2002

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.0861  Thursday, 28 March 2002

From:           Daniel Traister <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Thursday, 21 Mar 2002 08:55:02 -0500 (EST)
Subject:        UK Shakespeare Collections

Shakespearians may be interested in a recent (February 2002) report on
cooperative developments affecting UK specialist Shakespeare libraries.
These include the Shakespeare Institute Library, the Shakespeare Centre
Library, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust Records Office, and the
Birmingham Shakespeare Library. Acrobat Reader is required to see the
report online (the file is a pdf).

A small warning: the language of this report is just a wee bit heavy on
bureaucratese and library jargon -- which, one unhappily notes, seem to
be as exciting when they originate from the eastern as when they come
from the western side of the Atlantic:

        The British Library Co-operation Partnership Programme report,
        *Touchstone: Co-operation and Partnership Among UK Shakespeare
        Libraries*, can be found at:

        http://www.bl.uk/concord/pdf_files/touchstonefinal.pdf

Information about the Touchstone project generally may be found at:

        http://www.touchstone.bham.ac.uk/welcome.html

(a site that does not require Acrobat).

Another important library issue, not irrelevant to Shakespearians, is
considered in *The Enemy Within! Acid Deterioration of Our Written
Heritage* (also in pdf format), available at:

        http://www.bl.uk/concord/pdf_files/massdreport.pdf

A supplement, *Infosave: Saving our National Written Heritage from the
Threat of Acid Deterioration* (also in pdf), is located at

        http://www.bl.uk/concord/pdf_files/deacidsupp.pdf

A press release concerning the above acid deterioration reports (with
links) can be found at:

        http://www.bl.uk/concord/pressrelease11.html

Dan Traister
University of Pennsylvania

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