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clareboothluce writes "Two men subdued a library employee and made off with rare books last week during finals at Transylvania University in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. Transy has some particularly fine special collections holdings.
Blake writes "accessnorthga.com Reports Federal and state officials have launched an investigation into alleged financial abuses at middle Georgia libraries.
At the center of the probe is David C. Wilson, director of the Ocmulgee Regional Library, which has branches in Cochran, Alamo, McRae, Hawkinsville and Abbeville. Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents raided the main library in Eastman back in May and also searched Wilson's home and car."
A former night supervisor of the Kenyon (OH) College library, David Breithaupt aged 45, pleaded guilty Friday to selling rare books and other artifacts from the school's collection for $26,000, according to court documents.
Fifty ancient books, all more than 100 years old and having a cumulative value of more than $50,000 were sold to buyers in 19 other states and four foreign countries. Mansfield News
search engines person shares this story from the Bloomington (IL) Public Library:
Librarians first noticed pages were missing from several cookbooks last summer. Since then they have pulled nearly 100 cookbooks from circulation because of missing or damaged pages - an estimated loss of $2,000....Librarians said many of the books are out-of-print and might be irreplaceable.
Update: 12/15 14:51 EST by R: I posted this yesterday, but will post again, since there's a follow-up story. BPL (MPOE) has had an outpouring of support, with donations of cash and books. More here, and a picture of some of the damaged books here.
Front page news from my hometown newspaper about the rash of cookbook mutilations that have been noted since this past summer. Grrr!!!! And here's our departmental newsletter with a small piece I wrote about the thefts a couple months ago.
Anonymous Patron writes "News From Michigan where Law enforcement agencies from across Macomb County are investigating a rash of DVD thefts from local libraries that are turning up in local resale and pawn shops.
About 800 DVDs have been stolen from the Shelby Township library and the three branches of the Clinton-Macomb Public Library -- two in Clinton Township and one in Macomb Township."
Rich writes "Friday's Boston Herald reports that a former research librarian at Bain & Co. has been indicted on embezzlement charges for stealing over $800,000 from the the company's Boston office.
bostonherald.com Has The Report"
Bob writes "A boarding school of 350 students in Saskatchewan Canada - and if you want to see wheat fields as far as the eye can see visit Saskatchewan - has a collection of manuscripts that most universities can only read about. The founder was told he needed a library, so he got a good one! The whole story here from The Walrus."
Anonymous Patron writes "SPB PRESS #110 - Thousands of documents stolen from city archives More than 7,000 irreplaceable documents -- including historic decrees signed by Peter the Great -- have been stolen from St Petersburg's state archives.
Thieves helped themselves to handfuls of ancient manuscripts from binders in bundles of up to 50 before making their escape from Russia's biggest historical archive, on Millionaya Ulitsa."
There's always a couple of rotten apples in every barrel.
One is Regetta Meyers, former director for 17 years of the Homer (IL) Township Library , who was found to have embezzled money from her library for over seven years by keeping two sets of books and writing checks to herself.
The library district has accused her of stealing about $320,000 over several years. Story from the Star Newspapers (not far from Champaign-Urbana).