Libraries and Veterans

The Libraries and Veterans National Forum was born out of efforts from librarians at the Texas A&M University Libraries and their desire to better learn from others libraries’ efforts to support the veteran and military communities. Collaborating with librarians from academic, public, school, state, and VA libraries, the Libraries and Veterans National Forum project team gathered 250 librarians engaging in this work to share their success stories, brainstorm solutions to their challenges, and gain new ideas to bring back to their libraries.  The online Forum took place during the Fall of 2021, and recordings of the Forum sessions will be made available on this site Librarians across the U.S. also had the opportunity to apply for microgrants that could seed veterans’ programming at their local libraries. In an effort to help librarians just getting started working with veterans, as well as those looking for new ideas to bring to their libraries, an online toolkit was created to collect the shared knowledge of librarians working with the veteran community. It contains lesson plans, program outlines, collection development policies, best practice documents, and more to help ease the way for those just getting started in this work – and to make it easier for those already engaged to find new ideas and new strategies to increase the success of their programs.

To check out these resources click here.

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Smithsonian to Offer a “Nature of the Book” Zoom Tour

From the webpage

Nature of the Book will open November 10 in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, DC. To celebrate, we’re taking you on a virtual tour!

Featuring an array of books from our Special Collections, paired with specimens ranging from ochre, azurite, and cotton bolls to silkworm cocoons and wasp nests, Nature of the Book tells a story of both local resources and resourcefulness, and global influence. You’re invited to learn more directly from the book conservators who curated the exhibition during our next online presentation.


• Vanessa Smith, Supervisory Conservator
• Katie Wagner, Senior Book Conservator Time

Nov 15, 2022 06:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Web page registration:

National Archives Next Generation Search

Introducing the Next Generation National Archives Catalog
The National Archives Catalog is getting an upgrade! We are excited to announce a sneak preview of our fully redesigned and modernized online public access Catalog. This new and improved Catalog maximizes our ability to make the records of the National Archives even more accessible. 

I have been searching for USS Midway (CV-41) deck logs for the past five years. When I can go to Archives II in College Park, I can usually get physical copies of specific deck logs if the Archives has them. (All deck logs are supposed to be turned over to the Archives after 30 years. The Midway was decommissioned in 1992, so all of them should be available, but the Navy has still retained the last several years of the Midway’s deck logs.) However sometime in 2000:

U.S. Navy deck logs related to the Vietnam Era will be closed for research due to a digitization agreement with the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The following records at A2 will close on December 20th:

RG 24, Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1976-78

RG 24, Logbooks of U.S. Navy Ships and Stations, 1956-75 remain closed as of the date of the issuance of this notice.” From the homepage of the”

From Archives II webpage.

Before COVID, these deck logs were supposed to have been digitized by 2021. Now, no date appears on the text I just copied and pasted from the webpage.

Troy Prince,, researcher extraordinaire, has found some deck logs that most of us can never quite locate. I do not pretend to be in Troy’s level of being able to search the Archives catalog.

When the Archives sent out an announcement about the new improved catalog, I tried USS Midway (CV-41) Deck Logs. This is what I retrieved.

You can see my search terms and you can see that the single search result did not have anything to do with the Midway.

Other searches reveal some Midway deck logs as well as deck logs for other carriers, things on the Battle of Midway, and USS Midway related documents that are not deck logs. If there is an improvement, it is too subtle for me to see.

Banned Books–Not at the Brooklyn Public Library!

There is a public library that has developed a work around for people that ban books that teenagers want to read. It is free and the materials are virtual. The Brooklyn Public Library has received a grant that allows teenagers to get a free e-library card, whether they live in New York or not.

To access these things, go to the URL

Services include:

  • Online support group
  • List where teenagers recommend books for other teens (BookMatch Teen)
  • Place to ID books being banned at any public library
  • Brooklyn Public Library e-card
  • List of ebooks and audio books that are always available.

Library Produced Resources for Veterans

Did You Know? 

That the  Libraries and Veterans National Online Forum was held in September 2021.

It was promoted by the librarians at Texas A&M University Libraries, with support from a grant from the Institute of Museum and  Library Services.  The forum had keynote speakers, presentations, lightning talks, affinity groups, and a microgrant invitation.  

