Academic Libraries

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 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.

Online future for Nuremberg archive

Mock Turtle writes "The BBC reports that Harvard Law School plans to post the entire one-million-page archive of the Nuremberg trials to the Internet ... provided they can raise the $7 million required. Here's the story."
Harvard's Law School has already posted 7,000 pages on one of its own web sites but it says it needs as much as $7m to make the entire Nuremberg archive available.

From Movies to Minutia: DVDs Eyed for Archival Uses

A Slashdot Thread pointed the way to an NIST Data Preservation Program to develop specifications for "archival quality" CD and DVD media that agencies could use to ensure the procurement of sufficiently robust media for their long- term archiving needs (i.e., 50 years and longer).
The working group shares information and best practices concerning the use of DVD and related technologies in the federal government. It will identify the needs of the federal community in relation to the durability of storage media and work with industry to develop suitable archival grade specifications.

An Online Library Struggles to Survive

Anonymous Patron writes "9/8/2003 Daily Report from The Chronicle of Higher Education -- THE FOR-PROFIT ONLINE LIBRARY QUESTIA, having competed unsuccessfully with college libraries, is scaling back and rethinking its business plan. -> SEE The Chronicle Site for the full story.
(may require password and id until it moves into the free zone of the chronicle)"

They say Questia that looks desperate. It has drastically shrunk its work force, halted its marketing campaign, and closed offices in Los Angeles and New York, leaving only the Houston headquarters open. The company also has scaled back aspirations for its library collection and expanded its target audience to include high-school students.

Student plagiarism resources

edu">David Dillard writes "This is a selection of resources from a long
list of publications, websites and
webliographies of resources about plagiarism,
a topic of renewed interest as a new academic
year is commencing.

The full resource may be reviewed Here.

Using Ask-a-Librarian service to make up for reduced hours

Milner Library at Illinois State University (Normal), is looking for its consortium-based live web reference service to make up for a decrease in open hours. State budget shortfalls and increased costs have caused Milner and many other Illinois academic libraries to cut hours, purchases, and staff. The library is cutting back by 20 hours this year, after a 30 hour cut last year. What doesn't make sense in the story is that the live chat hours referred to are roughly the same as the library's hours. Don't know if that's a misstatement. Anyway, the rest of the story, which includes information about the sorry state of Illinois academic libraries is here.

Princeton's archives hold many secrets.

Bob Cox spotted a Princeton Packet Article on the Mudd Library which contains an impressive array of archives, including a collection of U.S. public policy papers; the notebooks of Arthur Krock, former Washington bureau chief of The New York Times; the wartime journals of former CIA director Allen Dulles, John Foster's brother; the papers of former Democratic presidential candidates Adlai Stevenson and George McGovern; and the papers of former Secretary of State James A. Baker III.


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