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In celebration of National Library week in the United States and Canada, Oxford University Press will be hosting an AMA on Reddit:

We are librarians and information professionals interested in scholarly communication. Want to know more about the future of libraries and digital…


Be Bold: Make Access Happen

The first of our new strategic goals is to “Make Access Happen.”  Increasingly, access means digital, online access. Our first goal has one objective, to make our records available to the public in digital form to ensure that anyone can explore, discover and learn from our records.

Read the full post on the AOTUS blog.

Image: Photograph of Women Working at a Bell System Telephone Switchboard. National Archives Identifier 1633445



Have you ever wanted to know about digital research and the changing role of libraries? How about scholarly communication and new information technologies?

Join us on Reddit with four librarians and information professionals as they answer your questions on these topics.


Sharing a binding

This is a clever book from the 18th century, printed in Oxford in 1756. It presents both the Old and New Testament, although the books are not bound together the regular way, behind one another. Instead, the binder opted to place them next to each other. This very rare binding technique is part of a family that includes the dos-à-dos (or “back to back”) binding, which I blogged about before (here). Having the two testaments bound this way allowed the reader to consult passages from both books at the same time. Indeed, the empty pages in the front and back are filled with notes, including in what looks like Greek and Hebrew. It appears this clever binding had a reader to match.

Pic: Manchester, Chetham’s Library (source).



I suggested going to the estate his house is based on in the novel, and they gave me these blank stares.


Also, someone please help me. Someone come to…

I’ll do it if I can get a good flight from the continent


Norman Rockwell reference photos alongside finished works

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One of my favorite things about conducting historical research by reading memoirs and oral history transcripts is the intimacy of the experience, the unique quality of the information accessible. Right now I’m writing about the overseas trip Jewish refugees took from Italy to Shanghai while…

Reminder that I need to research the nationalities of the Shanghai Jewish Ghetto residents
… and that sometimes bittersweet endings are possible.


Of all the far flung communities created by Jewish refugees from Central Europe during the twelve years of the Nazi era, Shanghai’s was the only one able to support more than one daily German language newspaper. Indeed, between 1938 and 1941, Shanghai’s Jewish refugee community supported three daily German language newspapers.

Tidbits like this remind me why I follow people conducting research similar to my own! Thank you


Game of Thrones Pokemon battle! I got the pattern here if you would like to make it as well

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#austria #salzburg #view #sun #evening #sundown #fly #nature #city #gaisberg #mountain


Sunset @ Gaisberg, Salzburg Austria. Taken yet again on a cold winters night. It was around -20c when I took this, and around 20mins after sunset, despite being a very cloudy night I managed to capture a break in the clouds with bright sky with the city lights lighting up the heavy fog. Just love it. This photo made Canons top five of the week.