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Tuesday, June 22, 2004

Quiet Time

The Reading Room will be taking a break until July. This is due to my upcoming relocation and new job. I will be back in July with daily updates and hopefully some new features to enhance the resources available here.

Monday, June 21, 2004

Chongju All-Out to Promote Metal Type Printing
The city of Chongju is gearing up to promote ``Puljo Jikji Simche Yojol,’’ (better known as ``Jikji’’) the world's oldest text printed with metal type and a UNESCO-designated `Memory of the World”, not only to local people but throughout the world.
Korea Times
Microchips tidy up the Vatican library
More on RFID at the Vatican Library
Sydney Morning Herald
Busy Paris bookstore remains an open book to guests
Smoothing his wispy hair, George Whitman peered out of a second-floor window of his Shakespeare & Company bookstore in Paris at the customers lingering on the sidewalk below.
The Seattle Times
Detroit's library to make some users pay
The Detroit Public Library, which long has allowed non-Detroiters to check out books and freely use its special collections, will stop the generosity Aug. 1.
Detroit Free Press
The Mystery of the Voynich Manuscript
New analysis of a famously cryptic medieval document suggests that it contains nothing but gibberish.
Scientific American
Priceless Caxton book goes on show for first time
A priceless medieval history book, printed and signed by William Caxton, is to be made available to the public after being locked in a town council's safe for 83 years.
Telegraph
Fire crew rescues rare books
Salt Lake City firefighters saved an estimated $1 million in rare books, including some reportedly written by Brigham Young, from a blaze in a home above the state Capitol
The Salt Lake Tribune
Library Of Congress Announces Joint Digital Preservation Project With Four Universities
The Library of Congress has entered into a joint digital preservation project with Old Dominion University, Department of Computer Science; The Johns Hopkins University, Sheridan Libraries; Stanford University Libraries & Academic Information Resources; and Harvard University Library to explore strategies for the ingest and preservation of digital archives.
NDIIPP Press Release

Friday, June 18, 2004

£4m repairs at British Library
The £500million British Library, which was opened by the Queen only six years ago, is already in need of major repairs and upgrading, it can be revealed today.
Evening Standard
Beetles damage books in Israel's national library; spare Einstein's letters
Beetles chewed holes in hundreds of books at Israel's national library, but spared the rare and precious examples, including the letters of noted physicist Albert Einstein.
CNEWS
Rare books missing from former Inca capital
About 100 books - including two priceless colonial-era tomes about Spanish conquistadors and the colonisation of the Incas - are missing from a public library in the former Inca capital of Cuzco.
New Zealand Herald

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Documenting a bittersweet past
The thin book Weiss recently held is one of more than 15,000 volumes at the Holocaust Memorial Center in Farmington Hills.
Detroit Free Press
Library acquires Native American collection
On June 15 at the Huntington Free Library's red brick home in the Bronx, N.Y., papers were signed to transfer the library's Native American collection -- one of the largest in the world -- to Cornell Library.

Wednesday, June 16, 2004

My name is Big Book, and my future is up for auction
Sotheby's is planning to auction what it says is Wilson's master copy of the working draft of Alcoholics Anonymous, the Big Book's disarmingly straightforward official title.
Houston Chronicle

Monday, June 14, 2004

Book mending requires artistry, patience
Some of Jim Craven's tools date back to the 1800s. His techniques are much older than that.
The Ann Arbor News
It takes all sorts at the Hay bucolia
A report from the Hay festival. Missed this one when it was originally published June 1st...
The Guardian
Cataloguing at the Vatican Library
Dealing with bug infestations, normal wear and tear and even the occasional thief, keepers of the 15th century Vatican Apostolic Library face an ever-challenging task. Their latest step to keep their invaluable collection intact has been to employ some 21st century technology.
AP via The Detroit News

Friday, June 11, 2004

Frozen in Time: The Bettmann Archive
Terence Smith visits the Bettmann Archive, one of the world's most renowned private collections of historical photographic and graphic images, and explores the arduous process of preserving delicate historic images.
PBS: NewsHour Transcript
Salutations and solicitation

I hope this blog provides a resource to the special collections and rare books field. To that end, I would invite librarians and others to send notices of exhibitions, publications, and public events to the email listed on the left. I will then post them here.
University's library gift
A billionaire newspaper owner has donated £4m towards a new library at Queen's University in Belfast...It will also include a specialist language laboratory and provide a purpose-built Special Collections area for the care and display of unique and rare manuscripts, enabling the collections to be studied comprehensively by researchers at the university.
BBC News

Thursday, June 10, 2004

Several mysteries wrapped in an enigma
Seriously, who would have ever imagined the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili becoming a sensation today?
The Globe and Mail
Renowned Archivist To Keep Harvard’s History
After over 30 years of record keeping under the hand of former University Archivist Harley P. Holden, Harvard will soon have someone new keeping its diary.
The Harvard Crimson
Seigenthaler to give life's work to Vanderbilt
What promises to be one of the most fascinating collections of papers ever assembled in Nashville will be housed at Vanderbilt University.
The Tennessean
Fires Destroy Archives of Saddam Rule
Fires at the Iraq National Library set as U.S. forces took over Baghdad did not destroy large numbers of rare books and ancient manuscripts as initially feared, U.S. investigators say.
The Guardian
Chance find gives rare glimpse into world of colonial 'bird man'
A rare original sketch by legendary "bird man" John Gould has been discovered by Australian Museum staff while rummaging through the Rare Books room in the National Library, researching an exhibition on the 19th-century illustrator, collector and natural historian.
Sydney Morning Herald

Wednesday, June 09, 2004

Ancient map shows egg-shaped England
A previously unknown medieval Arabic map with the earliest representation of an identified 'England' - a tiny, egg-shaped lump - is to go on public display in Oxford.
The Guardian

Monday, June 07, 2004

Verdict reached in Denmark’s biggest book theft
A judgement has been announced in Denmark’s biggest case of book theft. Over a period of some years, a now deceased librarian from the Royal Library stole a number of priceless books, which his family then attempted to sell.
DR Nyheder Online

Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Royal Geographical Society Opens Archive
The London-based society will open next week an airy extension to its Victorian headquarters housing some 2 million records — maps, charts, books and photographs.
Associated Press via Yahoo! News
Libraries face dilemmas when they digitize items
Libraries are discovering that the promise of technology brings its own troubles.
Chicago Sun-Times

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