Found via the Election Decompression chat hosted by ALISS on Sunday eve:
Now Featuring: Notable Kentucky African Americans Database
There are more notable African Americans with Kentucky roots and ties than any one person knows about. Very little has been written about many of them and it is a challenge to find what was written in the past. For some, their stories have only been told by word of mouth. The Notable Kentucky African Americans Database (NKAA) has been developed as a finding aid to bring together a brief description of pertinent names, places, and events, and to list the sources where additional information may be found
This next library isn’t exactly local, but worthy of acknowledgement. Diversity is political at points, and I want to address the Palestinian/Israel conflict when I advertise a library in Israel. However, the mission of this library extends past borders and should be commended.
Now featuring: The Garden Library
The Garden Library was founded in 2009 by ARTEAM, an interdisciplinary art NGO, in collaboration with Mesila, an aid and information center for the foreign communities operated by Tel Aviv municipality. In recent years, the neighborhood has been transformed into the undisputed center of African refugees and asylum seekers, generating and perpetuating hostility towards the migrant communities.
To this end, the Garden Library sponsors a range of art and educational programs aimed at equipping members of the foreign communities, children and adults alike, with tools and skills that better their situation in the job market, their enhance their understanding of Israeli society and enlarge their capacities to advocate for their rights.
The wonderful Terri Ball found this resource. Thanks a bunch for opening our eyes.
Now featuring: Worlds of Words!
Worlds of Words builds bridges across global cultures through children’s and adolescent literature. Browse a list of resources available on the site.
I found this library through my old job at the Media Arcade in Suzzallo. Acquanda Stanford stopped by to do some research, but before she left, she let me know about this library that she was involved in.
Now featuring: Seattle Black Feminists Library
This includes Black feminism, Black women and Black people who are feminists and Womanists. We also take work done about Black feminists — material that encompasses very strong elements of the above perspectives — such as biographies. Also keep in mind that simply having a Black woman in the narrative — even at the forefront of it — does not make it Black feminist! In other words, no, I would not consider a boxed set of Scandal (yes, I said it) or a Whoopi Goldberg collection as anything that makes it on here.
Thanks to Rose Fraizer for letting me know about this library! As part of Diversity month, I’ve been searching for Seattle-local libraries that represent diverse parts of our community.
Now featuring: Gay City LGBT Library
In 2009, Gay City Health project began to house and staff the LGBT Lending library after the closing of the Seattle LGBT Community Center. Since then, the Michael C. Weidemann LGBT Library at Gay City has grown to a collection of over 7,000 books that cover a wide range of LGBT topics.
The Michael C. Weidemann LGBT Library at Gay City is a valuable community resource. Books, CDs and DVDs are donated by community members, and can be checked out by community members for free with a valid ID. The library is staffed by volunteers, who are available for everything from answering a simple resource question to helping you pick out just the right book to read.
By Senteara M. Orwig
The 2014 SLA-PNW Holiday Party this year was held at the Seattle Wine Outlet, and was themed appropriately! Senteara M. Orwig, a 2nd Year MLIS Student who hosts tastings and sales at local farmers markets for Wilridge Winery was kind enough to lend her own expertise and give her experience of the event:
The recent SLA Holiday party provided students with an excellent networking opportunity and had the big perk of being held at the Seattle Wine Outlet. The party featured Jon Haupt fromthe Sonoma County Wine Library and a wine tasting led by Richard Kinssies. This was perfect for the wine geek in me, especially because I want to apply my MLIS skills to the wine industry. The world of wine is an information gold mine if you care to take a dip in it. Going to tastings is the most enjoyable way to start wrapping your mind around everything wine has to offer. If you get overwhelmed the first few times, don’t worry, it is very common to only retain about 10-20% of the information from a tasting, it is how you slowly learn about the world of wine. I really enjoyed the tasting because Kinssies didn’t just tell us about the tasting notes, instead, he told us delightful stories about each wine. My nugget of fun wine knowledge from the tasting: Old World wines (European, mostly France) name wine based on the region it comes from, while New World wines name wine based the grape it comes from.
Senteara Orwig and Jon Haupt
Here’s to a happy end of the quarter, and keep an eye out for the exciting events the SLA-UW has for the winter and spring!
By Jennifer Lam
This past Christmas break, I vacationed in Amsterdam and had the opportunity to visit the Rijksmuseum and its supporting library, the Rijksmuseum Research Library. It’s a special library because it’s neither academic, school, public, or national in nature. It is, rather, an art history library and the largest of its kind in the Netherlands.
The Rijksmuseum Research Library has been collecting items since 1885, including catalogues, museum collection-related books, annual reports, and periodicals. Among its many special collections, it houses the A.N. Godefroy collection of architecture books and periodicals and Frits Keers collection of museum catalogues. Altogether, the four storeys of the library contain one kilometre of items, and its underground storage facility houses a further five kilometres of items.
The library has many employees, including a head librarian, a library coordinator, a library application manager, and multiple library assistants and volunteers. Imagine working in Europe for one of the most renowned art history libraries in the world–a library that’s in the same building that houses great art from masters such as Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Vermeer. The Rijksmuseum Research Library is truly special, especially with its cast-iron spiral staircase and brick-red and gold polychromed colonettes. Who knew special libraries could be so grande?