Academic Libraries

Iraq National Museum Looted

Luis Acosta writes "The New York Times reports on "what is likely to be reckoned as one of the greatest cultural disasters in recent Middle Eastern history," the pillaging of the National Museum of Iraq, where "at least 170,000 artifacts [were] carried away by looters."


In Vintage Maps, a Japan Bygone Floats Lyrically Online

"For half a century, a rare and extensive collection of historical Japanese maps spanning hundreds of years have been stored in the East Asian Library at the University of California, revealing their secrets only to those few who had received permission to handle them. Now, through state-of-the-art imaging technology, anyone can view these fragile maps online, at "

"So far, 210 maps - some dating back almost 400 years - from the 2,300-piece collection are online. The collection, which will be available for viewing in its entirety within two years, includes 252 maps of the city of Edo (now Tokyo), 79 maps of Kyoto and 40 maps of Osaka spanning the years 1600 to 1867. Many are woodblock prints on handmade paper. The collection also includes a map from 1710 depicting the center of the world as the source of four great rivers of India, and a 40-foot scroll map of the roads of Japan in 1687." (from The New York Times)

Watergate papers sold for $5 million

\"In one of the largest such purchases in American history, the University of Texas at Austin has bought the Watergate papers of Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein for $5 million, the university announced today.\" (from MSNBC)

University of Texas gets Watergate papers

Jen writes "The Watergate papers of Washington Post reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein will be housed and made available for study at the University of Texas at Austin in a $5 million deal Announced Monday.

The school said it is paying Woodward and Bernstein to archive the documents, enough to fill about 75 file boxes, at its Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center.


Beethoven\'s Ninth manuscript could fetch £3m

Charles Davis writes \"The final manuscript of Beethoven\'s Ninth Symphony, scribbled with the composer\'s revisions and comments, including splutters of rage at the unfortunate copyists, will be auctioned in London next month, estimated to make up to £3m.
Sotheby\'s head of manuscripts, Stephen Roe, described it yesterday as \"an incomparable manuscript of an incomparable
work, one of the highest achievements of man, ranking alongside Shakespeare\'s Hamlet and King Lear.\"
It is a sale to make collectors swoon: last year a single leaf of a Beethoven manuscript, entirely in his own hand, was sold to a private American collector for £1.3m almost 10 times the highest estimate - which makes the estimated £3m for the 575 pages of the complete Ninth quite a bargain.
More at
The Guardian \"
Jen Young points to CNN As Well.

ARL Annual Salary Survey for 2002-03 Published

"The Association of Research Libraries announces the publication of its Annual Salary Survey. The report analyzes salary data for all professional staff working in the 124 ARL member libraries during 2002-03. Data were reported for 9,469 professional staff in the 114 ARL university libraries and for 3,804 professional staff members at the 10 nonuniversity ARL institutions. The university population is generally treated as three distinct groups: staff in the general library system, staff in the university medical libraries, and staff in the university law libraries." (from The Association of Research Libraries)

Unfortunately, The report is not available online.

New Allies in the Fight Against Research by Googling

"Ronald J. Granieri is doing what he can to keep his history students out of the quagmire of misinformation known as the World Wide Web. Two years ago, when he
started using Blackboard's software to post assignments, handouts, and materials for his courses at Furman University, he added a link to a page of library resources. It was a small effort, perhaps, but he favors anything that leads his students away from Google and toward vetted scholarly material."

"Students have this idea that there is no difference between searching on the Web and searching in the library," says Mr. Granieri, an associate professor of history at Furman. He hopes that making the link between library materials and his course site -- a locus of research activity for his students -- will introduce them to new and better sources of information and help wean them away from search engines." (from The Chronicle of Higher Education)

Working late at the library

John Noble sent over a funny little piece from The New Scientist, check it

"Librarians are funny people. And, yes, we do mean funny ha-
ha. In particular, anyone stuck for an acronym (rather than a mere
abbreviation or initialism) for their latest project should
immediately consult their nearest librarian. They can't resist a self-
deprecating pun. In Britain we already have the Social Science
Information Gateway, that'll be a SOSIG machine. And, for true
connoisseurs of the internal politics of the UK Academy of
Information Systems, there's the Follett Implementation Group on
Information Technology, which is enough to make a non-
connoisseur FIGIT. And now from the Netherlands we have the
Networked Research and Digital Information group. Truly NERDI.

WV State College Makes Benin Archive Available

Steve Fesenmaier tells us that:

"West Virginia State College, an unusual land-grant college established for African-American students, has made an archive of Benin materials available. Hopefully students and scholars will use it."

According to the article:

"The West African country of Benin does not produce very many documents, but the ones that are printed will be housed in a small room on the main floor of West Virginia State College’s Drain-Jordan Library.
Besides economic reports, agricultural studies and laws, the Benin Collection includes films, newspapers, photographs and a live computer link to the catalog at the National University of Benin."

Stanford project puts student work online

"The idea makes so much sense, it might serve as a standard for all graduate school courses: Create a Web-based library of original student research -- especially if the topic has long been neglected."

"With that in mind, Stanford Law School Professor Barbara Babcock, two sharp librarians and dozens of students have done exactly that, generating an extensive archive of unique biographies of important but forgotten women in law."

"It's already attracted widespread interest from other scholars -- and some descendants of these historic figures." (from Mercury News)


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