Carly Lamphere

MLIS, Reference Librarian

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Conferences, Anniversaries, and More Writing Gigs!

I can’t believe its already June 1st, and 2017 is halfway over. It’s definitely been a very busy 6 months and May was quite the time for professional development ventures.

At the beginning of the month I had the pleasure of presenting a lightning round talk on my ‘Google Bytes’ workshop series at the California Conference on Library Instruction. The conference marked a lot of firsts for me. First conference that was out of town, first conference that was more than half a day, and first conference where I was a presenter. Granted it was a lightning round, so only 7 minutes but still, an awesome opportunity.

The conference itself was really informative and useful. I loved the keynote speaker’s address “Defending and Disrupting the Scholarly Eco System” given by Dr. Cassidy R. Sugimoto. It was all about the bias against women and minorities in academia when it comes to publishing/authorship and how we as librarians can interrupt this process. It was also held at University of San Francisco so I had an excuse to make a trip to visit with friends as well. Overall it went really well (after I had to talk myself down from being intimidated and nervous at all the brains in the room) and I’m glad that I landed an opportunity. The only photo I could snap was this quick shoulder name tag shot because I was so nervous. 18221815_10105541531523237_7634348172228088358_n

It wasn’t the first time I had spoken this year though, I also gave a talk about librarianship and the importance of libraries and information science at my sister’s college, Cal State Channel Islands. One of her marketing classes had a guest speaker panel on different topics and she chose her school library and librarianship. Contrary to popular belief, Librarians love advocating for libraries so it was a talk I thoroughly enjoyed. I even got to add a bit of personality to my presentation since it wasn’t as formal as the conference. So of course I had to throw in a Parks and Rec Librarian Reference in one of my slides.

parksSo in the midst of all this public speaking, the first article I’ve written for Online Searcher Magazine is on the shelf! Its also being ran as a feature this month, which is pretty cool. The article is about my ‘Google Bytes’ Workshop series, but the next article I have lined up is all about streaming platforms and evaluating their strengths and weaknesses when it comes to what viewers want in a service. So I actually got paid to do research on Netflix and write about it folks. I’m living the dream. This is also my first paid writing gig which I’m so stoked about. Side gig hustling like whaaaaaat! I’m really excited for the opportunity and I’m so glad my supervisor asked me if I wanted to give sharing her column a shot.


Look at me all official with my name in print

Also worth noting, on May 17, I have now officially been a librarian for 3 years! Time sure does fly by when you’re doing something you love! Seems like it was just yesterday that I was hustling my behind off in NYC in Library School. 10269494_10202319619685899_7801444173866388359_nI would pull 12-14 hour days just to take care of expenses, do the most I could do to get professional experience and succeed in my classes.  Honestly, it was the best decision/ hustle I’ve ever completed and I’m really proud of sticking through all of it. I think I’m a pretty good librarian and I love how this year has really given me tons of opportunities to spread my professional wings and grow. I’m looking forward to what the rest of 2017 brings and what the rest of my career will bring!

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First Professional Publishing as a Librarian!

So 2017 has arrived and is in full swing. While things have been feeling a little upside down to me in the world lately, I’ve really vowed to throw all my restless energy and frustration into being the best Librarian possible, because after all Information Professionals are the first responders in this Orwellian era in which we are currently existing. So it was an awesome feeling to finally see my recipe on Information Literacy Instruction “Google Bytes: Chowing Down on the One Shot Information Literacy Presentation for First Year Students” in the final product of ALA’s Library Instruction Cookbook. I knew I had been selected to be included in the Cookbook, but had been patiently waiting for almost a year to see the final product. Here is my excitement captured at the moment I opened the package containing my copy! IMG_1816

The Cookbook is great for Academic Libraries’ Professional Development Collections for their staff members. Past cook books have been centered around Academic Library Instruction in general, but this year they decided to focus on First Year Experience Instruction. My recipe focuses on the “Google Bytes” workshop series I created alongside my fellow Educational Services Team during my time at FIDM. If you are interested in purchasing a copy, you can do so online through the ALA Store!

