The Smithsonian Libraries hark back to the ideas of Mr. James Smithson, the benefactor after
whom the Smithsonian is named. Mr. Smithson, an English scientist, never set foot in this
country, but was enamored of our nation’s independence and the way science and discovery
were becoming part of our national ethic, particularly through the work of Thomas Jefferson and
Benjamin Franklin. During his lifetime, Mr. Smithson built up a large collection of books and
documents and obviously appreciated the value of libraries. He left his fortune and his book and
document collection to our nation to create an institution for the “diffusion and increase of
learning” in Washington, D.C. The Smithsonian was authorized by Congress in 1846 and from
its outset it made provisions for a library to hold its growing collection of documents and books.
- From the Keynote Remarks: An Age of Discovery: Distinctive Collections in the Digital Age G. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution
recently the ARL (Association of Research Libraries) and the CNI (Coalition for Networked Information) had their fall forum.[more inside] posted by infinite intimation at 9:32 PM PST - 6 comments
Digitalfilms, a blog by video/film editor Oliver Peters, serves primarily as a repository for his product reviews pertaining to nonlinear editing systems - including, but not limited to, Avid Media Composer and Apple Final Cut Pro... [more inside] posted by Neilopolis at 1:46 PM PST - 27 comments
HM was the subject of many landmark studies in neuroscience. After his hippocampus was removed to control epileptic seizures, he was unable to form long-term memories.
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