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Massive Seven-Volume Collection Chronicles the Pioneering Legacy of Abstract Artist Hilma af Klint

Colassal: “Following a wildly successful retrospective at the Guggenheim in 2018, Hilma af Klint (1862–1944) has firmly secured her place as a groundbreaking figure in abstract art. In recent years, her colorful, spiritually-minded body of work has reshaped art historical timelines, supplanting male artists like Vasily KandinskyPiet MondrianPaul Klee, and Josef Albers, who have long been regarded as the pioneers of the 20th-century movement. Throughout her lifetime, the prolific Swedish artist created more than 1,600 works, an impressive output now collected in Hilma AF Klint: The Complete Catalogue Raisonné: Volumes I-VII. Published by Bokförlaget Stolpe, the seven-volume series is organized both chronologically and by theme, beginning with the spiritual sketches af Klint made in conjunction with The Five, a group of women who attended séances in hopes of obtaining messages from the dead. These clairvoyant experiences impacted much of her work, which the books explore in her most famous series, The Paintings for the Temple, in addition to her geometric studies, watercolor pieces, and more occasional portraits and landscapes…”

How School Librarians Adjusted to Remote Learning

EdTech – “For students and communities, librarians provide resources and support in the age of COVID-19 and distance learning. As schools across the nation shifted to distance learning — and then again to a hybrid model — library staff have taken creative approaches to foster student engagement and give students access to literature. From sharing… Continue Reading

Black and Hispanic people more ‘engaged’ with books than most Americans

Via LLRX – Black and Hispanic people more ‘engaged’ with books than most Americans are: New report from Panorama Project – David H. Rothman, cofounder of LibraryEndowment.org, discusses the new Panorama Project report that covers a variety of topics, ranging from piracy to synergies between books and other media. Specifically significant to Rothman is the… Continue Reading

DaVinci Globe Earliest to Show the Americas

Leonardo Depicted America: Misread as the Moon. Advances in Historical Studies, 8, 139-147. “Leonardo da Vinci must have been aware that Columbus discovered new territories in the West. Until now, no material evidence had been found to substantiate this assumption. Here we show that Leonardo not only read Amerigo Vespucci’s letter (derived from a painted… Continue Reading

NARA – About the Papers of George Washington

“The Papers of George Washington, launched at the University of Virginia in 1968, is a scholarly documentary editing project that edits, publishes, and publicizes a comprehensive edition of George Washington’s public and private papers. Today there are copies of over 135,000 documents in the project’s document room—one of the richest collections of American historical manuscripts extant. There… Continue Reading

African Americans in Business and Entrepreneurship: A Resource Guide

Lynn Weinstein Librarian, Business Reference Section at Library of Congress – “African Americans in Business and Entrepreneurship: A Resource Guide – The history of African Americans in business has been shaped by institutional racism as well as inequities in education and opportunity. This guide provides access to a wide variety of primary and secondary sources… Continue Reading

Turkish Garbage Collectors Open a Library from Books Rescued from the Trash

Goodnet – “The Library has over 6,000 fiction and nonfiction books including a children’s’ section. The Library has over 6,000 fiction and nonfiction books including a children’s’ section. One man’s trash is another man’s treasure is absolutely the case in Ankara Turkey where garbage collectors started collecting discarded books and ended up opening a library.… Continue Reading

Welcome to Open Book Publishers

Welcome to Open Book Publishers – “COVID19: during this period we are continuing to publish books that are freely available for everyone to read online, to download and to share. For more information, and freely available resources related to COVID19, please click here. 205 titles published Over 3 million book interactions Library Membership: 190 libraries… Continue Reading

The Librarian War Against QAnon

The Atlantic – “As “Do the research” becomes a rallying cry for conspiracy theorists, classical information literacy is not enough…For too long now, shared reality has been fracturing before our eyes. Eli Pariser’s concept of the “filter bubble” is already a decade old. Yochai Benkler’s research on propaganda networks finds that the roots of our… Continue Reading

Giving “Last Chance Books” New Life Through Digitization

Internet Archive Blogs – “Sometimes they arrive tied up in string because their binding is broken. Others are in envelopes to protect the brittle pages from further damage. Aging books are sent from libraries to the Internet Archive for preservation. Thanks to the careful work of the nearly 70 people who scan at digitization centers… Continue Reading

These are the world’s most sustainable fonts

Fast Company – “Sustainability isn’t just measured in pounds, emissions, and material sourcing. It’s also measured in bytes. Amsterdam-based design studio Formafantasma, whose work focuses on sustainable design, has a newly redesigned website that’s better for the environment. The site looks about as plain as you can get: It has lots of white space, few… Continue Reading