Chaucer Goes Online with "Canterbury Tales"

Poet Geoffrey Chaucer has made a pilgrimage to the Internet after
the British Library published on its website the entire first two editions of his 14th
century classic, "The Canterbury Tales"

The digitisation of the work, a collection of 24 stories written in Middle English and told
by pilgrims on their way to Canterbury Cathedral, coincides with the anniversary of
Chaucer's death on October 25, 1400.

"The Canterbury Tales" has been a bestseller and one of the most loved books in the
English language since it was first printed by William Caxton in the 1470s.

"With these digital copies users can explore (Caxton's) early editions in their entirety
and study not only the text but the development of printing techniques and illustration,"
British Library spokeswoman Kristian Jensen said.

Told by pilgrims from all layers of society travelling to the shrine of the murdered Saint
Thomas a Becket, the tales, written between 1387 and 1400, range from the romantic
to the bawdy and are marked by timeless insights into human nature.

via Charles Davis]

NYRB Books - 40th anniversary celebrations at NYPL

Steve Fesenmaier writes "With the November 6 issue The New York Review of Books celebrates its fortieth anniversary. In the spirit of the occasion we have cast aside our usual practice of highlighting selected articles from the current issue, and present below the full contents of this special issue.

To take part in the celebrations, be sure to attend the remaining lectures in our series at the New York Public Library. All events are held in the Celeste Bartos Forum (in the Humanities and Social Sciences Library on Fifth Avenue), at 6:30 pm. Use the links below or see the NYPL site for further details.

* October 29: Thomas Powers, "Secrecy and Its Hazards"
* November 25: Ingrid Rowland, "The Art of Knowing"
On November 20 at the NYPL, J. M. Coetzee will deliver the annual Robert B. Silvers Lecture: "As A Woman Grows Older.""

Research Libraries and University Presses Issue Statement

Anna writes "The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) have formulated a Joint Statement on Scholarly Communication. The Statement sets forth the complementary roles of press and library within higher education, and indicates a strengthened commitment to cooperation and joint action.

With increased stresses on the system of scholarly communication-arising from swiftly changing technologies and difficult economic times-the two associations believe that both challenges and opportunities can be best addressed by cooperation within the academy.

"As a practical matter librarians and publishers work together all the time, and research libraries and university presses are already collaborating on some exciting joint ventures at a number of campuses," states Peter Givler, Executive Director of the AAUP. "I'm delighted with this formal recognition of our common interests, and look forward to the wonderful new opportunities for cooperation between our two organizations it creates."

Full text of the Joint Statement is available as a PDF."

New web home for Sanford Berman features Stone Lecture

Steve Fesenmaier writes: "Madeline, the webmaster for the Sandy Berman website, has moved it from the University of Illinois to an independent server. It's new address is

She has posted the streaming video of his 2003 Stone Lecture. More new items will be posted soon.

See What's New...."

IMLS choses 3 public libraries for 2003 awards

Steve Fesenmaier writes " Three Libraries to Receive National Award for Library Service:

The Country's Highest Honor for Extraordinary Community Service Provided by Libraries Carries with It a $10,000 Award

Dr. Robert S. Martin, Director of the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, today announced the 2003 recipients of the National Awards for Museum and Library Service. This is the nation's highest honor for the extraordinary public service provided by these institutions. Each of these institutions will receive a $10,000 award.

The winners of the National Award for Library Service are:

Bozeman Public Library
Bozeman, Montana;
Free Library of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania;
Pocahontas County Free Libraries
Marlinton, West Virginia;

More Here."

Book Drive for Kalangba Agricultural Secondary School

Michele Wisneski writes:

I'm a second year library science student organizing a book drive for a school in Sierra Leone. Their library was destroyed during the fighting in 1998. Info on the book drive is available on my website:; additional information on the school is available at Would it be possible to have this posted on LIS News?Thank you-Michele Wisneski

Why yes, it would, but only because you're so well mannered. I think because of his politeness you should take that copy of The Sound and the Fury you're never going to open again and send it on. Maybe ask your library friends too.

Largest library-based book festival begins with "Stone Reader"

Steve Fesenmaier writes "The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County was chosen as the finest public library by Library Journal several years ago. Their Novello Festival is the largest of its kind in the country. This year it will begin with a showing of the landmark film THE STONE READER, introduced by its director, Mark Moscovitz.
More Here"

A Librarian Is Making a Big Noise

Steve Fesenmaier writes points us to The NYTimes and another story on the now famous, Nancy Pearl, the model for a librarian action figure ("With amazing push-button shushing action!").

"Is this dowdy? Do I look dowdy?" Nancy Pearl asked as she took the stage, plucking at her elegant blouse. The crowd roared.

Happy Birthday Sandy Berman!

Steve Fesenmaier writes "Sanford Berman was born 70 years ago today in Chicago. Little did Samuel and mother know what was going to become of their only child. Today Sandy celebrates 70 years of raising hell in libraryland - and others lands including Africa, Europe, and many other parts of the globe. Check out his website, newly reposted at"

Time for the LJ third annual Movers & Shakers

Brian Kenney writes: "The editors of Library Journal need your help in identifying the emerging
leaders in the library world. From librarians to vendors to others who work
in the field or related industries, our third annual Movers & Shakers
supplement will profile up-and-coming talent: people who are innovative,
creative, and making a difference. Now more than ever, library workers are
creating ground-breaking services and collections for their users. But too
often the people behind these exciting projects remain out of sight, known
only to their peers. So help us celebrate the new professionals among us who
are moving our libraries ahead. More information, and an online form, is
available at Nominations are due by November 1
and should be submitted to bkenney at or via fax
646-746-6734 or snail mail: Library Journal, 360 Park Avenue South, New York, NY
10010. "


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