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Champions of play: Boston-area libraries get in the game

“For some, the image of the public library is one of quiet spaces and dusty hardback books, but for a handful of Massachusetts librarians, the term evokes something quite different: The preservation of video games. >Four such librarians work within the Minuteman Library Network, a consortium of 43 public and college libraries in Metrowest. Their respective philosophies are unique, but they all agree that one of a library’s most sacred tasks is to archive cultural artifacts and video games – just like books, music, and film – fit that bill.” (via Boston.com)

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Voices of Science: The lives of British scientists recorded in full for the first time in a new British Library oral history archive

“A major oral history project to gather the life stories of British scientists has culminated today in the launch of a new online archive by the British Library. Voices of Science is drawn from a National Life Stories programme ‘An Oral History of British Science’, and features interviews with 100 leading UK scientists and engineers, telling the stories of some of the most remarkable scientific and engineering discoveries of the past century as well as the personal stories of each individual.” (via British Library)

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UC Berkeley library gets grant to catalog Pat Brown documents

“Governor Jerry Brown recently became the longest serving governor in California history. And now researchers may get a chance to learn more about his late father: former Governor Edmund “Pat” Brown. UC Berkeley’s Bancroft Library is organizing its large archive of Pat Brown documents. The library has received a $164,000 grant to help it tackle the task. The archive includes 1,030 cartons of documents, seven boxes of photos,  and five boxes of audio material donated to the campus in 1968—and only a small amount has been put in order.” (via 89.3 KPCC)

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TROVE OF IRAQI JEWISH BELONGINGS TO GO ON DISPLAY

“The tattered Torah scroll fragments, Bibles and other religious texts found in a flooded Baghdad basement 10 years ago testify to a once-thriving Jewish population thats all but disappeared from Iraq.Recovered from the Iraqi intelligence headquarters and shipped to the United States for years of painstaking conservation was a literary trove of more than 2,700 books and tens of thousands of documents that are being digitized and put online. A sample of that treasure is being displayed for the first time this fall at the National Archives in Washington.” (via Associated Press)

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Keeping Kesey

“Lane County will keep the cultural touchstone that is the collected papers of native son Ken Kesey, including drafts of his novels “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” and “Sometimes a Great Notion.” University of Oregon librarians, like the memorable Hank Stamper, said “never give a inch” when it came to other, well-heeled universities swooping in, buying the UO-held papers from the Kesey family and taking them off to Palo Alto, Calif., Houston or some such.” (via The Register-Guard)

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