Friday, December 19, 2008

Merry Christmas to all...

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!

I think it is time to share some Friday-afternoon-before-Christmas greetings. And I offer some delightful holiday music to you, my friends and colleagues on the list:

Straight No Chaser Holiday Music Video

Butler closes at the end of the day for a two week holiday. AS our President, Dr. Jacqueline Vietti said: "Happy holidays and best wishes for an enjoyable, much-deserved winter break."

Micaela

Thursday, December 11, 2008

Atlas of True Names


Dad mentioned yesterday how intrigued he was when he saw a book at the hospital book sale which purported to be An Atlas of the Universe.

Today, Rachel sent me a peek at an atlas, which, while not an atlas of the universe, is intriguing in its own way:

http://www.kalimedia.com/Atlas_of_True_Names.html

And I'm all about Middle Earth, of course!

Micaela

The Bookless library? The Paperless Office?

Thanks to Bob Walter of Pittsburg State University, I've been made aware of the Chronicle of Higher Education piece (17 min) on the future of libraries. This is an AUDIO piece:

http://chronicle.com/media/audio/v55/i14/techtherapy/

"...So long as there's a librarian in it, it's a library...that's what makes it distinct." and "There's room for all of these [technologies, humans, books]."

Thus our "Librarians on the Loose" program in Andover.

A couple of websites for the Goucher Athenaeum (for the visuals):

From the architect: http://www.aia.org/aiarchitect/thisweek07/0629/0629d_goucher.cfm

From the College library website: http://www.goucher.edu/x17081.xml

Music comes to the book


In the category of new things from old books:

Artist Jennifer Khoshbin creates music boxes from a selection of older works.

http://www.jenkhoshbin.com/new_works_

I've been tracking the use of the book as form apart from function... changing the function usually changes the form of the book, most particularly when it becomes the basis for furniture or art. Usually with furniture, you can no longer read the book.

This is altering, but visually the book shape doesn't change as much as the 'altered books' art of recent time. I've seen a bit of my daughter's work, and I like the fact she selects recent but outdated medical books to alter. But even in the art books, they can still be read, as you continue to pick up the book and turn pages to see what the artist has created. I wonder how much of these books can still be read. She certainly has a couple of books that look intriguing for their content as much as their covers...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Most likely to succeed...

Malcolm Gladwell asks "How do we hire when we can’t tell who’s right for the job?" in Most Likely to Succeed, found in the column Annals of Education from The New Yorker today.

Football and teaching...

To be honest, I always wondered if I'd make a fine teacher. Ever since I heard in my college educational psychology course at The University at Albany about the study, probably apocryphal, that proved an actor makes a better teacher than a subject specialist. Since I was more of an actor at the time, the story had some appeal. I'd like to know what others think of it.

Monday, December 08, 2008

Lowry in Kansas, after.

Lois Lowry captured the photo of the performer's bows at the end of the musical "Gathering Blue" on her website.

I enjoyed the performance at Independence Community College Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, tremendously, and felt privileged to be in on the production at what amounted to the workshopping stage. The drama speaks to our times in the era since 9/11, or perhaps Oklahoma City, in the concepts of the world going through 'destruction and reconstruction, many times' as recognized in The Singer's Song; in the security vs safety issue as expressed in GW Bush's presidency; and in the hope for the future that many now feel. I appreciated that the copyright date of 2001 was pointed out during the audience discussion with the composers, the director, the playwright and the author Lois Lowry just after the show.

On Saturday, she gave what was termed a lecture, but what I would call a memoir - she told a life story, accompanied by pictures. Born in Honolulu, she left the island shortly befor Pearl Harbor was bombed: she remembered telling her father that he needed to put his uniform on that day. She has a picture of her grandmother, visiting, on the beach in 1940 with the USS Arizona in the ocean behind them...

She also mentioned her favorite book of all she's written is "Autumn Street," in which a child is murdered; her book about her sister's death is "A Summer to Die." Her second Newbery Medal award was for "Number the Stars." She truly has dealt with dark material in her life: "Gathering Blue" reflects that, but remains quite hopeful. Too, when asked what her favorite part of "The Giver" is, she recalled when the boy is given a memory of a family and a dog, gathered in warmth within a home, around a tree. He doesn't know what the memory means, but we do, especially these weeks before Christmas.

I look forward to reading "Gathering Blue" and the following novel "The Messenger." (The actor playing Matt was so amazing in the musical). She says she's also working on a 4th in the set. I'm amazed to see how few of her 37 books I've read; she published most from 1980 forward, so my daughters read more of her than I have. I shall enjoy them!

Micaela

Friday, December 05, 2008

ArtSTOR for the holidays


Go look at this during the holidays - a visual gift from ArtSTOR:

Collection news

Collection agreement: Images from the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
ARTstor is partnering with the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum to share approximately 1,200 images of works by Georgia O'Keeffe.

http://www.artstor.org/news/n-html/an-081204-okeeffe.shtml

For more detailed information about this collection, visit the Georgia O'Keeffe Museum collection page.

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

December 2008 Book of the Month


"At the beginning of 2004, Barack Obama was an almost unknown Illinois state legislator and a candidate for the U.S. Senate. Today, Obama's straightforward policy recommendations, message of hope and inclusion, and charismatic style have propelled him to the highest office in the nation.

Written by Martin Dupuis and Keith Boeckelman, this book examines Barack Obama's meteoric rise to fame and what it means for American politics. The roots of President-elect Obama's politics and presidential campaign strategy are traced in this detailed political biography, ascending from his successful run in 1996 to represent Chicago's South Side in the Illinois Senate, through his partial term as the junior U.S. senator from Illinois beginning in 2004, to his campaign for the presidency."

Click through to this book from your Pipeline account, library tab. Enjoy a great read.

Monday, December 01, 2008

Near and Far startup nears...



My daughter is the writer and her distant friend Aaron (they've never met in person) is the artist. I like what I see of Near and Far!