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Prairie Lights Books | Iowa City, IA (Bookstore)
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Had to get in @BennettBookworm #20kGiveaway to shout out not one, but two awesome bookstores in Iowa City! Top photo is Prairie Lights, which is my favorite indie bookstore. I also love their cafe with the big window that overlooks the street below. Bottom photo is of the Haunted Bookshop, which is my favorite used bookstore. So many interesting finds, many different nooks and crannies to explore, and at least one bookstore cat!

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“Dev tamps down all feelings associated with what happened in the bathroom until filming is over. Until the crew starts deconstructing the set. Until Dev can vanish to the hotel bar, order himself a whiskey neat, and forget about this entire night.”

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“‘Shit,‘ is all Dev says. Because it *is* a good idea. And because Dev is the one who‘s supposed to charm him.”

Reggie I like that Dev is always snacking. Lol 1d
shortsarahrose @Reggie I can definitely identify with the surviving on cookies and coffee that Dev does. I was the same when I used to work in politics (probably almost as stressful as reality tv! 😆). Really enjoying this so far! 1d
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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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The second book in this series is on @peanutnine #ALSpine list, and my cousin is obsessed with this series, so I‘ve been meaning to pick it up for a while. I instantly identified with Murderbot (just leave me be so I can consume my serials!), but had a bit of trouble getting into the story. I think some of that was the audio narration, though. Got more into it the second half. A soft pick, but will pick up the second book at some point.

Ruthiella I started this on audio but had to switch to print. The narrator was fine, but not the voice that I imagined. 2d
shortsarahrose @Ruthiella absolutely agree - definitely think I would‘ve enjoyed it more in print and plan on reading book two that way 2d
peanutnine I forgot that Artificial Condition was the second in this series. I was honestly underwhelmed with this first one as well. It was hard for me to get into. I think the series really picks up in book 2 2d
shortsarahrose @peanutnine that seems to be the case with a lot of series! 2d
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Thank you @peanutnine for putting this on your #ALSpine list! I may never have heard of it otherwise, but now I understand why anytime I post this book, someone says “I love this book!”

A gentle, sweet story about second chances and forgiveness with a delightful cast of characters- flawed humans, but all ultimately just trying to do their best. The magical realism never overpowers the story, but creates a unique sense of place. A joy to read.

shortsarahrose April being a sleepy cinnamon roll in the background #catsoflitsy 6d
Leftcoastzen 😻 6d
peanutnine Yay I'm so glad you enjoyed it! It's such a comfort read. Also April is adorable 😻 6d
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While it doesn‘t have magical pie that allows you to hear messages from dead loved ones as you dream, the Bluebird Cafe has the same sort of good home cooked food the Blackbird has in this book (though more Midwestern- this is Iowa!). A good stop for some eggs before going to my iron infusion (and both the stop for food and the infusion are good for me to have time to read my #ALSpine book!)

peanutnine Sounds like a great cosy cafe! 😊 1w
BookBosomed1 I really loved this book! 1w
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She and Her Cat: Stories | Makoto Shinkai, Naruki Nagakawa
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I finally got around to spending the gift card my mom gave me for Christmas 🎄 I think I have a nice variety to fit whatever mood should strike me 📚 #bookhaul

jlhammar Great mix! The Snow Child and Tell Me Everything are both excellent. 1w
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“It had been about me.”

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“But as I walked home in the bright sunshine and thick humidity, I noticed my steps were just a little bit lighter.”

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“I didn‘t want to think too hard about the answer to those questions. But my voice gave away my emotions, nearly breaking flat open as I said, ‘What is happiness, Mr. Pavegeau, really?‘”

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Universal Harvester | John Darnielle
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Thank you so much @CloakNQuill for my #CreepyChristmas goodies! It‘s the perfect mix of creepy and cozy for winter. The candle smells so good and I‘m looking forward to trying out the markers. I‘m looking forward to the tagged, which sounds creepy and weird and takes place in a small Iowa town only 1.5 hours from where I live. The Hacienda looks perfectly spooky and gothic. And always ❤️ chocolate 😋

Thanks @teebe for hosting this fun swap!

