Some say that President Hayes stole the 1876 election from his Democratic opponent, Samuel Tilden, but now it's the Hayes Library that has suffered a loss. Two of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center Library's rarest books, with a total value of about $130,000, are missing.
While authorities have arrested three people believed connected to the disappearances, it's still not known where the books are. The books are the Maxwell Code and the Freeman Code, some of Ohio's first laws, dating back to the 1790's.
One of the thieves was previously arrested in 2007 in connection with the theft of $20,000 worth of antique maps from a bookstore in Harrisburg, IL. He also has a prior arrest record for felony theft and receiving stolen property. Toledo Blade reports.
Readers of the Desoto Times are being polled about the possible use of metal detectors in the library after a gun was found stashed behind the First Regional Library in Hernando Mississippi, a place described by the library's executive director as "a nice peaceful town'.
Catherine Nathan said she was reluctant to consider the installation of metal detectors, but would leave that decision up to the Board of Trustees. Said Nathan “We didn’t think the day would come when we would talk about guns and the library. I hired a security guard this past year and we have security cameras outside the library. Now it does pull us up short”.
Ugh. Next door to the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh, where a show containing the work of a former graffiti artist is in progress, vandals spray painted lines from a poem by T. S. Eliot...incorrectly.
The Main Library will require exterior power washing, but the librarians themselves worked to get the spray paint off the steps.
Reports by investigative reporters are often not pretty. While there can be "gotcha" efforts, sometimes sunshine is provided in a dark situation. This is an odd one.
WTMJ in Milwaukee presented an online report following up on alleged actions by a librarian serving alcohol to minors near her home. The library director for the town of Walworth appears to have pleaded guilty and no contest to an array of charges. The person concerned, according to the report, has not lost her job even though she wound up with a $3,000 fine.
Things like this are not pretty but raise questions. What is the role of the public library in today's world? When unaccompanied minors come into a library, what is the duty of care owed? What might something like this do to a library's reputation especially when budget request time comes?
Read the story and think about it.
Police have recovered a stolen 400-year-old volume of Shakespeare after a man walked into the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC and asked to have it authenticated.
The First Folio edition of 1623 was stolen nearly a decade ago from a display case at the Durham University Library in England. The book is considered one of the most important in the English language.
Police say the man claimed to be an international businessman who had bought the book in Cuba. The Folger contacted the FBI and discovered that the Folio had been listed as stolen; the 'businessman' is currently being held for questioning.
This article from the Calgary Sun names two librarians, one in Canada and one in the US, who help to nab rare book thief James Lyman Brubaker, whose theft of over $21,000 of books was reported yesterday on LISNews.
One is Ada-Marie Atkins Nechka, of the U of Calgary's MacKimmie Library, and the other is WWU's Rob Lopresti, a librarian at Western Washington University in Bellingham and an amateur mystery writer. Lopresti discovered Brubaker attempting to sell the materials on ebay.
Felicitations on some good detective work.
A sharp (but unnamed) librarian at Western Washington University did the job of putting two and two together; a) maps and plates cut out of rare old books and b) someone named 'montanasilver' selling same on ebay...
Now James Lyman Brubaker, 74, of Great Falls MT has plead guilty in federal court Monday to charges that he stole (a lot of) rare library books with the intent of re-selling them. A search warrant was obtained and executed at the Brubaker residence based on the WWU investigation. During the search, law enforcement discovered approximately 1,000 books of which 832 were suspected of being stolen from university libraries in Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, and Wyoming and Alberta Canada.
"In a case that has befuddled police officials, a Columbus man has been charged with crawling under a table at a library on University of Cincinnati’s campus, spraying a substance from a syringe on a woman’s shoes and then photographing them."
Police are trying to trace a man who has disappeared since his arrest over the theft of rare books from the Royal Horticultural Society in London.
William Simon Jacques, 39, was held after several works vanished at the society's building in Vincent Square.
Chicago Tribune reports: DES MOINES, Iowa - State auditors allege that a small town librarian was selling off some of the books in the collection on the Internet and pocketing a portion of the money.
Donna Turner resigned from her job as Director of the Center Point Library (IA) on Dec. 6, 2007.
At the time of her resignation, auditors said 211 library books were listed for sale by an Amazon.com account set up by Turner. More background (including travel, hotel and meal receipts) in the auditor's report.
Oh and they're looking for a new director. Maybe someone without an Amazon account?