Wednesday, July 28, 2004

Alleged book thieves arrested
Four people arrested in connection with theft of $25,000 worth of rare books from Christchurch Public Library

Friday, July 23, 2004

IBM and Kazkommertzbank to Sponsor Kazak Rare Books Digitization
The digitization of parts of the rare book collections of the National Library of the Republic of Kazakhstan (NLRK) - some of them are included in UNESCO’ Memory of the World Register - will be sponsored by IBM and the "Kus Zholy" Foundation of Kazkommertzbank, according to reports of the UNESCO Office in Almaty.

Thursday, July 22, 2004

Book lovers gather at International College for appraisals, workshops
Throughout the day, more than 50 book lovers had the opportunity to speak with four experts and appraisers
Naples Daily News
Pastepaper: a hands-on experience
Professor Sidney Berger selected a massager among the display of a multitude of design tools sprawled upon the table. Berger rolled the massager over the pasty mix to create a pattern upon the moist, all-cotton paper.
Daily Illini
Theatre Book Sale at Manhattan's Argosy Book Store Begins Aug. 2
Argosy Book Store, one of New York City's most enduring used and rare book shops, will put its entire collection of theatre and drama tomes up for sale beginning Aug. 2.
Is 16th-Century Voynich Manuscript A Hoax?
The Voynich manuscript has consistently foiled powerful computers and some of the world's best cryptographers, who have never managed to decipher the 16th-century encoded book. But now, as RFE/RL reports, one scientist says the manuscript could be a sophisticated hoax.
Radio Free Europe
National Archives records under watchful eyes
Researchers digging into the nation's history at the National Archives are watched every step of the way.

Tuesday, July 20, 2004

UA lab has 5,000 maps online
Those maps, some brown with age, are kept at the state archives in Montgomery, the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library at the University of Alabama or the Rucker Agee Map Collection at the Birmingham Public Library.
The Birmingham News
Lou Morris, 86: Bookseller became a legend
The legacy of Lou Morris includes but is not limited to the more than half a million books he left behind in the nine rooms of his bookstore, the shed out back and warehouse down the road.
Toronto Star
Man arraigned for book theft, chase
A 36-year-old man led police on a brief car chase, driving on sidewalks, through parking lots and even against traffic on a busy boulevard, so he wouldn't get caught with stolen library books.
Ithaca Journal
USM to receive donation of 1,200 rare books
A longtime book cataloger from Standish is giving USM his collection of more than 1,200 rare books, some of which date back more than 400 years.
Maine Press Herald

Friday, July 16, 2004

History in the remaking
Miles of scaffolding and enough plywood to cover several football pitches has enveloped the historic John Rylands Library on Deansgate.
Manchester Online

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Iraq: Archives, Libraries Devastated By War, Looting
Employees of Iraq's National Library and Archives are struggling to overcome the destruction wrought during the first weeks of the U.S.-led war. Many irreplaceable documents, photographs, maps, and books -- some centuries old -- were either destroyed in the fighting or were stolen in the rampant looting that followed. A vital part of Iraq's culture seems to have disappeared forever.
Radio Free Europe

Tuesday, July 13, 2004

Town eager to show off historic signature finds
Now that the signatures have been verified on two historic letters discovered last month in Kingston's old town hall, local library trustees are planning to exhibit and celebrate the find.
Boston Globe
Historic papers on display
Rare books and documents, including illustrated medieval manuscripts, have gone on public display in North Wales for the first time.
ic NorthWales
CMU collection of rare books is open to public
The Posner Memorial Collection, which features one of the four existing copies of the Bill of Rights and an intact Third Folio of Shakespeare dating to 1663, is now open to the public.
Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Friday, July 09, 2004

The Reading Room has returned to active service, although it might be a little slow while I adjust to a new schedule. Keep watching for news updates and eventual additions to the resources on this site.
Institution's Many Rare Works Included the Librarian Himself
The ghost of Jefferson might linger over the Library of Congress, but in more recent years, a reserved man named J. William Matheson did as much as anyone to broaden the library's rare-book holdings and make them part of the nation's scholarly dialogue. Mr. Matheson, who died June 17 of colon cancer at age 77, managed those collections through most of the 1970s and '80s.
Washington Post
Kashmir's top school burned down, sparking protests
A suspicious fire gutted Kashmir's oldest educational institution on Monday, destroying 30,000 rare books on Islam, including one of the world's oldest copies of the Quran.
Baltimore Sun

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