Q&A with Dana Gerschel, Director of the American Alpine Club Library

8:00 a.m. on May 9, 2014 (EDT)
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From the main stacks to the rare book room, the American Alpine Club Library is a mountaineer's treasure trove of beta. Dana Gerschel oversees this alpine info as its Library Director.

Full article at http://www.trailspace.com/blog/2014/05/09/american-alpine-club-library-dana-gerschel.html

12:58 p.m. on May 11, 2014 (EDT)
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I like these Question and answers posts.So learn alot of about an orginazation and the people behind it....

6:40 p.m. on May 11, 2014 (EDT)
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Thanks, Denis.

I consider myself lucky to get to be nosey and learn more about the people who work at the nonprofits we support, and then share that with our Trailspace friends.

I also love libraries, so this was extra special for me.

9:27 p.m. on May 11, 2014 (EDT)
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I didn't realize they had such an extensive library, thanks for the Q&A Alicia!

9:49 a.m. on May 12, 2014 (EDT)
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Thanks, Mike. It would be a very fun library to visit.

I think it's impressive that they'll mail out books to members as well. That's a great resource.

6:58 p.m. on May 15, 2014 (EDT)
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very interesting! Thanks for doing the interview Alicia.

7:28 p.m. on May 15, 2014 (EDT)
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Thanks, Lah. I'm glad you found it interesting.

8:01 p.m. on May 16, 2014 (EDT)
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One of the library's collections are the works of Bradford Washburn.  Washburn was one of America's finest mountaineers, his resume well beyond the scope of this thread.  One of his accomplishments was compiling  an impressive portfolio of work about the mountains of America.  The collection includes literally thousands of high quality photos, many shot from planes.  I had the pleasure to review his Denali and Mt St. Elias works in preparation for several climbing projects, back when his collection was housed at the Boston Museum of Science, where Washburn served as the Director.  Bradford's works alone merit a visit to this fine library.

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11:37 a.m. on May 17, 2014 (EDT)
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Thanks, Ed.

Washburn was an amazing, impressive, accomplished man. I love looking at his photos, especially ones taken here in New England.

12:05 p.m. on June 1, 2014 (EDT)
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Barb and I were at a reception in The City (San Francisco) last night, to view a number of rare books in the AAC Library collection and some in the process of being transferred from Nick Clinch's collection (Nick, leader of the only American expedition to make the first ascent of an 8000 m peak, plus leader of the 1966 American Antarctic Expedition which summited many peaks in Antarctica including the highest, Mt Vinson, is a neighbor of mine). 

As the library director, Dana was there and gave a great discussion of the acquisition process. Nick talked a bit about how he has managed to assemble such a huge and valuable collection of rare mountaineering books.

In February, Barb and I were at the AAC annual meeting and got a personal tour of the AAC Library "behind the scenes" from Dana. She is doing a great job with the library and the huge task of assembling the best mountaineering library in the world.

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