Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Blegen Acquisitions for November 2006

The Blegen Acquisitions List for November 2006 is now complete and closed. 72 volumes were catalogued.

For links to all recent Acquisitions Lists, see Newly Catalogued Books.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

The Classification System of the Blegen Library

Former Head Librarian of the Blegen Library, Camilla MacKay, wrote an article on the chassification system. With the kind permission of the author and publisher we are distributing the article digitally and free-of-charge

Camilla MacKay PhD MSI MA
Classification of a Classical Studies Library in Greece and the Changing Nature of Classical Scholarship in the Twentieth Century.
Cataloging & Classification Quarterly (ISSN: 0163-9374)
Volume: 36 Issue: 2
Cover Date: 2003
Publication Date: 2003
Copyright Date: 2003
Page Range: 31 - 43

The Carl W. Blegen Library of the American School of Classical Studies at Athens contains one of the most comprehensive collections of books on classical philology and the archaeology of Greece and the eastern Mediterranean. Early in its history, an amateur librarian, Theodore Woolsey Heermance, created an independent, highly detailed classification system, which encompassed classical studies in all its facets. His system is still used in the Blegen Library today. However, the discipline of classics has changed considerably, especially in the last couple of decades, and while the breadth of Heermance's system (and, indeed, Heermance's foresight) is such that monographs in all areas of classical studies can be accommodated, the system as a whole also serves a unique document of classical scholarship a century ago. Moreover, because the letter designations have not changed since 1903, it is possible to track trends in scholarship and publication within fairly narrow subject headings. This article addresses not only Heermance's impressive classification system, but also the means by which this static classification system can be used to draw conclusions about the state of classical scholarship and the humanities in general in the twentieth century.

See also: The Blegen Library Classification System

Monday, November 20, 2006

New JSTOR Titles

As of today, the Blegen Library has a subscription to two additional JSTOR collections: Arts & Sciences III, and Arts & Sciences Complement. These supplement the preexisting subscriptions to Arts & Sciences I, and Arts & Sciences II. All accessible JSTOR titles relating to areas where the Blegen and Gennadius Libraries actively collect are integrated into the master list of Electronic Journals.

All of these materials are available in the facilities of the ASCSA. Members who are located elsewhere may gain access via the proxy server.

[Clarification (December 2, 2006): All journals in the four components of JSTOR mentioned above are available in ASCSA facilities, either by means of library terminals, or for those with wireless access. Members of the ASCSA can gain access to from elsewhere by means of the proxy server.]


The Blegen Library will be closed for the Thanksgiving holiday on
Thursday, November 23rd
Friday, November 24th

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Blegen Acquisitions - November 2006

Titles acquired in the Blegen Library are added to the acquisitions lists as they are cataloged. Check here for the list of titles cataloged so far in November 2006

For links to all recent complete Acquisitions Lists, see Newly Catalogued Books.

Friday, November 10, 2006

A new open access journal

Rosetta: Papers of the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity, University of Birmingham
ISSN 1752-1580

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Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Blegen Acquisitions for October 2006

The Blegen Acquisitions List for October 2006 is now complete and closed. 308 volumes were catalogued.

For links to all recent Acquisitions Lists, see Newly Catalogued Books.

Noisy Leaf Blowers

It has come to our attention that the use of leaf blowers in the garden has been disturbing readers. We apologize for the disturbance and will restrict the use of these tools to a minimum.

Ashmolean Museum

Ashmolean Museum Annual Report [beginning with 2000/2001](open access) is back on line after the redesign of the Ashmolean website. In addition hyperlinks to out of print books from the Ashmolean Museum have been updated. See Ambrosia for:

Brown, A. C.; Catling, H. W. Ancient Cyprus
Brown, Ann. Ancient Italy: Before the Romans
Vickers, Michael. Scythian Treasures in Oxford
Vickers, Michael; Impey, Oliver; Allen, James. From Silver to Ceramic: The Potter's Debt to Metalwork in the Graeco-Roman, Oriental and Islamic Worlds