And here’s a little shout-out to the Margaret Herrick Library, the library for the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. You know, “the academy” everyone was thanking last night. At an ALA Conference a few years ago in Anaheim, I was lucky enough to attend a presentation, “From Here to Eternity: The Challenge of Managing Oscar’s Very Special Collections” by the librarian to the Oscars (squee!!!), Dr. Linda Mehr. Awesome in every respect. Check out an interview with Dr. Mehr here.
And who was Margaret Herrick? Let’s go straight to the library’s source:
Margaret Herrick was the Academy librarian from 1936 to 1943, and served as the Academy’s executive director from 1945 to 1971. It was Herrick who laid the foundation for what is now considered to be one of the world’s finest film-related libraries. And it was Herrick who expanded the Academy’s activities into several key non-Awards areas, negotiated the Academy’s first television broadcast and oversaw the transformation of the annual Oscar ceremony into a major televised event.
I like to visit a library everywhere we visit, and this is on my list of libraries to see. For me, the Margaret Herrick Library IS the destination. These are my people. Bless. ♥
- Oscars 2012: Academy Awards A to Z (leggotunglei808.wordpress.com)
- Acad is about so much more than awards (variety.com)