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At Brown University, Stumbling Across a Rarity in the Rare Book Room

NY Times – “Day after day, a tall, shy woman weaves her way unnoticed through the earnest and learned campus swirl of Brown University. She enters the hush of a library, then promptly vanishes from sight. Down goes Marie Malchodi, 48, who attended but never graduated from Brown, down to the library’s subterranean warrens, where she works as a “book conservation technician.” She sweeps her long dark hair into a bun, pierces it with a paint brush, and starts her day, caring for ancient books and ephemera that are sensitive to the touch.”

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Richard Prince’s Library Privileges

NYT – “You’ve probably been wondering what the tidy rare-book librarians at the National Library of France — that storied caretaker of French literature — have been up to these past couple years. It so happens that they’ve been huddled among the dark shelves of their naughtiest stacks, digging through dusty boxes of pulp pornography, detective stories, light erotica, a Dutch magazine called Suck and “authentic novels of flagellation from the early 20th century.”

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Duke Libraries Receive $13.6 Million Rubenstein Gift

Duke Today – “Duke University trustee David M. Rubenstein will give $13.6 million to the Duke University Libraries in support of the Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library, President Richard H. Brodhead announced Wednesday. The donation is the largest ever to the libraries. In recognition of Rubenstein’s gift, the special collections library will be renamed the David M. Rubenstein Rare Book & Manuscript Library, following approval by the Board of Trustees.”

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Students Get Up Close And Personal With Rare Books

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.”

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Rare Bible open to multitudes

San Antonio News Express – “To people wandering by, the big book in a display case on the Central Library’s sixth floor might look like just an old, heavy volume of forgotten prose about who knows what. But to Frank Faulkner, manager of the library’s Texana/Genealogy Department, the 1611 first-edition King James Bible may be the most valuable item in the San Antonio Public Library’s collection of literature, artwork and artifacts.”

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