January 30, 2014
My seventeen-year anniversary working as the director of the various libraries and archives at the Center for Inquiry (CFI) is fast approaching. When I started here on February 2, 1997, we had around twelve thousand books between the various collections. Currently, we have about seventy thousand books, about 40 percent of which is not yet cataloged; plus, we have acquired numerous collections of mixed materials and periodicals from a variety of sources. One of the most interesting collections we ever acquired is the Gordon Stein Collection.
January 07, 2014
While going through some of our audio/visual holdings, I discovered this piece of history that is held in only a few places: a vinyl LP titled Corliss Lamont Sings for His Family and Friends.
December 31, 2013
Here at the Center for Inquiry Libraries, we are lucky enough to own some very interesting materials from famous skeptics, scientists, and scholars. One of the most important collections relating to both skepticism and the history of the skeptical movement are the papers of Martin Gardner.
December 24, 2013
Isaac Newton, probably the most influential of all scientists, inventor (with Leibnitz) of calculus, was born on December 25, 1642. What better way to top off the holiday season than with a tribute to the genius that is Newton?
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December 20, 2013
Steve Allen, creator and first host of The Tonight Show and known as a “Renaissance man” because of his innovative work in music, comedy, and television, had many ties to the Center for Inquiry. One of his more interesting donations is his script from the pilot of the television series Meeting of Minds.
December 13, 2013
I was recently asked why I named this blog Access Points. This has to do with my background as a librarian and IT Manager here at the Center for Inquiry (CFI).
December 04, 2013
The Center for Inquiry Libraries has many interesting and unusual items in our collections. This particular item is part of the Renner Collection, which features materials on quacks and quackery, food faddisms, and other health related items.
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November 26, 2013
You may have seen works in the Little Blue Book series around in bookstores and at garage sales, flea markets, and the like. These small booklets were the result of one man’s desire to turn everyone into a socialist.
November 22, 2013
Today is the anniversary of one of the more tragic and still controversial events in American history: the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Skeptics are still waging a war on those who believe an organized conspiracy took place to kill our nation’s 35th president. There are many, many books on the subject, but the one I was reading recently appears to be one of the most-thorough examinations of the assassination.
November 19, 2013
What would have been Elizabeth Cady Stanton’s 198th birthday occurred back on November 12, 2013. When I was reminded of the date, I posted a picture on Facebook of an artifact we have here at the Center for Inquiry Libraries.