Vatican Library closure

Closed for renovations until 2010, the Vatican Library‘s priceless books will not be directly accessible for research. Here are some extracts from the BCC report on technology in place there that tickled me.

“…the Vatican Library is in the vanguard of digital technology. Microchips have already been installed inside some valuable books, which tell librarians if a book is missing from its regular stack.”

And on the obverse side of the page, keeping in mind that I’ve just finished weeding outdated transparencies from our stacks:
“…stacks of old card indexes still fill one of the reading rooms when the library catalogue has been transferred to a digital database.

‘We shall never destroy them because scholars often prefer to use the old library cards, and they are a permanent record which we can always use to check possible mistakes in the database,’ Mr Piazzoni explained.”

inside the Vatican Library


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