Episode 57: Library & Information Services

Spine of Cours de Chymie in the Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library in CHF’s Othmer Library.

All photos taken from books in the Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library in CHF’s Othmer Library. Photographer: Douglas A. Lockard.

Does the recession have you looking for free entertainment? Let’s go to the library! This week we take a field trip to that venerable institution where great reading abounds and shushing up is de rigueur. We’ll thumb our way through the Chemical Abstracts, a must-use information management system that has been registering chemical research and nomenclature for over a century. We’ll browse in CHF’s rare book reading room, where Rare Books Curator James Voelkel teaches us about the ancient art and science of book binding. And we get some tips on damage control in this week’s Chemical Agent: Water.

Show Clock

00:00 Opening Credits
00:31 Introduction
01:04 Chemical Agent: Water
03:43 Tools of the Trade: The Chemical Abstract Service
06:44 Feature: Book Printing and Binding
11:18 Closing Credits

Resources and References

Visit CHF’s online card catalog to view images from the Roy G. Neville Historical Chemical Library
is a blog and resource clearing house for information on the Florence flood of 1966.
Watch a video of the book restoration process.
Visit the National Archives and Library of Congress websites for information on saving old booksdrying procedures, and a preservation FAQ.


Audra J. Wolfe wrote and researched this episode.

Our theme music is composed by Dave Kaufman. Additional music from the PodSafe Music Network. Additional music is: ”Flood Water Bridge,” by Desert Waltz; “Salsa di Soy,” by Boom Boom Beckett; and “Overture, Suite from Les Fetes by Rameau,” by Magnatune.

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