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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

The Reading Room is going away for the holidays. Posts will resume in January following lots of travel and food. Happy Holidays and Happy New Year to all who visit this page.

Rare Books Worth $100,000 Stolen From Transylvania University
Police say the two men made an appointment to visit the special collections room in Transy's library. After they signed in investigators say the men restrained the clerk and took three rare books, worth upwards of $100,000.
WKYT 27
Library worker sells $250,000 of stolen rare books on eBay
A former employee of the library pleaded guilty Friday to selling 50 rare books and other documents from the school's collection for $26,000.
AZ Central
Iraq's library struggles to rise from the ashes
Remains of national history are slowly pieced together.
Guardian

Friday, December 17, 2004

House of rare books
The heads of two generations of a local family collected and preserved part of China's precious literary heritage in their city garden villa, writes Michelle Qiao.
East Day, China
Bibliophiles find rare books on footpaths
Bibliophiles need not go far or spend much to obtain the books they want because both ordinary and rare books are available on the footpaths of Rawalpindi and Islamabad.
Daily Times, Pakistan
`Scarlet Letter' fetches record $545G
The earliest known copy of ``The Scarlet Letter'' sold at auction for $545,000 yesterday, months after being discovered in a drawer at the Natick History Society.
Boston Herald

Tuesday, December 14, 2004

Rare books may come to Google
Google Inc. is trying to establish an online reading room for five major libraries by scanning stacks of hard-to-find books into its widely used Internet search engine.
Long Beach Press-Telegram
Rare, early copy of 'Scarlet Letter' up for auction
A Massachusetts town's historical society hopes to make more than $250,000 this week by auctioning the oldest known copy of Nathaniel Hawthorne's "The Scarlet Letter."
CNN.com

Friday, December 10, 2004

Library dream comes true
The above-ground section of the University of Virginia’s new library took its bow Wednesday, 45 years after a Board of Visitors member lobbied for a separate special-collections facility.
Daily Progress
Special Collections unit is reorganized
The UB Libraries have announced the reorganization and technological updating of the Special Collections unit, which includes the University Archives, Rare Books Collection and world-famous Poetry Collection, and have named Michael Basinski as curator of the Poetry Collection.
University at Buffalo Reporter
British Library's Online Page Turner Takes Top Award
Ground breaking British Library technology has taken a top prize at The International Information Industry Awards in London. Loyd Grossman presented the Best User Experience award to the Library for its Turning the Pages (TTP) system, which enables users to digitally turn the pages of priceless rare books online.
Managing Information News

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Historic Caxton Document Goes on Display
England’s oldest surviving printed document is to go on display for the first time in living memory, it was confirmed today. The artefact, created by William Caxton at the country’s first press in Westminster on December 13, 1476, will be on view at the National Archives, in Kew, south London, from tomorrow.
Scotsman.com

Monday, December 06, 2004

Cleanup of rare documents estimated at $2 million
The New Jersey Room conservation operation on Oct. 23 was executed with military precision, according to the careful plans of New Jersey Room manager Cynthia Harris and a phalanx of Jersey City librarians.
The Jersey Journal
The meaning of Galileo in America's heartland
Spending time among the collections' 90,000 volumes is a rare sensory experience, especially for bibliophiles like me who smell books before reading them.
Town Hall, DC
Dusting off
Targeting antique book fanatics, Pytheas Rt makes good money by reviving long-forgotten manu­scripts with the help of the latest digital technology.
Central Europe Business News
WI Historical society provides original documents online
The Web site, Turning Points in Wisconsin History, is at its early stage, with 200 original letters, photographs, rare books, diaries and newspaper articles ready for viewing, according to the society's Web site.
Duluth News Tribune
Priceless book on display
A rare book on ornithology will go on display at Liverpool's Central Library tomorrow. John James Audubon's famous Birds of America will finally open for public view at an event attended by dozens of children.
Liverpool Daily Post

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