It feels really good to see my name in print, which reminds me that I should announce that I am now also a contributor to Online Searcher Magazine! I am sharing a column with my boss, which marks my first venture into journalism, a writing style I have very little experience with, but am having fun researching for my articles! Its also my first paid writing gig, a thing I’ve dreamed about since I was young, although I thought it would be for fiction, but hey life is surprising sometimes. So, 2017 is off to a roaring unsure start but I do know I will be out there in the Library doing my thang 😉

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2016 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge Recap


I’m still in the midst of trying to complete a few more books to add to my Pop Sugar Reading Challenge. I knew I wouldn’t be able to finish all of them, but I am disappointed that I yet again failed to get to my goal of 50 books. I am going to estimate that by the end of the year I’ll have 30 under my belt, which is a few better than last year. I guess next year I can set the goal of 50, since I’m always making progress. My issue is that I go for books I want to read no matter the size so those 400 +p books take a while to complete. This was the first year that I really got into utilizing the lists feature in Good Reads. I love the Visualization they give you to check your progress.

I also am taking IQ84 and saying that is three books instead of one since it was around 1100 pages that are divided into three sections, so that’s why the visualization says 26 when it should be 28 right now. In the meantime, I’m going to review the books I finished to complete certain categories on the 2016 Pop Sugar Reading Challenge.

1.”A Book Based on a Fairy Tale” Labyrinth: The Novelization Jim Henson, A.C.H. Smith, Brian Froud (Illustrator)

Labyrinth isn’t a direct fairy tale, but it is my favorite Fantasy movie and movie of all time. I have been trying to get my hands on a copy of this novelization for over a year because it had gone out of print so quickly. When they released it for a second time I made sure to scoop one up. I always loved the film because its such an interesting coming of age story for women, and the novel takes this interpretation and adds to it by creating some great internal monologue from Sarah as well as other characters.

2. “A National Book Award Winner” A Lesson Before Dying-Ernest J. Gaines

Okay, so its not a NATIONAL Book Award Winner, but it did win a National Book Critics Circle Award in 1993, and has now won the award of one of my all time favorite books. I can’t believe I have been sleeping on this title for so long. This is by far the best book I have read in the last two or three years. Its such a moving and honest piece about life in the Jim Crow South, and how the legacies of that era still influence our country today.  Gaines rips your heart out of your chest, stomps on it, and then puts it back in there and you’re grateful for the entire experience because now you know.

3. “A YA Best Seller”- Wonderstruck- Brian Selznick:

Ah YA. The genre I have to make an effort to read. I enjoyed the structure of the novel the most. The first half of the book is an illustrated story and the second half is text. Somewhere in the middle these two stories meet. Its an excellent example of rethinking the medium of delivering story to the reader.

4. “A Book You Haven’t Read Since High School”- The Picture of Dorian Gray-Oscar Wilde:

“Each of us has heaven and hell in him, Basil,”-that line did it for me, this is now one of my favorites. I had a fantastic AP English Literature and Language teacher who was quite fond of the European Cannon, so I read this title originally in my Junior year of High School. I remember enjoying it, but I hadn’t quite tapped into my sinister side as much as I am in touch with it now, so the opportunity to revisit was perfect. I enjoyed the “civilized” violence and dual nature of human beings themes throughout the book. Wilde described himself as all three major characters in the sense that they are either what he thinks he is, wants to be, or how the world sees him.  There is a sexiness to the depravity throughout this book that Wilde is so talented at capturing.

5. “A Book that Takes Place in Your Home State”- The Japanese Lover-Isabelle Allende

Ugh what a disappointing book. I received this as a present and was excited to read since I enjoyed House of the Spirits.  Boy is this no House of the Spirits. Since the book is titled “The Japanese Lover” I would have liked to read about said lover as opposed to a flat uneventful story with boring characters that drug on and on until its lack luster resolution in the last two pages of the book.

