The Renaissance Library Collection
This was the Renaissance Library Collection website. It provided beautiful gifts designed specially for librarians, information professionals and book lovers. The content below is from the site's 2002-2007 archived pages.
The Renaissance Library Collection
- designed specially for librarians, information specialists & book lovers
- a unique range of calendars, greeting cards, quality prints and posters
- based on full colour photos of beautiful, magical old libraries
If you know what you want to order, without browsing, you can use the quick links on the left. Please note that our products are produced and shipped from Sweden and this is reflected in our shipping charges.
2007 Calendar Available Now
The Renaissance Library Calendar 2007
12 colour photographs of beautiful old libraries, from the 15th century to 1929, with brief history and description of items of special interest. Perfect for you - this unique full colour calendar is also a superb gift for your personal friends, professional colleagues, clients and customers
Renaissance Library Greeting Cards (Real Cards)
An exclusive range of 12 printed greeting cards,
based on some of the most beautiful libraries in
the Renaissance Library Calendars
High Quality Prints 16x12 (A3)
Perfect for decorating your home, office or library.
The larger size really brings out the incredible details.
Take a look at these amazing libraries now
Renaissance Library Posters 27.6 x 19.7 inches (70cm x 50cm)
Two Posters, each containing a
collage of 6 libraries - real attention
getters for your larger wall spaces
We still have a few copies of the Renaissance Library Calendars for the years 2001
to 2006. NOW HALF PRICE!
Here are some of the many kind comments we have had about the products in the Renaissance Library Collection.
From Pamela James, California, USA
"On two separate occasions, about a week apart, I ordered the 2006 wall calendars. One for myself and one for my cousin. Both orders arrived so quickly! Within a week. And both items were in perfect condition. (Your excellent and speedy shipping is truly noteworthy!)
"The calendars are breathtaking. The elegant photographs of the libraries featured in the calendar actually defy description. I could not have asked for a more perfect gift (for myself and others). Your Shoppe has incredible gifts for anyone, especially all of us library and book lovers the world over. I don't remember how I found your web site and signed up for the mailing in the last year, but I'm sure I was searching libraries and books or perhaps you are featured in an ad at one of the many book-related sites I have bookmarked. ... When I received your mailing about 2006 calendars I rushed to your site and ordered the first one. What remarkable locations and brilliant photographs.
"Thank you for the extraordinary work you do via your web site and for the exquisite gifts you have made available to the world. I will (forever) be ordering other items from you, not only for myself but as gifts as well. Thank you so very much!"
From Jean Block, Columbus, Ohio, USA
"Yes, our 3 calendars arrived in a timely manner and in good condition. They are really beautiful to look at and the history of each photo/library is much appreciated. We know our friends will love them too.
"My sister-in-law, who is a librarian, included your web site in her “Neat new stuff” column. You may already know that, but I thought you might like to know where we heard about you. Her own web site is www.marylaine.com.
"Again, thanks for producing such a wonderful calendar for history and library buffs."
From Thais Turner, Blue Mountains, Australia
"Thanks, I received the 6 Library Calendars last week or so and they are wonderful - keep making more. I didn't know there were so many gorgeous Library buildings out there, all over the world."
From Christine Giannoni, Chicago, Illinois, USA
"Good Morning ... The calendar is fantastic! I have had many positive compliments about it and many have asked where I purchased it from. I hope to use it as a travel “wish list.” I can’t wait until next year’s calendar is released!"
From Christine Tong, Hong Kong
"... BTW, I thought I should let you know that apart from the ordinary legion of people getting the renaissance library calendars off me, I've given a few to some new friends this year and they are just absolutely stunned !!!! One asked me whether I am just showing him the calendar or giving it to him, he could not believe that I was actually giving something so precious and wonderful. Might need to order more calendars in for 2007 by the look of it....
"... Seriously, I think "fan of " and "happy about" the calendars are gross understatements of the sentiment in receiving and seeing or even getting just a fleeting glance of these calendars, the joy in seeing and scrutinising the information on the calendars is just something beyond words can ever describe."
From Carol A. Feltes, University Librarian, New York, USA
"... I received my new calendar. I have shared it with my staff, and it now graces the bulletin board at my desk. I have a complete set of the calendars."
From Estelle Oliver, Wodonga, Victoria, Australia
"I received your lovely 2006 library calendar very soon after placing my order. It is lovely, as always, and my yearly work indulgence. Thanks"
From Shelly Lowe, New Jersey, USA
"Thank you so much, the pics were just gorgeous and I gave them as a gift to a dear friend of mine and she just absolutley loved them! Thank you so very much, and have a nice day!"
