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First it's Vaulted Seeds now its Buried Books
« on: February 23, 2010, 07:34:24 PM »

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/s/1190824_a_million_library_books_to_be_sent_down_the_mines

A million library books to be sent down the mines
Deborah Linton

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ONE million books from Manchester's Central Library

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Re: First it's Vaulted Seeds now its Buried Books
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2010, 09:27:21 AM »
Hi All when we got our new board part of this Topic might have been lost.
Anyway I wanted to add something, which relates to the preservation of information, in the face of coming events. I think it is significant that the British Library personnel are going to the trouble to do the work and to release thousands of documents online. The last batch of a couple hundred documents will be released in 2012.
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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20100926/ap_on_re_eu/eu_britain_greek_manuscripts
British Library posts Greek manuscripts to Web

By RAPHAEL G. SATTER, Associated Press Writer
– Sun Sep 26, 7:21 pm ET

LONDON – One of the world's most important caches of Greek manuscripts is going online, part of a growing number of ancient documents to hit the Web in recent years.

The British Library said Monday that it was making more than a quarter of its 1,000 volume-strong collection of handwritten Greek texts available online free of charge, something curators there hope will be a boon to historians, biblical scholars and students of classical Greece alike.Although the manuscripts — highlights of which include a famous collection of Aesopic fables discovered on Mount Athos in 1844 — have long been available to scholars who made the trip to the British Library's reading rooms, curator Scot McKendrick said their posting to the web was opening antiquity to the entire world.

McKendrick said that London could be an expensive place to spend time poring over the Greek texts' tiny, faded script or picking through hundreds of pages of parchment.

"Not every scholar can afford to come here weeks and months on end," he said. The big attraction of browsing the texts online "is the ability to do it at your own desk whenever you wish to do it — and do it for free as well."

Although millions of books have been made available online in recent years — notably through Google Books' mass scanning program — ancient texts have taken much longer to emerge from the archives.

They don't suffer from the copyright issues complicating efforts to post contemporary works to the Web, but their fragility makes them tough to handle. They have to be carefully cracked open and photographed one page at a time, a process the British Library said typically costs about 1 pound ($1.50) per page.

The library has moved aggressively to put large swathes of its collection online, from 19th-century newspapers to the jewels of its collection — The Lindisfarne Gospels, a selection of Leonardo da Vinci's sketches and the Codex Sinaiticus, the oldest surviving complete copy of the Christian Bible.

The library's Greek manuscript project was funded by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, which supports Greek-related initiatives in arts and culture.

Another batch of about 250 documents are due to be published online in 2012.

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Online:

The British Library: http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation: http://www.snf.org
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Re: First it's Vaulted Seeds now its Buried Books
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2010, 11:14:38 AM »
Is the Vatican Library still "closed for renovations"? And, what about the EPA library,  the largest cross reference library in the world? Where they decided to 'maintain' the Vatican library, is of the utmost interest also. Start googling.

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Re: First it's Vaulted Seeds now its Buried Books
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2010, 11:57:10 AM »
Is the Vatican Library still "closed for renovations"? And, what about the EPA library,  the largest cross reference library in the world? Where they decided to 'maintain' the Vatican library, is of the utmost interest also. Start googling.

 Found this:

VATICAN CITY, Sept 14 — The Vatican yesterday announced it would re-open its library to scholars on September 20 after a massive restoration that kept it shut for three years.

The 15th-century building underwent renovations worth 25 million euros (RM100 million) and will re-open its doors to about 4,000 researchers and 20,000 visitors each year, Vatican librarian Raffaele Farina said at a press conference.

“Because of the amount and size of the projects, along with the noise they cause, we deemed it necessary and inevitable to close the library,” Farina said.

The restoration of the library, which holds more than 1.5 million books, included the installation of a modern climatisation system to preserve older tomes, the consolidation of load-bearing walls and the installation of up-to-date security measures.


 http://www.themalaysianinsider.com/books/article_book/vatican-library-to-re-open-after-massive-3-year-restoration/


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Re: First it's Vaulted Seeds now its Buried Books
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2010, 01:36:05 PM »
Good find! That clears up that question, now, as for the EPA library...  ed

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Re: First it's Vaulted Seeds now its Buried Books
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2010, 06:42:23 PM »
Unable to find anything  other than this: Posted on March 18, 2008
 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was blasted in both judicial and congressional forums for closing seven of its libraries over the past several years. In a Feb. 15 ruling, a federal arbitrator found EPA guilty of unfair labor practices with respect to the closings. One month later, Congress heard testimony from several sources, including the Government Accountability Office (GAO), that EPA's library restructuring plan was poorly conceived, planned, and implemented.

Closed Libraries

Since 2004, six of the original 26 EPA libraries have been closed, One remains unstaffed, four others have reduced their hours, and one is scheduled to be consolidated in 2008. Looming budget cuts and apparent plans to digitize the agency's collections were catalysts for the reorganization. EPA began a series of studies in 2003 that evaluated the value of services and uses of the libraries, and in November 2005 created the Library Steering Committee, which was tasked with developing a plan for maintaining the quality of the library network on a restricted budget.....http://www.ombwatch.org/node/3640

Lots of "reason"  why....not so much on the when they'll be reopened, and no mentioned on the others. Keep looking. Inquiring minds wants to know.

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Re: First it's Vaulted Seeds now its Buried Books
« Reply #6 on: October 18, 2010, 03:30:44 PM »
OK here is a story from a few months ago. A dozen libraries in one area of North Carolina were scheduled to close in  April 2010, so that probably happened aready.
This is because of budget cuts. (Or is it?)
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http://www.wsoctv.com/news/22861013/detail.html

WSOCTV.com
Library Programs In Limbo After Closure Announcement

Posted: 10:46 pm EDT March 16, 2010
Updated: 12:13 pm EDT March 19, 2010

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s funding for 2010 will be reduced an additional $2 million before the end of June. Library officials said they will have to close 12 branches on April 3 because of the cuts.

The branches closing are: Mint Hill, Independence Regional, Morrison Regional, Scaleybark, Carmel, Belmont, Sugar Creek, Myers Park, Hickory Grove, Cornelius, Beatties Ford and Checkit Outlet.

The $2 million cut comes on the heels of a $4 million reduction in county funds since January 2009.

A library spokesperson said the books from the affected branches will be filtered to other libraries, sold to raise money for the library or donated to charities. The equipment at the branches may also end up at an existing library, be sold for profit or donated.

Library leaders said they will meet soon to determine the fate of the programs, classes and events offered at the branches set to close in two weeks.

In addition to the closings, nearly 150 library employees countywide will get laid off.

Eyewitness News talked to a former library employee, Seth Allen, who said library and county leaders should have made cuts starting at the top.

“It’s not fair that so many administrators get compensated well and yet the front line staff are the ones that get cut," Allen said.

Leaders said they won't determine the fate of the buildings that house the libraries slated to close until after the 2011 budget is finalized in May. The county will still be responsible for maintaining the buildings until a decision is made

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Re: First it's Vaulted Seeds now its Buried Books
« Reply #7 on: October 19, 2010, 06:28:06 PM »
Hi Yowbarb,
You said "OK here is a story from a few months ago. A dozen libraries in one area of North Carolina were scheduled to close in  April 2010, so that probably happened aready.  This is because of budget cuts. (Or is it?)"

I live there, exactly.  All the libraries are now operating on reduced hours, reduced days, and reduced staff.  The situation got a lot of local press and public reaction, and the county has a budget problem, so the reason was apparently just lack of funds.