blogger to curate show in FirstLife

Wowzers! Blogger and photographer Laurel Ptak, who runs the twee-ly undercased photography blog, i heart photograph, will be curating a real-life art show at the tony-ly uppercased Higher Pictures Gallery on Madison Ave and 66th St. The show opens today.

If this blogger crossover trend keeps up, we should be given a seat on the board of the Museum of Something We’re Into (MoSWI) any year now.

Btw, the Higher Pictures Gallery manages all copyrights for The Estate of André Kertész, so you may want to think about licensing one when you stop by the show. They make a great stocking stuffer.


screaming: the new shushing

Those hip shushers we’re so fond of writing about (and drinking with) are at it again, this time in the southwest’s cradle of hipsterdom, UT Austin. Seems fine art librarian Laura Schwartz organized a student introduction to the library involving pizza, karaoke, and an organized screaming session.

What’s more, it’s up on youtube (scan ahead to 1:50 or so for the cathartic moment). Library screaming of the douchebag fratboy sort can be viewed here, if you must.


Hat tip to the ARLIS mailing list for the link.

stumbleupon library

After twenty years of collecting the 60,000+ ephemeral films the make up the Prelinger Archives (acquired by the Library of Congress in 2002), Rick and Megan Prelinger founded the Prelinger Library in 2004.

The Prelinger Library is an appropriation-friendly, browsable collection of approximately 40,000 books, periodicals, printed ephemera and government documents located in San Francisco, California, USA

For an excellent description of the amazing work they are doing, check out Gideon Kraus-Lewis’s fine piece for the May 2007 issue of Harper’s (subscription only). A bootleg copy of the article is available via the Prelinger Library blog, here.

from the accüsed to zoetrope

In Public Collectors, a rad new project by Chicago-based artist Marc Fischer, we now have a space for cataloging everything else:

Public Collectors is founded upon the concern that there are many types of cultural artifacts that public libraries, museums and other institutions and archives either do not collect or do not make freely accessible. Public Collectors asks individuals that have had the luxury to amass, organize, and inventory these materials to help reverse this lack by making their collections public.

At launch, the site contains catalogs for Marc’s physical collections of art and music, as well as digital collections of images of anti-car barriers in Chicago, face paintings in Mexico City, and more. Public access to the physical collections is available by appointment (!) and access to information about the digital collections is available via email correspondence.

Don’t forget the MARC subject headings for that Born Against / Suckerpunch Split 8″ Flexi, Marc!

Just kidding….keep up the awesome work!

If you have a collection that you would like to make public, please contact: marc [at] publiccollectors [dot] org

mfrecords3.jpgA photo of an actual record collection, cataloged at Public Collectors.

cop some pics, copyright cops

Sorting through the gigantic pile of pre-blog material on the SD desk, we just came across this bit of online archival-related activism. It seems that an organization known as, inc, which was founded by ‘nets granddaddy Carl Malamud, took it upon themselves to free the images currently viewable (and currently claimed ownership by) the Smithsonian e-commerce site

In a letter addressed to the internet, claims that these images belong in the public domain and that the Smithsonian is unfairly preventing access to them. To serve the public interest and to raise awareness of the issue, has made all 6,288 images available on Flickr. The images are low-resolution and watermarked, as they are on the Smithsonian site. In addition to this work, they also purchased two high resolution images from the Smithsonian at $25 a piece and promptly made these available on Flickr as well.

There are many many issues regarding archives, copyright, reproductions, and usage, and we encourage our readers to chime in on the matter or to send us links and stories. Send anything via comments or email:

suggestions {at} suggested donation {dot} com

nixonian nixon library handed over to federal starchivists

nixon.jpgIn what must be considered a loss for fair and balanced reporting everywhere, the no-longer private Nixon library is now in the gloved hands of do-gooder federal archivists, who will set the record straight on the 18 1/2 minute “mechanical malfunction” that caused that pesky silence on the white house tapes, and the markedly objective accusations of a “coup” perpetrated by Woodward and Bernstein.

The library’s former historical approach was one of subject-based mimicry, adopting an interpretative style akin to that of Nixon himself. As Nixon scholar David Greenberg said:

“It’s the opposite of truth. There was a lot along those lines in the library, which was not a matter of interpretation, but was flat wrong, a lie.”

update: the gray lady discovers the desk set

22595847.jpgThe New York Times, like white people, is always discovering things. First it was Philadelphia: Sixth Borough. Then it was East Williamsburg: Not Just Industrial Bushwick Anymore. Then came Fixies: Zen and the Art of 1:1 Gear Ratio Maintenance. And now: lookee lookee lookee at the most emailed article of the day, as the day-late and dollar-more NYTimes rolls out of bed with its own take on the fabled hipster librarian.

SD tipster Chip Curson CC’d us on his letter to the editor:

Dear Editor,

The article by Kara Jesella about hipster librarians in new york was typically cheesy and even grammatically incorrect (what is a “coffee shop purveyor” anyway?)… the idea that people with pink hair might also be serious about their career is only “news” to yuppies who think that banking or the medical profession are the only symbol of serious, satisfying work. also, jesella’s writing style is laughable enough to be a blog post, but i guess if she wants to give sloppy blowjobs to people who have vodka drinks AND read (gasp!!) and get paid by the times then she is very lucky. also if you want to connect parker posey and greenpoint in some godawful, nytimes-way to be really cool then i think you are super lame.

please forward her this email. i look forward to her response


chip curson,

an up-and-coming occupation

Lookee what just appeared in my daily New York Sun news alert e-digest for news items tagged “hipster librarians”:

Williamsburg is known for cool bistros and trendy hangouts, but few realize that the neighborhood and its environs are a magnet for hip, young librarians. Although “hip” is not an adjective generally associated with librarians, a stack of archivists, publishers, illustrators, librarians, and other bibliophiles called the Desk Set is out to challenge their image as staid.

seven-naked-librarians.jpgThe article goes on to describe one night of fire in which the Desk Set descended on Enid’s in Greenpoint for a raucous evening of rousing cupcakes, waiting in line for beer, and mutually assured self-satisfaction.

Look at me, acting like I wasn’t even paraphrased and all.


Suggested Donation was shocked today when a google search provided zero results for the term “starchivist.”

We’re here to change all that.

starchivist (n.) – The Frank Gehry of the information and library sciences field. An iconoclastic and eccentric archivist whose strange but brilliant archiving practices and devastating good looks have propelled her beyond the realm of mere information scientist. Fame and hate status resides somewhere between Paris Hilton and Barry Bonds. Lit., a “star archivist.”

below: #1 google image search result for “best archivist.”