Dedication of the Bostock Library

The Perkins Project at Duke has involved building an extension onto Perkins, the newly-opened Bostock Library. There are some inaugural events coming up: The Opening of the Bostock Library and the Karl and Mary Ellen von der Heyden Pavilion, October 17 through 22 Dedication of the Bostock Library and the Karl and Mary Ellen von der Heyden Pavilion, Friday, 11 November 2005

Sustaining Humanities Scholarship in the Digital Age

You are cordially invited to attend a series of public lectures centered on the theme: “Sustaining Humanities Scholarship in the Digital Age: the Future of the Duke Databank of Documentary Papyri.” The purpose of the events is to explore the special challenges and opportunities of preserving long-term access to digital resources for humanities scholarship. All events will take place in the Rare Book Room, William R. Perkins Library. This program.. Read More

Well it’s red

It’s been a busy week & I haven’t had much time to post here. So to keep you, My Beloved Audience entertained, let me post something that I’ve been meaning to post for a while now: an OPAC where you can actually search by the color of a book’s cover. The New England School of Law‘s Color Index. I especially like the filename: well_its_red.html. Truly, genius.

Open Content Alliance

Yahoo Works With 2 Academic Libraries and Other Archives on Project to Digitize Collections, from the Chronicle Another search engine company has joined with academic libraries to digitize large collections of books to make them easily searchable online. Yahoo Inc. has teamed up with the University of California, the University of Toronto, and several archives and technology companies on a project that could potentially bring the complete texts of millions.. Read More

IPL Symposium

This year marks the 10th year of the Internet Public Library‘s existence. And heaven help me, I actually remember quite clearly when it looked like this. I have to say, I never did understand what the sofa had to do with Associations. (And that’s not a sentence you get to write very often.) This Friday & Saturday, the IPL is hosting a symposium: the Internet Public Library Symposium: A Global.. Read More

Connecticut PATRIOT Act case

Organization That Received Patriot Act Letter May Identify Itself in Public, Judge Rules, from the Chronicle A Connecticut organization that received an order from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to turn over the records of library patrons should be allowed to identify itself publicly, a federal judge ruled on Friday. The FBI issued the order under a provision of the USA Patriot Act, a controversial law intended to help prevent.. Read More

Long on Horns, Short on Books

Thanks to Paul for pointing this out: Academic libraries empty stacks for online centers, from the CSM There are 2 interesting issues here: The suggestion of a library without books, & The library as place. My first reaction to reading this article was to object to the idea of a library without books. Heaven knows, I’d be the last person to defend print against electronic sources. But even I can’t.. Read More


I’ve been reading about telephone reference recently. Why? Well, before that I was reading about chat reference services that have failed (Coffman & Arret, 2004a, 2004b; Horowitz, Flanagan, & Helman, 2005), to name a few. And these articles inevitably mention telephone reference as an alternative medium for reference that’s coming back into fashion. If you can call reference fashionable, by any meaningful definition of the term. And an idea occurred.. Read More

Reconstituted Research and Information Services Department at NCSU

I hope I’m not leaking this memo, but it is pretty old news. From the NC State Libraries. MEMORANDUM SUBJECT: Announcement of Departmental Merger DATE: 1 June 2005 I am pleased to announce that, effective 1 June 2005, the Distance Learning Services Department will join with Research and Information Services (RIS) to create a department whose mission encompasses a full range of services to both on-site and off-site users, including.. Read More

Google vs. Publishers, again

Google Answers Complaints About Project to Scan Millions of Books, but Publishers Are Not Won Over, from the Chronicle It is perhaps unfortunate that this headline starts with “Google Answers,” since that’s not at all what this is about, but maybe I’m being nitpicky. Responding to concerns from several academic and commercial publishers, Google has made minor adjustments to its vast project to scan library books, and Google officials say.. Read More