Academic Libraries

From Persia to Brooklyn

The New York Times review of the exhibit \"Precious Possessions: Treasures from the Library of the Jewish Theological Seminary.\"

The library [houses] 375,000 volumes, including the largest collection of Hebraica and Judaica in the Western Hemisphere. . . they date from the 11th to the 20th century and come from all over the map: Persia, Italy, Egypt, Brooklyn. Almost every item has a story to tell or a name to drop. Want to see Maimonides\'s signature? Sigmund Freud\'s bookplate? A score written by Leonard Bernstein? They\'re here. And, of course, fragility is part of their allure: books and manuscripts are sensitive to light, which means they should not be on view for long.

Corporate Cash & Campus Labs

The Christian Science Monitor has a story on ever growing university-corporate partnerships. There is no doubt corporate cash is undermining the credibility of research results.

They say the long-term risk ia a loss of public confidence that could permanently undermine support for universities.

I say it\'s something far worse.

Special Library Closes

This Story From The New York Times was recommeded by Kerry and Stephen.

AOL Time Warner closed Time Inc.\'s editorial research library, described as \"a huge collection of volumes and archived clippings that occupies a floor and a half at the Time-Life Building, plus extensive warehouse space — employed three dozen librarians and staff.\"

\"Peter Costiglio, a spokesman for Time Inc., said that closing the library should be seen not as dissolution but as an act of decentralization.\"

Hurray, a new word for FIRED!

An Easy \'A\'

The Houston Chronicle has This Story that seems to unfairly lump Questia in with paper mills and other ways students use the web to cheat. No doubt the internet is a cheaters paradise, but is Questia (or any of the other e-Libraries) making it easy to cheat?

\"Professors are really anchored in the book and printed culture, But the students aren\'t.\"

Questia Gets Big Time Publicity

Steven Bell writes: \"Take a look at the April 30, 2001 issue of Time magazine. On page Y17 (special bonus section \"YOUR BUSINESS\") has a story titled \"You\'ve Got Books\" E-libraries Want to Reinvent Term Papers.\" Questia and its plan to offer an electronic alternative to libraries is the main subject of the story, though e-brary and NetLibrary are mentioned. The story makes Questia sound like the greatest invention since sliced white bread. I find it annoying that the story completely overlooks the amazing strides academic libraries are making in creating digital libraries, and no academic library leaders were interviewed for the story. However, some might say the story is just a fluff piece to put the spotlight on one more dot-com enterprise. Still, my letter to editor is on its way. \"

Mr. Gates\' Xanadu

Ryan writes: \"Interesting article from front page of (the early edition, the one I bought at the subway station on Saturday afternoon) Sunday\'s New York Times on the burying of the Bettmann photo archives in Pennsylvania for the remote/merely-theoretical(?) enjoyment of the generations to come. Raises the question of archives for archives\' sake, why have \'em if we can\'t use \'em, private property vs. public\'s claim on cultural legacy. I didn\'t know much about the state of the Bettmann archives before I read this--

Full NY Times Story \"

Free Speech Movement Archives

Good Ol\' slashdot pointed me to This
article
from the San Francisco
Chronicle
on The remains of the fabled 1960\'s
Free Speech Movement.
They have 35,000 pages online now. They say
the text has been entered by hand by workers in India.

Check out the
FSM-A Site to
see what you missed in the 60\'s.

This weekend was also the FSM Symposium at UC Berkeley.

More Questia Discussion

This week Library Juice published a discussion thread on Questia from COLLIB-L, the second in a series. The first one was published last December. Last July, Library Juice published an editorial called Questioning Questia. At issue is the company\'s decision to bypass libraries and offer access to their digitized collection of 50,000 books directly to students, for a fee.

Microfilm or Paper?

A couple more reviews of \"Libraries and the Assault on Paper\" By Nicholson Baker, I may have to read this one after all.
Mark sent along
This NY Times Review and you can find another at NYBooks.com.

If you haven\'t heard, Baker says primary sources should be preserved and that the trashing them is a crime.

\"I\'ve tried not to misrepresent those whose views differ from my own, but I make no secret of my disagreement; at times, a dormant prosecutorial urge awoke in me, for we have lost things that we can never get back.\"

Digitizing Archives Not So Easy

Millions of books in the Library of Congress have deteriorated to the point where they can\'t be lent to users without risking irreparable damage.

Centuries-old print newspaper archives have been replaced by blurry reels of outdated microfilm degraded from years of overuse and time worn chemicals. [more...] from Wired News.

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