It may say ChristmaSLISt, but we mean it in the most state-funded, non-sectarian way. Technology belongs to all, and this post is about celebration, joy, fun and discovery for all.

There’s shopping to do. Amazon, Zazzle, and Cafe Press have Librarian gift sections that contain everything from a Lego librarian figure to old-school book plates. For handcrafted items, look to Etsy — library card catalog, written nerd and gifts for librarians.

Composition notebook iPad cover

rsz_screen_shot_2013-12-12_at_20137_pmBEST OF BOTH WORLDS: When our ancient art meets modern technology, it creates an identity crisis. The public wants librarians who are traditional, reliable, conservative …. but who also know how to build a website and help them with their e-readers. How to address the schism?  Embrace it, bridge it and proudly display our heritage … with an iPad or iPad mini cover that looks like a book. (Also a delightful gift idea.) Looks include old-school Composition books, aged leather-bound tomes, comics and classics. These can be found many places — Amazon, Zazzle, Apple Store and on.

rsz_wp_20131210_001-1TAKE A PAGE OUT OF HER BOOK: Mix seasonal crafting with librarianship and what do you get? Something charming made out of old books. This seasonal wreath was made from old book pages by USC SLIS alum Jennifer France, librarian of the Byrne-Diderot Library at the American College of the Building Arts in Charleston. If you notice it looks like it’s on a jail cell door, you are correct. The college is located in the Old City Jail, built 1890. See how to make your own from Robeson Design.

MORE HOLIDAY FUN: If you still need a little more Christmas, check out the following: Advent 2013: 25 Fantastic Free Christmas Apps.

O HOLY NIGHT: 45 years ago, on Christmas Eve 1968, there was something bright and shining in the sky. Men on earth looked up in wonder, knowing it heralded great things. The astronauts of Apollo 8 were orbiting the moon and earlier that day had seen, and captured on film, the first earth-rise seen from space.



Anders (one of the Apollo 8 astronauts) said that while the mission was about exploring the moon, “the astronauts ended up discovering Earth.” Indeed this . . . “one particular Apollo photograph transcends all others, an image so powerful and eloquent that even today it ranks as one of the most important photographs taken by anyone ever.”

Time video First Broadcast from the Moon places the mission into the context of the time.  1968 had been a terrible year in the United States: the Vietnam War, Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination, Robert F. Kennedy’s assassination, and the Chicago Democratic Convention. Then on Christmas Eve there was Apollo 8 orbiting the moon, and one of the most mind shifting photographs of all time — “Earth Rising.”  The photograph forever changed our perspective of our lives on earth, and it then went on to become the iconic image of the fledgling environmental movement.

rsz_1rsz_screen_shot_2013-12-12_at_11951_pmNASA APPS: Unsurprisingly (and yet kind of surprisingly) NASA has a lot of cool apps including Visualization Explorer. The free app puts detailed information about NASA’s space explorations right in your hands.

The above NASA break was brought to you by Davis College’s own Chris Billinsky who from 1972-1978 served as head of library services for The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, the lab that designed the on-board Apollo Navigation and Guidance System and the Apollo Guidance Computer.

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