Saturday, February 23, 2002

A beautiful session from the Mountain Goats, originally broadcast on WFMU on 11/23/00 (begins a little over 1/2 way through the track).

Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Helen Hartness Flanders circa 1940

The Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at the Middlebury College Music Library.

The Helen Hartness Flanders Ballad Collection at Middlebury College houses an archive of New England folk song and folklife materials. Begun in 1930 by Helen Hartness Flanders of Springfield, Vermont, it was given to Middlebury College in 1941.

The collection consists of field recordings on cylinder, disc and tape of traditional song and dance music recorded in all the New England States between 1930 and 1966. Other materials in the collection includes photographs, manuscripts, letters, broadsides, books and journals.

NPR's Lost & Found Sound also ran an interesting piece on Flanders.

"The axis of people" (thanks to Nutlog.)

Monday, February 18, 2002

Cinerama's great Peel session has been the soundtrack to an embarassing amount of library-job-search-related-self-pity this past week - is there no place in this city for a boy with a freshly minted M.L.S. and a willingness to start at the bottom? Apparently not, so as of next week it's back to selling books until something better comes along. A few other things easing the pain: Urban Odyssey, Cataloger-X, gansuke, the upcoming Messiaen marathon, Duke Ellington's Washington, and Approximately Infinite Universe.

There probably won't be much in the way of library links here for a bit, since I can no longer stand to try to wrap my brain around the nebulous world of LIS without some practical problems to apply the knowledge to (I'll be too busy taking advantage of my status as a marginally employed person to dust off the bird guide and get in some long walks ;)

Sunday, February 17, 2002

  • Shakamuni, a new comic by Ivan Brunetti.

  • Librarians in Robes: The Monks of Wat Muniransyarama:

    Within [traditional Khmer] culture the monks are the spiritual leaders of their society, and as such they take on many roles. Storytelling is but one of the many responsibilities of these ochre-robed men. Others include teaching the Khmer writing system to the community's children and young adults, preserving manuscripts in their monasteries, and collecting Khmer language print materials.

  • And finally, a Buddhist prayer service for lost information.