Archiv Charles Koechlin in Kassel

” …. Otfrid Nies setzt sich auch für die Werke des französischen Komponisten Charles Koechlin (1867-1950) ein. Das von ihm 1984 in Kassel gegründete “Archiv Charles Koechlin” bietet interessierten Interpreten und Musikwissenschaftlern Gelegenheit, das umfangreiche Oeuvre dieses Zeitgenossen von Debussy und Ravel kennen zu lernen. …..”
Quelle: (Link)


Archive und Klangkunst

Aus einem Porträt des Klangkünstlers Satoshi Morita von Christine Schön auf DeutschlandradioKultur (Link):
” ….. Die Geräusche seiner Kindheit aus dem Tonarchiv seines Vaters sind für Satoshi Morita Inspiration für seine “multisensorische” Klangkunst. Auf der “Ars Elektronica” in Linz präsentiert er seine interaktive Installation “Klangkapsel”, in der Besucher ihn beim Kochen hören und fühlen können. …..
Satoshi Morita hält die 34 Jahre alte Kassette behutsam in der Hand. Sein Vater hat darauf in korrekten japanischen Schriftzeichen Ort, Datum und Ereignis vermerkt. Zuhause in Tokio muss es ein ganzes Archiv von diesen Tonträgern geben, denn nicht nur Satoshis Geburt, sondern alle Familienfeste der Moritas wurden auf Audio gebannt. ….”

Archive und Kunst: "Vertrautes Terrain" beim ZKM in Karlsruhe

Die FR (Link) berichtet u. .a.: ” ….. Sven Johne wiederum hat sich nur scheinbar an der Realität orientiert. Das von ihm präsentierte Archiv des “Republikflüchtlings Alfred Kleistner”, der Hunderte Fotos von der Ostsee gemacht haben soll, bevor und nachdem er sie 24 Stunden lang von Ost nach West durchschwommen hat, ist ebenso fiktiv, wie die Geschichte von den “Wissower Klinken”, jenen Kreidefelsen auf Rügen, die einst angeblich Caspar David Friedrich inspiriert haben und 2005 bei ihrem Herabstürzen dem Fremdenführer Klaus Barthels auf den Kopf gefallen sein sollen. Geschichten, die Johne mit faszinierenden Details anreichert, so dass sie weit glaubwürdiger anmuten als seinerzeit die Fiktionen Karl Mays. ….”

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Archive und Kunst: 1000 Tage Nichts archiviert

Foto:Isabella Glogger

Die Münsterländische Volkszeitung (Link) berichtet unter einer Übersicht, die auf den Tätigkeitsbericht eines bedauernswerten Archivs schließen lassen könnten, über eine Kunstausstellung folgendes:
“…..Nein, schließlich möchte der Künstler sein „Archiv des Nichts“ weiter wachsen sehen. Seit genau 1000 Tagen recherchiert, sammelt und archiviert er alles zum Thema „Nichts“ – für zehn Tage macht sein Projekt nun zum runden Bestehen Halt in dessen Geburtsstadt Münster. ….. Bis zum 13. September können Besucher im „Archiv des Nichts“ lesen und forschen. Außer Montag ist es täglich von 15 bis 19 Uhr im Speicher II am Hafenweg geöffnet. ….”

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ALA: No Open Access for own journals

Brian Kenney, An Open and Shut Case, School Library Journal, September 1, 2008.

… [L]ibrarians are the most vocal advocates for open access to journal content—except, apparently, when it’s their own publications. I suspect this is because of [the American Library Association]’s outdated, carrot-on-the-end-of-the-stick, publishing model: keep the publications locked away as the supreme benefit of membership.

There are three problems with this approach, and one is ethical. Is it really right to harvest the intellectual capital of a profession—with no compensation for authors—then sell that content back to the profession? How can [the American Association of School Librarians], for example, … justify withholding Knowledge Quest from the rest of the educational community?

Another issue is marketing. … By locking away its literature, ALA loses out on a major marketing opportunity for its members, the divisions, the association, and the profession.

Finally, there is common sense. If you want your content to be used, then readers need to be able to discover it through a search engine and read it in a click. Or find it in their feed aggregator. We need to be able to forward it, post our disagreements with it, blog about it, and have it pushed to us on Facebook. It must, in short, be integrated into our professional lives. Or else it becomes irrelevant, no matter how good it might be.

Come on, ALA. Let your content go free. You’ll never miss your old-school business model again. I promise.

Attack on Welsh Heritage

[Update: ]

An action group says it is “aghast” at plans to sell some of Wales’ oldest and rarest books.

Cardiff Council could eventually sell up to 18,000 items dating from the 15th Century at auction to raise money for improvements in library services.

The collection at the central library includes early atlases along with a second edition of Shakespeare.

An initial 139 items are being assessed but the group, which includes academics, wants an end to the process.

The council says all proceeds from the sale will be re-invested back into the whole Cardiff library service.

Cardiff Council said auctioneers Bonhams have identified an initial list of 139 titles to consider.

“As you will appreciate we have nearly 18,000 items to review and this will be undertaken in a staged process over several years, “said a spokesman.

He said the council intended to keep the 13th Century Llyfr Aneirin (The Book of Aneirin), the manuscript collection (including the Captain Scott manuscripts and Bute papers).

Also being retained are early printed Welsh books and bibles, including a Bishop Morgan bible.

“The items for review include some incunabula and the private press, special bindings, limited editions and rare book collections,” said the spokesman.

But campaigners insist selling the collections will “be a step backwards” for the city.

Peter Keelan, head of special collections and archives at Cardiff University Library, said he understood the first batch of books date back to the 1500s and were probably the most valuable of the books being sold.

He estimated that some individual volumes could fetch in the region of £30,000 to £40,000.

“We are in discussions with the council about whether we could buy some of the books but the prices they could fetch at auction would be beyond what we could afford,” he said.

“Nothing has come of the discussions yet but we have the capabilities of looking after books of that age – we have books going back to 1508 – and so if the council says they cannot afford to keep them and care for them, we could. It would also mean people from all over Cardiff could see them.”

The city’s collection includes a Tyndale’s bible, one of the earliest translated and published in the 16th Century; key English and European texts from the Protestant Reformation; a substantial collection of scarce political tracts from the Civil War and rare books on natural history and geography.

Mr Keelan said: “There is nothing else here in Wales as the library in Aberystwyth concentrates more on Welsh texts. Students would have to go to London for their research. If these books disappear from Cardiff, research will grind to a halt.”

‘Long-term benefit’

A new action group, Cardiff Heritage Friends, which includes local residents, historians, other academics, solicitors, and librarians, is calling for the council to stop the sale “of some of Wales’ greatest treasures”.

Group member Dr Wyn James, who is also secretary of Cardiff Welsh Bibliographical Society, said: “A lot of people are aghast about this. For Cardiff, having these books is the difference between Cardiff being a local and Welsh interest library to being a library in the international league.

“In the past the council has not invested in these books and did not include them on the electronic catalogue, which means that the majority of people did not know they were there.

“But rather than ensuring that these valuable collections be catalogued, and exploiting these assets in a way that would substantially enhance Cardiff’s prestige as a city of culture and learning, the council has decided to sell them.”

A council report in 2007 said it would cost the authority £2-3m to look after the collections.

A spokesman for Cardiff council said the sale would allow the authority to “provide high quality 21st Century services for all Cardiff residents”.

“Improvements will include technological advances that will benefit all library users across the city,” he said.


On the library:

According to ISTC Cardiff Public Library has more than 170 incunabula, says Falk Eisermann:

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