Russia pays off debts with archive donations

Charles Davis writes \"Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s,
Russia has owed Finland a considerable amount that was
previously negotiated in the form of bilateral trade exchanges.
There have been numerous and varied efforts to find ways of
paying off the debts, currently standing at around EUR 538
million, and one recent example has greatly benefited the
Helsinki University Library, Finland\'s national copyright reference
Last Monday an agreement was signed between the
establishment and the Russian Federation, under which the
University Library will receive around four million pages of
archived microfilm and microfiche material.
Read the
Full Story Here. \"

Historic documents put away for restoration

Charles Davis writes \"It is a source of Baltimore pride, an icon of American history
and perhaps the most vivid symbol of Independence Day aside
from the flag itself.

But for now, the oldest manuscript of Francis Scott Key\'s
\"Star-Spangled Banner,\" the celebrated poem that became the
words of America\'s national anthem, is off-limits.

And so are many
of the other
symbols of
history that
patriotic Americans might be hoping to visit to celebrate the
birth of their nation.
Full story at \"

\'Superarchives\' Could Hold All Scholarly Output has a Story that says several colleges are now looking to share more of that work by
building \"institutional repositories\" online and inviting their
professors to upload copies of their research papers, data sets, and
other work. The idea is to gather as much of the intellectual output
of an institution as possible in an easy-to-search online collection.
One college has called its proposed repository a \"super digital

I\'m involved in one of these projects myself, it\'s going to be fun to get off the ground.

Archive of the Dot Com Era

Batman writes \"The University of Maryland is starting an archive of business documents from the Dot Com era.

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Neat! An assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland\'s Robert H. Smith School of Business, this week launches an online archive of business plans, PowerPoint presentations, internal e-mails and other artifacts of the Gilded Age.

Great Oldies From All Over

Charles Davis passed along This ananova Story on a cookbook thought to be the earliest printed in English that has
been unearthed at the Marquis of Bath\'s ancestral seat.

It dates from 1500 and includes recipes for the likes of
chopped sparrow and roasted swan.

MSNBC Has This One on an image of the French countryside, the world\'s oldest photo, captured by Joseph Nicephore Niepce on a thin pewter plate, has passed its first full-scale analysis with flying colors and is now awaiting an airtight case that will keep it safe for centuries to come.

Old news is big news at National Library

Good News from Canada, where National Librarian Roch Carrier will announce at a news conference in Halifax today that the National Library has purchased the March 23, 1752 edition of the Halifax Gazette -- and more than 60 other 18th-century Nova Scotia newspapers --from the Massachusetts Historical Society. The purchase price was $30,000 U.S.

Of course, this is the same library That\'s Had 72 floods in 10 Years.

Librarian Ordered to Stop Throwing Away Newspaper Clippings

A Hartford, CT librarian has been ordered to stop throwing away clippings from the Hartford Times archives. She argues that part of her job is reviewing archive materials. She also said that all issues the Hartford Times are on microfilm, and that no local items had been discarded. When she was told that local material had been found in the trash, she said she was unaware of how they got there. Read more.

Library of Congress puts American history on the Web

Charles Davis found This Nando Times Story
On the Library of Congress and the 111th and 112th
collections of materials on its \"American Memory\" Web site. The site now
includes more than 7.5 million items, which the library says is the world\'s
largest collection of online educational material.

Attack of the Clones\" and Librarianship

I went to see the 12:01 AM showing of \"Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones\"
(or if you are in China, \"Copy People Attack\") and I was surprised just how much of it
is about Librarianship. Well, okay, it isn\'t about Librarianship, but it really
does raise some interesting issues about customer service and the integrity of archives. If I were a LIS prof, I\'d use
a scene in the film (perhaps risking litigation from Mr. Lucas) to demonstrate how not
to treat patrons. No spoliers, really, but you\'ll have to click below if you want to read
about it.P.S. There are things that kind of resemble books in the Jedi Library. They glowed blue, which makes them seem like eBooks, but there were stacks full of them, so I\'m not really sure what to make of it.

Tome Raider stole antique books worth £1.1m

Charles Davis passed along this one from
The Guardian on a Cambridge graduate who stole antique books and pamphlets worth an estimated £1.1m from libraries and then sold them at auctions and is now facing a lengthy jail term. The Police named him the \"Tome Raider\" after they busted him with books like Principia Mathematica by Sir Isaac Newton, works by Galileo,
and The Wealth of Nations by the Scots economist Adam
In total he stole 412 extremely rare antiquarian books making
the haul one of the biggest of its kind in British legal history.
Some have been returned to the libraries but hundreds of the
books have never been traced.

\"We don\'t assert he actually got them out of the libraries in the
first place but what he did afterwards was to pretend to be the
owner to sell them or store them away for later, we say, to make
quite a pile of money. We are not dealing with last year\'s law
book. We are going back hundreds of years with some of them.
They are valuable and he knew that.\"

See also, BBC Story on stopping book thieves in stores.


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