Academic Libraries

A new chapter for libraries

SFGate is running A Detailed Story on the New Breed of Academic libraries.

They say librarians are urgently looking for ways to keep students coming through their doors. They also talk about
the cost of online information, which they point out is significantly more than their printed counterparts. An example is the Oxford English Dictionary, which cost about $1,000 for the 20-volume set and had two editions in the 20th century. The online version costs about $10,000 a year -- but it is searchable and includes words as they stream into the language.

\"I think everybody on campus is worried about the new generation -- that they won\'t get what they think are the most important things in their field. And in the library field, (that) is the habit of acquiring information that has a good chance of being reliable,\" said Thomas Leonard, university librarian at the University of California at Berkeley. \"If we can\'t pass on that habit, then the library fails, even if it looks like a great temple.\"

Archivists Demand NYC Reclaim Giuliani Papers

From the New York Times (registration required):

A group of archivists and historians yesterday angrily denounced the transfer of Rudolph W. Giuliani\'s mayoral papers out of city custody and said that they intended to hold Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg responsible for retrieving the documents, which are being stored at a warehouse in Queens.

The group also held out the possibility of a lawsuit or other legal action should Mr. Bloomberg and his corporation counsel, Michael A. Cardozo, fail to address their concerns . . .

More.

Implementing a law firm web portal

LLRX writes \"Shaking Up Shook: A Case Study in Implementing LawPort Portal
Janet McKinney provides an in-depth look into the planning and implementation of Shook, Hardy & Bacon\'s firmwide intranet using the legal portal LawPort, which also supports the firm\'s intranet, extranet, and public web site. In the February 1, 2002 issue of LLRX.com \"

One of the world\'s largest photo archive, work for Librarians?

Elizaabeth Christian writes \"Is the death of Photopoint an Archives, Library issue ?

Started as a dot com venture capital business by one intrepid visionary, providing unlimited storage in albums for photographs from everywhere, by the time it closed this month it was the repository of an amazing photographic archive, well organized, with editing options, and most important online data for the photographs.

Some people are just finding out their precious photos are gone..they trusted, later paid.

Some links on Photopoints recent demise.In my opinion, this is an in credible international archive of photos, especially US photos, and some nonprofit should step in to preserve the archive, and then sell discs of albums back to the users....assumng the archive still exists.

Warning about \"free\" on the net. People just will not pay if it was once \"free\" it seems.


News.com Story

Actionguild Story

A July 2001 post, showing the story up to that point, explaining how paid memberships did not materilaize

Ripoffreport.com

CyberJunkie.com

Cido Blog

Comparative stats on uses when it closed.
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More on Giuliani Papers Debate

More on Giuliani\'s plan to place the records of his administration in the hands of private organization rather than with NYC:

\'\'He\'s removed his papers so that nobody can go down there and look at them. I think that\'s dead wrong,\'\' said former mayor Ed Koch, who said he viewed everything he did during his tenure as part of his public record.

Representatives for Giuliani referred calls to Saul Cohen, president of the center. \'\'The whole purpose is to create a repository for scholars and journalists,\'\' Cohen said, adding that the records - or copies, if the city prefers - would eventually be stored in a library or at a university in the city. Cohen noted that the organization is paying the cost of the archival work and that its work would actually speed public access . . .

From the Boston Globe. Still more from the Village Voice.

UCLA Purchases Sontag Papers

From the Chicago Tribune:

The University of California, Los Angeles Library has purchased the literary archive of Susan Sontag, one of the best-known and most influential American intellectuals of the late 20th Century. Sources close to the sale say the library paid $1.1 million for the materials, $440,000 of which is for her personal library. Funds were donated by an anonymous UCLA alumna.

Sontag, 69, was reared in Tucson, Ariz., and Los Angeles but has lived in New York for more than four decades. She said her first choice for placement of her archive would have been the New York Public Library, but added \"it is a source of great pleasure to me that it is going to a place I had a connection with. Southern California has been part of my life.\"

A bit more. Even more from the Las Vegas Sun.

Giuliani Papers Go to Private Group Rather Than NYC

From the New York Times (registration required.):

For most former mayors of New York City, the trip into the dusty files of history began with hundreds of boxes of mayoral papers and artifacts being carted from City Hall across Chambers Street to the Municipal Archives in the old Surrogate\'s Court. There, city archivists undertake a long, slow process of sorting and indexing.

Aides and friends of Rudolph W. Giuliani, however, decided that he deserved better. So, on Dec. 24, just a week before leaving office, Mr. Giuliani\'s staff hammered out an unusual agreement with the city\'s Department of Records and Information Services, giving custody of all of his mayoral papers and artifacts to a private nonprofit group that Mr. Giuliani will control . . .

But the transfer of these items, which remain city property, into the custody of the nonprofit group, the Rudolph W. Giuliani Center for Urban Affairs Inc., has drawn the ire of some archivists and historians, who fear that Mr. Giuliani will try to filter history to bolster his image . . .

\"It\'s particularly a terrible idea, because the Giuliani administration had a very dismal record on making information accessible to the public,\" said Michael Wallace, a historian and co-author of \"Gotham: a History of New York to 1898.\"

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Big Ten +2 Team up on Ebooks

The Chronicle of Higher Ed Says The CIC Schools have teamed up in an e-publishing venture that aims to put hundreds of scholarly books in electronic form. They\'ve each committed from $50,000 to $100,000 to develop a prototype for the joint e-publishing venture, that seems light on details.

They hope to one day offer all of their books in electronic form in a version that could be linked to a joint online library catalog. The university presses publish about 1,000 new books each year.

The Quiet In The Library

The CSMonitor says competition from the Internet and electronic databases, have thrown the quiet world of the college library into a state of flux.

They say Legislators and even college administrators are looking for proof that libraries still matter to students, who would rather use a search engine than hike to the library for a book.

Does anything outside of Beer and Football matter to most students?

ASU to Sell Collection of 6,000 Vinyl LPs

The University of Arizona is selling off its entire collection of vinyl LPs at .50 cents each. The collection contains some 6,000 items of varying genres from teh 1950s through the 1980s, and also includes some very rare finds. Anyone wishing to learn more may contact them directly at (480) 965-3587. More

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