Sunday, May 24, 2015

Now when I was a little chap I had a passion for maps. I would look for hours at South America, or Africa, or Australia, and lose myself in all the glories of exploration. - Conrad #QotD

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Now when I was a little chap I had a passion for maps. I would look for hours at South America, or Africa, or Australia, and lose myself in all the glories of exploration. At that time there were many blank spaces on the earth, and when I saw one that looked particularly inviting on a map (but they all look that) I would put my finger on it and say, 'When I grow up I will go there.' The North Pole was one of these places, I remember. Well, I haven't been there yet, and shall not try now. The glamour's off. Other places were scattered about the hemispheres. I have been in some of them, and . . . well, we won't talk about that. But there was one yet--the biggest, the most blank, so to speak--that I had a hankering after.
- Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1899, 1902)
Conrad has always been one of my touchstone authors and Heart of Darkness and important and key work for me. And so, off to fill in some blank spaces on my personal globe.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Some photos from the @us_imls #NationalMedal awards ceremony at the White House earlier today with @FLOTUS and @IMLSDirector

IMG_20150518_113128350I had the honor of being invited to the IMLS National Medal awards earlier today. It was a very well done event with Acting IMLS Director Maura Marx and First Lady Michelle Obama.

We had the opportunity to visit the Vermeil Room, the Library, the China Room as well as the Red, Green, and Blue rooms as well as being treated to music from a Marine Band. The medal ceremony was in the East Room and we had a nice reception in the State Dining Room. (more photos here).

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Heading to the reception, the First Lady said that "we were free to take the napkins, but please leave the forks."

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More info from the official press release.

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Washington, DC – This morning, First Lady Michelle Obama joined the Institute of Museum and Library Services Acting Director Maura Marx to present the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Ten institutions from across the country attended the White House Ceremony to be recognized for outstanding service to their communities.
The 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service recipients are:

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