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What Happens to the Books When a College Closes?
“When I heard that Marygrove was going to be closing, it broke my heart,” mused Valerie Deering, Marygrove College Class of 1972. When her beloved alma mater in Detroit shut its doors in 2019, Deering worried about what would happen to its 70,000-volume library. For more than a century, the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, who founded the college, had been curating a unique collection of books about social justice, African American history and Detroit. What should they do with the library?
It turns out that selling the most desirable volumes would reap only $3000. Recycling them would cost the college $595,000. Nearby Wayne State University couldn’t take them. Marygrove’s solution: donate the entire library to the Internet Archive to be digitized, preserved and shared online.
“When I heard that the library was going to be digitized, I felt like it was going to be a stroke of genius,“ said Deering. “That there was not going to be a book burning, that these books weren't going to end up at the Salvation Army where nobody really knew or understood or would appreciate what they've been to generations of students.”
Today, we are pleased to announce that the Marygrove College Library Digital Collection is open for borrowing: https://archive.org/details/marygrovecollege
, as accessible to a retiree in Des Moines as it is to a student in Detroit. And the Internet Archive stands ready to help others because we believe in the importance of keeping entire libraries intact.
“A library is much more than the books on the shelves—it is the center of a community,” said Brewster Kahle, Internet Archive’s founder and Digital Librarian. “It reflects a history of a hundred years of interests and passions and collections that have been built by librarians, faculty, and students. Having that collection all online brings that community online, but also allows that artifact to be used by people all over the world. That is the idea of this next generation of Marygrove College Library.”
See how the legacy of Marygrove will live on in this new short film https://archive.org/details/marygrove
WATCH HERE What We're Reading
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OPEN CULTURE: 10,000 Vintage Recipe Books Are Now Digitized in The Internet Archive’s Cookbook & Home Economics Collection: https://www.openculture.com/2020/10/100 ... tized.html
NEWSDAY: Communities creating archives to document COVID-19 journey for future generations https://www.newsday.com/long-island/suf ... 1.50018107
WDET: Publisher Lawsuit Against Internet Archive Puts Future of Book Ownership In Question https://wdet.org/posts/2020/10/15/90154 ... -question/
MASHABLE: What Apple, Google, and Amazon’s websites looked like in 1999 https://mashable.com/article/90s-web-design/[url]
DAILY TITAN: Op-Ed: How libraries can learn not to hate commencement https://dailytitan.com/opinion/op-ed-op ... d7b84.html
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