Collection Development

Building libraries abroad

Here's A Dallas News Story [Reg. Required] on University of North Texas professor, Carol Simpson, who has devoted the last two summers to making sure that libraries are available to schoolchildren in Negril, Jamaica, and Chiang Rai, Thailand. She's led groups of UNT students to both towns to catalog thousands of donated books and set up libraries.

"We didn't want to come in like a fairy godmother, wave the magic wand and create a library and then go," said Dr. Simpson, assistant professor at the university's School of Library and Information Sciences. "We wanted to create something that they would be able to maintain and continue to be able to use. We wanted to use a real library as a laboratory.

The Librarian's World and Welcome to It

An Anonymous Patron spotted an "Amusing and all too true...." story in which Dennis Dillon, assistant director for collections and information resources at the General Libraries of the University of Texas at Austin, chronicles his day.
Professor Jones really wanted that journal!

Updating library collections: A global challenge:

"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)

Hat collection at library is a crowning success

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.

Getting shelved

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."

Collection Management or Dumbing Down?

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.\"

Scripps may lose its priceless collections

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.

Weeding in the NY Times

Ron Force writes \"The New York Times has a
on the art and science of weeding library collections.\"

Free registration required.

A New Theory on Mapping the New World

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.

When Heroes Faced Down Injustice and Terror

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.


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