Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Power interruption, Tuesday February 5th 2008

On Tuesday February 5th 2008 there will be disruptions in power in the Blegen library due to annual maintenance of electrical equipment.

With apologies in advance for the incovenience.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Changes: Head Librarian of the Carl W. Blegen Library

Blegen Library Head Librarian Chuck Jones has resigned from the American School of Classical Studies at Athens as of March 1st 2008. At that time he will take up the position of Head of the Library at the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World at New York University.

The position of Head Librarian of the Carl W. Blegen Library has been advertised and readers are encouraged to post and redistribute it, and to bring the advertisement to the attention of potential applicants

Friday, January 25, 2008



The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) invites applications and nominations for the position of Head Librarian of the Carl W. Blegen Library. The American School of Classical Studies at Athens (ASCSA) is one of the world's leading research and teaching institutions dedicated to the advanced study of all aspects of Greek culture, from antiquity to the present day. Founded in 1881, the ASCSA provides graduate students and scholars from some 180 affiliated North American colleges and universities a base for research and study in Greece. The ASCSA operates two major research libraries in Athens (The Blegen Library and the Gennadius Library), supports archaeological research and excavations in the ancient agora of Athens, in Corinth, and elsewhere in Greece, and disseminates information about its research through an active publications program.

The ASCSA is a primary resource for American and international graduate students and scholars in Hellenic studies, from antiquity to the present day. The Blegen Library is a non-circulating library dedicated to the entire field of classical antiquity, with special emphasis on the language, literature, art, history and archaeology of Greece, with 90,000 volumes, ca. 700 print periodical subscriptions, and ca. 200 electronic subscriptions. The Gennadius Library, with 113,000 volumes and extensive archives, is devoted to post-classical Hellenic civilization. Although both libraries serve primarily a constituency of North American students and scholars, there is a large group of international library users, including many Greek scholars.

Key responsibilities of the Head Librarian of the Blegen Library are as follows:
-Provides leadership for the Blegen Library. Position reports to the Director of the School in Athens;
- Manages the transition from a distributed model of information management to an integrated technical services unit serving both the Blegen and Gennadius Libraries;
-In collaboration with the Managing Committee, Trustees, and staff of the School monitors change, thinks strategically, and sets future directions for the Library, blending an appreciation of print materials and the traditions of the School with the electronic needs of a modern library;
-Provides leadership for creating and implementing an integrated collections development plan including digital materials, working in collaboration with the Director of the Gennadius Library, the Archivist, academic staff and committees of the School;
-Manages the library facility of approximately 1,735 sq. feet of stacks and office spaces and 2,800 m. of shelf space; manages the Library's operating budget of approximately $315,000 for FY2008 (exclusive of salaries); and supervises a library staff of four full time employees, two part time, and occasional volunteers;
-Oversees the collections of the library, including the acquisition, cataloging and indexing of print and electronic materials and the maintenance and preservation of library resources in both print and electronic formats;
-Provides guidance and instruction for students, faculty, and visiting scholars in the use of print and electronic materials in ancient Mediterranean philological, literary, historical, archaeological, and art historical research;
-Works with colleagues at related research libraries in Greece and abroad to develop and promote collaborative efforts. Works especially closely with the library of the British School at Athens in an electronic union catalogue and other shared initiatives;
-Advocates for the Library and assists in on-going fundraising efforts for Library, including the occasional writing of grant proposals;
-Oversees the Library's web presence and takes a leadership role in the continuing development of a centralized digital repository for ASCSA's electronic information resources.