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About to open my #CreepyChristmas gifts from @CloakNQuill and I already feel so spoiled! Though I‘m going to dig into the truffles first - I need sustenance! 😆

April had to inspect everything before going back to her previous activity of getting high on catnip. #catsoflitsy

CloakNQuill Wish it was creepier but hope you enjoy! 1mo
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“‘Why don‘t you start at the beginning?‘” #FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Starting my first #AuldLangSpine book a couple days early while having tea and lunch before my haircut. I‘ve only read the first chapter, but I‘m already intrigued by the magic in the small town and the secrets of Anna Kate‘s past.
@peanutnine @monalyisha

JenReadsAlot Great book! 1mo
CoffeeNBooks I loved this book! 1mo
peanutnine Yay! This book sucked me in 1mo
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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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And, of course, I got books for gifts! 🎁 📚 #bookhaul

The set of Stephen King from my Mom, who has certainly read all of these at least once and is excited that I‘ve hit my King-reading phase. The tagged will probably be the first I read.

A chronic illness memoir from my sister. We both have Crohn‘s (I‘ve been diagnosed since 2013; she was just diagnosed this summer). The author also has Crohn‘s, so this is now on both our TBRs.

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My sister and mom are over for Christmas 🎄 I made us fried eggs and hash browns, plus we had some cinnamon bobka and wassail from Trader Joe‘s. We also watched some home movies 🎥

Ruthiella Sounds like a perfect day! 1mo
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The Reading List: A Novel | Sara Nisha Adams
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Starting a new book from my library pile 📚 while April snuggles on my lap. Happy #Jolabokaflod!

#catsoflitsy

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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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Thank you so much for the #jolabokaflodswap package, @NovelGirl82

I‘ve heard so many good things about this book! And I always love some dark chocolate 🍫

Thanks for organizing this fun swap @MaleficentBookDragon

NovelGirl82 You‘re so welcome!! I hope you enjoy it. Happy holidays! 1mo
BennettBookworm This is what I got, too! ☺️ 1mo
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Fault Lines | Emily Itami
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A relatively quiet book that still has an impact, protagonist Mizuki‘s unique perspective and aching desire for something more than the typical life of a Japanese housewife was enchanting and kept me cheering for her to find what she was looking for. The narration is introspective and descriptions of Japanese culture and the city of Tokyo fascinating.

And with this I hit my Goodreads goal for the year (35 - the most since starting work full time)

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Snuggled up with April and watching the cartoon How the Grinch Stole Christmas. The college I work at decided to close tomorrow because of the storm (it‘s definitely snowing!), so my winter break begins a day early! An extra day to sleep, snuggle, and read sounds like a good gift to me 💤 🐈‍⬛ 📚

#catsoflitsy

Texreader That sounds awesome. ❤️🐈‍⬛ 1mo
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Tuesday | David Wiesner
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Thanks for the tag @peanutnine #Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1. My sister is coming down from Wisconsin to visit

2. Yes ❄️ Snow expected Thursday and then it‘s going to be really cold (-1 on Friday 🥶 and 8 on Christmas)

peanutnine So chilly!! 🥶 1mo
shortsarahrose @peanutnine Luckily I‘m off work starting Friday until January 3rd (a perk of working for a college!), so I should be able to avoid going outside until it gets slightly warmer 1mo
TheSpineView That is cold! Thanks for playing! 1mo
JenReadsAlot I live in Wisconsin! 1mo
shortsarahrose @JenReadsAlot cool! I‘m originally from Wisconsin and my sister still lives in the Madison area, so I try to go up a few times a year at least. 1mo
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My #jolabokaflodswap package has arrived! No idea who sent it, but I see it came from Texas. Now I just have to wait to open it! 📖 🎁 🍫

