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May 2008

Talks and treats for National Library Week

It’s never easy to eat your words—unless they literally taste good. The NCAR Library celebrated National Library Week in mid-April with book presentations, readings, and an edible book festival.

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An edible literary creation by Leslie Forehand (Library) nourishes the mind and stomach.

Sponsored by the American Library Association, National Library Week began in 1958 as a way to celebrate libraries and promote their use and support. All types of libraries—academic, public, private—can participate.

“I think that everyone who attended was reminded, in very personal ways, of the roles that libraries have played in their lives,” says Mary Marlino, NCAR Library director. “We also saw this occasion as a nice opportunity to talk about some of the exciting initiatives that the Library will be promoting over the next year, such as a focus on digital collections and stewardship of the organization’s intellectual assets.”

On April 15, Warren Washington discussed his recent book, Odyssey in Climate Modeling, Global Warming, and Advising Five Presidents, at Foothills Lab, followed by cake and champagne. A “Citation Station” was on hand for attendees to calculate their h-indexes and total citations. (The h-index, which is based on a scientist’s most-cited papers and the number of citations that he or she has received in other scientists’ publications, quantifies actual scientific productivity and apparent scientific impact.)

Bob Henson (Communications) spoke at the Mesa Lab library on April 17 about his experiences writing The Rough Guide to Climate Change, published in 2006.

And on April 16, an edible book festival took place at Center Green, ­giving staff a chance to combine culinary skill and literary knowledge. Creations included a pizza version of Under the Tuscan Sun, a plate of crumbs illustrating Gone With the Wind, a lettuce-based vegetable depiction of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, and more.

In this issue...

A close look at one geoengineering scheme

Talks and treats for National Library Week

People, planet, and productivity: Sustainable UCAR

Multimedia Services helps staff collaborate across time and space

“The Stories Clouds Tell” gets a facelift

Delphi questions

Warren M. Washington Digital Collection

Just One Look

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