Sunday, December 05, 2010

Links & Reviews

- Big news out of Harvard this week, where a seismic shift in library operations is underway. Read the announcement in the Crimson, coverage in the CHE (emphasizing the centralization of digital services), an interview with the leaders of the task force charged with implementing the changes from the Harvard Gazette, and provost Steven Hyman's letter to the Harvard community (PDF).

- The second installment of the NYTimes series on digital humanities ran this week: it focuses on Dan Cohen and Fred Gibbs' Google-backed analysis of Victorian literature. I think it takes a very healthy look at the positive aspects and possible pitfalls of such research.

- In the Washington Post, a profile of illustrator Maira Kalman.

- The Bridwell Library offers up audio of Michael Suarez's 28 October talk there "The Codex, the Digital Image, and the Problems of Presence."

- I enjoyed this post on "Biblio-Social Objects," which discusses (among other sites) LT and Mendeley. [h/t @johndalton]

- The Remnant Trust collection will be moving to the former Billy Sunday Museum in Winona Lake, IN, after leaving the former Carnegie Library in Jeffersonville. It will not, for the time being, be open to the public.

- A new museum at Robert Burns' home in Ayrshire has opened, after long delays.

- From EMOB, some suggestions for increasing the already-great usefulness of the English text-bases (EEBO, ECCO, Burney Collection Online).

- Writing at ProfHacker, Lincoln Mullen offers some tips for keeping up with academic journals.

- Utah rare book dealer Sherry Black was found stabbed to death this week at her shop in South Salt Lake. No arrests have been made.

- The long-awaited Google Editions will launch soon, the WSJ reported this week.

- A new exhibit has opened at the Bodleian Library: "Shelley's Ghost: Reshaping the Image of a Literary Family" includes the manuscript of Frankenstein, being displayed in the UK for the first time. The show will run at Oxford through March 2011, and later will be mounted in New York.

- Mike Widener notes some new Yale Law Library Rare Books Flickr galleries of early illustrated law books.

- Writing for the Hong Kong Book Fair (happening this weekend), Paul Feain asks "Are Rare Book Dealers 'Collectors in Disguise'?" [h/t @LuxMentis]

- Over at The Little Professor, a year in books. My favorite category: "Proof that writing talent is not genetic."

- At Booktryst, ream-wrapper illustrations are the order of the day.


- Ron Chernow's George Washington; reviews by Gordon Wood in the NYRB, Simon Sebag Montefiore in the Telegraph, and Andrew Cayton in the Scotsman.

- Alan Taylor's The Civil War of 1812; review by Michael O'Donnell in

- Barnet Schecter's George Washington's America; review by Virginia DeJohn Anderson in the NYTimes.

- Thomas Powers' The Killing of Crazy Horse; reviews by Robert Utley in the WSJ and Matthew Battles in Salon.

- Bill Bryson's Seeing Further; review by Sara Lippincott in the LATimes.

- Edmund Morris' Colonel Roosevelt; review by Chris Patsilelis in the Philadelphia Inquirer.