Academic Libraries

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."

New librarian pushes information literacy

Mock Turtle writes "The Daily Bruin has a story on Gary Strong, the new university librarian at UCLA. Strong, having previously served as State Librarian of California, and as director of the Queens Borough Public Library System in New York, is spearheading a university-wide information literacy education effort, and keeping privacy and intellectual freedom concerns at the forefront."

Tribnet.com Has A Similar Story on Nancy "Action Figure" Pearl a professional librarian who has been at Seattle Public Library for 10 years.

Who's better: Google or CU librarians? Search me

geckomlis spotted This One From Ithaca on a recent study done by Cornell University's Instruction, Research, and Information Services (IRIS) that pitted Cornell librarians against freelance researchers at Google Answers -- a fee-based system, where more than 800 freelancers answer questions for a minimum of $2.50. The company claims to be able to provide answers within 24 hours.

In the study, 24 questions --ranging from the population of Afghanistan (about 26 million) to where Geoffrey Chaucer died (London) -- were given to library research staff and to Google Answers. Responses were scored by university librarians on a blind basis. The librarians looked at the accuracy and clarity of the answers given, and the validity of sources cited in answers. Cornell's researchers scored just slightly better than Google's in the study.

Dershowitz to donate archives to Brooklyn College

Mock Turtle writes "Newsday reports that attorney Alan Dershowitz is donating an archive containing more than 1,000 boxes of memos, manuscripts, letters, legal documents, clippings, and other artifacts to his alma mater, Brooklyn College. Documents from the Simpson and von Bulow cases will be included."

NCCU students improvise as fuzzy invader makes its mark on books

News From NC says N.C. Central University is suffering mold, which has appeared in fuzzy patches on the spines of many of the books in the 567,000-volume collection. But administrators are still trying to decide whether the library mold is a big deal. In the meantime, they're erring on the side of caution.
"We have bent over backwards to be conservative," Provost Lucy Reuben said. Barricades were put up before the fall semester began Aug. 25 and have not been removed, she said. Still, she toured the blocked-off areas herself last week and said the mold didn't look that bad.

Libraries cut off access to the scientific literature

Bob Cox points us to Scientific American and word that access to journals is rapidly changing as public research libraries, squeezed between state budget cuts and a decade of rampant inflation in journal prices, drop printed journals in droves. The online versions that remain are often beyond the reach of "unaffiliated" visitors.

Standards for Archival Description: A Handbook

David Dillard writes "Standards for Archival Description: A Handbook, from
The Society of American Archivists is a full text monograph online that is available at no cost to the reader at the above website. A significant part of the coverage of this
book is of interest and value to the general library user in general
collections as well as of importance in archival practice. The section
covering subject headings would be a prime example of this.

It's a music mecca

An Anonymous Patron writes "This Sacramento Bee article describes the Beethoven Center at San Jose State University."
They say the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, the only facility of its kind outside Europe devoted to the great composer.

With a multimillion-dollar collection of first-edition music, books, handwritten notes, and even a peculiar lock of hair no one dares touch, the center serves as a resource for everyone from scholars to armchair enthusiasts.

The costs and benefits of meeting law firms' information needs

Law.com takes a look at in Library Economics 101, by Joan L. Axelroth.
She says In these days of limited resources, it is not enough to present management with the costs of running the library, assuming that they will support the operation because it has value. Rather, library managers must be prepared to explain what is involved in running a library system that meets the firm's information needs. Managers must also be prepared to show how the library's resources, products, and services enhance the firm's bottom line.

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