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Stop rare books sale plea

Stop rare books sale plea: A CRUNCH meeting to decide the fate of thousands of rare books takes place today as pressure to save them mounts from the Welsh Assembly Government.

Cardiff Council is set to hold 11th-hour talks with academics to discuss the possibility of them retaining some of the rare texts after Heritage Minister Alun Ffred Jones expressed his “disquiet” over the plan to sell them off.

What’s new with DOD’s 5015.02-STD

I know this is probably a question on all our minds: What’s new with DOD’s 5015.02-STD : The Defense Department standard for records management applications is mandatory for DOD agencies, but voluntary for civilian agencies. DOD released Version 3 of 5015.02-STD in April 2007 and certified the first products under this revision this year. The National Archives and Records Management endorsed Version 3 in September.

Fight to stop rare books sell-off

An action group says it is "aghast" at plans to sell some of Wales' oldest and rarest books.
A new action group, Cardiff Heritage Friends, which includes local residents, historians, other academics, solicitors, and librarians, is calling for the council to stop the sale "of some of Wales' greatest treasures".

"Improvements will include technological advances that will benefit all library users across the city," he said.

U of Illinois Library Reverses Course on Obama Documents

Chicago Tribune reports: Documents related to U.S. Sen. Barack Obama's service for a nonprofit education project started by former 1960s radical Bill Ayers were released last Friday from an archive at the University of Illinois at Chicago library. They had previously refused to release records of the project. Will the archive be fodder for the Swift Boat-types?

National Review's "Investigation" of Documents Housed in the Richard J. Daley Library

Libraries are large and complex organizations. The communications made to Stanley Kurtz, National Review (NRO) contributing editor by staff of the University of Illinois – Chicago (UI-Chicago) about the availability of the requested collection, especially comments by a part-time graduate student, are not prima facie evidence of a coverup or conspiracy. Rather, the allegations provide evidence on the state of one specialized collection in a large library with millions of individual items that is not intimately known in its entirety at the initial points of public contact.
Details here and here.

Canadian librarian Ian Wilson elected President of International Council on Archives

The Malaysian National News Agency reported from Kuala Lumpur that Ian Wison has been elected President of the International Council on Archives. Wilson, who reportedly has spent thirty years connected with Canadian library and archive communities, will serve a two year term.

Broken Book Brought Together after 1,600 Years

The Times has an interesting story of the Sinai Codex, a copy of the Bible written 1,600 years ago. The Bible has been in fragments, with some owned by the British, some fragments by the Germans, some by the Russians and some by the Monestary of St. Catherine in Sinai. After much work, you can now read part of the Codex Sinaiticus online.

Information Management Panel: Lessons learned from recent disasters

Listen to the Information Management Panel for lessons learned from recent disasters such as Hurricane Katrina. Find out why COOP plans must to factor in vital and essential records when identifying the elements of a complete risk analysis. Gain perspectives from Federal and State Government experts.

Saddam Hussein’s papers, along with controversy, find a temporary home with the Hoover Institution

After five years of storage in a Baghdad home and a U.S. government facility, millions of records from Saddam Hussein's regime may soon be available for review at the Hoover Institution at Stanford.

The Iraq Memory Foundation, a Washington, D.C.-based group that collected about 7 million documents from Hussein's Baath Party headquarters just after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq in 2003, is entrusting the records to Hoover, which has agreed to hold the documents for five years and then help arrange their return to Iraq.

Parts of the collection—which promise insight into how Hussein ran his dictatorship—may be open by the end of the summer, said Richard Sousa, Hoover's senior associate director.

National archives in Ottawa to reopen after flood

Is there anything that strikes fear into the hearts of archivists than Exploding Pipes? (Other than Sasquatch attacks of course) The main Library and Archives Canada building is to reopen Wednesday after a burst water pipe flooded part of the downtown Ottawa building early Tuesday morning, damaging some 20th century books.
Ottawa firefighters arrived at the building shortly at about 2:30 a.m. after water began leaking onto the second floor.

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