by Katina Strauch, Editor
Have you seen The Great Gatsby yet? I am not talking about the old 1974 movie with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow; I’m talking about the current one with Leonard DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan? I haven’t seen it yet but I plan to eventually. Did you know that there are many images from Great Gatsby’s Roaring Twenties? Plus I just found out that in May ArtStor Digital Library released 51,000 new images from a wide variety of periods and come to us from contributors such as the Rijksmuseum (the state museum of the Netherlands), the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, Lukas-Art in Flanders (an archival repository for Flemish museums and cultural heritage institutions), the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Romare Bearden Foundation, the Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art, and more (the full list is here). Plus there is a great interview with Shannon M. Michalak, Visual Services, Curator Art and History at Wright State University about the Shared Shelf which is funded by a nominal student technology fee.
When libraries like ours are asked to take gift donations, there are two groups of items for sure that donors will have. There is theWill and Ariel Durant 11-volume History of Civilization and there is National Geographic. Was reading in Folio that National Geographic is taking steps to sync its multimedia content across all channels. The magazine has named Chris Johns executive vice president and group editorial director, in addition to continuing his role as editor in chief, a position he’s held since 2005. And noticed that Lyrasis is offering a complete archive of National Geographic magazine by the way.
Do y’all know about Lapham’s Quarterly? It began in the winter of 2008 and is published by the American Agora Foundation in New York. It is great fun to peruse! Lewis H. Lapham is Editor of Lapham’s Quarterly. Formerly Editor of Harper’s Magazine, he is the author of numerous books, including Money and Class in America, Theater of War, Gag Rule, and, most recently,Pretensions to Empire. The New York Times has likened him to H. L. Mencken; Vanity Fair has suggested a strong resemblance to Mark Twain; and Tom Wolfe has compared him to Montaigne. A native of San Francisco, Mr. Lapham was educated at Yale and Cambridge. Anyway, Lapham’s Quarterly has a newsletter which is fun t subscribe to.
Have been re-reading The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester. What a great history of arguably the most important reference volume ever written. I was interested to read that one of the first essays James A.H. Murray, the editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, was titled, Reading, its Pleasures and Advantages.
And this just heard via the GV that Joyce Ogburn, one of my favorite people in the world and once an associate editor of ATG will become dean of libraries at Appalachian State University. Details are forthcoming!