Vol 15, No 2 (2014)


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On the Cover. RBM Vol. 15_No2

This special issue, guest edited by Michelle DiMeo and Jeffrey S. Reznick, includes the conference proceedings of the symposium Emerging Roles for Historical Medical Libraries: Value in the Digital Age, part of the 225th Anniversary celebration of the Historical Medical Library of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia. The co-organizers of the celebration needed an attractive logo to brand the event. They borrowed the original image of the skull and butterfly from the Samuel Lewis bookplate, which identifies all books in the collection of Samuel Lewis, MD, FCPP, in the College Library. The skull is a symbol of mortality crowned by the butterfly, a symbol of the soul. The original Lewis image has a banner below it that reads Que sais-je? (What do I know?), a tribute to the great Renaissance essayist Michel de Montaigne. Tracy Wagner of Tweet Design replaced this banner with the image of a rare book so that the logo would appear as a more representative depiction of a historical medical library.

For the purposes of this RBM cover, the logo has been situated on a field of repeating binary code, the translation of which is the title of the anniversary symposium. Roxanne Beatty of the U.S. National Library of Medicine developed the composite image of the original logo and binary code based on an idea of the co-editors of this special issue.