6. “A Book Translated to English”

7. “A Romance Set in the Future”

8. “A Book Set in Europe”- The Brothers Karamazov- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

One of the more challenging titles I undertook this year, but rewarding. I read Notes from the Underground in college and have been waiting to read some more works of his ever since. Initially,  I had some trouble because the copy I bought was abridged and I didn’t realize it, but luckily a friend of mine loaned me his rather large and old unabridged edition. FYI, I got a lot of weird looks on the train. The tale is set in Russia in the 19th Century. Three Brothers Demetri, Ivan, and Alexei all with distinct personalities and motivations reunite with their rather detestable father because he owes one of them money. From there the novel uses patricide as a backdrop to discuss philosophical issues of morality, reason, faith, etc. In fact the most enjoyable aspects of the novel are when each character is discussing one of these issues. My favorite brother is unsurprisingly rationalist Ivan because I’m attracted to complicated and emotionally unavailable men. My only complaint is while Dostoyevsky writes wonderfully complex male characters, his female characters are often flighty, irrational, and very easily manipulated by love and money. They often serve as a foil to the male characters in the story but I can get beyond that now that I’ve recognized the pattern.

6. “A Book Under 150 Pages”- Between the World and Me- Ta-Nehisi Coates

Wow. Another eye opening book I read this year. Epistolary in format, Coates writes a series of letters or essays addressed to his son regarding race in America, past and present, personally and historically. Between the World and Me is an excellent read during the current rise in publicity for the Black Lives Matter movement, police brutality specifically targeting Black Men, and the upcoming Trump Administration. I would highly recommend this book to everyone, it really does give such poignant perspective on a topic that only the Black community could fully understand and explain.

7. “A New York Times Best Seller” – Welcome to Nightvale- Jospeh Fink

Huge fan of the podcast. I love how quirky, weird and original it is. But the language and tone of the podcast did not translate successfully into a linear narrative. It was a surface read for me that did not hold my attention very well.

8. “A Book Becoming a Movie this Year”- Pride and Prejudice and Zombies- Seth Grahame-Smith, Jane Austen

I used to LOVE Jane Austen when I was in High School and a Freshmen English Major in Undergrad. Prior to being jaded and before I discovered Modernism, Camus and Kafka. The novel of manners was romantic and absolutely perfect to me. You would think that romance combined with zombies and martial arts would have my name written all over it. Nope. I have now discovered what I once loved, I now loathe. Jane Austen’s story is frivolous and infuriating and zombies are my least favorite monster/force in the horror cannon. Its an imaginative idea, and it is well executed, it just reminded me of how much my tastes have changed.

9. ” A Book Recommended by Someone You Just Met” Empire of Sin: A Story of Sex, Jazz, Murder, and the Battle for Modern New Orleans Gary Krist

I got this as a gift so it was recommended but not by a stranger. New Orleans is one of my favorite cities, and I enjoyed reading about its dubious, rich, and chaotic history. Once again, a non fiction read that was well written and engaging.

10. “A Self Improvement Book”- Manning Up: How the Rise of Women Has Turned Men into Boys-Kay S. Hymowitz

So I bent the “Self Improvement” genre a little bit for a book that explains something I had though of on my own for a while. I was never going to read a self improvement book in the literal sense. As a product of the “girl power” generation, this was definitely an interesting read. A lot of the hunches I’ve had about the men in my generation as well as the women were justified. However, it was an extremely negative view of my generation. Yes, we are putting off marriage and children, but sometimes its not a choice. She neglects to touch upon economic reasons for this shift which is a huge factor for many of my peers not settling down. I also didn’t appreciate the dated assumption that my value to men diminishes after 30.  I support myself and have a career, just because I’m childless and unmarried at 32 doesn’t mean I’m used up and done. I didn’t agree with the doomsday attitude she gives to every other option that’s not traditional marriage and babies either. Gender roles, marriage, and child rearing are changing drastically but I don’t think its a bad thing, the world is overpopulated anyway. Her little “scenarios” and “outcomes” portion towards the end of the piece were extremely condescending, and almost turned me off to liking the first half of the book. Take this work with a grain of salt and you’ll walk away with at least something to chew on.

11. “A Book You Can Finish in a Day”- A Child Called It- David Pelzer

This has been one of those titles on my “To Read” list for years. The subject matter is so disturbing that I am glad I got through it in a day. The author describes growing up in an extremely abusive home, in graphic detail. I had problems with this book. I wasn’t quite sure if this was an entirely true story, or if the author exaggerated details. Upon further reading of reviews, other people had the same inclination I did after finishing it. Either way, I will not forget this one for a very long time.

