Academic Libraries

GAO: Archives' Proposed System Lacks Key Elements

Here's A Short internet.com piece on a new report [PDF] by the General Accounting Office that says The National Archives and Records Administration's (NARA) proposed Electronic Records Archive (ERA) project is missing key elements of recognized industry standards.
Charged with preserving government records in perpetuity, NARA says electronic records "pose the biggest challenge ever" due to the rate of technological obsolescence combined with the expanding number of diverse electronic records created on different systems within the government.

Vast Martin Luther King archive displayed before sale

Charles Davis writes "from
An AFP Story on Sotheby's, which is to sell more than
7,000 items from King's archives next
month.

King's family wants to sell the entire
collection to a single buyer, which
they hope will display his archive."
They say it's been very important to the family that this archive be preserved in an institution, if possible, so that the public and scholars may have unfettered access.

Whitepapers from InformationWeek.com

InformationWeek offers free access to white papers and more if you register (for free). Here is one of the latest.

Wireless LAN Security - What Hackers Know That You Don't.

Link is below in the story.

Academic libraries use coffee to attract users

Here's an NPR All Things Considered audio story on how academic libraries are installing coffee bars, not only to attract students, but as a way to creatively finance resources. It's sort of a gee-whiz story, and pretty lame for NPR, but, well, there it is anyway.

Pay upgrade for librarians

Marlene writes " Youngstown State University studied their salary schedule and decided it was time for an upgrade. Position affected were..

"Administrative/professional employees hold midlevel, nonsupervisory positions — such as counselor, academic adviser, librarian , student activities specialist and computer center employee. They represent the lowest-paid employee group on campus, and the former salary structure had not been updated in about 20 years, officials said."

Digital Diamond New Jewel in Temple U's Crown

David Dillard has a story to tell about Temple University's Digital Diamond digitizing project: "...for those who would like to see a major chunk of Philadelphia in photographs that can be found through keyword term searches, this resource will be found to be a wonderful treasure." Read the (somewhat edited) text of his tale below...

British Library acquires unique 19th Century Famil

Charles Davis writes "Spotted at
The ResourceShelf.
A unique and important album of nineteenth-century Indian watercolours has been acquired by the British Library. The paintings show views of Mughal and pre-Mughal monuments in Delhi, many of which no longer survive...Following
conservation work the Metcalfe Album is now on display in the John Ritblat Treasures
Gallery at the British Library in London, until 1 October 2003. The album will also be
digitised and the images will be freely accessible on the Library's Collect Britain website at
www.bl.uk/collectbritain during 2004. Some information and images are already
available on the British Library website."

Tabloid archive to be destroyed

The anthrax-laden headquarters of American Media, Inc., parent company of the National Enquirer, Star and other tabloids, has been purchased for $40,000, on the condition that all the contents within, be destroyed. The building has stood empty since it was evacuated in late 2001 after becoming contaminated with anthrax which killed an editor and sparked a nation-wide anthrax scare. Included in the contents to be destroyed is an archive of over five million photos of everything tabloid--from Bigfoot and 200 lb. babies to celebrities caught in compromising and less-than-classy situations. More here from the New York Times.

Burned UGA Library to Reopen Today

News From GA where just in time for the first day of classes, the badly burned main library at the University of Georgia is expected to reopen.


School officials say repair and cleaning crews worked non-stop for several weeks in order to repair and refurbish the library.

Fire investigators say an arsonist set fire to the area July 23. Firefighters managed to contain the blaze to the second floor of the university building, although the flames destroyed a storage room that held used computer equipment.

Blitzmail

An Anonymous Patron writes "Kind of a Neat Story on the BlitzMail system at Dartmouth College. For nearly 20 years, the 13,000-odd students, faculty and staff members of Dartmouth have communicated by using Blitzmail. Strictly speaking, Blitzmail is a campuswide e-mail system, but it is so fast that it qualifies as instant messaging. And as instant messaging becomes a fixture on college campuses, Blitzmail serves as a signpost for what others might come to expect when most communication on campus is accomplished by way of keyboards."

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