Erica Olsen

Good news from the University of Nevada, Reno Libraries this week: Donnie Curtis, Head of Special Collections, has announced that Special Collections will not be closing, as recommended in

Earlier this week the University of Nevada, Reno proposed $26 million in budget cuts, reductions that would lead to closure of some programs and departments including the Special Collections Department of the University Libraries. The university's press release of March 7, announcing the proposed cuts in response to a budget shortfall projected to be as high as $59 million by July 2012, is
Single book lovers, take note. The New York Times is reporting on a new trend: speed-dating events hosted by public libraries. In San Francisco, the main library recently hosted one such event. Attendees were requested to bring a favorite book, a handy topic of conversation should the chemistry be lacking during
Ken Sanders Rare Books in Salt Lake City has published its catalogue no. 34, available in print and also downloadable here. The catalogue includes more than 300 items, with particular emphasis on Western Americana and Utah/Mormons.

In the latter category is a typographical curiosity: an

In "Preserving the Library in the Digital Age," Tufts University history professor Benjamin L. Carp confesses, "I'll always be a stack rat." His vision of the future of libraries finds a place for digitized materials and the real thing. His essay appears in the November 2009 issue of 

On a trip to Portland, Oregon, this month, I made the requisite pilgrimage to Powell's Books. I also discovered Oblation Papers & Press, a letterpress print shop, paper mill, and stationery shop located in the city's Pearl District, about 10 minutes' walk from Powell's.