shortsarahrose Also the #creepychristmas package I sent should have arrived by now. I don‘t remember if I marked it or not, but @Reggie if you got a mysterious box from Iowa, that‘s what it is 1mo
Reggie Awesome, thanks so much. I‘ll keep an eye out for it. 1mo
shortsarahrose Hey @Reggie - did you ever get the package? I just checked the tracking and it says it was delivered on the 19th. 1mo
Reggie Yes I‘m so sorry, I did get it. Thank you so much! 1mo
shortsarahrose @Reggie oh good! Just wanted to make sure. 1mo
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Fault Lines | Emily Itami
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“It isn‘t as if I spend my days itching to go strut my stuff, or would ever exchange the gazes of deep love I occasionally catch Ali giving me for the pawing attentions of someone I‘ve never met. But I think I assumed that one day I‘d get around to cultivating it again. One day I‘d remember to be both competent mother and radiant beauty. Tatsu would once again be prostrate at my feet and I‘d be full of the serenity of Venus.”

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Fault Lines | Emily Itami
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“The whole Kiyoshi situation started a long time before he was ever in the picture.”
#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

Entyvio infusion time - perfect for starting a new book

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An interesting read. Sometimes I devour books, but sometimes I read slowly and savor them. But I think it‘s worth remembering that it‘s ok if you don‘t read 100+ books in a year! Read what you want at the pace you want.

https://amp.theguardian.com/books/2022/dec/02/i-want-to-savour-every-word-the-jo...

Suet624 Definitely 2mo
LeslieO I‘m a slow reader and sometimes when it takes me too long it‘s too choppy. I think I would have liked the book better if I finished it faster. 2mo
shortsarahrose @LeslieO it really depends on the book in some cases, I think. Some books are better read fast and others slow. 2mo
LeslieO @shortsarahrose Absolutely 2mo
Wesleypaker Hello how are you doing today? 1mo
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“‘I‘d like to know by which old-time values Harlowe needs such a heap of deputies,‘ John said.
‘There you go, John,‘ Mim said. ‘Lookin‘ for worries again.‘
‘Not me,‘ John said. ‘We‘re quit of the auctions for our part. It‘s nothin‘ to me what they do in town.‘”

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I went a little wild with the library holds for #AuldLangSpine 😆 My mom (who works at the public library and often grabs my holds for me) says that this isn‘t that crazy - some people fill a full shelf!

Now I just have to restrain myself from reading them right away. Good thing I have plenty of other books!

April was attacking the bag my mom brought the books in, so her tail is making a cameo in this photo #catsoflitsy

monalyisha This is also how I library. 😅 I‘ll have to post my current stack of check-pits (totally unrelated to #AuldLangSpine) tomorrow. 2mo
shortsarahrose @monalyisha I currently have 24 books checked out (11 for #AuldLangSpine and 13 just because) from the public library and two from the academic library I work at. I have to account for mood reading! 😂 2mo
monalyisha EXACTLY. I work at a library in MA & visit my local RI libraries, too. You just gotta work it every way you know how, okay?! 😆 2mo
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Suet624 How long are you able to keep your books? 2mo
shortsarahrose @Suet624 - 3 weeks, but I can renew another two times (3 more weeks each time) unless someone else has put a hold on 2mo
Suet624 That's a nice long time. 2mo
peanutnine That's a gorgeous stack of books right there! 😍😍 I also love checking out a ton of books. I've got about ten checked out between my 2 local libraries at the moment, and that's not including digital loans through Libby 😅 2mo
shortsarahrose @peanutnine this is why I love Litsy - I feel so understood! 😆 2mo
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Look what came today! My #creepychristmas package from @CloakNQuill 🎄🔪

CloakNQuill Glad it made the journey safely! 2mo
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I still need to pick up some chocolate 🍫 but the #jolabokaflodswap and #creepychristmas books are otherwise ready to ship out! I should be about to send them out Saturday.