From Anneli Andersson, Boras, Sweden
"I am very pleased! I got the calender fast and I think it is beautiful! So thank you!"
From Kevin T French, Contoocook, New Hampshire, USA
"My calendar arrived in good shape within a reasonable timeframe. It looks great! It is the only thing on my cubicle wall that visitors notice and compliment."
From Prue Walker-Foster, St Leonards, NSW, Australia
"I received my calender on return from my holiday break over Christmas. I am very happy with it and have it displayed on my desk where others can it enjoy it. Happy New Year."
From Robert Thornhill, Glendale, California, USA
"I received my renaissance calender, and as usual, it has impressive photography of magnificent libraries. I would love to visit all of them. Thanks for making such beautiful places available to all of us who love great libraries."
From Alison Warner, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
"I have received the items. One was a gift and one is for me. Very nice. I look forward to a year of books."
From Tonya Thompson, Murray, Kentucky, USA
"We received the posters and are very pleased with them. Thank you"
From Kate Robinson, Bath, UK
"Many thanks for the delivery of this. The calendar is lovely, and the order came really quickly."
From Tracey Fisk, Cairns, Queensland, Australia
"I have received the calendar and it is beautiful. Very informative – a must have for lovers of libraries! My colleagues are now all very interested in the site and eager to purchase! Thanks"
From Carol Bohnsack, California, USA
"My cousin sent me one of your calendars. We both love books and I've worked in several libraries. I wanted to tell you that the calendar is just fantastic! So educational. I really enjoyed receiving it."
From Victoria Hibbert, London, UK
"I did receive my goods and they arrived in excellent condition. Marvelled at Swedish efficiency. Thanks"
From Amy Matzke, Springfield, Illinois, USA
"... I am looking forward to enjoying a new picture of a different library every month. Thanks"
From Neil Stewart, UK
"Thanks for sending this - it was received in good time and well packed - The quality of the pictures are better than ever, and the card was also a nice touch."
From Karen Dyer, Danville, California, USA
"I received my beautiful calendars in a timely manner. I gave them both as Christmas presents so now I am bereft. I would like to order another one. If I may impose on you for the ordering website, I would be very happy.
If this were an eBay or Overstocks auction, I would give you the following feedback:
Positive (v. negative) Great seller. Good communication. Great service. Hope to do business with this seller again. A++
Best, Karen Dyer P.S. Thank you!"
From Rita Gibson, East Helena, Montana, USA
"Yes, I did receive my 2006 Library calendar! Thank you for sending an email to inquire: what EXCELLENT customer service! It's a beautiful calendar and I'm so glad ... to get it. I hope/plan to do so every year from here on out!
Again, thanks very much for such a lovely calendar, for your great customer service and much for me to look forward to in years to come!"
From Cynthia Jorstad, Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA
"Folks-I received my order of five calendars. As in the past, they are beautiful and arrived in good shape and quite quickly. I know everyone will enjoy them and I will take mine to hang in my office at our college library (if my partner lets me leave the house with it, as he is quite fond of it too!)."
From Lorene Noble, Milton, Washington, USA
"I received the calendar and it was lovely, the perfect gift! I also want to thank you for the free note card that was included, it is beautiful also and I am going to frame it. Thanks! Lorene"
From Margaret Casado, Knoxville, Tennnessee, USA
"I have received my 2006 calendar. It arrived in perfect shape, and it is beautiful as usual."
From Timothy Huw Davies, London, UK
"Calendar received and is as attractive as ever. I shall be pleased to have it beside my desk throughout 2006."
From Siobhan M. Grogan, Colchester, Connecticut, USA
"Your calendar I ordered is quite beautiful. Thank you."
From Stacey Sarowski, Michigan, USA
"As always, the calendar was received in fine condition and it is lovely. The quality & service are the reasons I continue to purchase every year.... - and thank you for continuing to produce a quality calendar."
From Geraldine Beare, Surrey, UK
"This is the second year I have had your calendars - they really are just great - thanks!"
From Natalie Wardle, Saitama, Japan
"Thank you for another beautiful calendar. I'm looking forward to admiring the wonderful libraries each month, as I have for the past 2 years. The shipping was amazing. Even though I'm now living in Japan, it seemed only a matter of days before I received my order. Thanks again and all the best in 2006!"
