Sunday, August 21, 2016

Links & Reviews

- George Eberhart writes for American Libraries about a panel at last week's IFLA congress on library theft and security.

- Brooke Palmieri has been appointed editor and Michael Russem designer of APHA's journal, Printing History. Look forward to seeing the fruits of their labors!

- A research team has confirmed that the Codex Selden, housed at the Bodleian Library, is a palimpsest, containing earlier characters beneath the 16th-century text. The before-and-after images here are pretty stunning. More.

- Wayne Wiegand has been named distinguished visiting scholar at the Library of Congress' John W. Kluge Center, to support his work on a book covering the history of American public school libraries.

- Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Manuscripts) is now available. Congratulations to all those involved!

- Fiona McDonald writes for the BBC about several long-hidden libraries.

- John Fea talks to Jonathan Yeager about Yeager's new book Jonathan Edwards and Transatlantic Print Culture.

- Forthcoming from the Book Club of California, The Noblest Roman: A History of the Centaur Types of Bruce Rogers.

- Jason Rovito has been appointed Director of Fine Books and Manuscripts at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers.

- Hannah Stahl has the latest in a series of posts about imaginary creatures in maps for the Library of Congress' Worlds Revealed blog.

- Rutgers University has received an NEH grant to digitize some 100,000 pages of New Jersey newspapers published between 1836 and 1922 and not currently available in digital form.

- Barnes & Noble CEO Ronald Boire was sacked this week, after just a year on the job.

- Atlas Obscura highlights the NYPL's new storage facility beneath Bryant Park.

- John Lancaster posts for the Houghton Library blog about an important recent acquisition (a 1485 Aquinas) and his work to find the other volume from the set.

- In the LARB, Melissa Dinsman interviews Richard Grusin about digital humanities.

- Coming soon at Penn, an exhibition and publication, Reactions: Medieval/Modern, which "explores the many and varied ways that people have reacted to, and acted upon, manuscripts from the Middle Ages up to today."

- Emily Dourish gets the "Bright Young Librarians" treatment on the Fine Books blog.

- Richard Davies posts for the AbeBooks blog offering a cautionary tale about potentially valuable copies of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone.

- Virginia university librarians have sent a letter to the chair of the House Judiciary Committee urging caution about any potential changes to Sections 107 and 108 of the Copyright Act.

- Cameron Hunt McNabb writes for Slate on the origins of the ellipsis.

- Alexandra Walker posts for the Bodleian Library's blog about conservation work undertaken on a recent collection of Mabel Fitzgerald materials.

- Spanish facsimile publishing firm Siloe will produce 898 "exact replicas" of the Voynich manuscript, which will sell for more than £6,000 apiece. Note that Yale University Press will also be publishing a facsimile edition this year, accompanied by essays by Raymond Clemens and Deborah Harkness.


- John Fea's The Bible Cause; review by D.G. Hart in the WSJ.

- Irina Reyn's The Imperial Wife; review by Shannon Reed in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

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