Academic Libraries

British Library acquires archive beyond compare

The Gaurdian in the UK has this story on the vast archive of the actor and director Laurence Olivier.

\"The British Library has acquired the vast archive of the actor and director Laurence Olivier, it announced yesterday.
The avalanche of paper reveals a man who knew he was marked for greatness and began to hoard evidence for his life history from his early teenage years.\" -- Read More

Web-based Research Tutorial.

Debbie Cardinal writes:Librarians from the UW campuses have completed a web-based Research Tutorial. You can check it out at
www.wils.wisc.edu/tutorial.


The working group, appointed by library directors at University of
Wisconsin campus libraries, began their work in March 1999.
Their charge, defined by members of the Council of Wisconsin
Libraries Distance Education Committee, was to develop a web-
based tutorial intended for new users of university-level libraries.
These freshmen, sophomores or returning adults would be
taking one or more courses at a distance. The tutorial is intended
to provide library research assistance to students who do not
have easy and immediate access to traditional bibliographic
instruction. -- Read More

New digital archive at MIT

news.excite.com carried a story on
Hewlett-Packard and the MIT Libraries. They announced a $1.8 million joint project to build a digital archive at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that could serve as a model for other universities.
The archive will be capable of holding the approximately 10,000 articles produced by MIT authors annually, including a large amount of multimedia content. -- Read More

Battling Plagiarism Through the Internet

A story at APBNews.com has some ways to help battle Plagiarism as it becomes more and more popular.

\"The Glatt Plagiarism Screening Program replaces every fifth word in a suspect paper with a standard size blank and asks the student to replace the missing words. The number of correct responses, the amount of time it takes to complete the task and other factors are considered in assessing the final \"plagiarism probability score.\" -- Read More

Libraries Make Do With Lack of New Funds

The
Salt Lake City Tribune
is reporting that the declined to
set aside $1 million for state college and university
libraries, so some colleges are in a pinch for funds.

\"The schools had hoped the Legislature would earmark
funds to bolster their holdings and keep pace with journal
costs, following up on $1 million it provided for that
purpose last year. The money was to be divided among the
state\'s nine public institutions. But this year\'s request
was ignored.
    And now schools are grappling with the loss of
anticipated funding. -- Read More

Stony Brooks library near bottom of national list

Read this story Here. From Newsday.

ZONDORA WILSON is a graduate student in sociology at the State University at Stony Brook. But several times a month
she takes the train from Port Jefferson, where she lives, to
Manhattan, where she does her research for her PhD. -- Read More

Archivists lose on appeal

The Boston Herald was one of many papers in the U.S. to pick up on this story.

A group of historians and librarians who oppose a rule that lets federal agencies destroy computer records as long as they keep a copy on paper or microfilm lost a Supreme Court appeal today.

The court, without comment, turned away an appeal in which the librarians and historians argued that paper records cannot be searched and indexed as easily as electronic records. -- Read More

Money and Universities

Here\'s one from the Atlantic Monthly an article entitled \"The Kept University\". It focuses more on medical and science end of things, but it helps to explain the decline in support for many socially valued
disciplines like Library and Information Science. With more and more universities accepting the market driven model it is what brings in the money that begins to shape policy. The authors mention other signs of the universities selling out to the marketplace. These include distance learning, overuse of adjuncts, etc...

Commercially sponsored research is putting at risk the
paramount value of higher education -- disinterested
inquiry. Even more alarming, the authors argue,
universities themselves are behaving more and more like
for-profit companies

Data Preservation in the Digital Age

David Fiander writes \"The folks over at slashdot are getting all excited about a a story about a new paper out of UMich that talks about the problems of data preservation in the digital age. As if it\'s a new problem, and not just a seriously exacerbated one \"

From Slashdot\"Recently there was an Ask Slashdot about the the problem of preserving digital material. The basic idea was that we are creating a massive wealth of digital information, but have no clear plan for preserving it. What happens to all of those poems I write when I try to access them for my grandkids? What about the pictures of my kids I took with that digital camera? Can I still get to them in time to embarrass them in the future?

Old computers threat to records

The BBC has a story on how computers will start to decompose with important records.


Vital archaeological records could be
lost forever because the computers
they are stored on become quickly
obsolete.

The physical site is nearly always
completely destroyed during a dig,
but archaeologists claim the
knowledge they glean from the
ground is then available for posterity.\"The irony is that archaeological
information held in magnetic format
is decaying faster than it ever did in
the ground,\" warns William Kilbride of
the Archaeology Data Service (ADS)
at the University of York. -- Read More

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