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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

What might have Been-18th C. Chinese Texts

An early hand colored illustration, above.

Antique Books Destroyed

Every so often we hear it; the horror story that makes not only our collector’s collective hair stand on end, but everyone else collective general public’s hair stand on end. This week it was the story of the rare, shredded ancient Chinese books. That’s right, mega dittoes to the dumbest thing I’ve heard yet, one of the biggest blows against literacy that hit at an International Level. The worthy librarians of my alma mater, Augustana, not the one in Sioux Falls, who just chaired my wonderful neighbor Prof. Roger Rabbit, shredded a set of ancient Chinese texts,! Probably, they are now in a heap in Prof. Roger Rabbit’s garbage cum compost pile. One of the real professors discovered the sacrilege and went to the media. When the books were first donated to Augie Doggie’s library, they were worth, in the 1990s, $8,000. Now, they were worth around $50,000. Mere change, apparently, in the great non-profit empire. The defense of the loonie librarians; well, one book was missing. Oh, gee, now it’s worth only $30,0000.

And, wait, there’s more! They’ve been doing this all along, because like Margie R., and the rest of the well educated library scienced mavens, they claimed no one had told them not to do it!

Ah books, Ah humanity, Ah, Project Bartleby. Those books, and others, lasted for centuries. The digital e-book kindles, nookie Nooks, etc., can be gone in a flash of lightening, made obsolete in weeks, even days. We really are a throw away society, but then, there were the dark rumors of dumpsters coming in dead of night to BHC to haul away books people had left to The College.

In the good old days, we had book sales, and I used to walk down to the bowels of the old marble library designed once to be a mausoleum, to the basement lair of Mr. Sims, reference librarian and archivist, in his late seventies, widowed, and slightly dapper and English in accent. If he liked you, he sold you books, and gave you books. Whole sets of Hugo, Sherman’s My Life among the Indians, an 1847 Jane Eyre, Gaskell’s Life of Charlotte Bronte, a 1749 German Bible, art folios and prints, dozens of museum brochures, fifties novels, G.Wilson Knight on Shakespeare, all mine. Still mine. Treasured, studied, used, these many years.

I wonder if my Augie librarian friends are the descendants of the monks who burned most of The Popol Vuh. May the ghost of Dr. Bergendoff, whose library card was his painting on the wall across from the circulation desk, haunt their dimwitted souls forever. I think of my friend Mary Hillier making a plea for antique dolls and writing about how priceless Queen Anne dolls were used for kindling! And of course, there are the collector police, the anti “hoarders” who never had anything, and don’t want anyone else to have it, either. Well, antiquarian book collectors unite, we have nothing to lose but our acid free paper, and we will lower the temperature from Fahrenheit 451.

Augustana Destroys Ancient Books!

See Below, with commentary in another Blog. My Alma Mater gets the Darwin Award for this one!

Rare, Ancient Library Books Destroyed

Updated: June 20, 2011 02:01 PM CDT





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Augustana library staff members made a mistake while doing some spring cleaning, and it ended up being very costly.

They accidentally destroyed a very rare and valuable ancient Chinese book collection.

"Librarians are lovers of books," said VP of Augustana Communications and Marketing, Scott Cason. "They value books greatly. Probably more than most of society. So, they feel very badly about what happened."

None of the books had been checked-out in over a decade, and in an effort to make room in the library, library staff removed and shredded the books. The 18th century collection was purchased for $8,000 roughly twenty years ago by faculty affiliated with Asian Studies.

"It was something very prized by the department," said Cason.

Cason said the library staff must now get approval from the college dean and president before recycling any more books.

Antique Books Destroyed

Every so often we hear it; the horror story that makes not only our collector’s collective hair stand on end, but everyone else collective general public’s hair stand on end. This week it was the story of the rare, shredded ancient Chinese books. That’s right, mega dittoes to the dumbest thing I’ve heard yet, one of the biggest blows against literacy that hit at an International Level. The worthy librarians of my alma mater, Augustana, not the one in Sioux Falls, who just chaired my wonderful neighbor Prof. Roger Rabbit, shredded a set of ancient Chinese texts,! Probably, they are now in a heap in Prof. Roger Rabbit’s garbage cum compost pile. One of the real professors discovered the sacrilege and went to the media. When the books were first donated to Augie Doggie’s library, they were worth, in the 1990s, $8,000. Now, they were worth around $50,000. Mere change, apparently, in the great non-profit empire. The defense of the loonie librarians; well, one book was missing. Oh, gee, now it’s worth only $30,0000.

And, wait, there’s more! They’ve been doing this all along, because like Margie R., and the rest of the well educated library scienced mavens, they claimed no one had told them not to do it!

Ah books, Ah humanity, Ah, Project Bartleby. Those books, and others, lasted for centuries. The digital e-book kindles, nookie Nooks, etc., can be gone in a flash of lightening, made obsolete in weeks, even days. We really are a throw away society, but then, there were the dark rumors of dumpsters coming in dead of night to BHC to haul away books people had left to The College.

In the good old days, we had book sales, and I used to walk down to the bowels of the old marble library designed once to be a mausoleum, to the basement lair of Mr. Sims, reference librarian and archivist, in his late seventies, widowed, and slightly dapper and English in accent. If he liked you, he sold you books, and gave you books. Whole sets of Hugo, Sherman’s My Life among the Indians, an 1847 Jane Eyre, Gaskell’s Life of Charlotte Bronte, a 1749 German Bible, art folios and prints, dozens of museum brochures, fifties novels, G.Wilson Knight on Shakespeare, all mine. Still mine. Treasured, studied, used, these many years.

