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The son of a Yale University professor, and summer employee of one of the University libraries has admitted to stealing items form the archives and selling them. Libraries whose collections contain rare materials are often an easy target for thieves, even though the libraries themselves take extensive precautionary measures to guard against theft. Since many libraries don\'t report the theft of materials, there is no way of knowing exactly how costly the problem really is, overall. More
Carol Reed writes \"Newsday.com has an article on a Texas business man who is arranging to have the films and photos from several ex-Soviet Archives cataloged and put up on the Web.It looks like a very interesting project. It\'s still a work in progress, but the archives in Russia have a nearly complete collection of newsreels from 1919-1985, and the earliest film is of the coronation of Czar Nicholas II in 1896. Here\'s a link to the archives web page -- the link at the end of the Newsday.com story is somewhat messed up.\"
Steven Bell writes \"Here\'s a nice article about the library at Penn State University that appeared in one of their campus publications. I\'m providing the Link that appeared in Distance-Educator.com.\"
\"Where does anyone looking for information
go? For 150 years, people have gone to the
public library for books, reference materials,
periodicals, research and peace. There is no
other institution so accessible to the public.
It costs its patrons next to nothing. Its boundaries
are completely colorblind and bias-free,
ageless. It is almost always open. And it is changing.\"
\"As a tool for archiving information, the Internet is a wonder, especially in its ability to make a variety of materials, from magazine articles to video clips, accessible to people around the world. But the Internet hasn\'t always been up to the job of archiving itself. That\'s changing, with the launch of the Wayback Machine, a repository of Web pages from the Internet Archive (www.archive.org), a nonprofit based in San Francisco. With the Wayback Machine, you can surf the Web as it was. Which means, in practical terms, the chance for researchers, historians and others to gaze back in time at snapshots of Web sites such as ESPN.com, Lycos or even out-of-business companies like Webvan.com. \'Wayback,\' it should be noted, means way back to 1996.\" More
From the most recent issue of Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship:
Service to library users with disabilities has been the subject of numerous books, articles, and presentations, but it is useful to consider this issue specifically in the context of science libraries for several reasons. In the United States we acknowledge an established need for scientists, but have long overlooked the pool of scientific interest and talent among individuals with disabilities. Sci-tech librarians can play a significant role in the encouragement of scientific talent among library users with disabilities by making the library environment accessible and ensuring as much as possible the independent access to information that is so critical to scientific endeavor. Some of the specific ways librarians in sci-tech libraries can contribute to an accessible electronic library environment include developing basic familiarity with relevant assistive technologies, creating accessible web pages, monitoring accessibility of electronic databases purchased for the library, and by preparing accessible bibliographic instructional activities.
James Nimmo passed along This Houston Press story on two agents dispatched to sniff out supposed anti-American activity at the tiny Art Car Museum last week.
Agents said they were following up on complaints they received about anti-American activity at the museum.
After spending about an hour touring and taking notes, the agents helped themselves to free museum literature and said good-bye.
Museum docent Donna Huanca was reportedly \"freaked out\"
Hermit :-( writes \"The LAtimes has an article describing how \"More than 2,750 items in Afghan National Museum were destroyed in [the Taliban] regime\'s war on art, experts say.\" First they came for the music, then the films, then the television... then the ancient artifacts of their heritage... \"A [printed] tourist guide to the National Museum, printed by the Afghan government in 1974, is now [Afghan historian] Mohebzadah\'s pocket guide to all that has been lost. Most of the items listed in its glossy pages are gone, he said.\" A deeply bitter irony is that the Afghan and European efforts to catalog the artifacts, \"those very catalogs--its photographs now littering the museum compound--helped the Taliban search for things to destroy as the regime became more isolated and more extreme.\" \"
The New Criterion has an Interesting Story on the \"war\" between Books and Computers
The author, Eric Ormsby, says that each format has come to stand for something in the minds of its adherents: if not a style, then a stance.
The full story isn\'t online.
\"The zealous computer fanatic sees the book lover as troglodytic; the staunch book lover regards the computer fanatic as barbaric. As you might suspect, both sides are right and both sides are wrong.\"
In a National Post article, Julia McKinnell, a summer student at Oxford, describes the joys of being in the Bodleian Library.
She reports having to \"swear before a man in a gown that I wouldn\'t \"kindle fire therein\" or \"undertake to injure objects.\" After taking this solemn oath, she requests a few books for the fun of it.
You can read the whole article here. -- Read More
The Chronicle of Higher Education will be holding an online colloquy on this subject tomorrow (Thursday, November 15) at 2 p.m. U.S. Eastern time. The guests will be Council on Library and Information Resources president Deanna B. Marcum and Association of College and Research Libraries president Mary Reichel.
Click here to submit a question to be answered during the online session.