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November 13, 2009

On Air with the Lilly Library

Filed under: In the news,Lilly Library building — Virginia Dearborn @ 4:09 pm

Megan Meyer of Indiana Public Media visited the Lilly Library earlier this fall for an interview with Joel Silver and Becky Cape (among others). Her interview, The Lilly Library: Anything But Hands Off, was broadcast on WFIU on September 15, 2009 and rebroadcast more recently, but if you missed it, you can listen to a podcast of it or read the transcript here.

Lilly Library Blog Round Up

Filed under: In the news — Erika Dowell @ 2:15 pm

Items related to the Lilly Library have popped up on a number of blogs in recent months. Here are three that may be of interest:

Blog Squad

The IU Libraries “Blog Squad” is a group of five students who blog about the IU Libraries. Each student is paired with a librarian who helps them learn about the libraries and how the libraries can contribute to the student’s academic success. Librarian David Oldenkamp sent squad member Joey on a visit to the Lilly Library. Read about it on Joey’s blog.

To read more about the Blog Squad, visit http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=8537.

Persian playing cards

The IU Libraries Preservation Lab blogged about treating a collection of Persian playing cards from the Lilly Library.

The collection consists of 8–10 different sets of Persian playing cards ranging in date from ca. 1850–ca. 1950. More information about the cards is available in the library catalog.

Late age of print

IU Professor Ted Striphas new book, The Late Age of Print, focuses on contemporary book culture with attention to “e–books, book superstores, online bookselling, Amazon.com, and Harry Potter.” He shot a promotional video for his book at the Lilly Library during the 2009 spring semester. You can see glimpses of the Remembering Lincoln exhibition as Striphas strolls through most of the Lilly Library’s public spaces. I haven’t read the book (yet) but it is getting good reviews. Richard Nash describes it as a “must–read” for “those interested in the confluence of culture and economics as it relates to books.”

Watch the video and read about Striphas’s experience making it on The Late Age of Print blog.

– Erika Dowell, Public Services Librarian

October 20, 2009

Brother Can You Spare a Dime: Popular Music from the Great Depression

Filed under: Events,In the news,Music — Guest Blogger @ 4:25 pm

Sheet music

As a part of IU Libraries’ celebration of Archives and Special Collections Month, the Lilly Library will host a performance of selections from the Starr Sheet Music Collection and Sam DeVincent Collection of American Sheet Music.

Last year’s presentation showcased Presidential Campaign songs; this year’s theme (as the title states) is songs of the Great Depression.

The show will occur on the 80th anniversary of the actual stock market crash of October 29, 1929 (Black Tuesday). Come out and hear Christopher Goodbeer, Alicia McCarthur, Thea Smith (singers), and Yonit Kosovske (pianist) perform these sometimes mournful but mostly optimistic songs.

Selections include the title song, “Brother Can You Spare a Dime,” “We’re in the Money,” “On the Good Ship Lollipop,” “Hallelujah I’m a Bum,” and others. A reception follows.

–Christopher Goodbeer, IU Jacobs School of Music student

Event Details
Brother Can You Spare a Dime: Popular Music from the Great Depression
Thursday, October 29 5:00pm
Slocum Room, Lilly Library

October 14, 2009

New furniture in the Reading Room

Filed under: In the news,Lilly Library building — Virginia Dearborn @ 1:40 pm

Reading Room 00073

The new furniture for the Lilly Library Reading Room arrived last week, so now the room is not only beautifully renovated but also well–appointed!

As always, the Reading Room of the Lilly Library is open to anyone wishing to use the library’s resources, and the staff are available to answer questions relating to the collections.

–Virginia Dearborn, Reference/Technical Assistant

View more images of the Reading Room.

October 8, 2009

Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?

Filed under: Events,Exhibitions,In the news,Manuscripts,Online exhibitions — Virginia Dearborn @ 4:24 pm

WPA

October is Archives and Special Collections Month! This year’s event is entitled Brother, Can You Spare a Dime? Documenting the Great Depression, and not only is the Lilly Library hosting an exhibition and a musical performance this month – please visit the event website for details – but there are also related online resources available from the Lilly Library year–round.

One of the Lilly Library’s first online exhibitions is called The Works Projects Administration* in Indiana. Created in 1997 by Lilly Library intern Patrick Dawson, this exhibition draws upon Great Depression–era materials donated by John K. Jennings (WPA Administrator for Indiana 1935–1943), including video and audio clips, as well as many photographs from various WPA projects carried out in Indiana.

