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Private Libraries That Inspire
April 25, 2019 | WSJ | By Katy McLaughlin.

Difficult to build and maintain, these elaborate spaces contain the passions and obsessions of their owners. Libraries That Inspire -- These spectacular rooms house the owners’ collections of books, antiques, art and ephemera representing their unique, life-long passions and interests.

Forget the Dewey Decimal System: Entrepreneur and inventor Jay Walker’s 25,000 books, manuscripts, artifacts and objects are organized in his personal 3,600-square-foot library “randomly, by color and height,” he said. When he walks into his library, part of his Ridgefield, Conn., home, the room automatically “wakes up,” glowing with theatrical lighting, music and LED-lit glass panels lining various walkways. He finds items to peruse by a system of memory, chance, and inspiration, he said.

The Walker Library of the History of the Human Imagination is a dramatic example of the rarest of residential amenities: A vast, personal, custom-built repository of intellectual stimuli. In the age of the e-reader, it is a status symbol on par with wearing a Patek Philippe watch when the cellphone already tells the time. For wealthy homeowners, personal libraries provide both a quiet refuge from the world and a playground for their minds—as well as a solution to the challenge of warehousing books from which they cannot bear to part......To create enough shelf space and to counteract the visual heaviness of walls lined with books, private libraries may aim for two or more open stories......The private library is a classic example of a highly personal amenity that is expensive for the builder of a dream home to create and hard to recoup upon resale. .......the library has stimulated new ideas that have translated into an array of inventions and helped him make many new friends.

For some private library owners, especially those who aspire to world-class book collections, the serious expenditure isn’t in the physical structure, but in the contents. “It is not uncommon for collectors at this level to be spending in excess of $1 million a year” on books ......
antiques  antiquities  art  bespoke  books  collectibles  collectors  curation  design  high_net_worth  ideas  inspiration  insurance  Katy_McLaughlin  life_long_learning  personal_libraries  physical_place  owners  passions  shelf_space  status_symbols  uniqueness 
april 2019 by jerryking
The next page in your portable library: Getting the e-book version too - The Globe and Mail
MARSHA LEDERMAN
VANCOUVER — The Globe and Mail
Published Thursday, Oct. 16 2014

BitLit was invented to alleviate. The idea behind the app, released earlier this year, is that if you already own a physical copy of a book, you should be able to get an e-book version for free, or at a deep discount.
mobile_applications  e-books  personal_libraries  BitLit 
october 2014 by jerryking
Do People Need Libraries in the Digital Age? - Speakeasy - WSJ
Feb 12, 2014| WSJ| by Christopher John Farley.

Google recently launched a program called “Helpouts” which connects people with experts. There’s no reason future libraries couldn’t do something similar, acting as a hub for putting people in touch, via Skype or in person, with book authors, professors, and learned members of the community. A number of places around the world are already setting up such “living libraries,” allowing people to contact people in the know directly. The Ptolemies pioneered a similar concept, bringing together some of the leading thinkers of the Hellenistic world for the Museum at Alexandria, which was linked to the Great Library.

Libraries of the future could be places we go not to just check out books, but to check out each other–to participate, face to face, in cultural activities in a way we can’t do over the internet. Some of this is being done. Perhaps more of it needs to be done soon.
libraries  expertise  human_experience  personal_libraries  personal_connections 
february 2014 by jerryking
At Your Service
Autumn 2013 | University of Toronto Magazine| By Janet Rowe.

Personal librarians help first-year students understand U of T’s libraries....For students who haven’t been assigned a personal librarian, Vine offers an insider secret. “One of my favourite ‘hidden’ resources is a set of bibliographies on many subjects,” she says. “Prepared by experts, each item has an abstract that can help you figure out if the article is suitable for your assignment – a big time-saver for busy students. The trick is to look under ‘Oxford Bibliographies Online’ in the library catalogue.” Bonus: many paywall-protected articles are free when accessed through the library website.
personal_libraries  libraries  uToronto  curation  Colleges_&_Universities  research  paywalls  hidden  personalization  outreach  expertise 
november 2013 by jerryking
Handled With Care - NYTimes.com
By ANDREW D. SCRIMGEOUR
Published: December 28, 2012