Out of this forum came  committees that worked on toolkits that can be used by other libraries to bring services to our veterans.  Each toolkit has a description, development outline, partners and stakeholders, recommended resources, and various assessment tools.   

The toolkits are freely available at:  And you are invited to submit one of your own. 

If you are  interested, the Veterans Committee developed the following toolkits:

A Warrior Coping with PTSD:

An Apple a Day Keeps the Doctor Away:

Benefits for Veterans, Dependents, and Survivors:

Community Free Library:

Free Government Publications:

Greenlight a Veteran:

Homeless and Veterans Stand Down:

Preventing Veteran Suicide:

Service Animals – Veterans Administration Information & NEADS Dogs Program:

Veterans and Jobs Assistance:

Veterans Awareness Book Club:

Veterans Creative Arts Therapy: Exhibit of Paintings and Sculptures Collection:

Veterans Health Literacy Display and/or Space:

Veterans Physical Fitness Challenge:

Women Veterans Throughout History:

First Search Engine

If you remember these, you are probably old.
  • You could search by subject, author, and heading (normally Sears or Library of Congress)
  • Cards were purchased from the Library of Congress, or your typed your own on a typewriter
  • You filed your cards above the rod so somebody else could check your filing.
  • Kids loved to pull the cards above the rod out of the drawer and throw them on the floor
  • When you hired a new library technician, you often used some of these cards (not in the card catalog) as a test to see whether or not the person knew how to sort and shelve books according to whatever classification system your library used (normally Dewey or Library of Congress)
  • Some libraries even had a separate catalog to maintain a shelf list of books on the shelf
  • At least one adult was oblivious enough to ask why the book itself was not in the card catalog…. (It was a mother and yes she had children–shudder.)
  • Once the catalog cards were pulled from the drawers, they had myriad other uses from book markers to note cards.

10 Ways to Re-use a Card Catalog (Some are hypothetical.)

  • Repurpose it into a mini bar.
  • Transform it into a coffee table.
  • Use it as a book and display shelf.
  • Make it into a closet organizer.
  • Organize art or craft supplies.
  • Use one to store Legos or other small kids’ toys.
  • Use one with deep drawers to store DVDs or CDs. (I never found such a catalog since the drawers were always standard sized.)
  • Organize your shoe collection. (Many shoes will not fit.)
  • Organize your office supplies.
  • Use it as your front desk in a hotel

British Illustrated Periodicals Coming Soon–Reblog

British Online Archives (BOA) are delighted to announce the forthcoming publication of an exciting series of primary source collections: British Illustrated Periodicals, 1869-1970.

Founded in 1842, The Illustrated London News (ILN) became a pioneer in global print media, constituting the first illustrated magazine in the word. With time, ILN acquired and launched several other publications, which produced some of the most remarkable media content of the 19th and 20th centuries, and documented key events and developments in both British and global history. Arranged into carefully curated collections, and incorporating more than a million images, British Illustrated Periodicals, 1869-1970 will include material from nine of these ‘sister’ titles: The Graphic (1869-1932); Sporting and Dramatic News (1874-1970); The Sketch (1893-1959); The Sphere (1900-1964); The Tatler (1901-1965); The Bystander (1903-1940); Illustrated War News (1914-1918, and 1939); Britannia and Eve (1929-1957); and London Life (1965-1966).  

Spanning over a hundred years of ILN’s history, these titles cover a wide variety of topics, from High Society in the late Victorian era to the cultural milieu of Britain’s ‘Swinging Sixties’. Prominent contributors to these publications include celebrated illustrator Louis Wain, crime novelist Agatha Christie, and gothic writer Bram Stoker. Due to their eclectic nature, the collections in this series will yield crucial material for researchers and students working in many disciplines, such as politics, history, art history, gender studies, and war studies. Encompassing a diverse range of media forms (including satirical cartoons, art deco illustrations, and photography), they will reveal valuable insights into the development of contemporary print culture, in Britain and abroad.

