“We librarians cannot stand by & do nothing while some publishers deepen the digital divide.”
Final drawing for Where the Wild Things Are. Pen and ink, watercolor.© Maurice Sendak, 1963, 1991, all rights reserved. Courtesy, Rosenbach Museum & Library
Maurice Sendak, illustrator and author of nearly 100 books and winner of ALA’s 1964 Caldecott Medal for Where The Wild Things Are, died May 8. He was 83. Creator of amazing nightmares, as the New York Times called Sendak, the artist’s works live on at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia, where he contributed more than 10,000 of his illustrations and manuscripts since 1966, and was a trustee. He gained the title of honorary president in 2003.
From Pen to Publisher, an exhibit featuring three of his works, The Sign on Rosie’s Door (1960), Outside Over There (1981), and Brundibar (2003), currently on display at the museum, will be taken down in the near future for a legacy exhibt. The Sendak Gallery is free of charge today in his memory.
The Rosenbach Museum and Library, open to the public since 1954 and the former townhome of two Rosenbach brothers, houses works that reflect their life’s passions: rare books and fine art. A. S. W. Rosenbach gained fame as the developer of Harvard University’s Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library. He was hired to build the collection by the mother of Widener, a wealthy young bibliophile who sank with the Titanic in 1912.
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Libraries in America are cornerstones of the communities they serve. Free access to the books, ideas, resources, and information in America’s libraries is imperative for education, employment, enjoyment, and self-government.
—The American Library Association.
Borrow, read, and repeat. (And of course, remember to pay any fines!)
In case you missed it, our Assoc. Director in the Office of Government Relations, Corey Williams created this helpful PIPA, SOPA and OPEN Act Quick Reference Guide (pdf). If you’re just looking for tl;dr - The ALA will continue to voice strong opposition to PIPA and SOPA, while further analysis of the OPEN Act is needed.
The Magazine of the American Library Association has been compiling information for prospective attendees to its Midwinter Meeting, hosted here in Dallas at the end of January. The most interesting tidbit the head librarians have offered on their blog? A dining list for librarians, by librarians.