One of the little-known roles of the academic librarian is bereavement counseling: assisting families with the disposition of books when the deceased have not specified a plan for them. Most relatives know these books were the lifeblood of their owners and so of intellectual value if not great monetary worth. But they remain clueless about how to handle them responsibly. Some call used-book shops. Some call the Salvation Army. Others call a university library. Many allow friends and relatives to pick over the shelves before bringing in a professional.
personal_libraries  Colleges_&_Universities  libraries 
january 2013 by jerryking
Cameron could learn from the Grand Old Man's passion for economy
May. 17 2010 |The Globe and Mail| Neil Reynolds.
Thomas Huxley, the eminent self-taught scientist and one of the great intellects of 19th-century Britain, called William Ewart Gladstone, four times chancellor of the exchequer and four times prime minister, "the greatest intellect of Europe." And Huxley was a critic. Beyond all argument, this great liberal champion of laissez-faire was a smart man. By the end of his more than 60 years in public service, he had acquired a personal library of 32,000 books; by his own reckoning, and he was precise in his records, he had read 20,000 of them. But he wasn't merely smart. He was right. Democracy, he said, was a spendthrift affair. He governed accordingly....
With its constant clamour for foreign wars, 19th-century Britain provided Westminster with plenty of plausible excuses for going back into deficits - temporarily, of course. Gladstone, though, permitted no borrowing to fund these episodic misadventures. For a live-or-die war, he would have gone deeply into debt. For optional wars, he made Britain pay as it went. For these wars, indeed, he raised taxes....There are only four ways for countries to get out from under massive debt. They can inflate. They can default. They can pay down the debt over time. Or they can grow their economies at a faster pace - which makes the debt shrink in proportion to a country's national wealth.

Gladstone's genius was to repudiate the first two options as immoral and to embrace the latter two as practical.
United_Kingdom  Thomas_Huxley  William_Gladstone  Westminster  laissez-faire  leaders  David_Cameron  Benjamin_Disraeli  personal_libraries 
june 2012 by jerryking
The Book Bench: The Book Scrappage Scheme
October 14, 2011 |: The New Yorker |Posted by Mark O'Connell
The Book Scrappage Scheme
1Dollarscan  books  e-readers  personal_libraries 
october 2011 by jerryking
Snooping in the Age of E-book - This Life - NYTimes.com
September 23, 2011 |NYT| By BRUCE FEILER. How does one snoop
bookshelves in the age of e-book?...a bit of gumshoe in someone’s
cupboard or closet can reveal far more about them than an entire
evening’s worth of chitchat. “Places reflect long series of behavior,”
“If I have a conversation with you, I just get snippets of behavior.
Your books, your chairs, your wall hangings represent an accumulation
over many yrs. A space distills repeated acts. That’s why it’s hard to
fake.” …A perfect storm of clues is what makes bookshelf sleuthing so
appealing — and so difficult to replicate elsewhere in a home. “The
kitchen & pantry are pretty good,” …“But they don’t interest me as
much as a person’s bookshelf,” because the kitchen and pantry are
reflection of how the person eats, whereas the bookcase is reflection of
how he thinks.”… For all the benefits of snooping, the activity does
present certain ethical quandaries. Is it O.K. to look in someone’s
closet? Their medicine cabinet? Their iPad?
sleuthing  books  personal_libraries  e-books  artifacts  physical_place  primary_field_research  snooping 
september 2011 by jerryking
The Book Collection That Devoured My Life - WSJ.com
MAY 31, 2008 | Wall Street Journal | by LUC SANTE. The
Book Collection That Devoured My Life
Why it's so hard to let go of books in a language I can't read... or
duplicate copies of 'True Tales from the Annals of Crime and
Rascality'... or Tijuana sailors' pornography....
collectors  personal_libraries  books  reading 
october 2010 by jerryking
The library you never imagined
Oct 9, 2010 | The Globe & Mail. pg. M.7 | Heidi Sopinka.
"Over the last few years we've been dreaming of services you can't get
online," says Type co-owner Samara Walbohm. "One thing that stuck was
hearing people walk into the store saying, 'Oh my god, this is a
combination of my dream library and the library I already have.'"

Enlisting the curatorial skill of cult author and bookseller Derek
McCormack, Type is now offering the best of both. For a negotiated fee,
they will build a bespoke library, taking everything from distribution
obscurity to bookshelf measurements - not to mention your existing
collection - into consideration. So what does it say about the person
who has hired another person to curate their library?

"Books are aspirational," Mr. McCormack says. "They're not just who you
are but what you want to be."

