Content Categorized ‘libraries’

On disasters

Posted on May 27, 2011 under libraries, museums

I was about to write a post on libraries and museums in Joplin and across the recent tornado and flooding zones–but it seems useful to take a step back.  I want to understand why I’m so drawn to reflection on cultural heritage responses and recoveries in the face of disasters, both natural and human-made.  There are two ideas here […]

Mayday for Tennessee Museums

Posted on May 6, 2010 under community, libraries, preservation | 1 Comment

Disaster preparedness is necessary for cultural institutions.  When the waters rise, or the fire breaks out, does your museum know what to save first?  Who to call for conservation help?  May 1 is the international day of cultural heritage disaster preparedness awareness (I’m sure someone has developed a catchier title), and this year it coincided […]

Roundup for 11/3

Posted on November 3, 2008 under libraries, minnesota, museums, public history | 3 Comments

I’ve scoured the corners of the internet to bring you this link roundup! If you live in Minnesota, remember to vote yes for the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment.  This is PH’s official endorsement for the election season. Congrats to the Brooklyn Museum for winning a Forrester Groundswell award! A new Michigan-based booklet on […]

“Do not return flood damaged books” and how you can help

Posted on June 23, 2008 under libraries, museums, Uncategorized

Floods continue to inundate the Mississippi Valley. What’s happening with history and cultural heritage institutions? Read more for how you can help. NEH has just announced that it will be giving out $1 million in grants for disaster recovery: “Affected institutions in federally designated disaster areas may apply immediately for emergency grants of up to […]

Happy birthday, Oberlin!

Posted on May 22, 2008 under academe, libraries, public history

As this weekend many of my friends will be heading down to our alma mater for reunion, I thought it would be a good time to look over some web resources on Oberlin history.  This year is the college and town’s 175th birthday, and as the first college in the country to graduate women and […]

A nice library exhibits internship

Posted on April 17, 2008 under libraries, minnesota, public history jobs

The library formerly known as the Minneapolis Public Library has some exhibit internships available.  They’re unpaid, and you have to be a student–but you get to work with extremely nice people in a lovely building with great collections.  My suggestion for a project:  convince the county library board to rename the Central Library the Countryman Branch. […]

Saving a historic library

Posted on March 27, 2008 under libraries, me, preservation

I’m decamping for the city of the straits this weekend, and may or may not do things of historical interest.  So, to tide you over, here’s historic preservation news: resources on the 1953 Marcel Breuer-designed Grosse Pointe Central Library, which was slated for demolition but now seems to be saved, with a renovation in the works.  This is […]

Open libraries

Posted on January 7, 2008 under libraries, minnesota

The exciting news of 2008 so far is that the three Minneapolis branch libraries which had been closed for over a year have reopened, including my library, the Roosevelt Library on 28th Ave and 40th St in the Standish neighborhood.  On Saturday when I visited with a librarian friend, the place was as cozy and […]

Forged in Fire

Posted on December 11, 2007 under libraries, minnesota

Last night I went to a fascinating talk by Mark Dimunation, head of Rare Books and Special Collections at the Library of Congress, on his project on the reconstruction of Thomas Jefferson’s library. Dimunation, a Minnesotan and St. Olaf grad, spoke at a well-attended program of the Friends of the U of M Libraries (at […]

Link Roundup, 9/13

Posted on September 13, 2007 under libraries, minnesota, museums, public history

History/museum bits and pieces from the tubes: Information policy for Borges’ Library of Babel (via) Mapping organ donations:  making visual traces of kidney donation algorithms; is this the way to make biomedicine visible to museum audiences?  asks Biomedicine on Display. Bill Turkel creates the ambient noise of the past, an auditory equivalent of the fuzzy, distant quality of […]