12. “A Book Written by a Celebrity”- Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl-Carrie Brownstein

So she’s not really a celebrity in the Kardashian sense of celebrity, but she’s famous in music and on TV so that’s enough for me. I’m also not wasting time reading a ghost written book by some reality show star. Carrie is a fantastic writer. I don’t read many biographies, but I’m glad this one was at the top of my list this year. I really got a sense of who she is, and she definitely has her own distinct writing style.

13. “A Political Memoir”

14. “A Book at least 100 Years Older than You” A Gentle Creature and Other Stories- Fyodor Dostoyevsky

It was the year of Dostoyevsky apparently. I actually decided to read this one because its my boyfriend’s favorite book and I like reading significant others favorite books (if they read, its hard dating guys that don’t read but I’ve done it.) because I feel like I get to know them a little more. This one did not disappoint. One of the best collections of short stories I’ve ever read. Each story is heartbreakingly beautiful in tragic way but leaves you with hope. White Knights was my favorite.

15. “A Book that’s more than 600 Pages” IQ84- Haruki Murakami

I decided to tackle this book early in the year back when I had hope of actually finishing the challenge. I also wanted to finally see what the fuss was about Murakami. I can’t decide whether I really like this book, or if I hate it. I can’t decide if the things I like about the book are actually the elements that are the weakest part of Murakami’s style. I can say I enjoyed reading about my old neighborhood/s off the Chuo line and now have a plethora of Japanese dinner recipes to try for the rest of the year. I can say that I blew through the first two books and was intrigued to start the third and then…..I hit a wall. The story drug on and on from this point eventually culminating in a whimper. Since this was my introduction to Murakami I’m willing to give his other work a chance, then maybe I can make a finally decision about this novel.

16. “A Book from Oprah’s Book Club”

17. “A Science Fiction Novel”

18. “A Book Recommended by a Family Member” Killing Pablo: The Hunt for the World’s Greatest Outlaw- Mark Bowden

I was talking to my dad about Netflix’s Narcos and Pablo Escobar in general, and he recommended this book. Written by one of the DEA Officers hunting Escobar, it is the true story of his rise, fall, and eventual death. I have a hard time engaging in historical books or non fiction in general, but this was well written and interesting. If you’re a fan of the TV show do yourself a favor and read this book.

19. “A Graphic Novel”

20. ” A Book Published in 2016″- White Trash: The 400 Year Untold History of Class in America- Nancy Isenberg

What a perfect year for this to come out. Fantastic read overall. Maybe this is a personal preference but I much rather would have Nancy focused on 1900-Present in greater detail than the amount of attention she gave to the colonial era, as contemporary US History is much more compelling in my opinion. Once I read through one section I got the gist of her argument-the USA was never a classes society and did not need her to elaborate more. I was surprised she didn’t go into greater detail in the Civil War and Reconstruction sections since class was such a major player during this period.

21. “A Book with a Protagonist who has your Occupation”

22. “A Book that Takes Place During Summer” Joyland Stephen King

I didn’t read any King until September of this year, which is unusual because I normally read at least 3 or 4 per year. But this challenge did force me out of my reading comfort zone which was good in a way. Joyland is one of King’s best works. He’s the only writer that can blend a murder mystery, ghost story, and coming of  age story with a heavy dose of nostalgia sucessfully. Set against a backdrop of an independent amusement park during the late 70’s, the title character deals with losing his first girlfriend, working his first real job and first summer of adulthood.

23. “A Book and its Prequel”

24. “A Murder Mystery”- Deadlocked: Sookie Stackhouse #12 Charlaine Harris

I had about three books left in this series at the beginning of the year. There’s plenty of murder in each book as well as romance. If I’m going to read corny romance novels, the only way I will do it is by incorporating supernatural beings in a quiet Louisiana town into the plot. These books are junk food, but they’re the fattiest, most comforting, delicious junk food you can consume. Harris satisfies all my dark vampire smut desires with this series in ways no author has before.

