Academic Libraries

Bodleian helps re-create 12th-century herb garden

Charles Davis writes: "from
ic Liverpool:

MEDIEVAL monks used
herbs to treat ailments
such as rickets and TB
centuries before the
discovery of modern drugs
like penicillin.

Now, 800 years later,
research has allowed
gardeners at a Cheshire
monastery to recreate a
12th-century medical herb
garden for the first time.
Academics from Oxford University and experts from Kew Gardens
used ancient manuscripts stored in the Bodleian Library to ensure

Letter from Liz I, other Archival Material up for Auction

Charles Davis writes "The Herald (UK) reports on the auction of archival material, including a letter written by Elizabeth I which sheds new light on her doomed relationship with Mary Queen of Scots. In the nearly illegible 5 pages, Elizabeth expresses outrage over Mary's imprisonment on an island in Loch Leven in 1567. The letter is from one of the world's finest collections of British documents, covering almost 1000 years of history. The archive, estimated to be worth £2m, is the property of Americans Harry and Birgitte Spiro.
The Christie's auction, which will take place in London on December 3, involves 160 items from the collection."

Sotheby's to sell rare occult book collection

LISNews British Correspondent Charles Davis writes: "Story at
The Guardian:

Books from one of the most eccentric collections in the country are being sold to settle some of the collector's debts.

The Sotheby's auction next month will include around 600 books, mainly on witchcraft and the occult: a tiny part of the vast library of
the late artist Robert Lenkiewicz.

It includes a 17th century spotter's guide to witches and demons, by Joseph Glanvill. His Saducismus Triumphatus was a desperate
attempt to convince sceptics that ghosts and demons were all too real, and included the first-hand evidence of one Elizabeth Styles
that the devil had appeared to her 'in the shape of a handsome Man and after of a black Dog. Then he promised her money, and that
she should live gallantly, and have the pleasure of the world for 12 years, if she would with her blood sign his paper'"

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."

Letters show Lady Nelson capable of love after all.

Charles Davis writes: "Unlike Emma Hamilton she never whipped off her knickers to dance on dining tables - but Lord Nelson's wife, Frances, was not the
dry old shrew that history has painted her either.

A lost hoard of Lady Nelson's piteous letters about her errant husband found in a trunk in Germany two years ago are finally
revealing their secrets. And it is Lady Hamilton, who stole the naval hero's heart, who plays the role of villain.

Beautiful, scheming, entrancing Emma made sure that the plainer Frances was elbowed out for the rest of Nelson's life.
Story at
The Guardian"

More students taking advantage of libraries

Nice News From The Michigan Daily where Recent trends suggest the notion that students use the libraries only as study places is holding less true than ever.

Changing this perception and increasing awareness of library resources has been a goal for administration members of the University Library, which comprises 19 libraries and collections including the Harlan Hatcher Graduate Library and the Shapiro Undergraduate Library.

Historic newsreel freezes 12 million moments in time on Internet

Here's An Article on a collection of more than 12 million historic photographs, capturing scenes from the Boer War to the D-Day landings. The images, which date back to the turn of the 20th century, have been captured from the archives of the British Pathe newsreel, a cinema news service that pre-dated television.

The unique collection has been created by re-scanning every inch of the archive's 3,500 hours of 35mm film.

Oxford college cellar unearths rare views of Canada

Charles Davis writes "from
The Guardian:

A filthy bundle of papers, which had been lying in a corner of the cellars of Balliol College in Oxford for at least a century, has turned
out to contain rare landscapes of 18th century Canada, including the oldest known views of the green hills and scattered houses
around what are now the cities of Montreal and Quebec.

The paintings, by a British army officer who was also a talented amateur artist, include scenes of Niagara Falls before it became one
of the most popular tourist attractions in the world."

Articles on PLoS Biology in Nature

madtom writes "Nature News announced the debut of the first issue of PLoS Biology this coming Monday. Positioned to compete with Nature, Science, and Cell, its arrival is already causing a stir: unlike other journals that record research about biology and medicine, this one is free. The scientists behind the journal are challenging standard publishing practice, in which researchers pay to read others' results in journals, arguing that this is unfair both to scientists who submit their work freely and to the public whose taxes subsidize the research. Not surprisingly, Nature has published a letter from John Ewing, director of the American Mathematical Society, who makes the counter argument that the journal's revenue model of charging the authors (upwards of $1500 per paper) is unfair to the authors, noting that the journal's assumption that researchers, especially outside the U.S., have their work funded by grants or their institutions, is erroneous. Article
Biology Journals
, and see also,
Ewing, John, 'Open access' will not be open to everyone [Correspondence], Nature 425, 559 (09 October 2003); doi:10.1038/425559a (requires subscription)

Butler, Declan, Scientific publishing: Who will pay for open access? [News feature] Nature 425, 554-555 (09 October 2003); doi:10.1038/425554a (requires subscription)"

San Jose City College Opens Its New Library and Up

stevenj writes "San Jose City College has generally been considered a lower echelon academic institution in San Jose because of the unattractiveness of its campus and aging buildings. But a brand new 12.5 million library building is changing perceptions. Walking into the new library or Technology Center ``is like moving from the Stone Age into the future,'' said student Carl Poole, 49, a student trustee.

Here's The Full Story."


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