The Professional Book Nerd

uispeccoll:

Happy Miniature Monday!

This will make all you bookbinders out there shiver with fear! Here we have two copies of The Offering, published in 1852 by J. Buffum.  The text consists of verses by various authors on flowers. These books should be nearly identical except…one of the covers is reversed! Such a simple yet drastic mistake.  We have numerous other miniatures from J. Buffum, all very similar.  I imagine these books were printed quickly and in large quantities, hence more room for error.  In my opinion, the mistake makes it more interesting.  Enjoy!

The Offering. Boston: J. Buffum, 1852.  The Charlotte Smith Miniatures Collection.

See all of our Miniature Monday posts here

-Laura  


fishingboatproceeds:

dcpubliclibrary:

lauriehalseanderson:

They put my thoughts about censorship on a LIBRARY in Washington, DC!!!!
Absolute career highlight!! Thank you, kind librarians!

Thanks for the inspiration lauriehalseanderson!
You can find even more awesome art inside the building in celebration of Banned Books Week and the freedom to read, express and create as part of UNCENSORED: The Art Exhibition.

Laurie’s words three stories tall. Awesome. View Larger

fishingboatproceeds:

dcpubliclibrary:

lauriehalseanderson:

They put my thoughts about censorship on a LIBRARY in Washington, DC!!!!

Absolute career highlight!! Thank you, kind librarians!

Thanks for the inspiration lauriehalseanderson!

You can find even more awesome art inside the building in celebration of Banned Books Week and the freedom to read, express and create as part of UNCENSORED: The Art Exhibition.

Laurie’s words three stories tall. Awesome.


hdslibrary:

Same text, same edition, very different books

A great example of why we collect multiple copies:

This is a theological work on Unitarian Christianity from 1787, and AHTL holds four copies.  The images above are of copies 2 and 3.  Both have important provenance demonstrating historical connections between American and Transylvanian Unitarians. 

Copy 2 was presented to AHTL in 1922 by a Unitarian Bishop from Kolozsvár; copy 3 was received via the American Unitarian Association, to whom it was given in 1955 by the chairman of the Budapest Unitarian Congregation “as a symbol of fraternity.”

Szentabrahami, Michael Lombard, 1683-1758.   Summa universae theologiae Christianae secundum unitarios, in usum auditorum theologiae concinnata et edita. Cum privilegio sacr. caes. reg. apost. majest.  Claudiopoli : Typis Collegii Reformatorum, 1787.


This Thursday at the Night Vale Public Library is the twice-annual Cleaning of the Books. The Sheriff’s Secret Police Super Secret Special Forces Unit will be on hand to subdue the librarians, who regularly attempt to not only undermine our city with dangerous books, but also sink their sharp claws and pincers into library visitors before flying them off to eat or toy with or whatever it is they do to their victims.

— Welcome to Night Vale, episode 54: A Carnival Comes to Town (via shayera-librarian)

(Source: the-librarians-of-night-vale)


happyless:

ultrafacts:

aussietory:

third-way-is-best-way:

tuxedoandex:

kvotheunkvothe:

ultrafacts:

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EVERY TIME SOMEONE BRINGS UP THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA I GET SO ANGRY.

but why

Because it got burned. All of that knowledge, lost forever.



The library was destroyed over 1000’s of years ago. The library consisted of thousands of scrolls and books about mathematics, engineering, physiology, geography, blueprints, medicine, plays, & important scriptures. Thinkers from all over the Mediterranean used to come to Alexandria to study.Most of the major work of civilization up until that point was lost. If the library still survived till this day, society may have been more advanced and we would sure know more about the ancient world.

***INSANELY PAINFUL SHRIEKING***

happyless:

ultrafacts:

aussietory:

third-way-is-best-way:

tuxedoandex:

kvotheunkvothe:

ultrafacts:

Source For more facts follow Ultrafacts

EVERY TIME SOMEONE BRINGS UP THE LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA I GET SO ANGRY.

but why

Because it got burned. All of that knowledge, lost forever.

The library was destroyed over 1000’s of years ago. The library consisted of thousands of scrolls and books about mathematics, engineering, physiology, geography, blueprints, medicine, plays, & important scriptures. Thinkers from all over the Mediterranean used to come to Alexandria to study.Most of the major work of civilization up until that point was lost. If the library still survived till this day, society may have been more advanced and we would sure know more about the ancient world.

***INSANELY PAINFUL SHRIEKING***



Hey, I'm 15 and I'm considering being a public librarian. I'm not sure though, because over the past month or two I've been considering other careers I though I'd be good at, and later realizing they're not right for me. I want to have a plan, a set goal I can work towards, but I need to know what I want to be to do that. I love libraries, and I love reading (even though I haven't finished a book since April or so.) I don't know... I'm not passionate enough about anything to dedicate my life. from Anonymous

I’m sorry I did not get to this sooner! The good news is that you’re still young and have PLENTY of time to decide what you would like to do with your life. I would recommend, as with anything, to do some research into possible career paths for you first. Volunteering is really great, too. See if your library is accepting volunteers and use it to start getting to know as much as you can. The same applies for any field you want to get into. Volunteer while you can. The great thing (at least it was for me) about library school is that it’s after your Bachelor’s. I had four years of undergrad to really think about librarianship before I took the dive into the graduate program. Sometimes it takes getting involved in the field to discover you’re passionate about it. Really give it a go and see if you like it!