Monday, June 29, 2015

Minerva: Dr Cope and Libraries

NSW Parliamentary Library and Jubilee Room

Russell Cope joined the staff of the Parliamentary Library on 1 March 1949 some 4 months short of his 18th birthday ...  Heritage and National Living Treasure inside the Mother of Antipodean Parliaments

Dr Cope Of NSW Parliamentary Library Fame ... 

“James Billington, 86, is a Russia scholar who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1987 as the 13th Librarian of Congress and leader of the oldest federal cultural institution. In a video message to his staff, he said he will leave Jan. 1.” Washington Post

Did You Know The Librarian Of Congress Oversees Copyright? (The Plot Thickens)

“In theory, the Librarian could do whatever he or she wants,” in terms of granting exemptions, says Jonathan Band, a lawyer in Washington, D.C. who specializes in technology and intellectual property law. “They could be more aggressive and grant more exemptions and broader exemptions.” The Atlantic

“Across the country, in city art collections and special collections of public libraries, one-of-a-kind items are routinely misfiled, misplaced, lost or stolen. And sometimes, routine mistakes and slipshod documentation grow into a much more intractable problem, with large portions of public collections being managed by institutions who have no idea what’s in them and no full inventory of their holdings.” Atlas Obscura