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"Shortly after Iran fell to Islamic revolutionaries in 1979, a book dealer sending volumes to Harvard's libraries cut out pictures of the deposed Shah so that the books would not be confiscated."
"The removed pages were sent separately later, but the incident illustrates the lengths that dealers and Harvard library collectors have to go to keep collections of regional publications current."
"The Iranian example was just one of many given on Thursday (May 8) during the Spring 2003 Librarians' Assembly, which brings together librarians from across the University and which was held in Harvard Hall." (from The Harvard Gazette)
I just love stories about unique library collections. Here's A Short One on the Chariton Public Library. There is currently a spring hat collection on display at the library that is on loan from the Lucas County Historical Society Museum in Chariton. The collection will be on display during April and May.
Someone passed along This WorldMag Article that wonders...Does WORLD belong on the periodical shelves of public libraries and the libraries of public universities?
It seems Joel Belz is having some trouble getting WORLD into his local library, and someone else had the same trouble at the state university where she is an alumna.
"Does WORLD belong on the periodical shelves of public libraries and the libraries of public universities? That is, of course, not my job to determine. But just because these institutions are public, it seems altogether appropriate to ask those in charge to make public what their policies and criteria are for making such decisions."
Ron Force writes \"The Seattle Weekly has a story about the Seattle Public Library\'s cutting their journal collection by 25%. Users and librarians are worried that unique research titles are being sacrificed to maintain popular, but shallow titles.
\"Food librarian Linda Saunto howled when she saw the magazine Slow Food marked for cutting--in this hotbed of the Slow Food movement--and got assurances it will be retained. But librarians worry that such off-center choices, which serve Seattle\'s special needs and quirks, will disappear from the increasingly mainstream collection. \"The library will end up with a very bright, shiny collection,\" says Sheets, \"just like every other library in the country.\"
If you\'re in the market for strange deep-sea creatures, tropical wonders and exotic zooplankton , Scripps Institution of Oceanography Might Be Selling. The institution\'s leaders have approved budget cuts that within two years will wipe out all state budget funding to maintain and manage its oceanographic collections, about $300,000 per year.
Although the Washington Post has an increasingly annoying web site, they also have some good stories, This Being One.
In 1507, a group of scholars
working in France produced an
extraordinary map of the world, the
first to put the still-recent
discoveries of Columbus and others into a new continent separate from Asia,
and to call that continent "America." With the Waldseemuller map, the New
World was born.It also shows South America, which leads some to believe that Portugal, Spain's great rival, sponsored
a secret expedition around 1500 that traveled through the Strait of Magellan,
around Cape Horn and up the coast of the Americas. The map s currently at the Library of Congress, which is trying
to raise $10 million to buy it. The library still needs $3.5 million.
Steve Fesenmaier writes "Surely a must for all future collecting by American libraries - THE RISE AND FALL OF JIM CROW, a new PBS series starting tonight."
The NYTimes Says The four hours include chilling descriptions and unbearable pictures of lynchings, some well into the 20th century. A third-generation Klansman recalls one he attended as a child, describing the hanging as matter-of-factly as if it had been a football game. To Vernon Jarrett, a journalist, ritualized lynching of blacks had "religious and patriotic connotations," a worship of segregation.
The library\'s latest newsletter said it was looking to add websites to its extensive collection of erotica.
Electronic librarian Edgar Crook said in the newsletter the adult websites would be added to the National Collection of Electronic Publications \"thus giving a representative picture of Australian erotica on the Internet\".
Mr Crook said the library already had such \"weighty volumes\" as Big \'n\' Bouncy and Bra Busters, among other magazines.
Steve Fesenmaier writes: \"Facets Video, in Chicago, has produced a very useful guide to the “7 deadly sins of video collecting.”
Here they are briefly:
1. Forgetting that public libraries are not video stores. 2. Ignoring newer foreign and indie films. 3. Marginalizing or minimizing the video collection. 4. Animation=Disney=Children 5. Neglecting classic, indie, and foreign titles become of expense 6. Treating AFI list of 100 “greatest” as the gospel 7. Defining “indie” as “indiewood”. -- Read More