Flashback Friday: Cynthia Amrine’s Library Posters

ImageImage   You may not know her name, but you've definitely have seen her work. Cynthia Amrine, an illustrator for children's books and school art, worked throughout the 50's and 60's creating deceptively simple illustrations for children. Her work is not overly stylized, it's clarity of purpose reflects its audience. And yet, Amrine's illustrations have taken on a lasting quality, not just because of her distinct style, but because her work was colorful, tactile, and absolutely iconic. (more…)

Flashback Friday: Vintage Library Posters from the Work Projects Administration

[caption id="attachment_480" align="alignleft" width="202"]For greater knowledge on more subjects use your library often! Chicago, circa 1940[/caption] While library services have been changed with technology through the years, our mission remains the same, to provide communities with a space to convene, discuss, educate, challenge, and enlighten. Don't believe us? In today's Flashback Friday, one of a three part series, we explore government funded artwork for libraries across the United States. [caption id="attachment_484" align="alignright" width="213"]Young and old visit the library on the parkway Pennsylvania, circa 1936-1937[/caption] We start with these charming and eccentric Great Depression era silkscreen posters. Created by artists working in the Work Projects Administration between 1936 and 1943, most of these posters wouldn't feel out of place in a library today. [caption id="attachment_483" align="alignleft" width="192"]The vacation reading club - join now at your public library  Iowa, circa 1936-1939[/caption] The Work Projects Administration (WPA), one of Franklin D. Roosevelt's pioneering and controversial New Deal programs, employed thousands of artists from to create art which promoted community services. Over 900 of these iconic posters created by the WPA have been digitized into an easy to search digital collection by the Library of Congress (via Fox at dh support). Whether you are an art aficionado, a lover of 20th century American history, or just interested in great design, this collection of high-contrast, vibrantly colored posters are a great contrast to the typical images we associate with The Great Depression. [caption id="attachment_478" align="alignright" width="192"]Books are weapons Read about... "The negro in national defense," "Africa and the war," [and] "Negro history and culture" at the Schomburg Collection of the New York Public Library New York, circa 1941-1943[/caption] [caption id="attachment_482" align="alignleft" width="202"]Public library week--November 12 - 18 Your public library invites you to make its acquaintance : Open house all week : Always at your service. Chicago, circa 1936-1940[/caption]

Take a look at some more of our favorites, or find your own at WPA Posters Digital Collection at the Library of Congress.

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Mobile Apps for Study and Research Part 3

In the previous two posts we have explored mobile apps of use to John Tyler students as well as apps for researchers and other students. In this third and last post we look at some great apps for book lovers, history buffs and others.     Recommended Mobile Apps for eBooks and Audiobooks  Google Play Books:  Google Play Books makes it easy to search and browse for thousands of classic, out-of-copyright titles that can be downloaded for free and read on your mobile device. iBooks:  iBooks is Apple's version of a mobile eBook…continue reading →

Mobile Apps for Study and Research Part 2

Yesterday we explored mobile apps recommended for John Tyler Students. Today's post includes apps of interest to all students and researchers. Recommended Mobile Apps for Research in Periodicals and Scholarly Journals         EBSCOHOST: EBSCOHOST's mobile app gives you a clean interface for browsing, reading, saving and sending articles from all of EBSCOHOST's databases. You will need to log-in using your MyTyler username and password. Mendeley: Mendeley is a free app for managing and sharing academic research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. IOPScience Express: IOPScience Express allows users to…continue reading →

Mobile Apps for Study and Research Part 1

Today we begin a three-part post on mobile apps of interest to the John Tyler community. When using your smartphone or tablet, mobile apps can be an advantage for studying and researching when you aren't near a computer.  Mobile apps are specifically designed to view on a smartphone or tablet; they usually have a clean design and larger text, making the site easier to operate on a small screen. All of these apps are free to download.  Some may require registration. Recommended Mobile Apps for John Tyler Students Blackboard Mobile Learn: This app…continue reading →