Monday, February 27, 2012

California Library Association's 2012 Spring Fling

Fling yourself into spring with CLA’s 4th annual Professional Development and Networking Program!
Spring Fling participants learn new skills, enjoy cultural activities, and find people with shared interests!

Registration discounts are available for CLA members and library students. If you are not a member, we encourage you to join today!

2012 Spring Fling Programs

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Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Library of Congress visits Pasadena

One cannot travel through library history without hearing about Thomas Jefferson's valuable contributions. Last summer, I had the amazing experience of finally visiting the Library of Congress. Viewing the reconstruction of Thomas Jefferson's Library which is an on-going exhibit was only a small part of this visit. So imagine my delight when I found out that this past Saturday, February 11th at the 45th California International Antiquarian Book Fair, there would be a talk on "Jefferson's Legacy: Building the Rare Book Collections at the Library of Congress" given by LofC Chief of the Rare Book and Collections Division, Mark Dimunation, which was sponsored by the Bibliographical Society of America. I envy this man's position as he gets to work daily with this collection while searching for those items that were destroyed in the fire of 1851.

Dimunation showed slides of various items from Jefferson's Library. Jefferson divided his library into three categories, Memory, Reason and Imagination, which he interpreted as History, Philosophy and Fine Arts which he further divided into forty-four chapters. While can view the exhibit online, it is not quite the same as seeing it in person though I would recommend both. One can take all the time he wants viewing more details of each item online. One can even send "postcards" to others of various items by registering first.

Even though the seminar's focus was to be on Jefferson's Library, Dimunation also showed representations of LofC's Bible Collection and the Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition. $100,000 is a still lot of money to us but imagine how much that was back in 1865? While I could not locate the very same poster that was shown, you can take a glimpse at this similar one.

Even if you cannot get to the Library of Congress in person any time soon, you can still take a virtual tour. One of the advantages to this feature is getting to access past exhibits as well. So take a spin on a cost-free trip to the Library of Congress right at the tip of your fingers.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Visit to the Antiquarian Book Fair

Hi everyone,

Just a quick hello to let you know, Cynthia, Caseyann, and myself had a chance to go to the Antiquarian Book Fair this weekend.

What a great time, aside from the great vendors and exhibits we were able to attend a seminar by the Chief of Rare Book and Special Collections Division of the Library Congress. The seminar was titled Jefferson's Legacy : Building the Rare Book Collection at the Library of Congress. He spoke of Thomas Jefferson and the contributions he had made in the field of book collecting, some history of the Library of Congress and the current project to replace Jefferson's collection that was destroyed in a fire. He referenced us to the Library of Congress link as his lecture was not being posted. Lots of information.
On Sunday we went with the intention to get some books appraised but only a certain number of tickets (120) had been given out. The next Fair is next year in San Francisco so maybe we can make that one.

Monday, February 06, 2012

45th California International Antiquarian Book Fair!

Feb 10-12th, 2012 Pasadena Convention Center
$25 Friday, $15 Saturday or Sunday

All tickets good for re-admission throughout the Fair.
Fair attendees receive special admission to the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens.

Event Coordinator: Simin Atayman
Winslow & Associates
746 Hayes StreetSan Francisco, CA 94102
Tel: 415-724-2874