Sunday, March 16, 2014

Links & Reviews

- Houghton Library is hiring a three-month Wikipedian-in-Residence.

- NARA announced this week that its facility in Anchorage, AK will be closed, and "storefront" facilities in Philadelphia and Fort Worth will be consolidated into larger facilities nearby, for a savings of $1.3 million per year.

- The NYPL has received a $6 million gift from a longtime patron.

- The Scott Polar Research Institute at Cambridge continues its appeal to donors for the £275,000 needed to acquire some 113 negatives of photographs taken by Scott during his 1911 expedition.

- The Junto is reprising last year's fun with a new Junto March Madness bracket, this time of books on early America written since 2000. Voting begins on Monday.

- Over at Notabilia, the book-label of Nicholson's Circulating Library of Cambridge.

- SAA president Danna Bell posts at Off the Record on what seems like a perennial question: "where do archivists belong?"

- Jasper Copping writes in The Telegraph about a new biography of detective Jerome Caminada, who may have been a (partial) inspiration for Sherlock Holmes.

- Now online, Folger Digital Texts.


- Elizabeth Kolbert's The Sixth Extinction; review by Philip Hoare in The Telegraph.

- David Mikics' Slow Reading in a Digital Age; review by Leah Price in the TLS.

- Simon Schama's The Story of the Jews; reviews by Dwight Garner in the NYTimes, Jonathan Rosen in the WSJ, and Michael Dirda in the WaPo.

- Carol Berkin's Wondrous Beauty: The Life of Elizabeth Patterson Bonaparte; review by Ellen McCarthy in the WaPo.

- Peter Stark's Astoria; review by Gerard Helferich in the WSJ.

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