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American Alpine Club Library

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American Alpine Club Library

Libraries are indeed the coolest places, in all senses of that word! Check out this article from Atlas Obscura, to discover just another interesting library. We have so many fantastic things across this profession, it’s always amazing to see the information people have to share!

“The club is chock full of historic archives, gear, and books from the 1500s to the present, all about the history and culture of humans going out into the mountains for adventure, exploration, science and fun.

The American Alpine Club Library and Archive has supported and documented the activities of the club and its members since 1916, and continues to serve as a resource to members, scholars, authors, journalists and the public, as well as a premier repository of the cultural record of climbing.

The library was established by a gift from Henry Montagnier, an American mountaineer living in Europe. It houses Mr. Montagnier’s collection of over 4,000 volumes focused on the Alps, with a particular interest in Mont Blanc, and includes many volumes which are quite rare today.

In an effort to improve accessibility for its growing membership, the AAC headquarters and library were moved to Golden, Colorado in 1993. A 1922 Beaux Arts building was purchased and renovated by the AAC, the Colorado Mountain Club and Outward Bound West. The 3rd floor of the building features a mural by noted Santa Fe artist Gerald R. Cassidy entitled Dawn of the West. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1997.”

(read the rest of this article on their website!)

Libraries really cover everything: Wine Libraries exist!

Glass of White Wine shot with a bottle of white wine - Evan Swigart
At CMLE Headquarters we are fans of all types of libraries. Being a multi-library system, we know the value of the work that all libraries – regardless of focus – do for their communities. But even we are surprised by the breadth of information available in some libraries!

Check out this article from the ALA about wine libraries! Hands up – who wants to organize a CMLE trip to Napa and visit these libraries?? Continue reading Libraries really cover everything: Wine Libraries exist!

A visit to the St. Cloud Hospital library!

Angie and I are on a mission to visit all our CMLE member libraries – and we are making some great progress! This week we were invited to visit the library at the St. Cloud Hospital, by librarian Susan Schleper. We are sharing all these library visits with you, our members (and others!), to help everyone see the diversity of service we are providing across the CMLE system. And we want you to know what is going on in different libraries, so you feel invited to contact each other to talk about partnerships or sharing ideas for great service! Many of you are solo librarians, or working with others who are not doing the same kinds of things you do – but someone else in the system probably does it or wants to learn more about it. So: read, be awed by all we do here in the CMLE area, and reach out to each other! (And us! At Headquarters we like to partner too!!)

A nice place to sit, some popular fiction on the shelves – a great place to visit if you are in the hospital!

Most visitors to the hospital library are probably not as enthusiastic as we were to be there – but look at this location! If you are in the hospital as a patient or visitor – drop by to look at their materials. It can be very helpful to have a spot to just take a break; and the library can be that space. (I managed to keep my hands off their copy of the Hunger Games. But it was a close thing! Visiting libraries and NOT reading their books is really hard for a book-loving librarian!)

Reference desk

Continue reading A visit to the St. Cloud Hospital library!

Special librarians: A button museum!

PinbuttonWell, this is an interesting job!

Christy Karpinski is the digital librarian and museum manager at Busy Beaver’s Button Museum in Chicago, IL. As we enter the political season, we see all of the candidate’s buttons prominently displayed. Christy has the unique job of archiving all of those individual buttons. As the Button Museum and also its online presence grew, Christy transitioned into her current position.

The Button Museum was “created to show how people commemorated noteworthy times in their lives by creating and collecting these wearable mementos. The words, artwork, printing style, color, and size were the final result of a vision they wanted to communicate or be a part of,” according to Joel and Christen Carter, the brother/sister button team. The museum now has 9,000 different pinback buttons on display.

American Libraries magazine article on Christy

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Prison libraries: A place to learn, a place to read, a place to learn to read.

Uncertain CrossingIn a recent post on CILIP by ex-prisoner Jonathan Robinson, the prison library gets some credit where credit is due. Being a part of the “Special Library” contingency, prison libraries are often the forgotten library in the forgotten type of libraries. But Mr. Robinson is able to give them a small amount of recognition in his post.

“Prison librarians were put on this earth to rehabilitate their customers,” he says. They have customers who may belong there but crave and need the services and materials that prison libraries can only offer. “Inhabitants of prisons… find the library the one place that vaguely resembles life on the outside.”

In the CMLE region, we have two prison libraries. The Minnesota Correctional Facility in St. Cloud which is staffed by Teri Hams, and the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Rush City which is staffed by Jonathan Chapman. We applaud them and their work to make a difference in the lives of prisoners, their families, and the community.

Read the full post now and learn more about prison libraries.

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