Academic Libraries

Early Manuscript Collection in Norway Displays Digital \"Checklist\"

My wife\'s Uncle Dave sent me a link to The Schoyen Collection today. It\'s an enormous private collection of early manuscripts, including not only paper, papyrus, and parchment, but items of pottery, stone, and other materials. This site consists of only a representative portion of the more than 12,000 manuscripts collected. For an idea of its complete scope, take a look at the picture index and the slideshow

Pitt begins major deacidification project

From Library Journal:

The University of Pittsburgh\'s University Library System has taken steps to preserve at least 50,000 items in its collection of four million books, using Preservation Technology\'s deacidification process. Provost James Maher has earmarked $80,000 to start the work, which will continue with $50,000 in endowment money each year for the next ten years . . .

Complete article.

Howard Zinn on archives

A transcript of progressive historian Howard Zinn\'s recent speech \"Secrecy, Archives, and the Public Interest\" is available:

The archivist, even more than the historian and the political scientist, tends to be scrupulous about his neutrality, and to see his job as a technical job, free from the nasty world of political interest: a job of collecting, sorting, preserving, making available, the records of the society. But I will stick by what I have said about other scholars, and argue that the archivist, in subtle ways, tends to perpetuate the political and economic status quo simply by going about his ordinary business. His supposed neutrality is, in other words, a fake . . .

'Sights Once Seen' an Epic Reimagining of a Trip

SomeOne sent over this one on a neat project going on
at the Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens. Robert Shlaer uses the daguerreotype process to recapture lost images first made on Fremont's 1853 expedition to the Rockies.

University unearthes 500 Beatles photos

Charles Davis sent over This One that says five hundred photographs
of the Beatles, many of them unpublished, have
been found in the archives of Dundee University,
where they have been gathering dust for more
than 30 years.
The photos, discovered in the Scottish
university\'s archives, show the pop group on the
brink of international stardom in the early 1960s,
the Times reported on Monday.

Suzzallo Library open again after seismic upgrades

Charles Davis brings us a Seattle Post-Intelligencer piece on the re-opening of a remodeled academic library:
Described by one historian as the \"physical expression of a grand idea,\" the University of Washington\'s Suzzallo Library is open again after a two-year project to make it earthquake-resistant. \"We had a ribbon-cutting ceremony,\" UW President Richard McCormick said, \"and our beautiful library is back.\"

MIT OpenCourseWare Now Open

SomeOne writes: "MIT OpenCourseWare reflects the commitment of the MIT faculty to advancing education by increasing access to their academic materials through the Internet and the World Wide Web. We believe that with modern communication technology we can not only transmit information but also stimulate and enhance the deeply human, person-to-person endeavor of education."

Internet replacing the college library

Here\'s An Interesting One that takes the Pew Internet and American Life
Project study, \"The Internet Goes to College\", and adds some interesting conclusions for a snappy headline.

\"One of the things that jumped out was the degree to which college students have integrated the Internet into their everyday life. They are used to high- speed, instant access. They treat it like they would any utility -- water, telephones, television,\"

Information Literacy Instruction in Higher Education

Marian writes: "Eric has a wonderful Article By Abby Kasowitz-Scheer and Michael Pasqualoni on Information literacy instruction. They cover ACRL’s Best Practices Initiative, have a great bibliography, and make some wonderful points. They say Information literacy instruction is alive and well on campuses today. However, there is much work to be done before integrated ILI across the curriculum is standard practice. It's a bit older than most things you point to, from June 2002, but worth the read!"

Note: You might need a subcription to read this.

Library Policy Shafts Students

A student, angry about a return policy at the Georgia Technical college is condemning the school library\'s seemingly lopsided practice of charging $2.50 per day in overdue fees for books when the normal rate is supposed to be $.50. Read it.


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