Welcome to the Official Blog of the James Ford Bell Library

Whenever anyone discovers what I do for a living--curator of the James Ford Bell Library at the University of Minnesota--they tell me what an exciting and amazing job I have. And they're right! So, I started this blog to share some of the excitement of special collections and rare books--and my love of books and maps, generally.

Life in the library is not as quiet as one might think....


Recent Entries

Talk Like a Pirate!
Today is International Talk Like a Pirate Day -- arrrr! Learn more You can read about real pirates at the…
Singing in the Rain
New technologies have enabled the preservation of hundreds of films otherwise in danger of fading and disintegration (Learn more). The…
Celebrating Venice!
From lectures to workshops, to concerts and more, we're Celebrating Venice! at the Bell Library, at the U of M,…