Academic Libraries

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

Leaping to Life in the Archives

From the New York Times (registration required):

The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center is one of the city\'s great cultural treasure troves. It is the largest dance archive in the world, with holdings that date back to 1460. But even dance fanatics tend to forget about this research center once known simply as \"the Dance Collection.\"

What could dance, that restlessly vital art form, have to do with dusty tomes pored over in sleep-inducing fluorescent light and in tomblike silence?

More.

Nigerian Law School Libraries Seek Donations

Forwarded by Allen Overland:

Steve Perry, Information Resource Officer for the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos, Nigeria (U.S. State Department) is actively soliciting book donations for the four branches of the Nigerian Law School in Abuja, Kano, Jos and Lagos. We specifically would like donations of reference books, law books, classic books of cases, torts, study manuals and anything else you might find appropriate in building up a legal collection.

Ideally, it would be great if we could obtain four copies of each book for the four branches of the Law School. This way, each Law School would ideally
receive the same books. If you are cleaning out your Law Offices, weeding Law Books from University Libraries or other collections, might I suggest that this would be a perfect way to make a real difference. Nigerian Law
Schools are increasingly interested in American Law and actually turn to American Law (and not British Law) for precedents in a variety of new law cases that are currently being heard around the country. One additional consideration: the Nigerian IT infrastructure is so fragile and so undeveloped that it will be years before the legal profession here will be able to rely on the Internet for any type of legal research. What the Law Schools here need are books and plenty of them.

The Public Diplomacy Offices of the US State Department in Lagos and Abuja will find a grant for shipping these books from the nearest port in the U.S. (probably Baltimore) to Lagos, Nigeria where they will be cleared from
customs here by an accredited representative of one of these Law Schools.

What we need now (besides the actual donations of books, of course) is for one person to temporarily be responsible for collecting these books from potential donors, storing them temporarily, and making sure they are picked
up in a responsible manner by the shipping company before they are finally shipped to Lagos. We thank you so much for whatever efforts you can spare in this important endeavor.

If interested please contact:

Stephen Perry, IRO, Lagos
8300 Lagos Pl.
PAS Lagos
Washington, DC 20521-8300
Perryls@state.gov

Tel: 234-1-263-4868
Fax:234-1-263-5397

Please visit our Website at:
http://usembassy.state.gov/nigeria

UGA Mentor Program

This was posted to the newlib-l discussion list today and seems a very interesting idea that other institutions may want to look into:
\"The UGA Libraries’ Committee on Research and Professional Development is proud to announce the launch of The Mentor Program. Mentoring at the UGA Libraries encompasses counseling and guidance, collaboration,
research assistance, professional development needs and much more.
Feel free to look around and let us know what you think. We hope to have a well established and successful program in the near future.\"

Here\'s the link to the University of Georgia Libraries Mentor Program.

Lessons in Librarianship

LLRX writes \"Jan Bissett and Margi Heinen reflect on teaching librarians legal research, offering us insights into how they have selected and prepared teaching materials, the sources they have used, and the lessons they have learned. Published in the January 15, 2002 issue of LLRX.com

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Scholarly Work in the Humanities & the Evolving Info Environment

A December 2001 publication of the Council on Library and Information Resources:

As the scholarly information environment changes, so do the needs, expectations, and behaviors of users. Assessing and responding to those changes is essential for the academic library so that it may continue in support of the scholarly mission. The authors of this report have formally examined how humanities scholars conduct and collate their research. The study was based on a small sample of scholars; nonetheless, the results are powerfully suggestive of ways in which academic libraries can adapt to and develop in a rapidly changing environment. In particular, the findings emphasize how important it is for libraries to chart their evolutionary course in close consultation with scholarly user communities.

This study results from the fruitful cross-fertilization between the scholar concerned with aspects of information science and the librarian concerned with delivering operational information services.

More, with thanks to wood s lot.

Collection Management Initiative

Laura Fosbender writes \"From October 2001 through September 2002, about 300 print journals, for which electronic access and publisher data are available, have been temporarily removed from the shelves of the nine campuses of the UC system.

During the course of the experiment, faculty and students will rely on the digital versions of these titles to meet their information needs. -- Read More

20 Million Accessed 1901 UK Census in First Week

Or tried to, anyhow - a flood of genealogists has swamped the servers of the UK\'s Public Records Office, which unveiled the online version of the census this week:

The growing fascination with family history came to the fore this week when an estimated 20m people attempted to access the newly launched online version of the 1901 census.

Designed to cope with just 1.2m visitors a day, the site effectively seized up with a couple of hours and within 24 hours had been withdrawn for a quick overhaul that the Public Records Office said would allow more people to log on.

Plans to put all Victorian census records online are also to be speeded up to meet the obvious demand from a public fascinated with when their relatives were born, married and died and how they lived their lives . . .

More from the Guardian.

1901 UK Census Available Online, Heavily Used

An editorial from the London Evening Standard:

The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there. Or so LP Hartley told us in the opening sentence of his novel The Go-Between, published in 1953. But we\'re now keener than mustard to catch hold of all our yesterdays.

Two days ago, the Kewbased Public Record Office was stunned by the overwhelmingly avid response to its decision to put the 1901 census on line (the most recent census released under the 100-year rule that protects individuals\' privacy). I\'m surprised at its surprise. The Public Record Office should have known that, these days, everyone wants to be a DIY historian . . .

More. The 1901 census data can be examined here, although as Ananova recently reported, heavy demand is making it difficult to use the site.

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