From John Powers, Evanston, Illinois, USA
"Your shipment arrived. Simply beautiful presentation. Thank you and Merry Christmas."
From Jesus Vazquez-Abad, University of Montreal, Canada
"I did receive the calendars very timely and I'm very happy with them. I will subscribe to your newsletter and, for sure, will be requesting more Library Calendars in the future!"
From Sue Bellevue, Chehalis, Washington, USA
"I received the calendar order and everything is great. Thanks for the great service (and the lovely products)!"
"... I really do love the calendars (I have also purchased notecards) - the photos are superb and the printing and paper are first rate."
From Tracey Lauder, Dover, New Hampshire, USA
"Hi, yes, I did receive the library calendar and am very pleased with it... I'm sure the librarian I bought it for is going to love it too. Thanks!"
From Catherine Walmsley, North Shields, Tyne & Wear, UK
"Fast and efficient service. Lovely calender, will certainly be buying another next year."
From Beth Marie Quanbeck, Aukeny, Indiana, USA
"I received my calendar in a timely manner and in good shape. I am very happy with the calendar."
From Patricia Aske, Cambridge, UK
"I am writing to say thank you for the safe arrival of the 3 Renaissance calendars I bought this year. As usual they are beautiful and make wonderful presents. Best wishes."
From Jeff Cabral, Upper Hutt, New Zealand
"Yes have received the calendar, very well done thanks."
From Carol Lomas-Fisher, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
"Just to say that YES I did receive the calendars I ordered from you and they are beautiful and thanks for such a prompt service."
From Sophie Hedin, Sweden
"Thank you for a beautiful calendar."
From Deborah Doyle, San Francisco, California, USA
"I have indeed received the beautiful cards and calendars from the Renaissance Library collection. The quality of the materials is very impressive; the photography is truly stunning.
"While we love our own libraries here in San Francisco, my colleagues and I felt a trifle envious about some of the libraries depicted; perhaps one day, a San Francisco library will be in that august company!"
From Lauren Smith, Brighton, Sussex, UK
"I received the Rennaissance library calender fine and it is a great product. Thankyou very much"
From Zana Etter, New Jersey, USA
"Yes, I received my wonderful calendar in about a week's time! I will put it on my office door soon and enjoy the beautiful libraries... Sure! I love the calendars and have posted one on my office door for several years..I also have the poster behind my desk, and I've given the calendars as gifts to several "Library enthuasiasts."
From Betsy Dean, Easton, MA, USA
"I got the 2006 calendar - it came quickly and in great shape. As usual, GORGEOUS photos . . . the next best thing to actually being able to visit those gorgeous libraries in person. I have the new calendar here at work, all ready to go up as soon as January 1 rolls around. The Renaissance Library Calendar has become a yearly tradition for me, I've been getting them since 2001, and I keep the old ones for obvious reasons! Keep up the good work!!
"Since my calendar is here in the library at work, I stare at those lovely photos five days a week, wishing I could walk right in to the featured libraries. The calendar is the next best thing to actually being there!
Thanks again for your work."
From From: Wynne Dobyns, California, USA
"Thank you. Yes, I did receive the calendar and am happy to have it. I love the photos of the old and gorgeous libraries!"
From George Cowmeadow Bauman, Acorn Bookshop, Columbus, Ohio, USA
"Keep up the good work! I love having your calendar hanging in my bookshop!
From Dottie Byers, Maryland, USA
"I was pleased with the product and that it arrived quickly so I have time to mail copies to the recipient of the gift. It is a unique product and I am sending the ones I received to librarian friends."
From MK, Ireland
"Thank you very much indeed. My 2006 calendar and cards arrived safely and I am very pleased with the products, as usual."
From Graham Guest, Beckenham, Kent, UK. www.grahamguest.com
"The calendar arrived safe and sound, and I am very pleased with it. I also think "About the Libraries in the Renaissance Library Collection" is an excellent idea and would recommend a subscription to all book-lovers."
From Maureen Hill, Dorset, UK
"Yes, I have received the calendars and cards, thank you. They are absolutely beautiful and arrived very quickly. I ordered similar last year and they have been a great delight to many people. Your hard work is much appreciated."
From Barbara Roth, Geneva, Switzerland
"Yes, next year's calendars arrived safe and sound, and I am, as each year, enchanted by the beautiful pictures. Please continue !"
From Kelly Brown, MLS, Director, Nash Library, University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, USA
"Hello, We did indeed receive our calendars and are quite pleased with them. The response from our Library Society members has been wonderful. They have all commented on how beautiful the calendars are."