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Wolfsong | T. J. Klune
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Very excited about my #AuldLangSpine list from @peanutnine - I haven‘t read any of these! Some have definitely been on my radar (especially 6, 8, and 18), while there are some new titles, too. Love how much LGBTQIA+ rep there is! What I read first will likely depend on what I can get through my library. Thanks @monalyisha for running this awesome event!

peanutnine Yay! ☺️ 2mo
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Dealing with a bit of a Crohn‘s flare, so I stayed home for Thanksgiving. Still felt the need to cook, so made a rice pilaf to have along with the pumpkin pie my mom made and left for me earlier. A cup of ginger turmeric tea to round it off.

Otherwise just enjoying a laid back day of sleeping in, watching the dog show, listening to an audiobook, and snuggling with my cat.

Hope everyone who celebrates is having a Happy Thanksgiving!

Ruthiella Happy Thanksgiving to you! 🦃🙏 2mo
MittenGirlPeach Sounds like a perfect day! 🦃 2mo
RaeLovesToRead Hope you feel better soon 💕 2mo
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kspenmoll Hope your Crohns calms down- glad your are taking care of you today. 2mo
Texreader Sounds like your day was something like mine. I hope you are feeling better 2mo
Tamra That sounds & looks delicious - feel better soon! 2mo
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Together, Apart | Bill Konigsberg, Natasha Preston, Rachael Lippincott, Erin Hahn, Erin A. Craig, Brittney Morris, Sajni Patel, Auriane Desombre, Jennifer Yen
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A selection of cute, fluffy YA romance stories set during the first spring and summer of quarantine. Characters act responsibly (masking, social distancing). Romance is pretty PG-rated, so good if you like romance to be more cute than steamy. A good palette cleanser.

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Together, Apart | Bill Konigsberg, Natasha Preston, Rachael Lippincott, Erin Hahn, Erin A. Craig, Brittney Morris, Sajni Patel, Auriane Desombre, Jennifer Yen
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“I think I might have discovered another circle of Hell: Quarantining with your horrible, messy, way-too-loud, way-too-obnoxious roommate, who thinks the middle of the night is the perfect time to blast a Spotify playlist.”
- From the story “Stuck with Her” by Rachel Lippincott

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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Together, Apart | Bill Konigsberg, Natasha Preston, Rachael Lippincott, Erin Hahn, Erin A. Craig, Brittney Morris, Sajni Patel, Auriane Desombre, Jennifer Yen
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“‘Where‘s the beeswax?‘ I holler louder.
‘Top cabinet!‘
‘Thanks!‘
I‘ve got something wonderful to make.”

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One Vote, Two Votes, I Vote, You Vote | Bonnie Worth, Katherine Ross
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@monalyisha #auldlangspine #ALSpine

Did a mail-in absentee ballot this year instead of in person early voting, since I had just had surgery. Just as well because there were So Many judicial elections - definitely nice to be able to look things up online as I filled out my ballot!

Screenshot from the Iowa Secretary of State‘s track your ballot site, showing that the county auditor received my ballot on Halloween!

monalyisha Thanks for voting — & for posting! I‘ll respond to your email shortly. Hope your recovery is going well. 💓 3mo
shortsarahrose @monalyisha I finally have enough energy again to focus on reading (and not just TV and napping), so that‘s progress! 😆 Especially since I still have two more weeks of leave before going back to work. 3mo
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Together, Apart | Bill Konigsberg, Natasha Preston, Rachael Lippincott, Erin Hahn, Erin A. Craig, Brittney Morris, Sajni Patel, Auriane Desombre, Jennifer Yen
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“Flipping through the tattered pages, I saw dozens of underlined sentences and notes scribbled in the margins. It looked just like my favorite books. Well loved and thoroughly beat to hell.”
- From “Love, Delivered” by Erin A. Craig

Finally getting my reading mojo back after being in a slump (school, work, travel, chronic illness, surgery - it‘s been a busy few months! 😅)

LiteraryinLawrence Enjoy your return to reading! I hate the slumps but the books are always there waiting for when you‘re ready again. 💗 3mo
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A fascinating novella about the intense, often one-sided love between female friends, but also about the tragic constraints placed on women depending on their class and religion. I definitely identify with the intellectual and atheistic Sylvie, who deeply loves her friend Andrée. Volume also includes an excellent introduction by Margret Atwood.

