group
Wendy Hyman, Senior Editor
Maria Brandt, Associate Editor
Charlotte Bagby, Senior Weeder