Budget cut at Health Canada gut research libraries

Cabot writes "CBC is reporting that Canada's top medical researchers may be left scrambling to find research journals as Health Canada slashes the department's library staff and scientific journals by more than half.

Health Canada plans to cut the science library budget by 50 per cent and reduce staff members from 26 to 10 at the department's six libraries over the next three years. Four of the libraries are located in the Ottawa area."


Do they give campaign ribbons for Format Wars?

Cortez writes "With DVD in AV such a growing part of library collections the venerable VCR has fallen in action - insert somber drum-roll here. Can we store them next to the Sony Beta tapes? l "Today we're officially saying farewell to the VCR," a company spokeswoman said. While others say that's a bit premature, the evidence keeps piling up. Last summer's megahit "Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith" was just released for sale in DVD format only. No VHS version will be available. Other recent films that earned at least $25 million at the box office and are also being sold this fall only on DVD include "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy," "Herbie Fully Loaded," "Sky High," "March of the Penguins," "The Brothers Grimm," and "Dark Waters." "Within 12 months or so, or sooner than that, we must expect that new [movie] releases will be exclusively digital," predicted Crossan Andersen, president of the VSDA, in a state of the industry speech last July."


Excel Spreadsheet for Modeling Serials Budgeting --Freeware

Karl Bridges writes "Now available for free: An Excel spreadsheet designed to handle serials budgeting. Basically you put in your titles and prices by LC classification -- with publisher/call number/etc. You can then select items to cancel/add using a drop-down menu (yes/no). The totals are then automatically tabulated to show where you are e.g. total amount saved, total amount saved by call number. Basically this allows you to do "virtual cancellations/virtual additions" to model the effect of serials changes on various subject areas.
Could also be modified (or used as is) for other things like book orders. If nothing else a useful example of using the SUMIF function in Excel.
Not a complicated project, but since I already went to the effort of doing this why not share???

Download at
Feel free to modify. If you like this please send me an email at [email protected]"


Civil Rights Collection to be donated to Library of Congress

The Reader's Shop writes "The AARP and the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights Announces they will donate more that 4,000 firsthand accounts of the struggle for civil rights to the Library of Congress during an official ceremony on February 24, 2005.The collection of firsthand written accounts, audio and video interviews and photographs, form the world's largest archive of civil rights memories and marks a major milestone of the Voices of Civil Rights, a collaboration of AARP, LCCR and the Library.The ceremony marks the transfer of the project to the Library of Congress, which will continue to gather personal accounts and expand the collection"


It pays to find out if you own an unknown 14th Century Psalter!

Cortez writes " The Earl of Macclesfield finally got around to cleaning up his library a couple of years ago and found "The 225-page illuminated 14th Century work, previously unknown to scholars, is considered one of the most important of its kind." While not a 1st edition Harry Potter, it sold for £1.7m, which is probably a lot in real money. The Earl is still looking for his overdue copy of "Chaucer for Dummies" MOre @ THe Beeb"


LC acquires the Alan Lomax Collection

The American Folklife Center of the Library of Congress recently acquired the ‘Alan Lomax Collection’ archiving the archival work of Alan Lomax. Alan Lomax was a music producer, writer and musicologist who methodically collected recordings and ethnographic records of American music from the late 1930s until his retirement in 1996.


Scottish library to buy literary treasure trove

slashgirl writes "A royalty cheque endorsed by Jane Austen. Letters from Charles Darwin about The Origin of Species. Stacks of correspondence with Lord Byron.
That's just a hint of the literary treasure in the house at 50 Albemarle St. in London, where from 1812, successive generations of John Murrays ran one of the most distinguished imprints in English publishing history. The seventh John Murray, who sold the business two years ago, has offered this astonishing archive to the country for $61 million US. ...
Murray says none of the money will go to any family member. Rather, $5.6 million would endow the archive immediately and the rest would go into a charitable trust to expand and preserve the collection, maintain the London house and support other causes. Read the rest here."


Countering Marginalization: Incorporating Zines Into the Library

Marginalization: Incorporating Zines Into the Library

is an article by Jason Kucsma, editor of Clamor Magazine
and former zinester. It\'s longish and interesting and it
is on the web as a recent supplement to Library Juice. Kucsma
writes, \"The
acquisition of more alternative
literature titles can help bridge the gap between the
traditional notion
of a library that focuses primarily on the printed word
and the more
unconventional idea of the work of libraries that we see
in the Popular
Culture Library. Included in the realm of alternative
literature are the
independently produced zines that have exploded in
numbers during the last
twenty years.\"


New York Public Library Buys Kerouac Archive

The New York Public Library has aquired the literary and personal archive of Jack Kerouac:

The archive, the largest Kerouac holding in any institution, contains manuscripts, notebooks, letters, journals and personal items saved from the time he was 11 until his death at 47 in 1969. . . Meticulously organized by Kerouac himself, the archive comprises more than 1,050 manuscripts and typescripts, including novels, short stories, prose pieces, poems and fragments, a handful of them in scroll form; 130 notebooks for almost all of his works, published and unpublished; and 52 journals, from 1934 to 1960, which include material used in \"The Town and the City,\" \"On the Road\" and \"Big Sur.\"

More from the New York Times (registration required) and even more from the Boston Globe.

The NYPL has provided a bit more information on the contents of the collection here .


Bibliographic Tools for the Alternative Press

Many librarians with collection development responsibilities who understand the importance of the Alternative Press still don\'t select from it, saying they don\'t know how to find those materials or don\'t have the time. Bibliographic Tools for the Alternative Press, a regular feature in Counterpoise, the review journal of the Alternative Press, is a bibliography of resources you can use for exactly that purpose. (Of course, the reason we need to select from the alternative press is that the mainstream press does not provide a full range of perspectives, being slanted by its corporate point of view.)



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