25. “A Book Written by a Comedian” Yes Please – Amy Pohler

This is the type of memoir I would expect from an improv comedian.  I actually enjoyed the on the fly scatterbrained writing and structure, it is definitely her voice. Poehler is responsible for making me giggle out loud multiple times on my train commute to work and breaking into an all out laughing fit twice. But its ok because that’s what I was hoping ‘Yes Please’ would accomplish just that. If I wanted to read a well crafted beautiful life story, I wouldn’t be looking to Poehler to fill that void and I’m sure she would be okay with that.

26. “A Dystopian Novel”

27. “A Book with a Blue Cover” On Chesil Beach Ian MacEwan

I LOVE Ian MacEwan. He’s one of my favorite writers. On Chesil Beach is a masterpiece. Two young (and a bit square) newlyweds check into a hotel on Chesil Beach for their honeymoon in the early 1960’s. What happens for the next 166 pages is a detailed account of their awkward and dis functional attempts at consummating their marriage, as well as flashbacks explaining how they grew up, the circumstances of how and when they met and what led them up to the current situation in their honeymoon suite.

28. “A Book of Poetry” Fragile Things Neil Gaiman

Okay, so its actually a collection of short stories and poetry, so once again I cheated a little bit. But “The Hidden Chamber” was an exceptionally beautiful poem. My favorite line was:

“and soon I’ll put
a candle
in the window, love, to light your way back home.”

Mostly because using ‘And’ at the beginning of any line of a poem is one of my favorite literary devices.

29. “The First Book You see in a Bookstore” The Last Thing He Wanted” Joan Didion

This was an average read. The writing is exquisite of course since its Didion, but the structure was a bit too scattered for me. Maybe I’ll revisit it one of these days.

30. “A Classic from the 20th Century” Revival Stephen King

Not quite 20th Century, but King is a great author from the 20th century so it works. Revival was a solid read, and I enjoyed it, but it didn’t stick with me like Joyland has upon finishing. It centers around a Preacher who moves into a quiet town and alters the life of a young resident forever. Themes of the religion, sacrifice,  and faith drive this work from beginning to end.

31. “A Book from the Library” Dead Reckoning (Sookie Stackhouse #11) Charlaine Harris

I borrowed this book from one of my favorite public libraries ever-The South Pasadena Public library. Please see my review at #24.

32. “An Autobiography”- Autobiography  Morrissey


33. “A Book about a Road Trip”

34. “A Book about a Culture you’re Unfamiliar with” Euphoria -Lily King

This was another favorite of 2016. Its historical fiction about the Anthropologist Margaret Mead’s time spent in the field in New Guinea. She is the center of the most romantic and dangerous love triangle while doing field work with a local tribe. I am not very familiar with New Guinea, Margaret Mead, and have a basic understanding of Cultural Anthropology so this was very enjoyable and peaked my interesting to research more. Bonus points for being the only book to make me burst into tears upon completion in 2016.

35.”A Satirical Book” Inherent Vice -Thomas Pynchon

The WORST book I read in 2016. I wanted to read this before I watched PT Anderson’s adaptation and it could not end any sooner.I felt like I was on drugs while reading this novel and not in the good way. This guy wishes he was Raymond Chandler and fails miserably at his attempt to be Raymond Chandler. The sentence structure drove me insane and I didn’t care for any character in this novel. I read reviews that this was “Pynchon Light” so I doubt I will attempt any of his other work in the future. I think this is either your cup of tea or it isn’t and it definitely isn’t my cup of tea.

36. “A Book that takes Place on an Island”

37. “A Book Guaranteed to Bring you Joy” Dead Ever After (Sookie Stackhouse #13) Charlaine Harris

Ironically, this book made me upset instead of bringing me joy. The final installment of this series felt rushed, unexplained, and very unsatisfying. But overall the series was still worth reading. I’ll just pretend the last book never happened.

Phew, so that’s my year in books. I did enjoy this challenge, it did get me to branch out with a few titles I wouldn’t normally pick up and I got to read stuff from my normal selections and easily find spots for them. I’m gonna step it up in the next couple of weeks to try to finish up a few more titles maybe get my number to 30 or 31 so I might have a few more reviews up after New Years!

EDIT: I ended up at 29 3/4’s for the year. I couldn’t power through the last 100 pages of Rabbit in Red. Three more than last year though! I will get to 50 one year!