*Introduced in 1935 as the Works Progress Administration, the WPA became known as the Works Projects Administration in 1939.

–Virginia Dearborn, Reference/Technical Assistant

September 11, 2009

Reading Room renovation update

Filed under: In the news,Lilly Library building — Virginia Dearborn @ 4:50 pm

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The bulk of the renovation of the Lilly Library Reading Room has been completed!

We’re all happy to be out of the lovely but tight quarters of the Elisabeth Ball Room (which served as a temporary reading room over the summer) and into the sunlit and roomy “new” space. The new furniture is not due to arrive until next month, but there is temporary furniture in place to accommodate readers and staff.

–Virginia Dearborn, Reference/Technical Assistant

View more images of the renovation.

June 25, 2009

Reading Room renovation week 6

Filed under: In the news,Lilly Library building — Erika Dowell @ 2:16 pm

Lilly Library Reading Room, June 18, 2009

Electrical work may be more complicated, but for now its impact is still hidden. But paint! Now there is a visible taste of what the renovated Reading Room will look like! These two photographs from last week show the ceiling being transformed from dull green to crisp white and blue.

— Erika Dowell, Public Services Librarian


Lilly Library Reading Room, June 18, 2009

May 22, 2009

Reading Room renovation week 1

Filed under: In the news,Lilly Library building — Erika Dowell @ 3:37 pm

Temporary reading room in the Ball Room

The Library’s temporary reading room, set up in the Elisabeth Ball Room, is running smoothly this week. This room is arranged to accommodate up to four readers, and we have had a full house at times. In the top photo you can see graduate student employee Trevor Winn silhouetted against the window and one researcher at a table. Sir Thomas Lawrence’s portrait of the Irish poet Thomas Moore surveys the scene from above the fireplace.

Library staff have also been displaced during the renovation. Head of Reference and Public Services Rebecca Cape is camped out in the Byrd Room (the Public Services staff room) since her office is accessed through the Reading Room, and all employees are using a different entrance to staff areas of the Lilly Library, passing through the Lilly Room (home to me and Cherry Williams, Curator of Manuscripts) instead of the usual path through the Reading Room.

Reading Room renovation week 1

Renovation work kicked into high gear right away this first week of the project. Crews scrubbed the limestone window frames, removed carpet and padding, set up scaffolding, and started work on replacing light fixtures. In the bottom photo you can see holes in the ceiling where light fixtures have been removed. It is exciting to see things get moving so quickly!

– Erika Dowell, Public Services Librarian

May 13, 2009

Preparing for renovation of the Reading Room

Filed under: In the news — Erika Dowell @ 3:39 pm

Lilly Library Reading Room, May 12, 2009

The Lilly Library Reading Room looks pretty forlorn this week, but it is just the first step in a remodeling project that will take all summer to complete. The project includes new paint, carpeting, window coverings, and furniture, as well as new built-in shelving and workspace beneath the windows. New lighting will brighten the space, and new electrical outlets will make plugging in your laptop easier, with no nasty surge protectors sprouting from the room’s perimeter.

This week there are no reader services at the Lilly Library, but next week we will open up a temporary Reading Room in the Elisabeth Ball Room. (Check back for pictures next week.) Library staff have moved a lot of furniture this week. The Ball Room furniture had to be relocated to make room for the temporary Reading Room furniture, consisting of chairs and smaller tables from the original Reading Room. Most of the furniture in the picture is destined to leave the Lilly Library completely. Staff have also moved many, many books and card catalog cabinets and drawers. All are safe in their new temporary homes in several locations in the Lilly Library.

If you want to use the temporary Reading Room this summer, remember to make an appointment by emailing liblilly@indiana.edu or calling 812-855-2452. We will try to accommodate drop-in visitors, but those with appointments have first priority.

Keep an eye on this blog and the Lilly Library Facebook page for more pictures and information about the progress of the Reading Room renovation.