From Helen Doughty, MSLS, John Muir Medical Center, California, USA
"The calendars are beautiful!! .... Thanks again for producing these beautiful calendars…They are fantastic! I look forward to the 2007 Calendar. Best Regards, Helen"
From Sonja Plummer-Morgan, Maine, USA
"I did receive my wonderful calendar without issue or angst. Quick delivery, beautiful product and, once again, outstanding service."
From Martha Zarikow
"I did receive the calendars and thank you. They will make good gifts to people who help me here in our high school library. I also wish to thank you for the emails featuring beautiful libraries. I look forward to them every 14 days. Your site, your ordering system, your delivery--top notch, state of the art. Love it!"
From Monica Morris, Brisbane, Australia
"I received my 2006 calendar promptly with no problem at all and am thrilled with it. It is so lovely to be able to see these beautiful libraries that have the soul that is unfortunately missing from so many of our modern establishments. Thank you for such efficient service."
From Audra R. Ezell, Indiana, USA
"My order for the calendars and notecards came about two weeks ago. The anticipation is always rewarded by the beauty of the product. You never disappoint. It is also a bit of armchair travel for me who doesn’t get around very well anymore. Thank you for offering these pieces of beauty."
From Pia Jonsson, Nordic School of Public Health, Gothenburg, Sweden
"... we have received our calendar and we enjoy it very much and feel proud to belong to the world of libraries and its magnificent history. Also very good to show our users and financiers the prestigious way of building libraries!
"Subscribers for many years now."
From Darrel Doessel, Australia
"My calendar has arrived safely: and very nice it is too! It is a Christmas present for my daughter, Naomi, who will shortly finish her library studies. For some time now, Naomi has been identifying with the profession she is about to join. I'm sure she will love it."
From Sharon Olson, Palo Alto, California, USA
"Received our calendars and they are beautiful as usual. We are customers three years in a row. Every year we can't wait to see what libraries have been chosen."
From Randall Coots, Albany, Oregon, USA
"The calendar arrived promptly and in excellent condition. This is my second year of buying the Renaissance Library calendar. I have enjoyed both of them. The pictures are excellent and the information is very useful. It is a very unique calendar covering one of my favorite subjects.
"After seeing the University of Washington's library at Seattle in last year's calendar, we took a trip to see it in person. Until we saw the calendar, we had no idea that there was such a beautiful library relatively close to where we live.
"We really enjoy your calendars and will certainly purchase them in the future. Thanks again!
"I feel that your products help highlight the amazing tradition of knowledge that we have inherited through libraries.
"In turn, I think we have an obligation to preserve (and hopefully supplement) that inheritance for the future.
"When I see the beautiful libraries on your calendar, it gives me hope for that goal. Thanks again."
From Nancy Calabretta, Cooper University Hospital, Camden, NJ, USA
"I DID receive my Renaissance goods!
And they are great!! This is my third consecutive year with the Renaissance Library calendar and now I can't imagine a year without one! I hang my copy in my office at the small medical library where I work. It is a constant source of delight to me and the library users who take the time to look at it. This year, for the first time, I ordered 2 extra copies -- 1 for an extremely deserving friend and colleague, and 1 for my daughter. It was great to see the Library Company of Philadelphia featured this year since it is the tercentenary of Benjamin Franklin's birth and also the Palafoxiana Library of Mexico. Thanks for a beautiful, unique piece of work."
From Micky Ashton, Librarian, Victoria, Australia
"I received my calendar in less than a week which I thought was fantastic service. I have every calendar you have produced and find them very interesting. In fact I have laminated each of the pictures from the very first one and have them on the a very dull partition next to my desk. They cause a heap of interest from everyone who sees them - and I'm often amazed at the number of the libraries that people in my organisation have seen. The first year's photos and captions were easy to laminate as each was an A4 sheet. I want to laminate the other years but I need to do some cutting and pasting to get the biographical information under each picture. One day I'll have time!! I always have the current calendar open in the library too. I plan to show the November picture to a librarian friend who heads the Melbourne Athenaeum library - very old but not quite as grand as the Boston one. She'll be green with envy!!
"Thanks again for publishing the calendar each year. It's a fantastic idea
"I think every librarian should have one of your calendars! I could see them being terrific on the wall in a school library - particularly in places like Australia, where the antiquity of some of those European libraries is hard for the kids to even imagine!"
