Jessie Contour

A Snapshot of Snell's 20th Anniversary

After all the hard work and planning that our library staff put into the 20th Anniversary Celebration, it is good to reflect on such a successful event. Here are some photo memories for your viewing pleasure: [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="A large crowd showed up for Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero's talk in Snell's lobby."][/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="The audience was able to ask questions."][/caption]
[caption id="" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="As our featured speaker of the afternoon, David Ferriero was presented with a gift by Dean of Libraries Will Wakeling."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3551" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="After the talk, there was delicious cake available for students who needed a break from studying for their finals."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3552" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="The VIP guests at the event were invited upstairs to a reception."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3553" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="President Aoun led everyone in a toast..."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3554" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="...and also cut the celebratory cake with Nancy Caruso (David Ferriero's co-op advisor), Provost Stephen Director, David Ferriero, and Dean Will Wakeling."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3563" align="alignleft" width="400" caption="A group of Snell Library's major donors in attendance at the event."][/caption] [caption id="attachment_3555" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Past co-op students Jordan Hellman and Steven Olimpio gave speeches on their experiences working at Snell."][/caption] For more information on Snell Library's 20th Anniversary visit www.lib.neu.edu/20th Photos taken by Mary Knox Merrill

Librarians: Masters of the Info Universe

In honor of National Library Week we'd like to share some fun facts Famous Librarians J. Edgar Hoover, Casanova, Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meir, former first lady Laura Bush, and Mao Zedong have all at one point worked as a librarian or in a library. Librarians influence our culture and society While clearing out old archives at the Palmer Theological Seminary in 2005, librarian Heather Carbo found a working manuscript of one of Beethoven's final compositions Librarians are heroic Alia Muhammad Baker, the chief librarian of Basra, Iraq, removed 30,000 books from the city's main library before it was destroyed during the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Their numbers are many In 2009, there were 206,000 librarians, 50,000 library technicians and 96,000 other education, training and library workers Warning to readers about librarians A character in "The Callahan Touch", one of science fiction writer Spider Robinson's books, said, "Librarians are the secret masters of the universe. They control information. Never piss one off." Happy National Library Week! (information for this blogpost was referenced from cnn.com)

This Day in History: Disney and Miramax Split

On March 29, 2005, after  a yearlong negotiation, the Walt Disney Company ended its relationship with Harvey and Bob Weinstein of Miramax Films. Miramax was founded by the Weinstein brothers in 1979, and was soon established as an up and coming distributor and producer through movies such as Pelle the Conqueror (1989), sex, lies and videotape (1989), and The Crying Game (1992). In 1993, the Weinsteins sold Miramax to Disney for $80 million in order to gain greater financial stability. It seemed to be an odd pairing due to Miramax's history with edgy, adult-oriented content and Disney's family-friendly reputation. However, it began well with the $108 million grossing Quentin Tarantino's Pulp Fiction (1994). Movies like Good Will Hunting and Shakespeare in Love followed as Disney and Miramax continued to work together. However, discord began to brew after a few unsuccessful films and when the Talk magazine project tanked the New York Times published an article announcing the split between the two companies. According to the NYT article, the split was decided when Disney refused to distribute Michael Moore's politically charged Fahrenheit 9/11, financed by Miramax. The controversy developed in the middle of contract negotiations, which ended with Disney as the retainer of the Miramax name and the Weinstein's with Dimension Films, which produced hits such as Scream and Scary Movie as well as $130 million to start a new film production company. Interested in further research on Disney, Miramax, or animation in general? Check out some of Snell's resources on the subjects: Walt Disney: Conversations edited by Kathy Merlock Jackson Dimension Films and the Exploitation Tradition in Contemporary Hollywood by Bradley Schauer (information for this blogpost was referenced from history.com)