Category Archives: libraries

Rare Books in NON-ARL Libraries: THE SURVEY

Colleagues! Do you work with rare books at a library that is NOT a member of the Association for Research Libraries? Please consider completing this survey about your experiences! CONTEXT: Remember that Crowdsourced List of libraries that work with rare … Continue reading

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Book review: Managing Humans by Michael Lopp

Managing Humans: Biting and Humorous Tales of a Software Engineering Manager by Michael Lopp My rating: 3 of 5 stars Read this on the recommendation of Kevin Sonney from the Productivity Alchemy podcast. Very solid approach to laying out management … Continue reading

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So, how’s it going?

Having reached six months at the new job, the next round of check-ins has begun, both from colleagues here on campus and friends from near and far. All in all, it’s going pretty gosh-darned well. I mean, they gave me … Continue reading

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Change, my dear.

There is a big change coming to the Thomas family in the next few months. I’m changing day jobs. And we are moving house. As of September 1, 2017, I will be beginning my new role as the Head, Rare … Continue reading

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Why don’t you wear white gloves? [rant]

The White Gloves thing came up again because Chicago Magazine used it while promoting an article about the Newberry. Rare book people often feel the same way about white gloves as when archives are referred to as “dusty.” This is a … Continue reading

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Special Collections in Non-ARL libraries: Our List So Far

Originally posted on Confessions of a Curator, Editor, Geek:
Earlier this year, I launched a crowd-sourced listing of libraries that work with rare books and special collections, but are not members of the Association for Research Libraries. A lot of…

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NIU receives CLIR Hidden Collections Grant!

I am so pleased to announce that Northern Illinois University, in collaboration with Villanova University, has received a CLIR Hidden Collections grant to further digitize our dime novel collections. My first grant application to digitize dime novels was submitted back … Continue reading

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Why aren’t I asking for more SF/F author papers?

Friends and colleagues in the science fictional world may wonder why I have not been very aggressive of late with adding new author collections to the SFWA collections here at NIU. In short, we’re out of space. Our building is … Continue reading

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You and I Remember Special Collections Very Differently…

Black Widow reminds you that New Directions for Special Collections is now available for your reading and arguing pleasure! We tried to put together a conversation about what special collections looks like in the “real world,” today, in academia as … Continue reading

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Do as Peggy Says… for the future of Special Collections

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