RUMORS from the ATG NewsChannel 3/16/15

katinaBy Katina Strauch

Was fun to see that Bryan Shaffer was featured in Purdue Today’s Thumbs Up (March 2, 2015) which recognizes the excellent work of people on campus. Bryan, is sales and marketing manager for Purdue University Press, and he helped to move the offices of the press and Scholarly Publishing Services from the across campus. We in the Addlestone Library Technical Services Department had to move our offices over the summer twice so we could identify with the work that was involved! Congratulations to Bryan, who is an inaugural member of the Editorial Board of the Charleston Insights in Library, Archival, and Information Science monograph series.  Bryan also helps a lot with the Charleston Conference Proceedings published each year by Purdue University Press and also with the ATG archive which goes back to the beginning of ATG in March 1989.

Speaking of which, Burton Callicott just conducted a presentation of his sabbatical Project, “Peer review in a Crowded Sources World.” The presentation highlighted his work collecting, editing, and contributing to Making Institutional Repositories Work, a forthcoming collection of essays to be published by Purdue University Press in the Charleston Conference Insights series. The book will be featured in Charleston in November.

An incredibly interesting and relevant article in this week’s (March 16) New Yorker by Adam GopnikIn the Memory Ward.” The Warburg Institute on Woburn Square in London is an astonishing collection that allows patrons to wander the stacks and fondle art history books with E.H. Gombrich’s (an important art historian who directed the Warburg Institute in the nineteen sixties) famous owl bookplate. Aby Warburg was a semi-deranged heir to the Warburg banking fortune (Reportedly, he lived in fear that he was being served human flesh.) In his lucid moments, he converted the whole of the study of art history to the study of the iconic and dominated the field in the second half of the 20th century. Warburg’s most influential student in the English-speaking world was art historian and scholar Kenneth Clark. As WWII raged, the Warburgs took the collection into the larger library system of the University of London. A succinct document deeded the collection but required it be held separate and intact. And the University would pay for it in exchange for the collection. Now in academic warfare and budget shortfall, the University wants to “converge” the collection into the system yet continue to take money from the Warburg trust.There was some nasty litigation and the University lost.  A “binding agreement” is now being drawn up. Perhaps this will be discussed in November during the Long Arm of the Law panel …?

See – Adam Gopnik, “In the Memory Ward,” The New Yorker, Mar. 16, 2015, p.34.

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