From the press release:

“With Malice Toward None: The Abraham Lincoln Bicentennial Exhibition” opens at the Library of Congress on Feb. 12, 2009, in celebration of the 200th birthday of America’s 16th president, offering the public the opportunity to view rarely seen treasures from the Library’s collections….

The exhibition will include the Lincoln family Bible, a caned chair from the Lincoln and Herndon Law Office on loan from the Union Pacific Railroad Museum, daguerreotype photographs of the Lincoln family and the contents of Lincoln’s pockets on the night he was assassinated. A seldom-seen exchange of letters during the 1860 presidential campaign between the Republican candidate and Miss Grace Bedell concerning the possible benefits of his growing a beard will be loaned to the exhibition from the Benjamin Shapell Family Manuscript Foundation and the Detroit Public Library. Aspiring poets will enjoy Lincoln’s early attempts at this difficult art form, as well as Walt Whitman’s Civil War diary and verse.


Browse through rare and antiquarian books the “old fashioned way” at the Washington Antiquarian Book Fair.

Rare Books, Maps, Prints, Autographs and More — Presented by 75 Distinguished Dealers

Find something unique to decorate your dorm room with!

Friday, March 6:
5:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
$14 for opening night reception and both days
Saturday, March 7:
10:00 am to 5:00 pm
$8 for Saturday only


Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge

(spitting distance from the Rosslyn Metro stop)

1900 North Fort Myer Drive
Arlington, VA 22209.
Phone: 703/807-2000

No more need for those obnoxious copy cards!  Now you can use Cardinal Cash to make copies, and refill your Cardinal Card in the libraries or online.

More details on the Libraries homepage.

Check out the schedule of public lectures at Dumbarton Oaks this Spring.

The Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Museum has strong collections in Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art.  This season’s lectures cover everything from the rediscovery of mathmatical texts to Aztec goddesses.

The museum is in the heart of Georgetown (map and directions), so go on: combine a night on the town with a bit of educational fun.  (Dorktastic!)

The Well-Dressed Book

December 1, 2008

I just wanted to make sure everyone had a chance to see this exhibit before it closes:

The Well-Dressed Book: Cloth Book Binding in the United States, 1830-1920

At the R. Lee Hornbake Library, University of Maryland

Campus Map ; Directions to UMD Campus – Note that you can take a shuttle from the College Park metro stop (green line).
And if you can’t make it, be sure to check out the online tour of the exhibit!

Food for Fines

November 24, 2008

Heads up, everybody! 

The week following Thanksgiving break, December 1 – 5, Catholic University Library will initiate a Food for Fines amnesty intended to raise non-perishable food to donate to those in need. Patrons
with library fines from CUA libraries (only) will be able to bring in
non-perishable food items to the Mullen library circulation desk. Patrons’ fines will be forgiven $1 for every item they present to the library. In conjunction with the Campus Ministry, all food gathered will be donated to So Others Might Eat.

Think about it:  Most canned goods cost less than $1 — so save some cash before the holidays, help others, and get those library fines cleaned up!

Working on a research paper? Want to search for sources while letting the Internet Gods create your stylized bibliography for you ? Check out the Build a Bibliography link on WorldCat. While you search for books, you can create a list and get citations in five common formats. (You can even export your bibliography to EndNote or RefWorks, if you like.)

Also, check out my post for more about how to exploit WorldCat.

Want to see just how it’s done? Watch the short video below:

Doing research for your art history class? Want to find out what that piece or art in the attic is worth? Consider using the National Gallery of Art Research Library, accessible on Metro via the Smithsonian (Orange and Blue lines) and Archives/Navy Memorial (Green and Yellow) stations. Once you get to the National Gallery of Art (NGA), take note that the library is on the first floor of the East Building (i.e., the more modern-looking building).

According to its website, “The Library contains a comprehensive collection of more than 300,000 books, periodicals, and documents on the history, theory, and criticism of art and architecture. The emphasis is on Western art from the Middle Ages to the present (particularly Italian, Dutch, Flemish, German, French, Spanish, and British schools) and American art from the colonial era to the present. Microform and videodisc collections, along with extensive vertical files, supplement the Library’s book holdings.

Reference staff at the NGA Library will also respond to inquiries by telephone (202-842-6511), so feel free to call in and get some research help, or just find out in advance what the library can offer you.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) is open to the public for research. Your federal tax dollars pay for the institution, so consider it your civic right to take advantage of their resources!

Located amidst the National Institutes of Health “campus” in Bethesda, MD, getting to the NLM requires planning, but it isn’t especially tricky. If you plan to park on campus, you’ll have to go through a mild security check at the gate. Address is 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894. But the NLM is also metro accessible: get off at Medical Center on the Red Line, and follow the instructions here for walking or taking a bus to the gates.

At the NLM, you can gain access to one of the most extensive and diverse collections of books, journals and electronic resources on medicine and health in the world! Doing research for your nursing or psychology classes? You’ll want to exploit the knowledge and expertise of the reference staff at the NLM. More about reference services can be found here. You can even e-mail your research questions from home!

The “stacks” at the NLM are only accessible to staff, and you can request to have materials retrieved for you. However, you might find that the 4,500 textbooks, indexes and audiovisuals – or the five recent years of approximately 150 medical journals – or the computer terminals with access to a variety of medical and health databases available in the Main Reading Room for browsing will suit your research fine! Go on, and check out what the NLM has to offer.

I know we librarians are supposed to tell you that Google is an evil monster, and will get you nowhere, but that isn’t always true! Knowing how to manipulate web searches can be an excellent research skill. Take the time to watch the short video below.