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Meet the NBLA archivists and librarians!
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Welcome to a new year of Ex Libris Universum! We’re starting 2020 with a staff Q&A where we answer the questions we know you’ve been anxiously awaiting the answers to. Find out more about each of us in our staff bios!

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Why did you become an information professional?

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December Photos of the Month

Hello, everyone, and happy December!

American comedian George Burns once said, “happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.” Throughout my childhood and adult life, this time of year has always been about spending time with and thinking of my relatives and loved ones, near and far. So, for our December Photos of the Month, I’ve chosen to explore some images of physicists who saw science as a family affair.

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The José Fernández Partagás Papers

In August, I began working on our annual archival survey with the other archivists on staff.

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Introducing Dr. David Kagan

David T. Kagan, Ph.D., Professor of Physics, Emeritus at California State University, Chico generously donated titles to our library such as: Understanding Physics (1966) by Isaac Asimov, Forces and Fields (1965) by M.

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November Photos of the Month

Hello dear friends,

November is one of my very favorite months for many reasons. I love the crisp fall weather, the colorful leaves outside that crunch under my feet, the chance to begin reflecting on how far this year has brought me, and the promise of upcoming festivities as the holiday season draws near. No matter where you live and what you celebrate, I hope this November you are feeling the excitement, too.

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A Librarian's Investigation

One afternoon we were showing off some of our rare books to visitors, as we are wont to do, when one of them asked if we had Thomas Young’s 1807 A Course of Lectures on Natural Philosophy and the Mechanical Arts. She was a big fan of Thomas Young and wanted to see one of the famous colored prints in person.

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Photos of the Month Meets Ex Libris

Greetings Ex Libris blog readers and Photos of the Month subscribers! Welcome to the first-ever Photos of the Month post to live here on the Ex Libris Universum blog. I encourage PotM subscribers who are new to the blog to look around; my colleagues have written some incredible posts here which I think you’ll like! And blog subscribers: if you are interested in learning more about PotM and what it was before this post, you can explore here.

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For my dad, who built his career at Three Mile Island, and whose own reliable, continuous energy powered our family.

When most people hear “Three Mile Island,” I would guess that several thoughts come to mind: nuclear disaster, fear, meltdown, crisis, evacuation, antinuclear protests, just to name a few.

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I propose that science be taught at whatever level, from the lowest to the highest, in the humanistic way. It should be taught with a certain historical understanding, with a certain philosophical understanding, with a social understanding and a human understanding in the sense of the biography, the nature of the people who made this construction, the triumphs, the trials, the tribulations. - I.I. Rabi