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Chronicle.com has a Story that says several colleges are now looking to share more of that work by
building \"institutional repositories\" online and inviting their
professors to upload copies of their research papers, data sets, and
other work. The idea is to gather as much of the intellectual output
of an institution as possible in an easy-to-search online collection.
One college has called its proposed repository a \"super digital
I\'m involved in one of these projects myself, it\'s going to be fun to get off the ground.
Batman writes \"The University of Maryland is starting an archive of business documents from the Dot Com era.
Full Story \"
Neat! An assistant professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Maryland\'s Robert H. Smith School of Business, this week launches an online archive of business plans, PowerPoint presentations, internal e-mails and other artifacts of the Gilded Age.
It dates from 1500 and includes recipes for the likes of
chopped sparrow and roasted swan.
MSNBC Has This One on an image of the French countryside, the world\'s oldest photo, captured by Joseph Nicephore Niepce on a thin pewter plate, has passed its first full-scale analysis with flying colors and is now awaiting an airtight case that will keep it safe for centuries to come.
Good News from Canada, where National Librarian Roch Carrier will announce at a news conference in Halifax today that the National Library has purchased the March 23, 1752 edition of the Halifax Gazette -- and more than 60 other 18th-century Nova Scotia newspapers --from the Massachusetts Historical Society. The purchase price was $30,000 U.S.
Of course, this is the same library That\'s Had 72 floods in 10 Years.
A Hartford, CT librarian has been ordered to stop throwing away clippings from the Hartford Times archives. She argues that part of her job is reviewing archive materials. She also said that all issues the Hartford Times are on microfilm, and that no local items had been discarded. When she was told that local material had been found in the trash, she said she was unaware of how they got there. Read more.
Bernie Sloan has written A Bibliography, Managing the 21st Century Academic Library.
\"This bibliography consists of items I have pulled together as a result of my interest in the library of the future, especially regarding the management of the 21st century academic library. I am posting this bibliography on the Web in hopes that it may be useful to those who share an interest in this topic.\"
There are 160+ entries in this bibliography, with about 85% of the entries accessible via the Web
Charles Davis found This Nando Times Story
On the Library of Congress and the 111th and 112th
collections of materials on its \"American Memory\" Web site. The site now
includes more than 7.5 million items, which the library says is the world\'s
largest collection of online educational material.
I went to see the 12:01 AM showing of \"Star Wars, Episode II: Attack of the Clones\"
(or if you are in China, \"Copy People Attack\") and I was surprised just how much of it
is about Librarianship. Well, okay, it isn\'t about Librarianship, but it really
does raise some interesting issues about customer service and the integrity of archives. If I were a LIS prof, I\'d use
a scene in the film (perhaps risking litigation from Mr. Lucas) to demonstrate how not
to treat patrons. No spoliers, really, but you\'ll have to click below if you want to read
about it.P.S. There are things that kind of resemble books in the Jedi Library. They glowed blue, which makes them seem like eBooks, but there were stacks full of them, so I\'m not really sure what to make of it. -- Read More
The Other Ryan writes: \"Today\'s NYT reports that groundbreaking isn\'t for a few years (at least, with what NYC\'s libraries are going through), but, um, the design of the Brooklyn Public Library\'s new Visual Arts Library, well...yes, it\'s groundbreaking in itself.
It\'s a see-through-ship-like-thing, huge, with plans for a 24 hour multimedia center and ideas of using outdoor steps for an ampitheater, etc.
Plans that didn\'t make the cut include a tsunami, a jewelry box, and a cubist wedge.
Brooklyn Public Library homepage (couldn\'t find a press release on it).
From the March/April issue of Ariadne:
This article outlines some of the main stages in setting up an institutional e-print archive. It is based on experiences at the universities of Edinburgh and Nottingham which have both recently developed pilot e-print servers. It is not the intention here to present arguments in favour of open access e-print archives – this has been done elsewhere. Rather, it is hoped to present give an account of some of the practical issues that arise in the early stages of establishing an archive in a higher education institution.
\'E-prints’ are electronic copies of academic research papers. They may take the form of ‘pre-prints’ (papers before they have been refereed) or ‘post-prints’ (after they have been refereed). They may be journal articles, conference papers, book chapters or any other form of research output. An ‘e-print archive’ is simply an online repository of these materials. Typically, an e-print archive is normally made freely available on the web with the aim of ensuring the widest possible dissemination of their its contents . . .