[Ads-l] News Article: Cold Book Storage at Harvard

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Mon Feb 9 00:46:49 UTC 2015


I guess Joel is too young to remember the Texas School Book Depository. 

Fred Shapiro


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From: American Dialect Society [ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU] on behalf of Joel S. Berson [Berson at ATT.NET]
Sent: Sunday, February 08, 2015 7:19 PM
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Subject: Re: News Article: Cold Book Storage at Harvard

At 2/8/2015 04:25 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>Sounds much like our LSF, the long-term shelving facility in Hamden,
>CT, which is a lot closer geographically to Yale's Stirling Memorial
>Library than 30 miles (more like 4 miles), and even more closer [!],
>less than a mile as the Google maps, from where I'm typing this at
>home. Not that I could walk there in 15 minutes and request a book I
>needed; it's all done electronically as described.
>
>They conducted tours of the LSF when it first opened, and indeed the
>books there are arranged by size, labeled by barcodes, and fetched
>by forklifts as the article describes for the Harvard
>Depository.  (Somehow I don't like the sound of that "Depository",
>but no doubt these lack windows that riflemen could aim from.)

Wouldn't the greater concern be windows that riflemen could aim
toward?  Or terrorists throw grenados through?

>My worry when I did the tour was that if a book somehow did
>disappear in the bowels of the LSF, it would be awfully difficult
>for humans to locate it.  Don't know how often that happens.
>
>LH
>
>P.S. I wouldn't have guessed that Harvard's Gutenberg is housed in
>Widener as opposed to Houghton; ours is in Beinecke, with other rarities.

It may be in the room at the top of the central stairs, straight up
one flight above the Harvard Yard entrance level.

Joel

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