Thursday, April 11, 2013

April 11, and about 8 inches of snow came today ...

Correction in a Latin manuscript of the New Testament. Here from the Gospel of Matthew
(note the symbol that tells you where to insert the missing text!).

  • *** Call for Nominations to the MAM Executive Council ***
  • Vatican Apostolic Library to be digitized
  • The Atlas of Early Printing


Call for Nominations to the MAM Executive Council

Three councillor seats will become vacant this spring with replacements being elected at this year's business meeting in Kalamazoo. If you would like to serve in this capacity, or would like to see someone else nominated, please notify Kris Bixby at . The Council will consider these in preparing a slate for presentation at the meeting, and, as always, the floor will be open to nominations there.

Councillors serve a 3 year term. Primary duties are to attend the annual meetings at Kalamazoo and the MAM conference, and to assist in the direction and activities of the organization.

Councillors whose terms are ending: Carlos Hawley, Karla Knutson, Samantha Meigs (see below).

Councillors continuing: Nickolas Haydock, William Hodapp, Catherine Rock, Erin Mann, Aubri McVey Leung, David Sprunger

Vatican Apostolic Library to be digitized

The Vatican is digitizing the entire Apostolic Library—all 40 million pages of it. The project will take nine years and be made possible by a 2.8 petabyte storage donation from EMC, a company that specializes in information security and data storage. Luciano Ammenti, coordinator of the Vatican Library Data Center, estimates in a November 2012 YouTube video (5:36) that each page will need 150MB of storage....  (The Verge, Mar. 13; EMC, Mar. 7; YouTube, Nov. 13, 2012)

The Atlas of Early Printing

The Atlas of Early Printing is an interactive site designed to be used as a tool for teaching the early history of printing in Europe during the second half of the 15th century. The atlas is the creation of Greg Prickman, head of special collections and university archives at the University of Iowa Libraries. Version 2 went online in 2013. The atlas shows the spread of printing, publishing centers, universities, paper mills, fairs, conflicts, and trade routes.... (University of Iowa Libraries)
[Be sure to check out this new, free resource! Note that there is also a corrections page where you can help improve some of their metadata and tags!]

Kalamazoo coming soon!!!

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