Author Archives: Isabelle Kargon

About Isabelle Kargon

Library assistant at MSEL cataloging dept. I mostly catalog rare books and archival documents from our Special Collections, maps, government publications, and Hebrew alphabet materials.

Artscape 2013

Artscape 2013 will be held from July 19th to July 21st. It is a free festival held at the heart of Baltimore City every year in July. Visitors can enjoy exhibitions, music ranging from classical to experimental, and theater performances. … Continue reading

Shakespeare’s Birthday

William Shakespeare, poet and playwright, was baptized on April 26th, 1564, in Stratford-Upon-Avon. Since his actual date of birth is not known, his birthday is traditionally celebrated on April 23rd, which is ironically the date that he died in 1616. Shakespeare … Continue reading

WebWise 2013

This year as usual, just before the end of winter, Baltimore hosted the WebWise Conference. Held under the aegis of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and also sponsored by the Roy Rozenzweig Center for History and New Media, the … Continue reading

A Strong Constitution

Convened in Philadelphia in May 1787, members of the Federal Convention, dissatisfied with the Articles of Confederation, decided to draft a new Constitution. It was completed in September of the same year and would shape the way the United States … Continue reading

The Tournées French Film Festival 2013

Every spring, Hopkins hosts the JHU Tournées French cinema festival. Funded in part by the Embassy of France in the United States, the events are free and open to the public. Today marks the first day of this year’s Tournées Festival. In addition … Continue reading

Maps! Wonderful Maps!

Maps–they are not just the half-torn wrinkled sheets couples used to grab from each other in their stranded car while arguing about which road to take (that was before the advent of GPS navigation devices, of course). Usually associated with … Continue reading

Got Classification? “Dewey Ever!”

From ancient times, there have been attempts to sort collections of texts and to create classifications for collected information. The earliest known archives and libraries were discovered in Ugarit with clay tablets covered in cuneiform writing. Some great libraries were … Continue reading

What is the Bibliotheca Fictiva?

From antiquity to current times, there have always been writers devising literary forgeries of all kinds, either copying an existing book from the classical period or simply creating a fake original edition to trick collectors and scholars into purchasing a … Continue reading

Adventures of the General Jewish Encyclopedia

Looking into MSEL’s collections can lead you to travel across continents and to share incredible adventures. Editing and publishing books can become quite an endeavor when it meets history’s turmoil. Just take a look at the Algemeyne Entsiklopedye. Di Algemeyne … Continue reading

Smartphone Book Apps

If you’ve been following our Apps blog category, then you already know that there are some pretty cool academic resources out there. We’re still loving WorldCat Mobile and RedLaser! With countless new apps released daily, we wanted to share with you some … Continue reading