This is a projected digital archive that will ultimately be the collaborative effort of 25 European institutions from 11 different countries. The setup is projected to take two years. The project’s entire workplan is available for viewing online, which is a great resource for current and future archivists with an interest in this sort of project.
EXPERTS from Huelva University have discovered 71 unknown manuscripts of Roman poet Ovid (43BC-17AD). The manuscripts, most of them codices and fragments which were not known to even exist, have been found in different libraries around the world and most of them belong to Ovid’s greatest work, The Metamorphoses.
Looks like it’s time to get interested in Ovid! And/or move to Spain.
Although the state’s collection is protected from the auction block, it is not safe from the natural degradation - exposure to moisture, light and temperature fluctuations - that affects all fine art.
Less than 40 percent of the state’s art collection is in good condition, according to a legislative analysis from last year. That means that about 60 percent of the state’s art holdings are in fair or poor condition.
Our country in general has no respect for the arts unless it can be considered “entertainment.”
This is what the stacks at DU Penrose library look like right now. The library is shipping all materials out to a warehouse so that they can rebuild the guts of the building, but when they are done only a small percentage of books will return. Instead of housing books, the library will be improving its open spaces for students to study.
The books are packaged in terms of size to maximize efficiency of space. They’re upside down to make their spine labels legible. No browsing through these collections.
Here are a few books that have not yet been culled. The books sitting lengthwise will be the next to go. The upright books will remain a little longer.
The books leaving DU will be ending up a storage facility. We will have a courier system that theoretically should be able to bring books over within 2 hours of requesting it, but the librarians I’ve talked to are skeptical about that estimate.
The great untold truth of libraries is that people need them not because they’re about study and solitude, but because they’re about connection. Some sense of their emotional value is given by the writer Mavis Cheek, who ran workshops within both Holloway and Erlestoke prisons. At Erlestoke she had groups of eight men who so enjoyed the freedom and contact of the writing groups they ended up breaking into the prison library when they found it shut one day.
This whole article is awesome.
And the same goes for archives. We’re the closest thing humanity has got to a time machine.
I rushed home from work to make it to a webinar about materials preservation and risk management at 2PM, only to find out that this was 2PM EST and not Mountain Time and I had just barely made it to moment where everyone says bye and leaves.
Luckily the whole thing will be posted online as a vid.
It’s as if it never happened. The outrageous claim by Republican Senator Jon Kyl last Friday, that 90% of what Planned Parenthood does is providing abortions, has magically disappeared from the Congressional records. Apparently, senators can review their statements on the floor of the senate after making them, and make changes for the record.
While university libraries have taken on numerous functions over the years, such as serving as places for students to study, meet with others, and interact with technology, one component that has always been central to their mission has been housing books.
But plans at the University of Denver to permanently move four-fifths of the Penrose Library’s holdings to an off-campus storage facility and renovate the building into an “Academic Commons,” with more seating, group space, and technological capacity, could make the university a flashpoint in the debate about whether the traditional function of storing books needs to happen on campus.
Many older people in [the] area … still plant[ed] … by the signs of the zodiac and the stages of the moon…. So [the students] went home and talked—really talked—to their own relatives, some of them for the first time. From those conversations came superstitions, old home remedies, weather signs, a story about a hog hunt, a taped interview with the retired sheriff about the time the local bank was robbed—and directions for planting by the signs….
My library has a copy of one of these magazines. The content in them is funny, fascinating, and precious.
Thirty feet below Midtown Manhattan, there is an elite club that admits just a few members each year: the archives of the New York Public Library, guardian of the personal papers of luminaries like Thomas Jefferson, Truman Capote and Herman Melville.
Authors and intellectuals spend lifetimes trying to earn a coveted place inside. Now, one of them is fighting desperately to get out.
From just a surface reading, this looks like the result of a fundamental misunderstanding of how archives operate. A lot of people think that archives = saving every scrap of paper, but deaccession is an essential part of the archivist’s job too. And now this guy wants to keep his papers in a little shed? How silly.