Academic Libraries

Art History Without Slides

Jen Young sent along This chronicle.com story on profs that have done away with slides and traditional projectors in favor of an expensive but promising alternative: images stored on the college\'s computer network and digitally projected into lecture rooms.
With the new technology they can zoom in on images, juxtapose them, and call up information about them, all through a computer and touch-sensitive screen built into her lectern.
They say Yale\'s slide library has already stopped photographing artworks from textbooks to display on the image library\'s walls, except when specifically requested by professors. That\'s one of several sacrifices made to free librarians for cataloging, a process that represents the bulk of the work in building digital collections.

Lifting the Lid on a Treasure Chest

\"During a rehearsal for \"A Streetcar Named Desire\" at the Barrymore Theater in New York more than half a century ago Marlon Brando dropped his address book.\"

\"I beg you return this,\" he had written inside the cover. \"I lost eight others already and if I lose this, I\'ll just drop dead\"

\"The finder, however, did not return it. Today it is part of a collection of literary and cultural treasures here at the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, part of the University of Texas. (from The New York Times)

Internet Archive: Moving Image Archive

Rob Lopresti writes \"This is not really about libraries but I can\'t imagine a public or academic library that wouldn\'t be interested. Am I the last to discover the Movie Archive?

It contains thousands of short movies, mostly pre-1970 from what I saw, all ready to download or stream from the web. See \"The Librarian,\" a 1947 career guidance flick. Or \"A Day Called X\" about the nuclear destruction of Portland, Oregon (featuring the actual mayor). Or \"Destination Earth\" in which \"Martian dissidents learn that oil and competition are the two things that make America great.\" Amazing... \"

Libraries, Internet co-exist

Good News From The Daily Evergreen where they say In an age where people consider the Internet to be replacing libraries as a functional means of research, some students are not willing to rule out fact-finding that many would consider more tedious.

\"As slow as it may seem, the library gives you a very broad array of information to choose from,” said Jacob Schwecke, a sophomore wildlife ecology major. “And it is easy to use as long as you learn how to refine your search.\"

Cold blamed for National Library water leak

Sam King sent over More Bad News for the National Library of Canada.
recent cold snap in Ottawa is being blamed for a break in the water main this week at the National Library\'s storage facility.

The library\'s \'Response Action Team\' managed to save more than 2,000 books from water damage.

Water leaks are not a new problem for staff at the National Library. There have been as many as 72 floods since the early 1990s, says National Librarian Roch Carrier.

UTA thinks small on libraries : Administrators say

Sharon Giles sent over This Story from The University of Texas at Arlington where plans for a new library have changed course in favor of smaller, computer-based libraries.
Administrators envision the university\'s Central Library will be augmented by small, specialized, computer-based libraries near classrooms staffed by librarians who can help navigate the growing electronic collection.
Is this the beginning of a slippery slope?

Another story says 24 Hours is the right number of hours to be open.

Donors save law library

SomeOne passed along some Good News for a change. The Dane County Law Library received a last-minute reprieve this week thanks to a surge in donations from local law firms and attorneys, and will continue operating in 2003 after a new contract is worked out between the county and the state law library.
Tax-deductible donations can be sent to the county Clerk of Courts office, 210 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Room GR-10, Madison, WI 53709.

\"The major benefactors of the county law library are pro se (without attorney) litigants in family law,\" he said. \"The fact that they\'ll be able to continue having the forms and services needed to pursue their own cases is very important.\"

Shirts, caps and crystal footballs help more than sports

SomeOne writes \"Medical and engineering students at Ohio State University have football players to thank for keeping up their subscriptions to journals such as Metallurgy, Cell and Brain Research.

A portion of the university\'s royalties from sales of licensed merchandise such as hats, sweat shirts and a planned crystal football go to the university libraries,
Here\'s The Full Story \"

They say we split about $250,000 in royalties are split yearly among the main, medical and law collections. It\'s a small part of their $13 million acquisitions budget, but helps guard against the 6 percent to 10 percent yearly increases in subscription costs.

Illegal Art in the Corporate Age

Steve Fesenmaier writes \"An art show in NYC, moving soon to Chicago, argues that corporate copyright laws are too restrictive.
Here\'s The NYTimes Story.\"

So far this operation has not sparked even a lawyer\'s angry voice mail, said Carrie McLaren, curator of the exhibition, \"Illegal Art: Freedom of Expression in the Corporate Age\"
They say the point is American copyright laws are overly restrictive and outdated. \"Illegal Art,\" which had its debut at CBGB\'s 313 Gallery in New York in November, moves to Chicago later this month.

Follow Up: County law library to shut doors

SomeOne points us to This Sad Story where The Dane County Law Library will close its doors Dec. 27 after a fund-raising effort by area lawyers failed to come up with the funds necessary to keep it open.
Two weeks ago, The Capital Times [and LISNews] reported a fund-raising effort was under way among lawyers and law firms to raise $65,000 to keep the law library open, after the library\'s 2003 budget was cut from $117,000 to $52,000.

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