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Since it’s finally starting to act like spring (56 degrees yesterday!), I went into the city with M. as part of the “rediscovering a life outside of library school” series. Both having student IDs, we took advantage of the Village East Cinema’s $7 student Tuesday deal and saw The Secret of Kells, an animated movie about the illuminated manuscript called the Book of Kells.

Brendan and Aisling in the forest

The movie is utterly delightful – it might be a little frightening for young children at parts, but certainly doesn’t lose any enjoyment for adults. It’s a very lush movie – the music is well done and the visuals are worth finding a theater that has it.

While waiting for the movie, we stopped over at Artichoke, which only sells a few kinds of pizza but all wonderful. I had a slice of the eponymous pizza (which was the size of 3 slices), and M. had the sicilian, also delicious but smaller.

Since M. was finished long before me and the weather was so nice, we wandered next door to Led Zeppole, also run by the same guys, to get 3 piping hot zeppoles. I wanted to pick up some snacks for tomorrow, so we ventured over to Momofuku’s Milk Bar where I tried some of the cereal milk soft serve and snagged a compost cookie and a really buttery, delicious blueberry cream cookie. The cookies (and especially pies) are a little pricey, but they do have $0.85 day old cookies which (in my opinion) are just as good!


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Apparently, there’s a whole slew of other Drexel interns at my library, and various members of the library staff here been hosting a small set of lectures for us on what they do in the different sections of the library. Today I got to hear about Electronic Acquisitions, and learn some of the nitty-gritty about ordering and maintaining an incredibly large set of databases and e-journals (also that EBSCO costs a cool few mil!).

It wasn’t something I necessarily thought about before – how do the resources trickle down from EBSCO to the publishers? How exactly will the institution gain access? Also, that licensing agreements should definitely be read over and, if you’re a large institution, can be worked on until a mutually agreeable individual contract can be produced. Interesting stuff, although I’m still finding that I enjoy reference work and cataloging more on the whole…

On a totally different note, here’s a recommendation for you all!

There’s a wonderful glossary of useful rare book & manuscript terms over at the British Library. It doesn’t have everything, but it does contain quite a bit, and tends to include illustrations using real manuscript pictures, which is incredibly handy!

Check it out!

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Since I’m officially t.b. free and off of Academic Hold, I thought I’d update. This post is related to neither Philadelphia nor libraries, but oh well, it’s my blog.

One of my all-time favorite radio programs is Radio Lab, from WNYC, which I heard about from This American Life. Although they’ve been on a break while preparing for their next season, they still do the occasional podcast. I was completely blown away while listening to the episode Quantum Cello, which featured cellist Zoe Keating. The episode does a good job of explaining this newer kind of music, while also giving me some awesome new music to listen to!

Zoe Keating

Zoe Keating


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Good-Book Hiatus

Sorry about the quiet! I’ve been caught up in a series of good books. I received Jasper Fforde’s Thursday Next series and was glued to that until I found a copy of Cory Doctorow’s Little Brother, which I’ve been reading voraciously for the past two days (it takes a lot to tear me away from Jasper Fforde). Cory is a journalist, science fiction author, and contributer to the blog Boing Boing, and also referenced on the webcomic XKCD. He was one of the first people to publish a novel under a Creative Commons license (Down and Out in the Magic Kingdom), and he very kindly published Little Brother under the same license.

What does this mean, you ask? Well, this means you can download the book for free, and distribute it for free, and create derivative works for free as long as you don’t capitalize on them. So, head on over to Cory Doctorow’s website Craphound and download the book, or go to your local library and snag a copy, or go ahead and actually buy it, because it’s a pretty awesome book.

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Have you ever had that irksome problem where you found a Latin place name and cannot figure out what its modern name is? Or perhaps the opposite – you know your manuscript was written in what is now Friuli, but can’t figure out what the Latin name is (it’s Forojuliensis, as everyone knows)? Well, be irked no more! The Orbis Latinus will solve all these problems! It also has a handy list of German and Latin abbreviations (or Abkürzungen) followed by their English translation! Other handy similar links include the Cathedral Library Catalogue Names of Printing Towns, since many of those towns were listed in an obsolete Latin in their printed works.

All of these useful links and more were found at the RBMS (Rare Books and Manuscripts Section) of the ALA, which I can’t believe I never saw until today. Includes everything from plain ol’ dictionaries and calendars (including one to easily convert Roman dates into modern ones), to a complete list of popes, to histories of books and printing, to every reference you might need when dealing with or cataloging or even just reading rare books and manuscripts (including all of ABC for Book collectors by John Carter and Nicholas Barker as a pdf!) . I think I’m in love.

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I’m pretty new to the world of blogs, and especially to the world of librarian blogs. Turns out, there are a lot of good ones out there not only with some interesting, and often humorous, things to say, but with some nice research links. Here are a couple:

  • Lisa Gold: Research Maven. A new blog by Lisa Gold, who does research for Neal Stephenson, about her research. She’s also a rare book expert and a writer. So far she has some great links and good advice, including this gem: “Research is like treasure hunting, and to do it well you must be skeptical, curious, discriminating, persistent, and willing to look beneath the surface.
  • The Annoyed Librarian. Very ranty and perhaps a little controversial, most of the information on this blog is pretty relevant to current issues in the field, it seems.
  • The Zenformation Professional, on the lighter, more narrative side of things. A librarian in Oxford (Ohio) who has some interesting stories…
  • @ the Library. Recommended on a couple of other blogs as a realistic view into the daily dealings with patrons.
  • Library Praxis. Written by two fantastic reference librarians Maria and Emily, Library Praxis writes about library issues of today! Intriguing and with some good ideas.

This is just a short amount of the huge amount of library blogs out there – if you have any favorites that I didn’t mention, feel free to note them in a comment!

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Also in my research, I’ve come across some unrelated, fantastic works that really deserve a mention on their own:

There might be a part two to this with some more content later!

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