I wonder if my Augie librarian friends are the descendants of the monks who burned most of The Popol Vuh. May the ghost of Dr. Bergendoff, whose library card was his painting on the wall across from the circulation desk, haunt their dimwitted souls forever. I think of my friend Mary Hillier making a plea for antique dolls and writing about how priceless Queen Anne dolls were used for kindling! And of course, there are the collector police, the anti “hoarders” who never had anything, and don’t want anyone else to have it, either. Well, antiquarian book collectors unite, we have nothing to lose but our acid free paper, and we will lower the temperature from Fahrenheit 451.

Augustana Destroys Ancient Books!

See Below, with commentary in another Blog. My Alma Mater gets the Darwin Award for this one!

Rare, Ancient Library Books Destroyed

Updated: June 20, 2011 02:01 PM CDT





Top Stories from KWQC.com

Last Broadcast For KWQC Sports Anchor Dan Pearson

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Quad City Job Strength

Illinois Lawmakers Cut Their Pay

Clinton Levee Unacceptable

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Most Popular Stories

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Last Broadcast For KWQC Sports Anchor Dan Pearson

Salad Recall

Bus Tour to Remember 10 Year Anniversary

Changes To Davenport's Tall Grass and Weed Ordinance

President Obama To Visit Alcoa

No charges against bar in Dunn death

4th Of July Celebrations





Augustana library staff members made a mistake while doing some spring cleaning, and it ended up being very costly.

They accidentally destroyed a very rare and valuable ancient Chinese book collection.

"Librarians are lovers of books," said VP of Augustana Communications and Marketing, Scott Cason. "They value books greatly. Probably more than most of society. So, they feel very badly about what happened."

None of the books had been checked-out in over a decade, and in an effort to make room in the library, library staff removed and shredded the books. The 18th century collection was purchased for $8,000 roughly twenty years ago by faculty affiliated with Asian Studies.

"It was something very prized by the department," said Cason.

Cason said the library staff must now get approval from the college dean and president before recycling any more books.

Some Books from the Spelman Johnson Group


Wild, unpredictable weather seems to be theme for the summer so our book choices this year reflect a theme of leadership in a time of change across a wide range of topics!


The Inspiring Leader: Unlocking the Secrets of How Extraordinary Leaders Motivate
Authors: John Zenger, Joseph Folkman, and Scott Edinger
Publisher: McGraw-Hill, 2009

Performance thought leaders John Zenger and Joseph Folkman reveal the 16 key competencies that separate the top ten percent of leaders from the rest.


Positioning Student Affairs for Sustainable Change: Achieving Organization Effectiveness Through Multiple Perspectives
Authors: Linda Kuk, James H. Banning, and Marilyn J. Amey
Publisher: Stylus Publishing (Virginia), 2010

This book presents ideas and concepts from organizational behavior and change theories, and demonstrates how they can be useful in, and applied to, student affairs practice.


Contemporary Issues in Institutional Ethics: New Directions for Community Colleges
Editors: Clifford P. Harbour, Patricia L. Farrell
Publisher: Jossey-Bass, 2010

Examining the ethical dimensions of various institutional issues, policies, and practices at the community college, this is an essential guide for presidents, vice presidents, deans, and other leaders in today’s open-door institutions, providing expert guidance in meeting the challenges of their distinctive and expanding educational mission.


KaBOOM!: How One Man Built a Movement to Save Play
Author: Darell Hammond, foreword by Stuart L. Brown, MD
Publisher: Rodale, 2011

KaBOOM! is the powerfully uplifting journey of a man who grew up in a group home with his seven brothers and sisters and went on to build a world-class non-profit that harnesses the power of community to improve the lives of children.


We hope you enjoy these selections – they are available online and through your local independent bookseller or public library.

Best wishes for a wonderful summer!


SJG – The Spelman & Johnson Group
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Saturday, June 25, 2011

And the Darwin Award goes to Augustana Librarians!

See below, commentary to follow; in reference to the librarians who inadvertently destroyed antique chinese books which can't be replaced. Someone, I dare say from my venerable alma mater iteself, removed this post. I later put it back. Long live free speech on the web!

Thursday, June 23, 2011

With Love from Tin Lizzie; A History of Metal Dolls, Metal Heads, and Automatons is Going to Print!

See below, a press release:

Dear Editors:

 I am a long-time doll collector and doll author.  Simply an FYI;  my book on metal dolls will be going to print this week.  It covers metal heads, all-metal dolls, ritual figures, automatons, and robots.  This edition is more text than photos, the next edition will be a photo study.  The title is With Love from Tin Lizzie; A History Metal Dolls, Metal Heads and Automatons. To the best of my knowledge, I can claim in good faith that this is the first book of its kind.
 
My first complete book on dolls is in print and will soon be on Amazon.  It is called A Bibliography of Doll and Toy Sources, and contains BW photos and an introduction and index.  The sources include books, all print sources, URL's, other electronic media including blogs, musical works, dramatic works, and artistic works.  There are many sources covered never addressed before; I plan a second edition of this book as well. 
 
There are sample chapters on my blog, Dr. E's Doll Museum, wwwdollmuseum.blogspot.com
 
Thank you.
 
Ellen M. Tsagaris