In ancient monastery, a stunning library

The Christian Science Monitor has This Story on St. Catherine\'s Monastery, regarded as having one of the world\'s finest collections of manuscripts and icons.
The ancient library – containing 5,000 early printed books, 3,500 manuscripts, and 2,000 scrolls – is of an age and diversity that only the Vatican can equal. The monastery also owns some 2,000 icons, religious artifacts, and other curios, including a silver and enamel chalice from King Charles VI of France. This item was given to the monastery in 1411 and is so unusual that the Louvre Museum in Paris recently asked to borrow it for an exhibit.


Yiddish Literature Digitized

explained in this story,
a new website, as a product of a four-year digitization project,
allows people to purchase Yiddish literature on-line. Currently,
there are approximately 12,000 titles in the database; once someone
selects a title for purchase, it is printed, bound, and shipped within
days. This digital collection, which can be accessed at,contains
many titles that may have otherwise been lost.


library discussion @ metafilter

SomeOne Passed along this Metafilter Thread that is worth a read.

\"Find your library. When I was a kid, my public library was my sanctuary, providing me many hours of enjoyment. Of course I yearned for better, larger library. When I was in college, I loved to wander the stacks. Do you have any fond library memories?\"


Library has Nixon family feuding

The Globe & Mail and The LA Times both have stories on the struggle for control of the late President\'s old stuff.
His grieving daughters and their husbands are fighting over whether the Nixon library would be tightly controlled by the family or by hired hands. Both stories have some good detail and fun titles on the big fight.


LC faces new investigation into allegations of misconduct

Lee Hadden Writes: \"There is an Article in \"The Hill\" about possible wrong-doings at the
Library of Congress concerning contractors and other affairs.

\"Library faces new investigation into allegations of misconduct.\" By
Michael S. Gerber

\"Library of Congress officials, who have spent several years defending
themselves against accusations of discriminatory hiring practices, now face
a new investigation into allegations of misappropriating funds and
violating federal standards in the library\'s contracting process.\"

\"Rep. Albert Wynn (D-Md.), whose constituents include several thousand
federal employees, some of whom work at the library, requested that the
General Accounting Office (GAO) audit several alleged irregularities in
library management and practices.\"


When all Else Fails, Open an E-branch

A CA library can\'t afford to open another branch library, so they are opting for what the director believes will be the next best thing; an e-branch.the e-branch will be unstaffed and will be located at the local mall. Patrons can do almost everything they can do at the main branch, except browse the stacks. More


\'Quiet please?\' Not at Clinton library

A couple more stories on the new Clinton Library.

This One says that Far from trying to cover up the unsavory moments of the Clinton administration, city leaders call them the library\'s main selling point and a key to the city\'s future.
\"The controversy will make our library much more interesting, much more attractive, It\'s the dull libraries that you worry about.\" said Skip Rutherford, a local advertising executive and professional Friend of Bill\"

Also, Lee Hadden writes: \"The Wall Street Journal for March 6, 2002, has a short article on page
B8 by Dean Starkman, \"Library Lure.\" It describes how the Clinton
Presidential Library site was chosen in part to help lead with the
revitalization of Little Rock, and how new companies such as Acxion and
Moses Tucker Real Estate are moving into what was formerly a rundown
warehouse district along the Arkansas River waterfront.


Not Just a Library, an Oasis of Civilization

Mr Stuff sent over this NYTimes Story on the New York Public Library.
Though it focuses on NYC in this case, most of what\'s said can be applied to your favorite library as well. If you don\'t know how things work @ Ny Public, check it out, it\'s quite interesting.

\"It is natural, I suppose, that a great library should be a more important presence in the life of a writer than it is for those whose work does not involve constant contact with the written word.\"


Reference Is Better Than We Thought

Gillian Davis writes \"There is an article in LJ, \"Reference Is Better Than We Thought\" \"A study of 12 libraries in California reveals that the 55 percent rule is wrong\". \"

They say the older studies said that so-called typical, \"fact-type\" queries used in all of the previous accuracy studies were only representative of half of all real queries received at reference desks, the new study says 90 percent of the cases in this examination, a panel of reference experts determined that librarians recommended an accurate source or an accurate strategy in response to a user\'s query.
90% ain\'t so bad.


Library Cat Woes in Dewey

In Dewey, OK, there is yet another tiff over a cat in the library. The cat was removed for health reasons, according to the article, but some are wondering if the proper procedures for removing library cats were followed. More



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