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Charles Davis writes \"A fire at Glasgow University has destroyed first edition
works of Charles Darwin.
The fire caused £8m of damage, and university officials
describe the losses of original manuscripts as \'tragic\'.
It\'s thought the fire started in roof space used for storage in the 100-year-old Bower building.
Professor John Coggins has told The Daily Telegraph
about the lost documents.
\"Some of these would have included works by Darwin but
what is more irreplaceable is the loss of original
manuscripts, \" he said.
\"Although we may have duplicates of these in the university\'s library, it is tragic that we have lost the originals.\"
Congress recently gave the library $100 million to figure out what to do with all that stuff.
\"With that money we\'ll be able to gather the technical people and the archivists and start to develop a prototype,\"
The University of Southern California\'s Edward L. Doheny Memorial Library has been outfitted to withstand earthquakes:
The 650,000-volume library, a focus of research in the humanities and social sciences, has been a striking example of Italian Romanesque architecture on the campus since it opened in 1932 . . .
The library was damaged like so many other Los Angeles buildings in the 1994 Northridge earthquake. USC used funds granted by the Federal Emergency Management Agency to cover most of the costs of building 17 shear walls to strengthen the structure against lateral movement from earthquakes.
More from the Los Angeles Times.
The Institute of Ethiopian Studies at Addis Ababa University has begun a fundraising campaign to finance the construction of a badly needed new library:
The Institute of Ethiopian Studies on Monday September 24, 2001 held a pre-launch of a fund raising campaign to build a new library that is estimated to cost USD 5 million. The open house held by the IES on Monday attracted over 250 guests, who were entertained by Ethiopian singers, musicians, and dancers . . .
President of Addis Ababa University, Prof. Eshetu Woncheko, emphasized the importance of the IES, which has the largest collection of Ethiopian artefacts in the world, and the need to provide a new library. The library is currently in Ras Makonnen Hall, a palace donated by Emperor Haile Selassie to the university. The hall was not designed to display or hold the weight of the growing IES collection of manuscripts, books and periodicals.
They have a $125,000 grant from the Save America\'s Treasures Program, and librarians have begun going through the collection piece by piece, putting it into order and preparing it for microfilming. By next June they plan to have the entire collection on film. The oldest paper-like documents in Regenstein are fragments of flattened papyrus from the second century a.d.
No word on plans to put the collection online.
A large number of volunteers nationwide are joining the Library of Congress and an Internet archive to collect and preserve online information from around the globe about the attack on America. more... from The Washington Post.
It seems like most of what they say carries over nicely to all areas of librarianship.
\"Computers can do a lot for us, but they can\'t think like we do. There is a certain serendipity when a person sits down with a legal book,\'\' said John DiGilio, a legal and business research librarian at the Downtown law firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart L.L.P.\"
The Chronicle of Higher Ed is reporting on a cool new Online Archive at Mississippi State University\'s Templeton Sheet Music Collection.
The university\'s library is digitizing and conserving the collection, an archive of about 22,000 pieces of ragtime, blues, show-tune, and war-song folios from the 1890s to the Great Depression.
Bay County\'s Sage Branch Library seems to be taking the opposite approach, selling off volumes from the original collection of the library from 1884.
The head librarian (Director?) asked some employees
to remove “Proud to be an American” stickers this
week, saying she didn’t want to offend international
“My concern was that if a student comes to the
desk and sees the slogan, it might make it
uncomfortable, I think we have an
obligation to think about how we present ourselves. We
want to ensure civility and tolerance.”
Update[Thurs 10:15am] She Said Sorry after the school president rescinded her directive.
The problem of insects and parasites gorging themselves on rare manuscripts and historical texts is such a problem in the UK that the British Library has decided to organize a conference on the issue in order to find a solution. more... from The Times.