From Linda Platts, Science & Technology Coordinator, Auckland City Libraries - Tämaki Pätaka Körero. NZ
"I received my Renaissance Library Calendar for 2006 -- up to it's usual high standard, and illustrating the unique and amazing collections and buildings that house them. I couldn't help thinking of the Calendar when we all heard the news about the Duchess Anna Amalia library in Weimar -- sadly, I suppose photos of the building and its collections may be all that's left of some of it.
"Another reason for the calendar to keep going, recording all those amazing libraries!"
From Sheila Webber, Senior Lecturer, Department of Information Studies, University of Sheffield, UK
"I have received my calendar and it looks as delightful as usual. I have the 2005 one up in my office, where it is often admired. I have also told my librarianship students about it."
From Jean B. Murphy, Heidelberg Medical Library, Germany
"Yes, I received the 6 beautiful library calendars. Thank-you!"
From Géraldine Froger, France
"Hello, I have well received my calendar. As usual, the delivery was very quick and the calendar is great."
From Nancy Palmer, Librarian, The Little School, Bellevuel, WA 98004, USA
"We received the new calendar and it's lovely--thanks for the prompt delivery!"
From Brian Gilberthorpe, New Zealand
"I have received the 2006 calendar and, as usual, am delighted by it. The calendars make me drool and wish that, on my few trips to the northern hemisphere, I haven't been able to see most of them - just the occasional one."
From Alfred Kruijer, Netherlands
"Just to let you know the 2006 calendar arrived in good order and I enjoy its content."
From Ilonka McGill, Serendipity Books, Antiquarian Booksellers, Australia
"Calendar received promptly as usual...and it is beautiful, as usual. Best wishes to you all from the sunny West of Australia!"
From Leofranc Holford-Strevens, Oxford, UK
"(Received the calendar), and it is beautiful!"
From Sarah Hinton, UK
"Thank you - yes we received the order promptly and in good condition. Good service!"
From Remko Jas, Netherlands
"Very pleased indeed - you have published a photo of a Dutch library that I sent you in 2004. Thanks for that very much!"
From Sue Austin
"Yes thanks - I ordered the 2006 calendar and received it very promptly. Another lovely selection of libraries - I have several years' calendars now, though not quite sure what I'm going to do with them - but definitely can't throw them out!"
From Judi Lipp, Librarian, NSW, Australia
"I have received my order, thank you very much. Once again, the calendar is superb. It takes pride of place in my library every year. The delivery was very prompt."
From A University Librarian
"As always, the products are wonderful. This year I just ordered a personal calendar, but recommend to the University Librarian that he order several for placing around the Library. The Library ordered several posters in the past and we've placed them in one of our electronic classrooms.
"I always look forward to seeing the announcement for the latest calendar, ordering and then receiving it! Thanks again for the excellent customer service and, of course, the excellent products."
From Pauline Martin
"I received my Renaissance Library Calendar for 2006. Thank you. It's beautiful! I truly love these calendars! I have saved all of the copies. Thanks again and keep up the good work! I would love for more people to experience and enjoy these beautiful calendars."
From Jennifer Storey-MacIntosh, Siena, Italy
"Everything arrived in very good time, in excellent condition and I am very happy with order. One of the calendars is already up in my Book Restoration/Conservation studio in Siena and much admired by visitors. The cards are perfect vehicles for "auguri" from a Book Lab! Thank you."
From Mark Y. Herring, Dean of Library Services, Dacus Library, Winthrop Univ., SC
"Just a short note to tell you how positively lovely all your calendars, cards and
posters are. I have ordered calendars for myself and friends, posters for our library,
and greeting cards to use for special business correspondence. The cards never fail
to impress. This is such a wonderful idea ... Do keep up the marvelous work!"
From Christine Tong, Hong Kong
"Ever since collecting the Renaissance Libraries calendars from 2001,I have been dreaming of the day when I can visit all those libraries featured in the calendars. That day will come, I am sure. "(The 2004 Calendar) is the best of the lot issued so far. The cover has already got me spellbound."
"You only have to look at these calendars and you won't believe any other calendar
is worth hanging in your study or library again !!!"
"I got a couple of boxes of those greeting cards some time last year, and they are just spectacular. a very very ardent supporter in Hong Kong."
From Aaron Tunn, (ihug.com) Australia
"As a librarian, book collector and reader, I have to say I was most impressed with the photography, brief history of the libraries and overall quality of the calendar. Thank you very much with your prompt service."
From Cynthia Jones
"Great! I'm really looking forward to ordering the calendar, as well as some of the beautiful prints and other items. Thank you for providing such a great service and such unique gifts for librarians and other bibliophiles like me!"
