Seminary scales back library plan
Princeton Theological Seminary, a school with one of the largest collections of theological books in the world, has scaled back its proposed plan for a new library to replace the aging Speer Library on campus because of neighbors' concerns and project costs. The seminary has filed an appli cation for a site plan review with the Regional Planning Board of Princeton seeking approval to demolish the 69,000-square-foot library and replace it with a library that would be 92,000 square feet. The footprint of the proposed library would actually be smaller than the existing library, but the building would be one story higher.
Doster Edgerton receives Berea Fellowship
Meredith Doster Edgerton has received an Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship at Berea College. Appalachian State University graduate student Meredith Doster Edgerton is researching the shape note singing tradition in the South, particularly at two churches in Watauga County. Her work is supported by an Appalachian Sound Archives Fellowship at Berea College. Shaped notes, such as these in a hymnal in Appalachian State University’s Appalachian Collection, help singers more quickly read the vocal sections of a hymn. Appalachian State University graduate student Meredith Doster Edgerton is researching the shape note singing tradition in the South. The fellowship program encourages scholarly use of Berea’s non-commercial audio collections that document Appalachian history and culture, especially the areas of traditional music, religious expression, spoken lore and radio programs. The fellowship will support four weeks of research in the college’s archives.
Breathing life into the Dead Sea Scrolls
The eight Dead Sea Scrolls now on display at Toronto's Royal Ontario Museum are tiny, broken things. Each one is but a handful of fragments that fill a space no bigger than a half sheet of paper, contain perhaps a few hundred words, and must be viewed in a setting as dim as a nightclub. You need to peer closely to make out the small, neat lines of Hebrew letters, which may be difficult to do among the crowds that can be expected to descend on the exhibition this summer. And the crowds will surely descend: If it is hard to overstate the slightness of their physical presence, it is equally hard to underestimate the cultural importance of the Dead Sea Scrolls. The cache of documents, found in 11 caves at Qumran on the northwestern shore of the Dead Sea between 1947 and 1956, includes the oldest extant versions of the Hebrew Bible, whose stories form the foundation for Judaism, Christianity and Islam, the three religions that worship the God of Abraham.
Libraries statewide receive rural heritage grants
Community libraries across Washington are receiving state grants to help them preserve and celebrate their rural heritage and history. The grants, which can be spent starting in mid-August, will be used to expand online digital collections being developed by the library districts. The grants are funded by the Library Services and Technology Act through the Federal Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS). The grants are part of the Washington Rural Heritage grant cycle that will end Aug. 13, 2010. The Cathlamet, Denny Ashby, Fort Vancouver, Mid-Columbia and Pend Oreille libraries are first-time participants and awardees in the project. The Columbia County, Ellensburg and Whitman County libraries received similar grant awards in previous years.
Keeping a record : Pryor Center makes new Web site live
In a far corner of the University of Arkansas library, there's a quiet room with dim lights and state-of-the-art video equipment, where the visual and oral histories of Arkansans are being captured, indexed, immortalized and broadcast to the world via Internet. The work is revolutionary, more comprehensive than that of any other state, Kris Katrosh, director of the Pryor Center for Arkansas Oral and Visual History, said. The center's new Web site launched this week, making available a select few of hundreds of exhaustive interviews conducted across the state. The initial focus is on elderly Arkansans, older than age 65, preserving their stories before it's too late.
The sour Wikipedian
Forget altruism. Misanthropy and egotism are the fuel of online social production. That's the conclusion suggested by a new study of the character traits of the contributors to Wikipedia. A team of Israeli research psychologists gave personality tests to 69 Wikipedians and 70 non-Wikipedians. They discovered that, as New Scientist puts it, Wikipedians are generally "grumpy," "disagreeable," and "closed to new ideas." In their report on the results of the study, the scholars paint a picture of Wikipedians as social maladapts who "feel more comfortable expressing themselves on the net than they do off-line" and who score poorly on measures of "agreeableness and openness." Noting that the findings seem in conflict with public perceptions, the researchers suggest that "the prosocial behavior apparent in Wikipedia is primarily connected to egocentric motives ... which are not associated with high levels of agreeableness."
The First Sir Paul Getty Bodleian Bookbinding Prize Awarded
The Sir Paul Getty Bodleian Bookbinding Prize was awarded for the first time last night in a special ceremony which celebrated the official opening of the exhibition BOUND FOR SUCCESS: Designer Bookbinders International Competition 2009. Recognizing the best of craftsmanship and creativity in the contemporary art of bookbinding, the first prize was awarded to Alain Taral of France, for an extraordinary binding made of pear wood covered by a myriad of exotic veneers. Taral uses ‘fusion’ marquetry as his cover decoration, utilizing many different precious wood veneers including palm tree, yew, bubinga, lati, plane tree, amboina, elm burrs, thuya and faiera. Other elements of Taral’s bookbinding include wooden joints with a steel axis, suede flyleaves, a marquetry title and a wooden slipcase covered by Karelian birch veneer.
Gone With The Wind Published 73 Years Ago Today
It was on this date in 1936 that the Macmillan Publishing Company took a chance with a manuscript by an Atlanta newspaperwoman who called herself Peggy Mitchell. The rest, as they say, became history. Margaret Mitchell insisted she was never happy submitting her work for publication. She wrote for her own amusement, she said, and the characters in her book were fiction -- although modern researchers have foud remarkable similarities with people she knew or heard of.
University of Iowa Library Digitizes Collection of Historic Scores
A collection of musical scores by French composer and music publisher Ignaz Pleyel (1757-1831) is now available online in the Iowa Digital Library. The Rita Benton Music Library at the University of Iowa has released the Ignaz Pleyel Early Editions Digital Collection, which is located at http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/pleyel. This collection of nearly 250 early printed and manuscript scores represents in entirety the music library's holdings of Pleyel's work. It consists primarily of keyboard and chamber music, including arrangements of large orchestral works. Also included in the collection are songs with keyboard accompaniment and method books providing instruction in certain instruments.
Heidelberger Bibliotheca Palatina komplett online
Die Heidelberger Bibliotheca Palatina, eine der wertvollsten Sammlungen deutschsprachiger Handschriften des Mittelalters und der Frühen Neuzeit, ist vollständig digitalisiert im Internet zugänglich. In einem auf drei Jahre angelegten Projekt hat die Universitätsbibliothek Heidelberg alle 848 Codices Palatini germanici der ehemals Pfalzgräflichen Bibliothek (Bibliotheca Palatina) mit insgesamt ca. 270.000 Seiten und ca. 7.000 Miniaturen digitalisiert und für die Online-Nutzung aufbereitet.
‘Public Enemies’ rekindles interest in gangster’s local exploits
Johnny Depp stars as Dillinger in the movie “Public Enemies,” which opens Wednesday at Regal Hollywood 20 at Fairfield Commons in Beavercreek. Depp posed for a mug shot in the film holding a police placard identifying Dayton as the locale of his capture. The still photo, also used in the movie trailer, replicates the authentic Dillinger mug shot preserved in the Dayton Police Department Collection in the Special Collections Archives at Wright State University.