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

January 29, 2010

ONE million books from Manchester's Central Library

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.
- Yowbarb
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.



The British Library:

The Stavros Niarchos Foundation:

Ed Douglas:
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.


--- Quote from: Ed Douglas 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.

--- End quote ---

 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.

Ed Douglas:
Good find! That clears up that question, now, as for the EPA library...  ed


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