I read it for the pictures…

At a workshop on FileMaker Pro this weekend with its founder, I learned about Brooklyn’s Reanimation Library, which collects out-of-mainstream-circulation books for their visual content.

I was reminded of my senior year as an art major, when I’d loiter around my library’s annual sale and wind up with more books than I needed, ostensibly to be used as art supplies or occasionally enjoyed for their illustrations.  I was thinking, “maybe this is a good way to get rid of some of these books I’m clearly never going to use”, but turns out the Reanimation Library already has one of them!

Lifesaving1974

Yup, the 1974 Red Cross publication Lifesaving, with graphic, two-tone lineart; I knew I had good taste!  I do notice a lack of books on Hopi kachina dolls though, so might still have a few books worth donating…

I love this idea tremendously, and their site is great fun, with scanned images from lots of their books and information on in-house events that reanalyze libraries and their collections, and  temporary, far-flung branches that function as combination libraries and galleries.

Their items are marked based on how they were acquired, and Secondhand Stores are a popular option.  Which is all to say that tomorrow is Pratt Institute‘s library book sale, at the Brooklyn campus library from 10am to 6pm.  As an art school library, I’m sure visually interesting books are a forte… Continue reading

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Know your Attachment Limits

Just got this article on ten file sharing services for big files and got excited because my default is still to just email my files to myself, which according to nerd royalty Randall Munroe of the webcomic xkcd is apparently somehow missing the point of the Internet…

xkcd webcomic, File Transfer

Copyright Randall Munroe

I do have a Dropbox account!  But somehow it has yet to become second nature…  Whereas Gmail is basically an extension of my being.

Even after learning more than I had in all my life about computers, programming, and the Internet in Library & Information Science school, certain basic aspects of the web still elude me…

I actually ran into this problem recently, but now Gmail offers to put files too big for email up on Google Docs/Drive, which is how I managed to send three massive files to a printer recently…  Interesting, seamless solution; well-played Google, well played.

Since this is my portfolio site, I’ll go ahead and share those files now!

Makeshift play poster

Makeshift by Murmuration Theater

I designed the logo, poster, and postcard for Murmuration Theater‘s forthcoming premiere performance of Makeshift, a new play by Jessie Bear!  (Playing in Philadelphia, November 6–10.)  Visit the Illustration page to see the poster larger, read more about Murmuration and Makeshift, and get your tickets while you can!

Carl Andre in The Hague – Guggenheim Blogs

Did I mention I’m a blogger for the Guggenheim?  nbd or anything…

I interned in their library this spring, when librarians began joining archivists to blog about items from the collection, and I recently started blogging for them again, with one of my first new posts out today:

Carl Andre, Dutch binder

Dutch Museum binder on 1969 Carl Andre exhibit, in the Guggenheim collection

Carl Andre in The Hague – Guggenheim Blogs.

This was a pretty fun one to research, independent of my admiration for the Dutch,  especially since I found some relevant resources on Europeana, including this later picture of Andre at the same museum, the Haags Gemeentemuseum in The Hague.

You can see all my Guggenheim posts here!  I’m actually due to write up some more, so will keep you posted on any noteworthy Findings…