Saturday, March 31, 2012

Get on Callesen's Library Bus

Image: Library Bus Courtesy Peter Callesen

Image: Library Bus Courtesy of Peter Callesen

Callesen has created a striking skin for this Danish Bookmobile.  The Bookmobile is a commission of the Danish Art Council and spreads library goodness to remote townships in the southern part of Denmark.

Friday, March 30, 2012

New Titles from Thames & Hudson

Yesterday, I received the new catalog for Thames & Hudson.  Two titles caught my eye.

Image: Bookshelf by Alex Johnson courtesy of Thames & Hudson

In Bookshelf, Alex Johnson explores creative structures to house book collections.  With 300+ color illustrations, there are plethora of examples.

Image: Mathematics, A Beautiful Elsewhere by Michael Casse & Jean-Pierre Bourguignon courtesy of Thames & Hudson

I'm always drawn to the intersection of art + science, so Mathematics, A Beautiful Elsewhere is right up my alley.  In the book by Michael Casse & Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, the authors explore the pairing of 6 scientists with 4 contemporary artists.  The artist/scientist collaboration produced "specially and aesthetically designed ways to exhibit mathematics," unveiling "the beauty and visionary insights of this discipline."  Reads like delicious infographics to me.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Libraries & Automated High Density Storage

Image: The Joe and Rika Mansueto Library courtesy of the University of Chicago

The Mansueto's reading room and high-density, automated storage site is an interesting concept.  The storage area is located underground while the reading room rests on top of the storage and below a glass curtain dome.  I like the idea at first, but then I wonder what happens when repairs are needed to the cranes.  Do librarians don grappling gear and scale the storage walls?

Here's a nice video that illustrates how it works

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Gordon Smith + Surrey Centre Library

Image: "Winterscape" by Gordon Smith courtesy of Surrey City Centre Library

Nice video of Gordon Smith talking about the commission with a little biographical info.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My Old PalmV

Image: PalmV with Folding Keyboard

2004 seems so far away, and the PalmV that Jason Latta handed down to me with additional OmniSky hardware seems so quaint.