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A New Journey in the World of Librarianship!

I haven’t really updated my blog in a bit due to the fact that I’ve been super busy getting used to my new job at the Crowell Public Library in San Marino, CA. Its my first time working in a public library, so the atmosphere is a little different to my prior position at FIDM, but I am really enjoying it so far. I’m still a reference librarian, but I focus more on collection development (I’m in charge of Adult Non fiction and Reference), Adult Programming and managing the Technical Services team. It is definitely a jump in responsibility for sure, and the learning curve was set high, (I replaced someone who retired after working at the library for 25 years) but I think I am getting the hang of it. I think one of my favorite aspects of public librarianship so far is witnessing the enthusiasm the community has for the library and learning in general. It is so energizing to work in in an environment like this one. I’m very excited to see what opportunities arise in this new endeavor. Earlier this month, the local paper, The San Marino Tribune, interviewed me about taking over for the previous Reference Librarian. I had never been interviewed before so it was pretty fun to see an article written about me in the paper. It didn’t make the online section of the paper, but I do have copies of the article to keep which is great. I did however snap a photo of the picture that was featured in the piece!


From the November 4th issue!

Speaking of new endeavors, I also recently received great news about being selected as a lightning round presenter at the California Conference for Librarian Instruction 2017. My presentation, “Google Bytes Workshop Series: Using Google Scholar and News to Locate Open Source Materials” will be given at the USF campus in May of 2017. I am very excited to present, this will be my first professional conference presentation! I’m sure I’ll be elaborating more on this experience as the conference gets closer as well so stay tuned!

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Decoding the Civil War

I came across this fascinating article in The Los Angeles Times this morning and had to share. The Huntington Library is collaborating with several other institutions to decode 15,971 telegrams from the Union Army during the Civil War. Often very candid, the telegrams provide a glimpse into the personalities of key players, military strategy, and the effects of war on all parties involved. Hopefully a new generation of history buffs will be born through public access of this honest and interesting correspondence during a very controversial time in our nation’s history.

What is really interesting about this project is that it relies heavily on volunteers to decode the massive collection of telegrams. These “citizen archivists” have helped transcribe over 1/3 of the collection housed at the Huntington Library. This dynamic project would not move forward without these volunteers. This collaborative effort is not just between the Huntington Library and volunteers, but with the other three institutions: Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum; North Carolina State University; and the Zooniverse with its team at the University of Minnesota. It is a perfect example of how projects are better executed in the library world through collaboration with other institutions and the general public. After reading the article I am definitely going to spend some time decoding telegrams to contribute! If you’re interested in participating, visit the project website and happy decoding!

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SCIL Summer Field Trip Tour 2016!

Summer is the best time for my professional development organizations, because of the field trips! Last Friday was the Summer Tours for the SCIL Sub Committee of CARL. We were able to visit two libraries, The Brand Library and Art Center and The Disney Grand Central Creative Campus Branding Library. Both institutions were fascinating in their own rights and made for a very enjoyable Friday tour.

We first met at the Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale, CA. This was unlike any library I had ever seen before. The building itself is nestled at the foot of the mountains in a predominantly residential neighborhood at the end of a long entry road, and it is the former residence of the Real Estate Developer Leslie Brand. In Brand’s will he stipulated that his residence and estate become a public park and library. The result is an awesome building designed in the style of Indian Architecture and a Victorian interior. During the 1920’s, many of the Hollywood stars like Cecil B DeMille and actors would visit the mansion for parties. Brand was quite the trend setter, he was the first in Glendale to have a car and would drive it around the neighborhood. He even had a party where the guests had to fly in on their planes and land in his field in order to attend! walkway1

The library itself was renovated around 2012 to bring its interior’s back to its original glory. Apparently, the original windows and walls were covered in stucco around the 1950’s. Once these were torn down the original paint jobs and some of the original furniture. The library’s collection focuses on music and fine art resources. They also have art gallery and have regular programming out on the park grounds during the year. It was one of the more unique public libraries I have visited.

