Amy Trulock

Future Librarian, Class of 2012

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19th Century Curiosity Libraries

“The nineteenth century was an era of widespread interest in curiosities for their own sake, not only those intended for popular exhibit by P. T. Barnum and others but also those collected by physicians—such as Frank Hastings Hamilton (1813–1886), Joseph Leidy (1823–1891), Thomas Dent Mütter (1811–1859), and Isaac Parrish (1811–1852)—for their own pleasure and that of their professional colleagues. Private “pathological cabinets” were quite common at the time. Yet these curiosities—such as tumors in jars, bullet-shattered bones, Chang and Eng Bunker’s conjoined liver, or anthropodermic bookbindings, which might seem bizarre, irreverent, or even criminal today—were not intended merely to entertain ghoulish physicians but to instruct. As such, they were intended to be protected and preserved alongside the medical books and journals themselves. Through most of the nineteenth century, medical libraries almost always existed in tandem with anatomical or pathological museums, and they were thought to go hand-in-hand as teaching tools [10].”

via Financing North American medical libraries in the nineteenth century.

Academics : Technology

K-12: Electronic Typewriter

Undergraduate: Word Processor

Graduate: Online Distance Education

Another reason to love my undergrad alma mater:

UC Santa Barbara’s library’s Betsy Brown Puppetry Collection!

mental_floss Blog » 11 (Extra) Special Collections in University Libraries

Egads! I’ll take monetary library fines any day over the monastic curses placed upon delinquent borrowers!

“For him that stealeth, or borroweth and returneth not, this book from its owner, let it change into a serpent in his hand and rend him. Let him be struck with palsy, and all his members blasted. Let him languish in pain crying aloud for mercy, and let there be no surcease to this agony till he sing in dissolution. Let bookworms gnaw his entrails … and when at last he goeth to his final punishment, let the flames of Hell consume him forever.”

via “Kleptomania, bibliokleptomania, and other stealing manias” from

Bronze Guts

The best ancient librarian nickname definitely has to go to Didymus Chalkenteros!

When Pericles and Sophocles were in school in Athens…

…they had the same trouble reading Homer as modern schoolboys do reading Shakespeare.
“Triumphs from the ancient world’s first think tank.” | Smithsonian | June 1, 1985

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