In the past we’ve looked at some gorgeous libraries, but this one is a little different. The National Audiovisual Conservation Center, part of the Library of Congress, is housed in a former nuclear bunker (one that used to house $4B in cash for use after the apocalypse). Film preservation is the purpose of the library, and it houses everything from “Casablanca” to the works of Adam Sandler. Much of the collection is made up of nitrate film reels, basically rolls of gunpowder, which require special vaults.

David Crotty

David Crotty

David Crotty is a Senior Consultant at Clarke & Esposito, a boutique management consulting firm focused on strategic issues related to professional and academic publishing and information services. Previously, David was the Editorial Director, Journals Policy for Oxford University Press. He oversaw journal policy across OUP’s journals program, drove technological innovation, and served as an information officer. David acquired and managed a suite of research society-owned journals with OUP, and before that was the Executive Editor for Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, where he created and edited new science books and journals, along with serving as a journal Editor-in-Chief. He has served on the Board of Directors for the STM Association, the Society for Scholarly Publishing and CHOR, Inc., as well as The AAP-PSP Executive Council. David received his PhD in Genetics from Columbia University and did developmental neuroscience research at Caltech before moving from the bench to publishing.


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