Three books written by Alberto Manguel are included in my personal library, The Library at Night, A History of Reading, and A Reader on Reading. I refer to these texts on a regular basis, pulling them out to read at night during which I realize that being a librarian is who I am, not only what I do professionally. Books are a passion for me, a place of refuge, leaning, laughter, and awe. They seduce me by their titles, the feel of them in my hands, and the promise of hours of pleasure or challenge.
People have been asking us at the Phillips Library what has been happening in the library this past year. I will tell you that there has been a lot of activity behind the scenes.
As most of you know we had been preparing the collections for a move to a temporary facility to allow our building to be renovated. Inventory of all collections has been completed. Library collections that have not been cataloged are cataloged. All our collections that are card cataloged in the reading room are being converted to MARC format and currently being added into our online catalog, PHILCAT. And last month we moved the entire collection into our temporary facility.