Academic Libraries

The importance of archives and memory

Martin Firestein writes "Check out this series of letters written by a former president of the Society of American Archivists explaining the importance of archival documents to the preservation of history, culture, and memory, and the preservation of individual rights.

Read Them Here"

Worth a read even if you're not an archivist.

Beethoven manuscript sells for more than £1 million

Charles Davis writes "from

A 178-year-old signed manuscript by Beethoven has sold
for more than £1 million at auction

The composer's Scherzo from the String Quartet Opus 127
fetched £1,181,600 - including buyer's premium - at a
packed Sotheby's sale in central London.

A telephone bidder bought the 31-page autographed
manuscript, which had a reserve price of £1 million.

The Scherzo is part of a quartet Beethoven composed at
the request of Prince Gallitzin of Russia in 1824-5. It
includes alterations and additions made by the musician"

Student Senate backs libraries move to dump Elsevier

News On The NCSU Libraries where the body of the Student Senate passed a resolution supporting the NCSU Libraries position not to renew a journal subscription.
A delegation from the NCSU Libraries gave a presentation on their contract negotiations with Reed Elsevier for its ScienceDirect online product.

David Shuford, a master's student in genetics, said that Reed Elsevier is offering NCSU Libraries, along with the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN), a contract deal that is unfavorable in light of budget problems that the libraries are facing.

College bans books, reins in instructors

AP Reports Louisiana College trustees have banned two books and ordered all instructors to submit proposed learning materials for review to the Baptist school's Vice President of Academic Affairs.

The decision upholds the censoring of two books that had been used in philosophy classes at the college for years.

"The Road Less Traveled," by psychiatrist Scott Peck and "A Lesson Before Dying," by Ernest Gaines, were removed from the college bookstore's shelves earlier this semester after a student and a board member complained the books are inappropriate.

The complaints dealt with the use of profane language in Peck's book and the description of a love scene in Gaines' novel.

It's About Time: Research Challenges in Digital Archiving and Long-term Preservation

The Library of Congress and the National Science Foundation hosted a workshop to identify specific research challenges associated with long-term preservation of digital content. As detailed in the published report, the workshop identified a number of priority areas for research into new models, methodologies, and tools for digital preservation. Download the Full PDF Here.

Students volunteer to restore late library hours after budget cuts

I can't decide if This Sun-Times Article is sad, or inspiring, but students are donating time to a volunteer program that will restore some of the hours sliced at ISU's library because of state budget cuts over the last two years.
They say The pilot program will keep the library open 3-1/2 hours longer most days, but student and campus leaders say it offers a sad commentary on the state of financial affairs at public universities these days.

About 40 student volunteers will each donate five hours a week stocking shelves and doing other odd jobs, which will free up paid student workers for extended hours, Tucker said. The library will close at 2 a.m., rather than 11:30 p.m., next spring and will open an hour earlier at 6 a.m.

Looking at history in 3-D

Spiffy Vancouver Sun article on a new technique that enables archivists to look at film footage in 3-D.
"The Holcus effect" uses unique lenses that allow viewers to look at two simultaneously running sets of unaltered two-dimensional film footage -- running a few frames apart -- and have their brain convert this information into a 3-D image.

Ryerson U. teams with photo museum for masters program

Sam King points us "this story from CBC News online about a newly created, master's program in photographic preservation. Ryerson University has teamed up with world-renowned photography museum, the George Eastman House for this first-of-a-kind endeavour.

The museum, with its collection of more than 400,000 photos, will provide students an excellent resource in which to learn the trade. "There's not only a need for people who make photographs," said Ryerson professor Robert Burley. "There's a new requirement for, I guess you'd call them information managers, people who can manage not only virtual collections, but object-based collections as well."

Hmmm. I guess you could call them librarians.

- Sam"

E.D. TAB: Academic Libraries: 2000

Nifty New Report based on information from the 2000 Academic Libraries Survey. The tables in this publication summarize library services, library staff, library collections and library expenditures for libraries in degree granting postsecondary institutions in the 50 states and the District of Columbia.
Report PDF. See also, Past Reports

Precious Iraq relics found in cesspool

CNN has the story about two recovered items that were looted from Baghdad's main museum.

The Akkadian Bassetki, a copper statue of a seated man dating from 2300 BC, and an ancient Assyrian firebox that a king would have used to keep himself warm were recovered by police investigators, the authorities said Thursday.

The Bassetki statue is considered the most important of Iraq's ancient artworks after the so-called Warka Mask of a Sumerian goddess, recovered earlier this year.

"As far as I can tell their condition is OK, although they still need a bit of cleaning up," Russell said.


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