Archive for May, 2010

Lost Man Booker Prize Announced!

May 19, 2010

After a forty year delay, the winner of the Lost Man Booker Prize — “a one-off prize to honour the books published in 1970, but not considered for the prize when its rules were changed” — was announced today.

And the winner is…

Troubles by J G Farrell.

“The Lost Man Booker Prize was the brainchild of Peter Straus, honorary archivist to the Booker Prize Foundation. It was created to honour the books of 1970 which missed out on the chance to win the prize when it ceased to be awarded retrospectively and became – as it is today – a prize for the best novel of the year of publication.”

Even though Farrell died over thirty years ago, he certainly has a reason to celebrate today!

Read more about the Lost Man Booker Prize winner here.

What is ARTstor?

May 13, 2010

“ARTstor is a nonprofit digital library of more than one million images in the arts, architecture, humanities, and social sciences with a suite of software tools to view, present, and manage images for research and pedagogical purposes.”

ARTstor Tour

New collections of images are added to ARTstor continually, many through collection agreements and collaborative efforts with museums and galleries such as the Harry Ransom Center (University of Texas at Austin), the Colby College Museum of Art, Smithsonian American Art MuseumThe Samuel H. Kress Collection: Lantern Slides, the Classical Sculptures (Berlin State Museums), and many more.

Collection News:

New collection agreement: French museum collections from the Réunion des Musées Nationaux

Through a collaboration with the Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN) and Art Resource, ARTstor will share approximately 12,000 images of works in the permanent collections of French national and regional museums in the Digital Library.     Learn more

Now available: Additional images from The Walters Art Museum  Learn more

Now available: More art and architecture from the American Institute of Indian Studies  Learn more

Watch for more Collection News as well as information on Tips & Tools for using ARTstor images in course work and presentations.

One Book, One Twitter

May 11, 2010

Are you looking for something to read this summer? Follow the crowd, and join a world-wide book club on Twitter. 

Conceived by Jeff Howe, at, One Book, One Twitter is an attempt to harness the power of social media to get the entire connected world reading one book. To participate, search Twitter for the hashtag #1b1t. The book club starts this week, discussing Chapters 1, 2, and 3.

The big question, of course, is which book?  Chosen by popular vote: American Gods by Neil Gaiman.

From Wikipedia: “American Gods is a Hugo and Nebula Award-winning novel by Neil Gaiman. The novel is a blend of Americana, fantasy, and various strands of ancient and modern mythology, all centering on a mysterious and taciturn protagonist, Shadow.  The central concept is that gods and mythological creatures exist because people believe in them. Immigrants to the United States brought dwarves, elves, leprechauns, and other spirits and gods with them, but their power is diminished as people’s beliefs wane. New gods have arisen, reflecting America’s obsessions with media, celebrity, technology, and illegal drugs, among others.”

Although Red Deer College doesn’t own a copy of this book, several of our NEOS partner libraries do, and you can request it through our online catalogue.

Happy reading!