DC Library Association’s Fall Reception – 9/15

dcla reception

Please join your local ALA chapter at Smith Public Trust this coming Thursday, 9/15 for an evening soiree with your favorite librarians. This is my first event as DCLA’s Membership Director and I would be very happy to welcome you next week.

Bibliodiscotheque vol. 1


A few months ago, I stumbled across a Facebook event via my friend Elaine. “Wow, DC needs one of these,” I told Elaine, and hollered at DCLA. Bobbie Dee put out the call and got a kickass committee together to make it real. Our wonderful friend Diana offered to lend us her DJ equipment and … [Read more…]

3 art galleries


On this trip, I went to 3 art galleries: the Pitti Palace and the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and the Borghese Gallery in Rome. Of the 3, the Borghese was hands-down the most memorable experience. The collection was much smaller, and for some reason seemed to have more Carravaggio paintings, which I was all about (the … [Read more…]

Medici Archive Project

outside of building

We visited the Medici Archive Project in Florence. A few odd things stuck out about this: first, they made some comments about Netscape (I can’t possibly have heard correctly that some of their features only work with legacy browsers — someone please correct me), it’s funded by the Mellon Foundation (which reminded a few of … [Read more…]

Galileo and Pope Francis!

papal mass

Action-packed day today: the Visions of Italy crew rolled into the Uffizi Gallery at 8:30 to try to miss peak lines. Keegan and I decided to try to get into the library at the Galileo Museum (which is awesome, see previous post here). In a stroke of luck, we rode in the elevator with an … [Read more…]

Seven Church Walk

A 1599 map illustrating Rome's 7 Pilgrim Churches [source: Wikipedia]

As part of her Eat, Pray, Library project, our friend Heather suggested that we attempt to walk the “Seven Pilgrim Churches of Rome.” There is definitely some papal connection to the basilicas featured on this walk, as we saw Il Papa himself, not a week later, at St. John Lateran followed by a procession to … [Read more…]

Galileo Museum, Florence


Loved, loved, LOVED the Galileo Museum. Of the museums we went to, this was the only one with a lot of interpretative stuff the way we might see it in a US museum. The museum is split into different areas of scientific research promoted by the Medici, roughly chronologically, with commentary about how the Medici’s … [Read more…]

travels in Trastavere


Today I set out with my classmates Keegan and Valerie to the Trastavere market. There was a lot to see there! (post forthcoming on my new travel blog) On this trip, we’ve stopped at quite a few churches. I’m sure that a lot of the things we’ve seen look similar because we don’t have the … [Read more…]

Vatican Library tour

reading room

We had the great privilege of visiting the Vatican Library.  We weren’t allowed to take pictures, but here’s one of the reading room the New York Times dug up from the Vatican’s website:   I wasn’t really sure what to make of this library. I think this tweet pretty much says it all: #tbt to … [Read more…]