My first from de Beauvoir and a good intro to her broader concerns before diving into her philosophy.

TheBookHippie We did this for #LMPBC we all loved it! 3mo
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“. . . Again, the objective is clarity in drafting, preserving for the institution it‘s prerogatives in administering its collections, while acceding as appropriate to the donors‘ and benefactors‘ wishes. This will aid in caressing - not biting - the hand that feeds.”

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“I repeat, avoiding a problem always costs less than remedying it. Avoiding the necessity for a replevin action takes conscious documentation and management of their holdings by archivists, collectors, and dealers . . . everyone should make that effort.”

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“Museums that purchase insurance spend a median of $12,000, 2.8 percent of their operating expenses, on insurance. Of the 470 respondents with parent organizations, 132 (28 percent) have some or all of their insurance costs covered by the parent organization. The median amount covered by the parent (when it covers any of the insurance costs) is 100 percent.”

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“. . .record surveys are an important, though often underappreciated, part of the archival enterprise. I have reflected on this a great deal over the years. Why don‘t more archivists recognize that a well-designed records survey is worth the time it takes? Perhaps we archivists take accurate information for granted? Or perhaps we know that a great deal of work remains to be done . . .”

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House of Hunger | Alexis Henderson
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I‘m having intestinal resection surgery in a week and a half and wanted to purchase an abdominal binder for recovery. Well, purchasing one thing off Amazon definitely meant I also needed to get some books . . . I mean, I‘m going to be off work for about a month recovering. I need something to do (and clearly don‘t have enough books already 🤥)

Leftcoastzen Hope you have a speedy recovery, sometimes I think they should call Amazon “Add a Book” 4mo
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“Technological advances have not only complicated fair use analysis but also have threatened to erode fair use in another manner. The ability to track licensing transactions is becoming easier, and as a result, more copyright clearance organizations are being formed to track and collect royalties on behalf of copyright holders. This affords rights holders the ability to demonstrate more effectively their economic loss when fair use is used . . .”

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“It is important that cultural institutions respect the rights of copyright owners. We should never forget, however, that first, copyright exists to benefit the public good, and second, cultural institutions have long occupied a special place in copyright law, due to their missions of preserving and facilitating access to intellectual and creative works.”

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A Dog's Purpose | W. Bruce Cameron
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When you work at a library, sometimes you get to take some discarded books home #bookhaul

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“As competition for public funding becomes greater, libraries, museums and archives are forced increasingly to adopt market-oriented strategies both in the design of their promotional activities and in conjunction with the creation of collections and exhibits. As a result, there is an increased potential for institutions to run afoul of the commercial interests of others when a person‘s image, likeness or persona is used . . .”

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“. . . This does not always occur. Yet in the interim, the depositor gets free storage, often in an archival environment, which is more secure from theft, fire or other damage than is the donor‘s home or office. Once out of sight, the materials remain out of mind while the institution is dedicating valuable space and resources to someone else‘s materials. . .”

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“Frequently, a museum‘s insurance company may have fire and safety consultants who can offer advice, and the local fire department or regulatory agency may provide similar assistance. In addition, professional fire and safety consultants can be retained to evaluate existing or proposed conditions.”

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“. . . With the passage of the Tax Reform Act of 1984, the Internal Revenue Code now requires, in some situations, that a museum notify the donor and the Internal Revenue Service if certain donated property is sold, exchanged, or otherwise transferred within three years of the date of the gift. . .”

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The Ethical Archivist | Elena S. Danielson
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“1. What process is used to identify materials for disposal and deaccessioning, and is it done in an objective and careful manner?
2. Is a clear distinction made between accessioned and nonaccessioned materials?
3. Is a clear distinction made between procedures to screen extraneous inappropriate materials from a collection that is a ‘keeper,‘ and to dispose of a collection in its entirety, the latter being far more serious?”

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Perish: A Novel | LaToya Watkins
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Did a little cleaning up and made some shelf room. We‘ll ignore the fact that there are still piles of books in other rooms 😆📚 #shelfie