Import of the Archive: U.S. Colonial Rule of the Philippines and the Making of American Archival History, by Cheryl Beredo, reviewed by Bobby L. Smiley. "Through more than two centuries the American people have been busily laying the foundations and erecting the imperial structure,” proclaimed the socialist economist Scott Nearing in 1921. With invisible complicity, the American public was "unconscious of the work that they were doing, as the dock laborer is ordinarily unconscious of his part... Read more.
Internationalization and the North American University Library,by Karen Bordonaro, reviewed by Rush G. Miller. Increasing numbers of undergraduate and graduate students from China, India and other countries are attending colleges and universities in both Canada and the United States. Serving international students in the libraries of North American institutions of higher learning is a subject of considerable attention in the literature of librarianship. Most of it focuses on the challenges... Read more.
Beyond Bibliometrics: Harnessing Multidimensional Indicators of Scholarly Impact, edited by Blaise Cronin and Cassidy R. Sugimoto, reviewed by Micah Vandegrift. In a fit of genius, J. Britt Holbrook and colleagues from the Center for the Study of Interdisciplinary at the University of North Texas proposed a list of 56 Indicators of Impact, ranging from “# of citations” to “meetings with important ppl.” Subsequently published in the hallowed pages of Nature... Read more.
Flora Illustrata: Great Works from the LuEsther T. Mertz Library of the New York Botanical Garden, edited by Susan M. Fraser and Vanessa Bezemer Sellers, reviewed by Robin Everly. From lush botanical images to well-crafted essays, Flora Illustrata celebrates the illustrated book and educates the reader about this world. It is definitely a treat for the eyes and mind. The editors state in the preface, “this book is meant to raise awareness of the continued availability of the Library as a key resource for... Read more.
Reading Magnum: A Visual Archive of the Modern World, edited by Steven Hoelscher, reviewed by William F. Meehan III. An iconoclastic group of preeminent photojournalists disenchanted with picture magazine practices gathered in 1947 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York to form a cooperative agency. When they decided to call their member-owned firm Magnum Photos, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, David Seymour, and George Rodger most likely had in mind the... Read more.
Regina Anderson Andrews: Harlem Renaissance Librarian, by Ethelene Whitmire, reviewed by Kam W. Teo. The story of the Harlem Renaissance is replete with many iconic literary, artistic, and intellectual figures such as Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, Jessie Fauset, Jean Toomer, W.E.B. Du Bois, Ethel Waters, Walter White, and Zora Neale Hurston, among others. There were many lesser known individuals, however, that were part and parcel of those halcyon days in the Harlem of the 1920s... Read more.