Archive for November, 2007

Giving Thanks

Well, tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and I have much to be thankful for.  I had a wonderful sabbatical experience where I learned a tremendous amount and got to spend a lot of time with my son.  I’ve had a lot of support in my return to work and in assuming my new role in the department (I’ve current department chair, scarily enough).  And, the library sees the value in what I’ve learned and is encouraging me to do more.  Plus, the College is going to display some of the books and boxes I’ve made some time next spring.

I’m very fortunate to have a job that provides support for continuing education in both funds and time.   As a result, I’ve gotten the funds to buy a board cutter, and I’ve also been granted time to continue learning to bind.  Yeah!

I even got to put my skills to work at work today and made a phase box for a photo album from 1911.  I’ll be making more phase boxes for other items in our Special Collections as well.  It made me feel really good to do that.  It was especially nice to contribute to the department in a new way — other than writing scripts, that is.

I hope everyone has a joyous and happy Thanksgiving.

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Decorative Paper (http://content.lib.washington.edu/dpweb/index.html)

Created by the University of Washington Libraries (my alma mater – yeah!), this online database showcases decorative papers from Germany, France, and Italy from the 17th to 19th centuries. It contains images of the papers along with information on their creators, as well as descriptions of the patterns. It is searchable, but a good starting point is the “Patterns Examples” page.

British Bookbindings: 16th to 19th Century (http://special.lib.gla.ac.uk/exhibns/bindings/index.html)

From the Special Collections Library at the University of Glasgow, comes on online version of an exhibition originally held in December 1970. Bindings can be selected by binder or by style of binding. The site includes photos of the bindings, a brief discussion about the design of the binding, as well as information on what text is bound.

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