Profiles

Profiles

How Living in a Library Gave One Man the Thirst of Learning

Submitted by birdie on Fri, 10/13/2017 - 18:05

Via NPR’s Story Corps a reminiscence of a youth spent in the library when his father was employed there as a custodian. The boy’s name was Ronald Clark, and he became the first in his family to attend college, and later became a college professor.

RIP: Lillian Moore Bradshaw, Librarian and Trailblazer

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 02/10/2010 - 16:43

The news came in late last night that former Dallas Public Library director Lillian Moore Bradshaw had died at 95. Jerome Weeks, in his blog Art & Seek memorializes the woman who more or less made the downtown library what it is, not just the building but its remarkable collections in first editions and art books, and who also significantly expanded the city’s library system.

A Life of Dedication to the Library

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 12/09/2009 - 08:40

After sixty-two years of service, and now as head of the Newark NJ Public Library’s Special Collections Division, Bill Dane has amassed one of the finest public collections of prints in the country, including works by Rembrandt, Matisse, Picasso, Miró, and Warhol. But today, he is curating his own departure.

The 86-year-old Dane is retiring, and his final act as Keeper of the Prints — a title he appropriated himself and snuck past a civil service clerk by insisting he had passed the (nonexistent) exam — is to give the biennial John Cotton Dana lecture at the library tonight.

Meet Beth Hollis, aka MegaBeth

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 10:22

By day, she's Beth Hollis, a 53-year-old reference librarian in Akron, Ohio. By night, she's MegaBeth, an ageless dynamo on the roller derby rink.

Before discovering roller derby, Hollis had been casting about for a hobby. "I tried knitting and literally got kicked out of the knitting class for just not being able to get the hang of it," she chortled. "I guess it was just too soon for me to try knitting. I needed something that maybe was a little bit more physical for a hobby."

Where I Write

Submitted by Great Western Dragon on Wed, 08/05/2009 - 20:14

I don't know about the rest of you, but I wonder about what a given writer's studio looks like. Do they have a studio? An office? Do they just bang away at a laptop sitting on the dining room table? The way an author lays out their workspace is really intriguing to me.