Academic Libraries

Washington's Museums Are in Expansion Mode

Jen Young spotted This NYTimes Look At happenings at all the museums in DC these days.
Thanks to an infusion of federal and private money, some $2.4 billion in spending is in the works for new and revamped museums, theaters and other projects in and around the nation's capital.

Archiving in the Digital Age

Archiving in the Digital Age, By John Courtmanche, says movie execs say they're constantly being second-guessed by technology advocates for not trusting computer archives.
Hollywood studios are not turning their motion picture film assets into digital archives, in favour of a format that is as agnostic and neutral to technology change over the decades as possible. Senior vault executives at Paramount Universal, Sony Pictures, 20th Century Fox and MGM all confirmed that 35mm film remains their most trusted medium for archiving their visual assets.
Senior vault executive sounds like a cool gig.

Destroy Order Reportedly Sent in Texas

A. Faithful Reader links us to This NY Times story about the aftermath of the Texas legislature's Democratic contingent's recent defection:
Texas Department of Public Safety captains were ordered to destroy all records gathered in the search for Democratic legislators who fled the state in a successful effort to prevent a redistricting bill from passing, according to a published report.

The one-paragraph order, sent by e-mail, was obtained Tuesday by the Fort Worth Star-Telegram under the Texas Open Records Act.

If you don't want to login to read the Times story, The Guardian [UK] picked up the AP wire version.

UK Library open all hours for students

Charles Davis writes "
The BBC Reports St Andrews University has become the first higher education institution in
Scotland to offer a 24-hour library service for exam students, according to
The university said it has decided to offer a round-the-clock service in the run-up to
and during exams. "

Lost treasure turns up in Niles library

Bob Cox writes "Mercury News Reports Just off the Niles main drag in San Fransico sits one of the Fremont district's rarely seen treasures -- the 75-year-old Niles library. It contains an extensive, one-of-a-kind file on the history of Niles and 11,000 other items -- books, newspapers, videos, CDs, audio cassettes and a sculpture the Monterey Museum of Art thought was lost for more than 40 years, the ``Poppy Nymph,'' valued at $20,000, "

Lindisfarne gospels on public show

Charles Davis writes "Full story at

The Lindisfarne gospels, one of Britain's most important texts, go on show at
the British Library in London on Friday in an exhibition looking at Britain's
cultural life in the eighth century.

The Lindisfarne Community Heritage Centre on Holy Island will now have a
"facsimile" of the gospels, which will join a 23-page electronic version.


Support the Art Library at Cologne

Klaus Graf writes "The city government of Cologne in Germany is planning to close down the renowned 'Kunst- und
Museumsbibliothek' (KMB) in the very near future! On the 22nd of May 2003 the city council will decide
what will happen with one of the biggest art libraries in Germany. The Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Kunst- und
Museumsbibliotheken (AKMB) has set up a German focus-webpage on their site to give more information
about all this, The Art Library Society of Flanders/Belgium
(OKBV) took the initiative to set up a temporary support-site so that people can also react individually to
these plans. By signing the on-line petition, you can support this art library and send some
encouragement to the people working there."

Cyber rights... and wrongs

Jen Young had the urge to share This CNN Story on the best and worst when it comes to campus cyber rights.
Using the U.S. News & World Report list of the nation's top 50 research universities, Newitz compared the schools based on three areas: how much privacy students had on university computer networks; the availability of privacy tools -- and whether they charged for them; and what the school's bandwidth limitations were.

Unpacking Harlem History

Jen Young noticed This NYTimes Story on A'Lelia Bundles. The Museum of the City of New York, as part of an exhibition, "Harlem Lost and Found," is giving
the public's first glimpse of most of the items in Ms. Bundles's collection.Ms. Bundles, who has no children, plans to bequeath her heirlooms to museums. For now she will keep her first editions of books by Harlem Renaissance writers in a bookcase downstairs, near a pair of chestnut and glass cabinets containing some of the silver and perhaps even the ostrich feather fan. The neatly marked boxes of papers will go in the second-floor study.

Art museums go interactive

Jen Young writes "CNN Says Taking a cue from their science and natural-history cousins, art museums are increasingly offering varying degrees of hands-on excitement. Artist-led studio classes, or mere half-hour beginner sessions with an instructor, are turning passive scrutiny into passionate immersion.



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