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

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Mon Feb 9 00:19:28 UTC 2015

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.
>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.


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