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A Drone in the Library December 8, 2013 – Posted in: Books and Technology, Libraries, public libraries

[youtube]http://youtu.be/r9FMlv5a_FI[/youtube] We waited until the library closed—we didn’t want to scare the pants off our patrons—and at twilight we set forth on our mission: to document the main branch on video from angles rarely seen by our visitors. Lucy IV is a DJI Phantom quadcopter drone, and when loaded up with the camera equipment—in this case alternating between a GoPro and an iPhone—she weighs just around 2 lbs. Finally, the use of a drone for…

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An Animated Plea for the Public Library December 1, 2013 – Posted in: public libraries

[youtube]http://youtu.be/-YB-f1VEhTc[/youtube]  James Braithwaite and Josh Raskin make some powerful short videos. In 2008 their video  I Met the Walrus, documenting a 1969 John Lennon interview by a 14-year-old,  was nominated for an Academy Award and won a 2009 Emmy Award and a 2010 YouTube/ Guggenheim Award. Now they turn their attention to the plight of the Toronto Public Library, the most active public library in North America, with Our Public Library. One can substitute any library anywhere in…

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Regency Furniture for the Book Lover November 13, 2013 – Posted in: books in design, Private Libraries

Ackermann’s Repository was a popular periodical, published in England from 1809-1828. It’s full moniker was “The Repository of Arts, Literature, Commerce, Manufactures, Fashion, and Politics.” It was published by R. Ackermann and became known simply as Ackermann’s Repository. It was published monthly and each issue included a slew of colored plates. In the first series which ran from 1809 – 1815 there was an abundance of furniture illustrations, many featuring pieces for the home library. Enjoy!…

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Horror writer’s ‘Death Collection’ to be unveiled at Northwestern November 1, 2013 – Posted in: books, Libraries, Photography

Northwestern University is set to unveil a collection of death related goodies courtesy of noted horror novelist and screen writer Michael McEachern McDowell. McDowell wrote dozens of novels and the screenplays for Stephen King’s novel “Thinner” and director Tim Burton’s movies “Beetlejuice” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas.” He also wrote episodes for such  television shows as “Tales from the Darkside” and “Alfred Hitchcock Presents.” Needless to say McDowell was very qualified for such an undertaking.…

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