Bishop Marty Sigillito: A New Filing Suggests Indictment Is On the Way
We get asked about this almost weekly since publishing the feature, White Collar Crime, last summer, so here goes: Federal authorities have NOT yet indicted Anglican American Bishop Marty Sigillito, who stands accused by dozens of folks for running a multi-million-dollar ponzi scheme. But the FBI has indeed seized tons of his fancy stuff (country home in Marthasville, Persian rugs, rare books, etc.) And to justify that seizure -- which Sigillito's lawyers have called a "frightening" abuse of power -- the FBI filed a declaration last month that pretty darn well resembles an indictment.
Columbia Library’s Jewish holdings get Boost
The $4 million endowment from the Norman E. Alexander Foundation, founded by the late businessman-philanthropist who attended the school in the 1930s, established a Library for Jewish Studies that bears his name. The gift includes three new endowments: the university’s first-ever Jewish studies librarian; a General Jewish Studies Collection, part of the Area Studies Collections; and a Special Collection in Judaica.
E.C. Schroeder named Beinecke Librarian
University President Richard Levin announced the appointment of Edwin C. Schroeder as Librarian of the Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library and Associate University Librarian in an e-mail to the Yale community this afternoon. Schroeder, who has worked as a catalog librarian at Sterling Memorial Library since his arrival at Yale in 1989, will serve a five-year term effective Jan. 1.
National Gallery curator gets top Chester Beatty Library post
The head curator at the National Gallery has been appointed as the new director of the Chester Beatty Library. Fionnuala Croke will take up her role in the library at Dublin Castle on March 1st, succeeding Dr Michael Ryan. The art museum and library houses the collections of Sir Alfred Chester Beatty which includes manuscripts, miniature paintings, prints and rare books from Asia, the Middle East, North Africa and Europe. It is a public charitable trust.
Kinsey Collection still a touchy subject
When Jon Vickers was interviewing for his job as the first director of the new Indiana University Cinema, he was told there might be a tricky problem if he was hired. "The comment I heard frequently was, 'You'll have to figure out what to do with the Kinsey Collection, because it's different than all the others,' " Vickers says. "There was an assumption the programmer would work with the collection, but how to do that was a question for everybody."
Aglow With the Fallout Blues
"I liked the idea of making a visual book about invisible things," Ms. Redniss said in her office at Parsons the New School for Design, surrounded by a mess of Moleskine notebooks and large sheets of paper bathed in chemically hued blue. She was showing off an archaic process known as cyanotype—"like a camera-less photographic process"—that helped give the ethereal pages of "Radioactive" their distinctive look.
Ransom Center Receives Grant to Catalog Spanish Comedias Sueltas
The Harry Ransom Center, a humanities research library and museum at The University of Texas at Austin, has received $137,015 from the Council on Library and Information Resources Cataloging Hidden Special Collections and Archives for “Revealing Texas Collections of Comedias Sueltas.” The Ransom Center holds more than 14,000 "comedias sueltas," a generic term for plays published in small pamphlet formats in Spain from the late 17th through the 19th century.
That old computer in your garage is history, not junk!
Before you toss out that really old computer stored in your garage, consider that it might be a historical artifact. At the Computer History Museum’s Revolution exhibit, the computer industry has, for once, been frozen in time. Everything from Digital Equipment Corp.’s PDP-1 minicomputer to the Apple II personal computer is on display. It’s a place you can go if you want to see innovation and all of its connections to the past, said Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple and one of the museum’s supporters (Woz is seated third from right).
In partnership with Toura, the British Library is launching its first app, ‘Treasures’, for the iPhone, the iPad and Android, making it possible to visit our collections from anywhere in the world. The app includes over 100 highlights from our collections, including literary, historical, music-related and scientific documents - alongside illuminated manuscripts and sacred texts. Each is presented through high-resolution images, allowing the viewer to zoom in and explore in extraordinary detail.
Berkshire vice chair gives $3M of stock to library
Berkshire Hathaway Inc.'s Vice Chairman Charlie Munger gave stock worth nearly $3 million to the nonprofit Huntington Library in southern California. Munger disclosed the gift of 25 Class A shares of Berkshire stock in a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday. Munger has previously made donations to the Huntington. The library in San Marino, Calif., houses collections of rare books, fine art and botanical gardens.
50th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair 2011
The 50th Stuttgart Antiquarian Book Fair will be held from January 28 to 30, 2011 – with bibliophile treasures from 100 to 1.45 million euros, a new catalogue design, lectures, a book presentation and an exhibition about “Rare Booksellers in Exile”. Ernst Fischer, Professor at the Gutenberg University (Mainz) is highly regarded for his research on the history of the book and the book trade.