Academic Libraries

Bus company owner builds collection of ancient manuscripts

This AP Story says Martin Schoyen, has amassed one of the world\'s largest collections of ancient manuscripts, with an estimated value of up to 840 million kroner (dlrs 105 million).
The collection of more than 12,500 pieces spans five millennia. It includes parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls, ancient Buddhist writing rescued from the Taliban, ancient symbols used by Australia\'s Aborigines and even a signet ring used by Egyptian King Tutankhamen.

\'King of Porn\' Empties Out His Castle

Luis Acosta writes \"The Washington Post has this amusing and informative feature about a Library of Congress curator\'s private archive of erotic literature being donated to the Museum of Sex, a new museum soon to open in New York. Between the jokes about the collector\'s eccentric enthusiasm, the article recognizes how his contribution will help further the new museum\'s worthy mission, \"to bring the best of contemporary scholarship on sex and sexuality to a larger audience.\" \"

Special Collections in Prague Damaged by Flood

Paul Coleman writes \"This article in the New York Times reports damage to libraries, museum collections, and historic site archives wrought by the floods in central Europe. \"[O]ne of the librarians,\" the reporter writes, \"was near tears as she recounted how hundreds of rare books were soaked despite being moved for safekeeping.\" \"

The Bookless Library, Continued

An interesting discussion on
the future of academic libraries from D.C.\'s excellent public affairs program \"Public Interest\". Featured are Association of College and Research Libraries president Helen Spaulding, Trinity College president Pat McGuire, Des Moines Community College dean Anthony Pauston, and Goucher College president Sanford Unger.

NOTE: Real Audio is required - the link to this segment is roughly 1/2 way down the page under the heading \"Tech Tuesday: Future of Libraries\". Sometime in the next few days it will be moved to the archive.

A Shortage of Academic Librarians has another one of those Shortage of Academic Librarians stories.

They say Academic libraries, experiencing a wave of retirements, are finding they have more job openings than qualified candidates to fill them.
According to the American Library Association, more than 27,000 academic librarians work in the country\'s colleges, universities, community colleges, and research libraries. In 2000, the average age of the ALA\'s roughly 65,000 members was 49. And according to a 2000 survey of library directors by Library Journal, 40 percent of the respondents said they planned to retire in 9 years or less, and 68 percent in 14 years or less.

I\'m still not sure I\'ve actually seen any real evidence of this.

Services Mentioned on College Library Websites

This Research Conducted by Karen Fischer examinations 40 college library websites as a way to get quick and dirty information about what services some college libraries provide by looking at what they mention on their websites. This is a list of 40 private liberal arts college libraries.
Check Out Her Results.

Paperless campus means no books

Wired News reports that a community college in Iowa is colloborating on beta tests with tech companies in order to become a paperless campus. Instead of a \"library,\" the school has a \"resource center\" with computers, AV, and a few print periodicals. The article doesn\'t say whether they have a properly trained resource centerian.

Read the story here.

Battle over Yale\'s Vinland map

Charles Davis writes \"Two new studies add fresh fuel to a
decades-old debate about whether a
parchment map of the Vikings\' travels
to the New World, purportedly drawn
by a 15th century scribe, is authentic
or a clever 20th century forgery.
The Full Story, from CNN.\"

The man who owns TV nostalgia

jen writes \"My favorite quote:
\"If you handle enough Eva Gabor negligees from \'Green Acres,\' after a while you know what kind of stitch the studio used.\"
Full Story \"

Paper Passe on U.S. Campuses

From the Chronicle of Higher Education:

\"I love libraries. Books talk to me,\" says Madeline M. Wake, dean of the nursing school at Marquette University, who will become provost in August. She likes to walk through the stacks and pull out books that catch her eye. \"As I was growing in my education, that\'s the way I processed stuff,\" she says.

But her students learn differently. They turn to the Internet instead of books. So she\'s looking forward to a new library at Marquette, to be stocked with computers and digital-media centers. She hopes that they will help teach a generation raised more on cathode-ray tubes than printing presses.

\"My guess is that people are reading the things that they really rely on for information online,\" Ms. Wake says. \"So to pretend that we\'re living in yesterday isn\'t helpful.\"

Complete article. The Chronicle recently held an online chat on this topic.


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