September 18th, 2012
The other day, I received an email from a blogger at a website that offers information on online educational resources, the Online Education Database. They let me know that they really enjoyed my blog! I was very pleased, because I always wonder who reads it and whether the information is useful. The email included a post they created on the 20 Most Impressive University Special Collections.
It is worth looking at to see what some of the premier Special Collections have to offer. For example, Trinity College in Dublin houses the original Book of Kells, and Oberlin College has a huge collection of music. Not surprisingly, Yale and Harvard are on the list as well, with their broad collections that have been hundreds of years in the making. They also include the Jazz Archives at Tulane, which not only houses music, but also, the devices to play it on. The Comic Arts Collection at Virginia Commonwealth is included, as well. There are some I would add to the list, including the Popular Culture collections at Michigan State University and Ohio State. And quite a few colleges and universities have very large collections of Artists’ Books, including our own SCAD Atlanta’s ACA Library.
Well, we may not have collections that make the top 20, but we are the only college or university to have the huge archive of an animation studio, the Don Bluth Collection of Animation. We have a rapidly growing collection of Artists’ Books. We collect Graphic non-fiction and limited edition graphic novels. We have a little of everything in the rare book world. We are very proud of our excellent Special Collections here at the Jen Library and love to share it!
March 27th, 2012
The 3rd Annual Savannah International Animation Festival will take place at the Coastal Georgia Center at 305 Fahm Street in Savannah, Georgia on April 13 to 14, 2012. The Festival will showcase independent, professional, and student animation, as well as panel discussions, workshops, and presentations. The Festival, now an annual event, is sponsored by the Animation Hall Of Fame, Inc., a nonprofit organization founded by Hal and Nancy Miles. Hal Miles also is a professor teaching visual effects and animation at SCAD.
Included will be a mix of professionals and historians from the fields of animation, visual effects, and gaming. Also promised is a guest presentation by one of the animation world’s leading creators.
The Jen Library’s Don Bluth Collection of Animation will be represented in a short presentation by yours truly. I am so honored to be included in the Festival! Admission is open to everyone, children and adults and there is even a Free Cartoons and Cookies event Saturday morning, April 14, at 9:00 AM. Visit their website to see what else is going on! Savannah International Animation Festival.
December 27th, 2011
Last year, Special Collections was contacted by Fraser Maclean, an animator and teacher from Scotland. He was finishing up a book on the art of animation layout and wondered if he could use some materials from the Don Bluth Collection of Animation in his book. We already had some layouts from the Secret of NIMH scanned, so sent him some samples. He loved them and selected a few to use. That was the easy part. The hard part was all of the legal stuff to allow permissions to publish, etc. Somehow we got through that and sent the images on to Fraser.
We saw that the book came out just a few weeks ago and ordered copies for the library. Setting the Scene: The Art & Evolution of the Animation Layout came in to the library the other day and it is beautiful! And so full of information! The book contains interviews, examples, gossip, history, and process on the art of the layout for animation. Full of lavish color illustrations, it gives the reader a peek into the history of how animators plot the scenes and pull all of the elements together into one cohesive work. There is a copy in Special Collections, and also a few in the circulating collection. Come in to the library and take a look at this beautiful book (if you can find a copy on the shelf.) Here is one of the images SCAD supplied for the book. It appears on pages 159.