Academic Libraries

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.

Thurmond's retirement boosts Clemson archive

TheState.com has This Story on Strom Thurmond's papers, which he has donated to Clemson, from which he graduated in 1923.
Burns estimates Clemson has received more than a million pieces of correspondence alone, plus speeches and other documents. But Clemson's collection includes more than papers. It also has more than 3,000 artifacts and memorabilia Thurmond received during his 70-plus-year political career.

"He saved everything," Burns said. "We're running out of space."

Few Employers Check Out

xuening writes \"For corporate librarians, the job market has worsened in the past six months, recruiters say. Many are being laid off, and fewer library jobs are being created due to tightening budgets... The full story is at
CareerJournal.com \"

\'Asset stripping\' of cultural treasure

Charles Davis points at this
Guardian Story on the Commonwealth Institute\'s plans to modernise, that they say will lead to loss of national resource and damage to
multicultural understanding, say critics.
The trustees and governors of the Commonwealth Institute, in Kensington, London, are accused of planning to sell off the organisation\'s prestigious headquarters for millions of pounds
and dump its unique 50-year-old library on a struggling Bristol museum.

Newsreel archive launched online

Bob Cox sent over This BBC Story on a New Online Archive of Hundreds of hours of historic newsreel footage. It can be viewed free of charge. The bi-weekly news bulletins, which played in cinemas from 1910 to 1970, have been released via the Pathé website thanks to a grant from the National Lottery.

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