Hammer Blog

  • The Life Cycle of a Book: Cataloguing and Shelving

    The Life Cycle of a Book: Cataloguing and Shelving

    THE LIFE CYCLE OF A BOOK: CATALOGUING AND SHELVING Once a book enters our library several things happen, chief of which is cataloguing. We’re always asked about the yellow-dotted books that preponderate on our shelves. From a certain library perspective, they are books-in-waiting -- books yet to be entered in LibraryThing.com, the ready-to-wear online catalogue that we make suit the hybrid needs of a lending library that’s also a bookshop. Library Thing can record the presence of a book in our system, and with some labor let us track its whereabouts. All this doesn’t happen automatically. Like all of Libros Schmibros’ systems, it is hand-entered and labor-intensive. Chief among our cataloguers is Denise Villegas, below, UCLA Information Science graduate student and Libros family member extraordinaire. You’ve seen her at the Hammer, with her dainty fingers entering data almost as fast as we can read it. Glad was the

  • The Life Cycle of a Book: Selection

    The Life Cycle of a Book: Selection

    Much like natural selection, Libros Schmibros takes the generously bestowed book bounty of the city and chooses titles that best fit our holdings. It’s important that the right books come to us, and that they combine with our library in ways that make sense. Books we can’t use are re-donated, though that means finding time and labor to haul them off to the library, or some other repository. Honestly, we appreciate the gesture, but we’d really rather not get the likes of Readers Digest Condensed Books or back issues of National Geographic at all. That said, we dig your books and want more of them. New books get yellow stickers so that we know they’ve not yet been cataloged in our database. Patrons have asked what these yellow dots mean, and if these are the ones that are available for checkout. Truth is, all books are up for grabs

  • Catherine the Great

    Catherine the Great

    Libros Schmibros' core team is more than David and I.  For a year now, Catherine Fryszczyn has imposed order on chaos by wrangling herds of books, corralling large amounts of data, steering volunteers, and riding the rodeo of public events that is part of life at Libros Schmibros.  She has created ways to track all our data, and work on the daunting task of grantwriting and fundraising.  Somehow, through it all, she even manages to lasso the ever-multiplying shiny objects that David brings back to the shop and piles on the desk. Catherine helps a patron in Westwood. She is Phi Beta Kappa in Russian Language and Literature and experienced (despite her young years) in non-profits and educational initiatives, and is deeply committed to libraries and literacy.  Her passions include Dostoevsky, the Dewey Decimal System, good food writing, and linguistics. Colleen Jaurretche, co-director of Libros

  • Curse and Vision: The Future of Westwood Village

    Curse and Vision: The Future of Westwood Village

    A free Public Symposium by UCLA's cityLAB in the Billy Wilder Theater at the Hammer Museum. Monday, October 10, 2011, 4-6 PM When it comes to Westwood Village there is one thing everyone agrees about: it has seen better days. But the Village’s promise becomes more apparent when visions for its future are put into play. UCLA’s cityLAB has engaged two teams led by prominent designers—Neil Denari and Roger Sherman—to suggest different visions for Westwood Village: Living Culture and Car-Lite Village. Join cityLab as they continue their conversations about the future direction of Westwood Village with a panel of experts that includes Aaron Betsky (Director, Cincinatti Art Museum), Christopher Hawthorne (Architecture Critic, Los Angeles Times), Nick Patsaouras (Past President, Los Angeles Board of Water and Power Commissioners), and Mark Robbins (Dean, Syracuse University School of Architecture). Learn More