Here’s to Libraries, Number Ten!

El_Escorial_SpainLocated in the heart of Spain, the Royal Library of the Monastery of El Escorial is a stunning architectural wonder (as well as a World Heritage site designation).  Built in the Herrerian style, construction began in 1563 and was completed in 1584.  The library is housed on the second floor (in the west wing) and contains nearly 45,000 documents from the 15th and 16th centuries.  The monastery is huge and contains 15 cloisters, 13 oratories, 86 staircases, 88 fountains, more than 1,600 paintings, 9 towers, and 73 sculptures.

“When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you.”  (Keith Richards)

Source: photo courtesy of danieldalton.me  (BuzzFeed).

Posted by Tom Rink

All Hail, Ranganathan!

I know this isn’t “throwback Thursday,” but allow me to indulge in a reminiscent walk down memory lane from the long past days of library school . . . I can still remember when I first heard the name of Dr. S.R. Ranganathan in Dr. Haynes course on cataloging . . . here is an infographic (courtesy of  USC Online) to help us remember (and appreciate) Ranganathan’s five laws of librarianship.  They still apply today, but as you’ll see at the bottom of the infographic, Michael Gorman (then President of the American Library Association) revised them a bit back in 1998.   Enjoy!


Source: USC Online

Here’s to Libraries, Number Nine!

biblioteca_joaninaThis week we will highlight the Biblioteca Joanina, the Baroque library at the University of Coimbra (Portugal).  This library was built in the 18th century while King João V ruled.  The library houses approximately 250,000 books from the 13th through the 19th centuries.  This historic library is considered a National Monument — the most visited monument on the campus.  The basement of the library had even served as a prison at one point in time.

“Libraries store the energy that fuels the imagination. They open up windows to the world and inspire us to explore and achieve, and contribute to improving our quality of life. Libraries change lives for the better.”  (Sidney Sheldon)

Source: photo courtesy of danieldalton.me  (BuzzFeed).

Local Artist’s Works on Display!

Have you been by the Library lately? We have a local artist’s works in our display case on the second floor. Anna Kharabora is a recent Tulsa Tech graduate, her topic of study was Graphic Design/Advertising. So come on over to the library and take a look at some of her work! Ms. Kharabora is truly gifted, using a variety of art mediums.

If you would like to submit a photo and have Ms. Kharabora sketch it, please submit a photo at the front desk and we will be more than willing to pass it on to her.

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Posted by Tamara

Here’s to Libraries, Number Eight!

PeabodyLibraryThis week’s library tribute takes us to Baltimore, Maryland, to the George Peabody Library at Johns Hopkins University.

The building was completed in 1878 and currently houses a 300,000 volume collection of 19th century resources (including a marquis collection of Don Quixote editions).  The interior was done in a Neo-Grec style and has a black and white marble floor, a 61 foot tall atrium (with a latticed skylight), and is surrounded by five tiers of ornamental cast-iron balconies with gold-scalloped columns.

“The only thing that you absolutely have to know, is the location of the library.”  (Albert Einstein)

Source: photo courtesy of danieldalton.me  (BuzzFeed).

Here’s to Libraries, Number Seven!

CanadaParliamentLibraryThis week’s tribute takes us to the Canadian Library of Parliament (in Ottawa).

Their vision: “To be Parliament’s preferred and trusted source of information and knowledge.”

Their mission: “The Library of Parliament contributes to Canadian parliamentary democracy by creating, managing and delivering authoritative, reliable and relevant information and knowledge for Parliament.

Their strategic outcome: “An informed and accessible Parliament.”

“A public library is the most enduring of memorials, the trustiest monument for the preservation of an event or a name or an affection; for it, and it only, is respected by wars and revolutions, and survives them.”  (Mark Twain).

Source: photo courtesy of danieldalton.me  (BuzzFeed).

 

Tom Rink, Nominated for International Board Position!

sla-logoYesterday SLA (the Special Libraries Association) announced the slate of candidates for the 2015 Board of Directors.  What an honor!  I have been nominated as a candidate for President-Elect!   Congratulations to all of my fellow candidates and thank you for stepping up and agreeing to be considered for candidacy.   What a talented and diverse slate of candidates to help lead SLA forward.  Let the dialogue begin as we embark upon this journey to the Board for the opportunity to work for and represent the members of this great global association.