Librarian Ruth Wallach discusses the history and architecture of Los Angeles' Miracle Mile district—the subject of Wallach's new book—in a new series of videos produced by the Miracle Mile Residential Association. The three-part series features Wallach, head of USC's Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library, in conversation with Greg Goldin, the noted architecture critic who recently co-curated Never Built: Los Angeles at the Architecture and Design Museum. Click through to watch the videos.
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USC librarian Shahla Bahavar was honored today with the Carnegie Corporation of New York/New York Times I Love My Librarian Award. Bahavar, a director within the USC Libraries' public services division and head of USC's Science & Engineering Library, was one of ten librarians to receive the national award this year—and the only honoree from California. Professor Najmedin Meshkati of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering nominated Bahavar for the award. Keep reading to learn more about the honor.
In a recent story for The Atlantic, Erika Hayasaki quotes Megan Rosenbloom of USC's Norris Medical Library about the "growing 'death movement.'" A librarian who manages the library's history of medicine and rare book collections, Rosenbloom is an organizer of Death Salon, a group of academics, artists, and death-industry professionals who explore themes of mortality and mourning in American culture. Rosenbloom also recently blogged about resuscitation for Lapham's Quarterly, and on October 17 she discussed related themes—and much more—with author Mary Roach as part of a USC Visions and Voices event.
A new book by the USC Libraries' Ruth Wallach explores the history and architectural legacy of L.A.'s Miracle Mile district. Published by History Press, Miracle Mile in Los Angeles: History and Architecture features images from the USC Libraries' Special Collections and includes a detailed, block-by-block walking tour of the Miracle Mile's most significant architecture. Keep reading to learn more about the book and Wallach's previous publishing credits.
In September 2011, the USC Libraries hosted To Stay or Not to Stay?, the fifth biennial conference of the International Feuchtwanger Society (IFS). The three-day gathering explored one of the key decisions faced by German-speaking exiles in Los Angeles: whether to remain in Southern California or return to Europe. Now, the proceedings have been published in book form. Edited by IFS president Ian Wallace, the book includes contributions by two USC librarians. Marje Schuetze-Coburn, senior associate dean of the USC Libraries and Feuchtwanger Librarian, wrote "Lion Feuchtwanger in Los Angeles," and Exile Studies Librarian Michaela Ullmann contributed "Literary Agent, Advisor, Entrepreneur: Felix Guggenheim’s Life and Business on Two Continents."
USC Libraries Vice Dean Martín Gómez was recently featured on Zócalo Public Square, an online forum that invites influential figures to provide their views on a broad range of ideas. With Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa leaving office this summer, the website asked Gómez and other contributors, "what would your ideal mayor say to Los Angeles?". In his response—written in the form of a public address—Gómez's hypothetical mayor announces that "we can turn Los Angeles into the model city for the next century."
In its April 1 issue, th USC Chronicle featured a USC Neighorhood Outreach-funded project founded by the USC Libraries' Zahid Rafique. As Andrew Good writes for the Chronicle, Rafique's troybots program teaches robotics to students at USC's neighoring elementary schools. Find the story on page 2 of the Chronicle, or read it online on the USC News website.
In an article in this week's USC Chronicle, Allison Engel profiles University Archivist Claude Zachary. “I enjoy doing the research and working with our patrons,” he tells her. “I get to learn new facts and new faces from USC’s rich history almost every day.” Find the story on page five of the April 1, 2013, issue, or read it online at the USC News website.
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has chosen the USC Libraries' Chimene Tucker and Melanee Vicedo as fellows in its 2013–2014 Leadership and Career Development Program. Keep reading to learn more about Tucker's and Vicedo's fellowship, which the USC Chornicle recently featured the news in its Family Matters section.
The From the Archives series on KCET's Artbound website continues with a look at more architectural drawings from the archival collections of USC's Helen Topping Architecture and Fine Arts Library. In her latest contribution, librarian Ruth Wallach places selected drawings on a continuum from initial sketches to finished pieces prepared for clients' eyes, analyzing what the drawings say about their creators' work, their clients' preferences, and the architectural style—California Modern—they depict. The series' first installment, which Wallach also wrote, highlighted drawings of ranch houses.