Academic Libraries

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home page -- more information is available through their Help and General Information pages (the latter is somewhat outdated but still useful).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."

Preserving Ephemera of Recall Campaign

rteeter writes "The New York Times has this article on archivists rushing to preserve material from the California recall election. (Registration required)"

They say With just over a week before the election, their campaign bumper stickers, buttons, Web sites and in one case thong underwear are becoming treasured artifacts. Researchers, archivists and historians holed up in museum offices and library basements across the state — people who normally think in terms of years not days — are scurrying to preserve the stuff of this election.

Heinlein archive gets $300k boost from widow's estate

Mock Turtle writes "The UC Santa Cruz archive of renowned science fiction writer Robert Heinlein has received a gift of materials and cash, valued at $300,000, from the estate of Heinlein’s late widow, Virginia.

The donation was accompanied by a grant to establish the position of a Heinlein Scholar at the campus, who will work to organize, document, and promote the scholarly use of the archive, housed in the University Library’s Special Collections since 1968.

William H. Patterson Jr. has been selected by UCSC as the campus Heinlein Scholar for 2003-04. Patterson is also the person designated by Heinlein’s late wife to write the definitive, authorized biography of her husband.

UC Santa Cruz Currents has more about Heinlein, Patterson, and the archive.

(There are a couple of neat old photos at the site as well.)"

Civil rights archives to go online

Mock Turtle writes "The Hattiesburg American reports:
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded $463,322 to the University of Southern Mississippi to develop and launch the Mississippi Digital Library, providing online access to USM's extensive collection of materials on the civil rights movement. Letters, diaries, photographs, state and organizational records, oral histories, and other primary sources that provide firsthand documentation of the history of race relations in Mississippi will be included in the digital collection. USM is collaborating on the project with Delta State University, Jackson State University, Tougaloo College, the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, and the University of Mississippi."


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