#ColorOurCollections at PEM/PM!

You may have seen our previous blog and tweets related to the #ColorOurCollections social media campaign in February.  Well, we’re at it again.  With the recent opening of Asia in Amsterdam, we were struck by how many books and illustrations in the exhibit lent themselves to coloring.  Many of the books printed in the 17th century were illustrated with intricate engravings like those seen below.  Here we’ve included the coloring pages we’ll be bringing to PEM/PM: Nexus on Thursday, April 21st for attendees to color and display.  We’ll also have some 17th Century texts on hand for inspiration.  Can’t come on Thursday?  Print them at home and tweet us your pictures @PEMLibrary with the #ColorOurCollections. Read more

Have Librarian, Will Travel

Seattle’s Pike Place market. Courtesy of the author.

Several weeks ago, over 800 library professionals from across the country met in rainy Seattle, Washington to discuss all things “art library.”  Representatives from museum libraries (like us here at the Phillips Library), to academic libraries (Yale University), to art and design school libraries (Savannah College of Art and Design), to interested students and vendors, participated in sessions, meetings, and workshops organized by the joint conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS) and the Visual Resources Association (VRA). Read more

Patron Recap 2015

2015 reading room visits by location.

2015 proved to be an exciting and innovative year in the Phillips Library reading room.  The above map is a representation of at least one in-person visit from 195 cities worldwide.  Researchers came from down the street to down under, researching topics ranging from the historical, to the literary, to the scientific.  In our second full year open in our Peabody location we continue to be utilized by the scholarly and public community alike. Read more