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December 09, 2003

Arts in the News

Today's Arts Briefing in the NYT has several items of particular interest:

Online Music and Dance Archives added to National Registry of Artists With AIDS - The Estate Project for Artists With AIDS and the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts announced the addition of music and dance archives to the registry. Also, according to the site's announcement, archives of "noted composers and choreographers" will become part of a permanent NYPL collection focused on artists with AIDS.

Library director resigns from Providence Athenaeum

The executive director of the Providence Athenaeum has resigned amid a furor over the proposed sale of the library's prize possession, a copy of John James Audubon's masterpiece "Birds of America." The 250-year-old library, in Providence, had expected to raise as much as $7 million from the sale, but dozens of people who use the library protested and took the matter to court. The suit delayed the sale until February, when the case is scheduled to be heard. Jonathan Bengtson, a specialist in medieval history who became the library's executive director late in 2001, sent a letter of resignation to the board on Nov. 23, and the board accepted it on Friday. In his letter Mr. Bengtson cited "lingering elitism among a small, but active, group of individuals" whose "disdain for those who seek to secure the institution's survival seems to know no bounds." He pledged to stay on through mid-February to help with the litigation and said that he intended then to take a job as chief librarian of St. Michael's College at the University of Toronto.

Yours, &c., LC | 05:07 PM | Librariana | TrackBack (0)

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