Title: The Reign of Law
Author: The Duke of Argyll
Publication date: New York, 1882
Library: Millsaps College Library
Call number: BL240.A7
Submitted by: Students of Millsaps course – What is the Future of the Book?
Contains two different ownership/gift inscriptions with a date, along with some notation throughout the text.
Title: Rubáiyát of Doc Sifers
Author: Riley, James Whitcomb
Publication date: 1897
Call number: PS2704R81897
Submitted by: Annalisa Palmer
Book Traces is coming to the University of Miami’s Richter Library this week:
Featuring talks by Andrew Stauffer and Kara McClurken from U Virginia, the event will include a day of searching for uniquely-marked volumes in the stacks. Watch the Book Traces feed for examples to be posted.
Andy Breeding of Sustainable Collections Services has a new blog post presenting data that suggests up to 39% of 19th- and early-20th-century volumes in OCLC Libraries could be at risk, depending on what criteria are used.
If we assume that titles existing in 50 or more copies nationally are potential candidates for weeding, especially if they have been checked out no more than once, then approximately 39% could be discarded. If libraries require a zero-checkout threshold for discards, that number drops to 30%. It’s a good argument for going into your local library and checking out some old books: let’s use the data to save the collections.
You can see Andy Breeding’s blog post here: “Potential Weeding Candidates among 19th and Early 20th Century Books”
In 2015-16, Book Traces founder Andrew Stauffer will serve as Co-PI on a Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) Hidden Collections grant to discover and process unique 19th-century books in the circulating collections in Alderman Library at the University of Virginia.
More from UVA Today here: https://news.virginia.edu/content/grant-boosts-efforts-catalog-secrets-hidden-old-library-books
University of Virginia
Hidden in Plain Sight
Principal Investigators: Kara McClurken and Andrew Stauffer
Our project will create metadata to record significant unique characteristics of titles in the circulating collections of the University of Virginia Library, focusing on 19th century titles. Many titles in our 19th century circulating collections have evidentiary or artifactual value due to characteristics such as marginalia, inserts, unique bindings, etc. Although these books are in the catalog, the unique, distinguishing features of the books are undocumented and therefore undiscoverable, hidden in plain sight in our stacks. We will provide enhanced metadata for these titles, and create a protocol for the discovery and sorting process which we will share so that institutions can cooperate on preservation and retention projects.
Professor Amanda Licastro‘s students from New York University came up to Columbia for the October 8 Book Traces event, and participated in the hunt for marked books in the Butler Stacks.
One student called this experience “simultaneously one of the nerdiest and most interesting events I have participated in since moving to New York.” Another remarked, “I love everything about old books so getting to handle so many was a really great experience.”
You can read more about what the NYU students found, and about their reactions to the experience, on Licastro’s course blog here:
CBC Radio host Nora Young sat down with Book Traces director Andrew Stauffer to talk about the project. You can listen to the interview here.
Allison C. Meier has written a great piece on the Book Traces project for the Brookyln-based Hyperallergic forum, covering “art and its discontents.” Meier writes that “what is there, much of it from the University of Virginia, is revealing about long vanished readers”:
Alexis Madrigal has written a wonderful essay about Book Traces for The Atlantic. He calls Book Traces “a rallying cry to get people across the nation to start pulling 19th-century books off the shelves and looking in them for the traces of our human ancestors.”
You can find the whole piece here:
A nice piece by Jennifer Howard on the Wired Campus blog of the Chronicle of Higher Education on Book Traces: