It’s probably the geeky history major in me, but I love researching in the library. The tedious process of going up to outdated computers (well, in this case they were shiny macs, so maybe the outdated library systems on the shiny macs) and typing in book titles or author names or subject titles. Then, a flood (if you’re lucky) of call numbers and titles.
That’s my favorite part: finding the general shelf area. Say, if my call number were Z 124 J88, I’d scribble down Z 124 and head to the shelves and let them surprise me, because at least, I know, the Z’s have what I need.
Then, the joy of discovery!
Finding titles you didn’t think of looking up or, even better, finding your book at first skim. Checking out a shelf and letting one book lead you to another. It’s the original “You may also like…” link at the end of online articles. Down the rabbit hole we go. I usually find my best sources this way. Or should I say, they find me?
Then sometimes, when I’m feeling brave, I wander past my shelf. What’s on the other side? I wonder. Tonight, while looking for type history books, I wandered over and ended up in the fashion section. The Esquire Black book on a library shelf! Interesting, but think I’ll stick with type.
A funny memory of my grumpy old design history professor from semesters ago. “Oh, you people. Go to the library,” he said, after a long spiel about online sources. “If you need to research, go and download it… from the shelf.”
But really, aren’t libraries the best?
An invitation to be in the moment
This morning we decided on a spontaneous trip to Baker Beach with our two-year-old son.
Our city by the bay is done with Summer. That summertime fog that we wake up to is no more.
Homeward bound after a month in the USA
One day-One Hour- One Minute- It will happen. It is inevitable. Except it already has.
Top 10 Things To Do In San Francisco
If you live in San Francisco, you know to avoid Eddy and Leavenworth Street... *stab*
Wrote this the day after the attacks in Paris but was reminded of it this morning when I read the news about the bombing in Turkey
In Search of Color