Academic Libraries

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."

Changing times for college libraries

Gary Price checked in from The Resource Shelf with a short article from Canada, Changing times for college 1ibraries.
They say Canadian college libraries have seen more changes over the past decade than ever before.

To keep up with changing times, and the changing needs of students who rely on the Internet and other electronic resources, libraries across the country have had to re-evaluate their standards.

Summit: Offering 22 million items from throughout the Northwest

Darci Chapman writes "from the Eugene Oregon Daily Emerald:
'The Orbis Cascade Alliance is a consortium with 27 member libraries throughout the Northwest. Summit combines the catalogues of these libraries over the Web for students to search for and borrow items that are unavailable at their campus libraries. The Summit catalogue provides access to twice as many items than the University offered with access only to the Orbis catalogue.
The books usually arrive within two or three days after students order them, Helmer said. Students can access the unique collections owned by each library, which account for more than half of the items available in the catalogue.'

This is a great boon to distance students such as myself who may have access to a nearby academic library but not to the campus library of the institution they're attending.

Here's the full article and here's the Summit home page -- more information is available through their Help and General Information pages (the latter is somewhat outdated but still useful). And finally, here's a list of the Member Institutions."

Museum discovers Lewis & Clark letters

The Associated Press Reports Three letters that explorers Meriwether Lewis and William Clark wrote during and after their expedition 200 years ago are on view at the Cincinnati Museum Center.

The letters had been in the Cincinnati Historical Society's archives since 1885. They were donated by Aaron Torrence, son of an executor for the estate of James Findley, a soldier who was an associate of the explorers but didn't go on their expedition.

Rare photos given to San Francisco museum

Charles Davis writes "Story from

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's venerable photography collection has grown noticeably richer with the
donation of more than 100 ``rare and precious'' photographs from the 19th and 20th centuries by some of the
medium's most important practitioners.

Collectors Carla Emil, a member of the museum's board of trustees, and her husband, Rich Silverstein, a San Francisco
advertising executive, have agreed to give the museum works by such seminal 19th century photographers as Eugene
Atget, Julia Margaret Cameron and Lewis Carroll and such 20th century masters as Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Alfred
Steiglitz and Paul Strand."

University should act to protect student safety in library towers

The Daily Northwestern has a Guest Column by Sarah Bush, who says she was hypnotized in the library.
She says 1. There is a sexual assailant on the loose in the library. 2. The library stacks are quite isolated, and as a consequence not quite safe. 3. There isn't much being done to make the situation better.

"That's why I am writing this column. I tried on my own to spread my story and prevent more hypnotic "experiments." Clearly, it wasn't enough. So again, here's the description: He's medium-sized, with glasses, brown hair and severe acne. Be wary of people asking you to participate in studies without consent forms."

Archimedes Lost Book - sold for $ 2 million

Steve Fesenmaier writes "PBS' Nova series broadcast one of the most interesting investigations into a lost book I have ever seen. Archimedes wrote a book on his "Methods." For hundreds of years the book was lost, reused by medieval monks. Recently it was sold for millions to an unnamed billionaire. Researchers are discovering that Archimedes knew much more about infinity than anyone believed.
Visit the website at"

Hypnotism assaults at library raise safety questions, need for vigilance

JB writes "Police continue to investigate incidents involving several Northwestern students who allege they were hypnotized and, in at least one case, sexually assaulted in the University Library.

University Librarian David Bishop said no changes in security have been made at the library since the last reported incident two months ago, but University Police say they have increased patrols there.

"I'm not sure that I could say that anything is being done in response to this," Bishop said.

A female victim reported to police that on July 22 a man hypnotized her after asking her to help with a research project. He then "spoke to and touched the victim in an inappropriate manner," according to a UP community crime alert....

Full Story."


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