Book Bits: Shadowshaper 

Nydia, one of the minor charcters in Shadowshaper is an academic librarian at Columbia University. She helps the protaganist, Sierra, with finding information on a former professor in Cultural Anthropology. Intrigued by her query, she gives Sierra her cell phone number to keep in touch if she has follow up questions on her research.   I like Sierra and all, but I wouldn’t have given my cell phone number to…

A Sense of Ourselves: Filming Black Authors and the Burnham Ware Collection

Originally posted on Black Film Center/Archive:
In the field of moving image archiving, lost films are not uncommon. This issue is especially pervasive in Black cinematographic culture due to the difficulties in accessing cameras, films, and archives to preserve the work created by filmmakers. These films, created by and about Black people of color, represent the history experienced through the eyes of those with first hand knowledge and interaction…

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Hair Questions at the Information Desk. 

I get questions about my hair at the information desk. I’d like to think it’s because my hair is super fabulous, but I suspect that isn’t the only reason. If I had to gauge based on the comments folks make, it would range between wonderment and space oddity. Or nosiness. Or curiosity if you want to feel better about your nosiness. To be honest, most times it feels like prying because…

Weeding the 000s

It’s time to send a few more books on to a deluxe apartment in the sky, but this time, the books come from the computer science & information section. The Dream Machine (004.16) has clearly been hitting the snooze button because it hasn’t moved off the shelf since July 2013. Well, J.C.R. Licklider if your involvement with human-computer symbiosis had anything to do with making laptops and smart phones happen, then…

Poetry Donation

A patron donated two boxes of Poetry Magazine to the library.    I’m in the process of combing through them to see which issues have poets that I recognize, cause I’m going to keep a few. The first box had the newer editions and the covers are stunning.     I simply do not have the patience or time to look through box number two (yet).  I’m in brainstorming mode to…