— Erika Dowell, Public Services Librarian

March 26, 2009

Student scholar from Harvard reflects on Lilly Library visit

Filed under: In the news,Manuscripts — Lilly Library @ 5:12 pm

In the March/April 2009 issue of Harvard Magazine, Harvard senior Brittney Moraski writes about her visit to the Lilly Library to use the papers of poet Sylvia Plath. Moraski reflects on her experiences working in libraries and archives and concludes that “we have to be curators of our own lives”. Read the full article: http://harvardmagazine.com/2009/03/life-in-detail

The Lilly Library first acquired a small collection of Sylvia Plath’s poetry manuscripts in 1961. The extensive collection of Sylvia Plath letters, papers, and memorabilia that the Lilly Library acquired in 1977 came from her mother, Aurelia. Included in that collection are diaries, letters, poetry manuscripts, school papers, articles and prose pieces submitted for publication, scrapbooks, memorabilia, drawings and paintings, and more than 200 books from her library. To learn more about these materials, see the Guide to the Sylvia Plath Materials in the Lilly Library.

March 13, 2009

Islamic manuscripts on exhibition at the IU Art Museum

Filed under: Exhibitions,In the news,Manuscripts — Cherry Williams @ 9:02 am

Allen mss 10

Highlights from the Lilly Library’s collection of illuminated Islamic manuscripts and books were the focus of a Saturday morning symposium held on March 7, 2009, at the Hope School of Fine Arts. Papers presented by Prof. Christiane Gruber and her students, who have been studying the collection in detail, elaborated on previously unexamined aspects of the collection. The papers will be published by the Indiana University Press in December, 2009, with accompanying illustrations. The symposium complemented the on-going exhibit at the IU Art Museum:

From Pen to Printing Press: Ten Centuries of Islamic Book Arts
March 6–May 10, 2009
Special Exhibitions Gallery, first floor

The exhibition and related programs are made possible with support from Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Program, funded by the Lilly Endowment, Inc., and administered by the Office of the Vice Provost for Research; the Thomas T. Solley Endowment for the Curator for Asian Art; and IU Art Museum’s Arc Fund. The exhibition was curated by: Judy Stubbs, The Pamela Buell Curator for Asian Art, organizing curator, and Professor Christiane Gruber, guest curator.

— Cherry Williams, Curator of Manuscripts

View a larger image of Allen mss 10.

February 5, 2009

New Curator of Manuscripts arrives at the Lilly Library

Filed under: In the news — Breon Mitchell @ 2:36 pm

We’re pleased to announce that on January 26th, 2009, Cherry Williams joined us as our new Curator of Manuscripts. Ms. Williams received an M.L.I.S. degree from UCLA, and an M.A. in Humanities, with a concentration in Art History, from the University of Chicago. She comes to us from UCLA, where she was Special Collections Librarian for the Sciences at the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library, and served as Special Projects Librarian and Archivist of the William H. Sweet, M.D., D.Sc. Collection. Cherry also worked at the Getty Research Institute and the University of Chicago Special Collections Research Center. She is particularly interested in Medieval manuscripts, and wrote her Master’s thesis at the University of Chicago on “Consuming Images in the Book of Hours of Catherine of Cleves.” We welcome her warmly, and express our gratitude once more to Saundra Taylor, who retired last May, for her 34 years of service in this important position.

–Breon Mitchell, Director

December 15, 2008

Rare books in action: Lilly Library video

Filed under: In the news — Erika Dowell @ 3:53 pm

Hillary Demmon from University Communications recently put together a short web video about the Lilly Library. Director Breon Mitchell narrates over footage of students using books and manuscripts. Most of the pictures on our web site show the Library rooms without any people, so it is wonderful to see some of the life of the Lilly Library captured in this way. Lilly staff lead many tours and classes each year. Some of the students shown in the video are part of an Intensive Freshmen Seminar on the information age.

A link to the video: http://newsinfo.iu.edu/asset/page/normal/5483.html

September 2, 2008

Welcome!

Filed under: In the news — Breon Mitchell @ 9:25 am

Lilly Library entrance

Scarcely a day passes at the Lilly Library without something of unusual interest coming our way. Our newly-inaugurated blog is intended to share our discoveries and excitement about rare books, manuscripts, exhibitions, speakers, and special events on a regular basis. We hope that this forum will allow us to inform you more quickly about fascinating new acquisitions for example, yet give us an opportunity to describe hidden treasures as well—the sort of thing often said to be “slumbering” undiscovered in the vaults of rare book libraries. We will also offer advance notice about lectures, public receptions and special displays. Our goal is to make the blog fun to read, intellectually stimulating, and informative—and to bring you into the Lilly as often as possible.

–Breon Mitchell, Director

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