Curating anything from books with purple spines to a library in
mid-century modern design, Mr. McCormack says he has yet to have any
cringe-worthy commissions.
ProQuest  personal_libraries  bespoke  books  curation  aspirations 
october 2010 by jerryking
University Assigns Freshmen "Personal Librarians"
Sept. 15, 2010 | Fast Company | BY David Zax. What are we to
make of a recent prgrm at Drexel U., which is assigning to each of its
2,750 freshman a “personal librarian”? Is it a scrambling quest for
relevance, in an age where the Assoc. of College & Research
Libraries is issuing reports with names like “The Value of Academic
Libraries”?..Though students are expert at GOOG, sometimes they just
don’t know what they’re searching for, Drexel’s Dean of Libraries Danuta
Nitecki told the Chrn. of Hgher Educ.: “The pt. is not just about
interacting with info. out in the Internet—it’s about trying to identify
what questions you’re trying to answer.”..If GOOG is causing librarians
to hustle & innovate, what we’re seeing is not the last desperate
flounderings of an obsolete profession. Rather, GOOG is simply exerting a
healthy pressure ensuring that librarians do the sort of reaching out
they should've been doing all along--true & thorough outreach--which
makes prgrms like Drexel’s commendable.
libraries  personalization  Colleges_&_Universities  innovation  Drexel  outreach  personal_libraries 
september 2010 by jerryking
Tour | LibraryThing
LibraryThing is a cataloging and social networking site for
book lovers. LibraryThing helps you create a library-quality catalog of
books: books you own, books you've read, books you'd like to read,
books you've lent out ... whatever grouping you'd like.
Since everyone catalogs online, they also catalog together. You can
contribute tags, ratings and reviews for a book, and Common Knowledge
(facts about a book or author, like character names and awards), as well
as participate in member forums or join the Early Reviewers program.
Everyone gets the benefit of everyone else's work. LibraryThing connects
people based on the books they share. Our community does not buy, lend
or sell books online.
personal_libraries  books  booklists 
august 2010 by jerryking
The Medium Is the Medium - NYTimes.com
July 8, 2010 | NYT | By DAVID BROOKS. "There was 1interesting
observation made by a philanthropist who gives books to disadvantaged
kids. It’s not the physical presence of the books that produces the
biggest impact, she suggested. It’s the change in how the students see
themselves as they build a home library. They see themselves as readers,
as members of a different group...". The great essayist Joseph Epstein
distinguished between being well informed, being hip and being
cultivated. The Web helps you become well informed — knowledgeable about
current events, controversies and trends. The Web also helps you become
hip — to learn about what’s going on, “in those lively waters outside
the mainstream.” But the literary world is better at helping you become
cultivated, mastering significant things of lasting import. To learn
these sorts of things, you have to defer to greater minds than your own,
take time to immerse in a great writer’s world, to respect the
authority of the teacher.
David_Brooks  reading  books  Nicholas_Carr  arduous  hard_work  personal_libraries  humility  well_informed  respect  cultivated 
july 2010 by jerryking
Rara avis: A local Darwin collector in his natural habitat
November 21, 2009| globeandmail.com | by CRAIG OFFMAN. Profiles
Investment banker Garrett Herman, CEO of brokerage house, Loewen
Ondaatje McCutcheon, and a renown expert on, and collector of works by,
Charles Darwin. Mr. Herman said his own bibliophilia took hold after
his marriage dissolved in the early nineties. He compiled thousands of
rarities written by the great thinkers of the ages. "I used to collect a
lot of different books: Newton, Marx, Machiavelli, Pavlov, Freud. As
you collect, though, you learn." Following a pattern of buying books
that influenced other books, the number of tomes he owned grew
exponentially. He literally had a full house.
Charles_Darwin  collectors  personal_libraries  books  Niccolò_Machiavelli  brokerage_houses 
november 2009 by jerryking
C.E.O. Libraries Reveal Keys to Success
July 21, 2007 | New York Times | By HARRIET RUBIN. Serious
leaders who are serious readers build personal libraries dedicated to
how to think, not how to compete. If there is a C.E.O. canon, its rule
is this: “Don’t follow your mentors, follow your mentors’ mentors,”
suggests David Leach, chief executive of the American Medical
Association’s accreditation division. Forget finding the business
best-seller list in these libraries. “I try to vary my reading diet and
ensure that I read more fiction than nonfiction,” Mr. Moritz said. “I
rarely read business books..." Favourites: T. E. Lawrence’s ‘Seven
Pillars of Wisdom,’ Machiavelli’s “The Prince.”, Omar Khayyam’s
“Rubáiyát,”
book_reviews  CEOs  reading  books  collectors  fiction  critical_thinking  strategic_thinking  personal_libraries  poets  Michael_Moritz  Ogilvy_&_Mather  mentoring  Niccolò_Machiavelli 
november 2009 by jerryking

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