Academic Libraries

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.

Do Libraries Really Need Books?

Scott Carlson\'s Article says many college administrators and trustees say outright that the book will soon be the information medium of the past, if it isn\'t already.
Some faculty members, however, wonder if the new library will give too much emphasis and attention to computers and other new technology, outshining the traditional print media.

For The Fourth

Lee Hadden writes: \"There is an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal, July 3,
2002, pages B1 and B3, on the preservation efforts of the National Archives
to protect and display the major documents of American history.\"

He also points out the Wachenheim Gallery at the New York Public Library has one of only five or six copies
of Jefferson\'s original draft
he had mailed to
friends, to show where
the congressional
editors had struck. It\'s on display
through July 13.

Bob Cox points out This Story that says the Dallas Central Library has one of the few remaining
original printings of the Declaration of Independence, hermetically sealed in a glass box controlled for
temperature, humidity and light. The copy now on permanent display in Dallas was discovered in 1968 in the basement of a used-book
store in Philadelphia that had closed after 132 years.

Russia pays off debts with archive donations

Charles Davis writes \"Following the collapse of the Soviet Union in the early 1990s,
Russia has owed Finland a considerable amount that was
previously negotiated in the form of bilateral trade exchanges.
There have been numerous and varied efforts to find ways of
paying off the debts, currently standing at around EUR 538
million, and one recent example has greatly benefited the
Helsinki University Library, Finland\'s national copyright reference
Last Monday an agreement was signed between the
establishment and the Russian Federation, under which the
University Library will receive around four million pages of
archived microfilm and microfiche material.
Read the
Full Story Here. \"

Historic documents put away for restoration

Charles Davis writes \"It is a source of Baltimore pride, an icon of American history
and perhaps the most vivid symbol of Independence Day aside
from the flag itself.

But for now, the oldest manuscript of Francis Scott Key\'s
\"Star-Spangled Banner,\" the celebrated poem that became the
words of America\'s national anthem, is off-limits.

And so are many
of the other
symbols of
history that
patriotic Americans might be hoping to visit to celebrate the
birth of their nation.
Full story at \"


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