London Life, 1965-1966

The task of this magazine is to reflect all aspects of the life of London

The swinging sixties came alive as a period of prosperity a time when anything and everything seemed possible”  – Annie Tyrell, Director of Design at John Marks from 1963 to 1982

London Life, 1965-1966
Communisms and the Cold War, 1944-1986

Launched in 1965, London Life was one of several titles owned by The Illustrated London News (ILN). A reincarnation of The Tatler (1901-1965) – which, from its inception, had catered primarily to a wealthy and conservative readership – London Life represented a radical departure from its predecessor. This new magazine endeavored to ‘reflect all aspects of the life of London and, throughout its brief existence, it successfully conveyed the spirit of the ‘Swinging Sixties’ in the world’s ‘capital of cool’. Encompassing nearly 5,000 images, this collection contains all 63 issues of London Life, published between October 1965 and December of the following year. 

London Life covers a wide range of topics, from music and film to sexuality and the thriving nightlife of London’s West End. At the same time, it captures the increasingly cosmopolitan nature of British society, documenting the emergence of a more diverse media landscape and audience. Featuring interviews with cultural icons such as Paul McCartney and Mick Jagger, as well as contributions from rising stars such as supermodel Jean Shrimpton and entertainer Anita HarrisLondon Life remains emblematic of 1960s counterculture. Accordingly, this collection contains essential material for researchers and students of cultural history and, specifically, of Britain’s cultural revolution.

Dates Covered:



Illustrated London News

National Archives: Matthew Brady Civil War Photographs

While Mathew Brady’s exact birthdate is unknown (circa 1822 – 1824), this year marks the beginning of the commemoration of Brady’s 200th birthday.

National Archives, Photographing the Civil War

During the Civil War, Brady and his associates–notably Alexander Gardner, George Barnard, and Timothy O’Sullivan–traveled throughout the eastern part of the country and produced several thousand photographs, capturing the effects of the War through photographs of people, towns, and battlefields. Additionally, Brady kept studios in Washington, DC, and New York City, where many influential politicians and war heroes sat for portraits. To read more click here

This series consists of several thousand glass plates (and modern derivative copies including prints, duplicate negatives, interpositives, and microfilm) which were produced by the photographer Mathew Brady and his associates. Brady (1823-1896) was one of the earliest practitioners of daguerreotype in the United States and soon became a prolific portrait photographer. In his New York and Washington, DC studios, he and his assistants photographed many of the luminaries of the 1850s and 1860s.

With the outbreak of the Civil War in 1861, Brady endeavored to record the progress of the war with his camera. He and his associates, notably Alexander Gardner, George Barnard, and Timothy O’Sullivan, traveled throughout the eastern part of the country and photographed many of the battlefields, towns, and people touched by the war. In addition, Brady photographed many of the distinguished political and military personalities who found time to stop by his Washington, DC studio. The result was a collection of some 12,000 images (possibly more) which comprises a rich visual document of the Civil War period.

Jefferson Library: A Virtual Tour

From the webpage: “In 2022, the Jefferson Library at Monticello celebrates its 20th anniversary. From its beginnings as just an idea for a “scholarly campus” to the busy center of discovery and connection it has become, the library has experienced great growth and change over the last two decades. In this exhibit we tell the story of the library so far through the lenses of place, people and community, collections, and contribution.”

I volunteer here one day a week and catalog at a higher level than I ever had to when I was working.

Jefferson Library at 20.

New USS Midway (CV-41) Research Library Instagram Page

Recently, the USS Midway Library launched an Instagram Page to highlight some of the fascinating things contained within the Research Library. Although not a lending library, the library does have an unusual collection of books, memorabilia, CDs, Videos, cruise books, and other things related to the library’s core areas of interest

  • To be a repository for resources that will help to preserve global and national naval aviation and naval history.
  • To provide support for staff research projects within the museum.
  • To provide a resource for the San Diego community.

The Instagram page is the brainchild of Lindsay, a Library volunteer since 2016. Her proposal was Purpose:  To highlight our diverse and interesting collection of books, magazines, and other items while promoting awareness of the library’s available services It is published on Tuesday and Friday.

Milestone Document List from the National Archives

Now brought together in one easy-to-find list, historical documents from American history.

From the Natational Archives:

The Milestone Documents website organizes the documents by historical era, and features an interactive timeline to explore documents chronologically. Each document has historical context and a transcript, as well as links to images in our Catalog and teaching resources.