|Bethany, former grad student, now cataloger of tiny books|
University of Iowa
125 West Washington St.
Iowa City, IA 52242
There we were, waiting with anticipation at table 2 under the watchful gaze of Captain Picard. Having stowed our belongings in a secure locker and filled out the necessary request forms, we waited for Laura to retrieve some items for us to view.
As I mentioned in my previous post, my husband Jim and I had arrived at the University of Iowa Special Collections Library and were eagerly awaiting the opportunity to see some pieces from the miniature books collection. In the meantime, Paula, the library assistant who had initially greeted us, mentioned that she would try to get a hold of a person who knows more about these diminutive volumes to provide more detailed information. Just as Laura was bringing out the first few books, Bethany showed up and sat down at table 2 with us. What luck! Bethany, who works part-time cataloging the tiny books, is usually off on Fridays, but just happened to be in on the day of our visit. We were more than grateful for her knowledge. We spent the next hour or so awed by the diversity and intricacy of these wee publications.