Position requirements:
-ALA-accredited MLS or its equivalent;
-Strong, demonstrated managerial skills, with substantial experience in a library environment, including significant managerial experience;
-As a minimum, BA in classics or classical archaeology or related field; MA or PhD preferred. Expertise in one of the disciplines of the Blegen's collection (classics, prehistoric and/or classical archaeology, ancient history, history of ancient art); knowledge of relevant languages;
-Demonstrated skills and experience in relevant information technology, including its use and management, and possessing a comprehensive understanding of the technology-driven information environment, including institutional repository development;
-Understanding of unique needs of a graduate research library and familiarity with current issues in academic librarianship;
-Knowledge of best practices and current trends in managing academic libraries and serving library constituencies;
-Excellent communication, computer, organizational, and interpersonal skills;
-Specific experience working with Ex Libris' ALEPH highly desirable.
Salary commensurate with experience. Generous benefits package. Successful candidate will be expected to live and work in Athens, Greece.

Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Send a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, and three letters of reference to Professor Susan Rotroff, Chair, Committee on Personnel, American School of Classical Studies at Athens, 6 - 8 Charlton Street, Princeton, NJ 08540-5232 or email application to ascsa@ascsa.org. Website: http://www.ascsa.edu.gr. ASCSA is an EO/AA employer.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Collaborating to Improve Library Collections

From a notice by Tom Elliot at the Ancient World Bloggers Group Blog

Over at Current Epigraphy we're taking some steps to try to improve library holdings of epigraphic publications. We hope that we'll be joined there by other scholars and librarians, and mimic'd on other subfield blogs as well.

This was Gil Renberg's idea: a place to share notices of useful publications (print or electronic) that seem to have escaped the collections dragnet and are therefore dangerously (preservation) or disruptively (research support) underrepresented in a nation's or a region's libraries.

We're trying to use the blog medium to our advantage as well, so we're tagging relevant posts as concerned with "rare publications". This gives us a thematically browseable list, together with a corresponding web feed.

You can read more about the initiative at CurEp: "New and Rare Publications" (22 Jan 2008).

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Calendar 2008

So far, calendars have been based on various inspirations. 2008 is the year devoted to libraries! Greece has a lot to present in this field as one will find browsing the desk calendar "Greek Libraries 2008", published by Ianos publications together with the Union of Greek Librarians & Information Scientists.
This is of high importance for the Blegen and Gennadius since it includes photographs of their reading rooms (Blegen image is taken from the archive --year: 1906).
The calendar also comprises images & concise presentation of various libraries, starting from the National Library of Greece and the Greek Parliament Library, to the very modern university libraries as well as some indicative public libraries.
It is available for sale at: http://www.ianos.gr/TitleZoom.asp?Id=0197458

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

most welcome initiatives!

2nd conference of art libraries, "space constitution & co-ordination for the libraries, museums and art archives in Greece ; seeking policies for co-operation practice". --Athens School of Fine Arts Library, 1-2 February '08.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Ancient World Bloggers Group Blog

The Ancient World Bloggers Group Blog [AWBG] debuted in early December 2006. It is "a place for posts and discussion about blogging the Ancient World. Particularly welcome are entries announcing real world events where bloggers can meet, planning and notice of virtual blogfests - when a group of bloggers are posting about the same topic, and other issues related to how bloggers go about their business. Since this is a meta-blog, the list of links below currently includes sites that are similarly introspective about using technology to study some part of the Ancient World."

Readers of the Belgen Library News may have noticed the widget, down in the right-hand sidebar, which gives headlines from the AWBG.

Comments on either of these blogs are welcome here or there.

Saturday, January 12, 2008

New Open Access Journal


The Journal for Late Antique Religion and Culture
JLARC is a full text open access online Journal edited by members and associates of CLARC and published by Cardiff University, Centre for Late Antique Religion and Culture

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Internet disruption

On Thursday January 9th, from 10AM until Noon, there wil be no internet service at the ASCSA. All servers, mail, internet, etc. will be inaccessible.

Thanks for your patience.

Tuesday, January 01, 2008

History of the British School at Athens

Blegen Library Acquisitions, December 2007

The Blegen Acquisitions List for December 2007 is now complete and closed. 136 volumes were catalogued.

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

Hesperia 76:4 online

The newest issues of Hesperia
Volume: 76, Issue: 4. Cover date: Oct-Dec 2007
is now available online to institutions and individuals with subscriptions