Monthly Archives: June 2011

Culture and Values

Having grown up on the public service side of libraries, I am always on the lookout for examples of organizations and companies who can articulate a service culture.  My latest discovery is, founded in 1999 “…with the goal of … Continue reading

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Guastavino Vaulting

I have been fortunate to work in four institutions where the Guastavino family played a role in the construction of my buildings—first at MIT, then my library at Duke, one of my branches of the New York Public Library, and … Continue reading

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How Our Students Are Doing

The Nation’s Report Card, recently released by the Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics, doesn’t have good news about our student’s academic achievement in American history.  Just 13% of high school seniors, 18% of eighth-graders, and 22% of … Continue reading

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What’s Cooking?

As someone who likes to cook and collects cookbooks for inspiration, I am high on the latest exhibit to open here at the National Archives. AOTUS welcomes the press at the “What’s Cooking, Uncle Sam?” exhibit preview at the National … Continue reading

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Thoughts on Leadership

Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates delivered this year’s Commencement Address at the U.S. Naval Academy.  In it he reflected on his 46 years of public service—Air Force, CIA, White House, and Pentagon, serving under eight presidents.  He states, “From … Continue reading

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A Signature History

The Federal Register, often called the Government’s daily newspaper, is published by the National Archives and contains rules, proposed rules, and notices of Federal agencies and organizations, as well as Executive Orders and other Presidential documents.  That includes signed legislation.  … Continue reading

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Work Culture

I grew up in the Libraries at MIT, an institution founded on the principles of practical education.  The motto of MIT, Mens et Manus, captures the spirit of that philosophy–mind and hand.  For a young librarian it was a great … Continue reading

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