AP – “A University of Missouri library in Columbia is reopening after a weekend fire caused smoke and water damage. The small fire broke out at 3:30 a.m. Saturday in Ellis Library’s first floor and was contained by the building’s sprinkler system before firefighters arrived. The library was set to reopen Tuesday morning.”
Emory University – “Emory University’s Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library (MARBL) has a new collecting focus: African Americans in sports. The collection brings to light the effect athletes and others in the sports world had on the civil rights movement and their struggle to be recognized for the impact of their achievements on society.”
NPR – “Three stories underground, in the University of Virginia’s main library, 60 librarians, collectors, scholars and other bibliophiles divide into small groups. They’re barely breathing as they lean over texts that have been around for centuries, like the 1497 Latin edition of Sebastian Brant’s The Ship of Fools. Staff members like Barbara Heritage shuttle from room to room, bearing precious cargo. “Our job is to be almost like stage hands,” she says.”
Cornell Chronicle – “In an era of shrinking budgets, how can academic libraries provide the best possible information for their communities? Together. A new borrowing program between Cornell University Library and Columbia University Libraries allows users at both schools to take out materials from both libraries — meaning that a Cornell student or faculty member in New York City can register for a library card at Columbia and check out books, and vice versa for Columbia students and faculty at Cornell’s Ithaca campus.
LJ – “Incoming freshman at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, don’t have to go on a guided tour to learn more about their school’s library services. Instead the staff at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library can point their patrons toward another instructive resource – a videogame. Inspired by Scene it, a series of popular DVD games that has players watch video clips to answer trivia questions, Library Scene: Fairfield Edition is a web-based game developed by the University’s Media Center and reference librarians that follows four students as they travel through key areas of the school’s DiMenna-Nyselius library to complete a 10-page research paper assignment.”
Campus Technology – “The debate over electronic textbooks and ever-increasing costs for traditional textbooks continues to rage. Part of these Web-era dilemmas ironically involves the willingness to face contradictions from the university’s past.
Reliance on textbooks is the rub. It can be understood as a legacy of the post-WWII GI bill. Schools needed industrial-strength solutions to handle the unprecedented waves of new students. Publishers stepped to the fore to offer a commoditized solution, albeit with the best of intentions. They would work with a select group of faculty to produce a wide variety of textbooks, they would entice other instructors with free review copies, and students would incur reasonable shipping and costs. “
Mercury News – “Police and a woman they arrested in the Los Medanos College library this week are providing differing accounts of what led to a struggle in which she struck her head.
Contra Costa Community College District police say the 18-year-old Pittsburg woman, Raychelle Williams, ignored commands to leave the Los Medanos library after speaking on her cell phone Monday, but Williams and a witness disputed the allegations. An officer “grabbed my arm and he threw me into a bookshelf,” Williams said. Williams said she had bruises on her head and arms from the struggle.”
USATODAY – “The difference between the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Applied Engineering and Technology Library and other science-focused libraries is not that its on-site collection is also available electronically. It is that its on-site collection is only available electronically.”
San Antonio Express – “In a sign of changing times at academic libraries, Trinity University is offering buyout packages to prompt seven employees to leave its Coates Library. With the digitization of books, journals, newspapers and other materials, there simply isn’t enough work shelving and cataloging to keep all 19 classified staff members busy, said Dennis Ahlburg, Trinity’s president. “The library is not just a place for books anymore, it is a place for information,” Ahlburg said. “In terms of running the university, we want to use students’ money and donors’ money responsibly … rather than have people sit around with nothing to do.”