Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Notes from the Underground

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“The LOC is known to be the best library in the world - is an exhibit area really worth loosing that reputation and becoming just another tourist attraction?”

“As a scholar, I find the LOC’s decision a slap in the face of the entire scholarly community. What is the primary mission of the LOC? Not exhibit halls or daily attendance records, but the collection and preservation of precious texts that researchers can access at their will. This is what Thomas Jefferson envisioned.”

“As a Russianist I am always getting notes about the various archives and reading rooms that are closing indefinitely for "remont" over in Russia, thereby rendering their collections off-limits (or extremely hard to access) to researchers. I never thought this would happen in the US. It's appalling.”

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