Frequently Asked Questions
Who is ISIM and where is ISIM located?
We are an information strategy and information management consultancy - and small publishing house. We are located in Sollentuna, a suburb of Stockholm, the beautiful capital city of Sweden.
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We can accept checks only for larger orders, supported by an official order form. Small orders must be paid for with a credit card.
I would like to nominate a library for your calendar - how do I do that?
Please feel free to nominate a library - we really appreciate it. Please consult our Nominations page at www.renaissancelibrary.com/nominations.html.
You may even win a FREE calendar.
Can I buy previous editions of the Renaissance Library Calendar?
Yes, there are some copies still available of our calendars for the years 2001 to 2005. If you are interested in buying one or more of them, you should look at our Calendar Archives page at http://www.renaissancelibrary.com/archive.htm
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We will refund your purchase fees, including shipping charges, if you return the calendar within 30 days of receipt. The calendar must be clean with no marks, rips, or folded pages.
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Why did we create the Renaissance Library Collection?
This can best be answered by our Managing Director, Gunnel Stjernvall, with a little story, which she calls The Football Story.
THE FOOTBALL STORY!
by Gunnel Stjernvall
How not to say thank you to your library customers!
by an ex Library Manager
Once, when I was Manager at the Library & Information Services Department at Ericsson (a major telecom company), I was given a football as a customer gift from one of our supporting companies. The same company gave me a backpack the year after.
Another company gave a box of chocolates - for the whole
The next year, they sent a letter, letting us know that the money from not giving us a box of chocolates had gone to the Red Cross. Now - that is a very nice and important thing to do. But perhaps the bottom line was to show appreciation to me, as a customer?
These experiences happened at a time when colleagues in other parts of the corporation often got very nice gifts, that appeared to have had some thought and concern behind the giving.
This got me thinking. I am certain that a company's point with giving presents to customers is based on the wish to give thanks, to show appreciation and to say that they wish to be trusted as a partner and supporting company for the coming year.
But did anybody out there create gifts for Librarians and Information Specialists? I could not find any - at the time.
So I decided to create some, with my professional colleaguesmin mind.
Today, some years later, we have a line of products wheremthe Renaissance Library Calendar is our Star!
It is spread in more than 40 countries today, thanks to you, our readers - and to a number of companies that do understand their library customers. Thanks to all of you.
And please do continue to spread the word, so that we can continue to develop the range of gifts we offer.
Ms Gunnel Stjernvall
ISIM (Consultants in Information and Knowledge Management)
One of our readers asked, after seeing our newsletter, why do you use the word "renaissance" for the Renaissance Library Calendar, when it's clear from the founding dates of the libraries that they are not all from the renaissance period? In fact, the question was put a bit more bluntly than that - something like - how can you possibly call it a **Renaissance** library calendar then? Well, we do get asked that question from time to time, and we thought it might be worth a few words on the thinking behind 'Renaissance' in the context of the calendar and the other products in the Renaissance Library Collection. First of all, some dictionary definitions: Usage: often attributive
1 capitalized a : the transitional movement in Europe between medieval and modern times beginning in the 14th century in Italy, lasting into the 17th century, and marked by a humanistic revival of classical influence expressed in a flowering of the arts and literature and by the beginnings of modern science
b : the period of the Renaissance
c : the neoclassic style of architecture prevailing during
2 often capitalized : a movement or period of vigorous
artistic and intellectual activity
3 : REBIRTH, REVIVAL
Gunnel Stjernvall is the founder of ISIM and the originator of the Renaissance Library Calendar. Here's what she has to say:
"Apart from Renaissance as a European movement, often involving arts and literature, it also stand for Rebirth and Revival. This is the heart of the meaning of the word when we use it.
"We want the old and beautiful libraries to glow one more time by putting them in this calendar. Also, I find it a truly beautiful word.
"The Renaissance movement in Europe took place over a long period of time, from the 14th century and up to the 17th century. So even if you wish to believe in this meaning of the word also for the content in the calendar, a good number of our featured libraries do meet this definition.
"Typically we mean the earlier Italian movement, where the Renaissance started. And of course we like to capture some of the good bits from the Renaissance period, as when we chose the dark renaissance red for the border of our glorious posters. And when we include a library from the renaissance period in Italy.
"But even so, the name the way we have chosen it stands for letting the old treasured libraries glow again."
For what it's worth, I also think that "Renaissance" is a great brand name - Ed.