Here is an example of the Indian Architecture influence on the outside of the building and the interior of the tower:

The interior rooms are modeled very similarly to the original decoration that Brand himself had while he lived there. Most of the furniture and painting is reproduction, but the renovation staff made an effort to stay true to the original designs and concepts. The fireplace was an original which was gorgeous! The painting/detail on the right is a reproduction of the ceiling they uncovered during renovation.

The next stop on the tour was down the road to the Disney Creative Campus to visit their Brand Library. We met with the librarian there and she showed us some amazing resources that are closely curated and maintained for the employees.  One of my favorite resources she showed us was these theme books for each Disney movie. Inside the had the Pantone color pallets for each character as well as instructions on how to draw each character. I couldn’t get any photos because of copy right issues, but they were an awesome treat to see. In addition, the librarian/archivist did an amazing job creating a relaxing cool space for employees to hang out and get inspired. books1

I could spend hours in that space it was that stimulating. They had the most adorable Frozen figurines ever. The Library is filled with inspiring materials like these figures and books. Every employee that comes in that checks out resources is careful interviewed to track their creative process and how they are utilizing the resources the library offers. It just goes to show you how important the reference interview still is in this day and age, and with a huge company library like the Branding Library at the Disney Creative Campus. frozen 1

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Overall, it was an awesome day at two very unique institutions.Its such a joy to get to  visit these places and observe how the operate and chat with the librarians, archivists, and staff that maintain them.


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Field Trip to the Getty Conservation Institute Information Center and The Getty Research Institute

Last Friday, I was able to attend a CARLDIG South (a sub committee/discussion group of CARL that I am a member) field trip to The Getty. It was such a great experience, and I think I can safely say that we visited practically every behind the scenes department related to The Getty Conservation Institute Information Center and The Getty Research Institute in existence. By the time the tour was finished we had done a complete lap around the entire museum.

Our first stop was the Conservation Institute Information Center (GCI). The GCI exists primarily to assist the conservation labs in research for their collections. Cameron Trowbridge who is the Manager of Research Services, met us in the reading room to give us a brief overview of the Research Collection. The reading room houses 2,000 titles, but offsite storage (located in Valencia) rounds out the collection at around 50,000 titles and 400 serial subscriptions. Not to mention the view readers get when they visit the research collection! There is a beautiful patio that is accessible through a side door of the main reading room which is great for study breaks!

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The patio outside the GCI. It was a bit hazy on Friday but still gorgeous nonetheless!


Resources set out for us to browse at the GCI

Our next stop was The Getty Research Institute (GRI). Derek Quezada, a Reference Librarian at the GRI was our tour guide and he did a fantastic job of showing us around to all the different departments including Institutional Archives, Conservation, Digital Services, Vocabularies, and even the Artist in Resident space.  For the entire GRI, there are only 4 Reference Librarians. Most of their Special Collections are on site (98%) and as of right now they have 30,000 of their Rare Books Digitized. We were able to see two really cool digitization machines for books during our visit to Special Collections and Digital Services.

While Digital Services and of course the Conservation areas are big draws with interesting special collections digitization projects and preservation of various objects, I found the Vocabularies Department the most interesting personally. The Getty produced and maintains 4 controlled vocabularies: The Art & Architecture Thesaurus, The Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names, The Cultural Name Objects Authority, and The Union List of Artist Names. The oldest of the vocabularies is the Art & Architecture Thesaurus. Recently, the vocabularies have been made available for use in  Linked Open Data which was very exciting to hear. I use The Getty Vocabularies in personal projects frequently so to see the section where librarians are working on this great resource was really cool.

Another really cool thing to note was the photos of guest scholars along the walls and the overall attention paid to researchers at the GRI. For a while, it was custom for scholars to have their portrait taken and displayed on a wall in the GRI. They also have a beautiful space for scholars who will be utilizing the GRI for an extended period of time. They even get their own spaces to keep resources and study!

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Research Area for more Long Term Scholars to Access

scholar pictures

Scholar Portraits

Overall, the visit was fantastic and wonderful way to spend a Friday. It just reminded me of why I was drawn to librarianship in the first place: to collaborate and work across a spectrum of fields in Academia all related to each other. I love being surrounded by knowledge, the humanities, art, and I am a lifelong learner. Maybe one day I will find myself working at The Getty or another similar institution, anything is possible!