Video: “Rare books, Rarer History: Inside the Library That’s Older Than Michigan”
Tucked away on the upper floors of the Library of Michigan, the rare book vault is about 60 degrees with very low humidity. It’s not too cold, but compared to the mild temperatures throughout the rest of the library, the drop is noticeable.
Randy Riley, state librarian for the Library of Michigan, jokes the more than 30,000 books, maps, newspapers and more in the collection like it better that way: cold enough to draw goosebumps but not so much to put ice on the shelves.
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Gary Price (email@example.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.