One of the more interesting programs at ALA this year was given by Linda Harris Mehr, librarian of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (we weren’t that far from Tinseltown after all). Ms. Mehr’s program was entitled: “From Here to Eternity: the challenges of managing Oscar’s very special collections.” As director of the Margaret Herrick Library, she and her staff have the mammoth job of organizing, preserving, and making accessible hundreds of thousands of movie-related items including scripts, posters, photos, PR material, journals, books, etc. She showed many interesting slides of the library’s rare items as well as famous films, actors, directors, and more. It was a nice break from the usual library topics and made for a very enjoyable program.
If you are a movie fan as I am, you will enjoy checking out the Academy’s web site: www.oscars.org. The Margaret Herrick Library link is at the bottom of the page.