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June 27, 2011

Repairs to Lilly Library building to be completed July 1

Filed under: Lilly Library building — Lilly Library @ 11:03 am

Lilly Library re-roof project

On May 9, 2011, contractors began working on a re-roofing project at the Lilly Library. The original copper roof sections were thinning in some areas so new roofs were needed to make sure water does not enter the building. Since ice in the gutters during the winter months can cause leaks, the gutters of the copper roofs will have new gutter melt devices installed.

In addition to replacing the three copper roof sections of the building, some mortar joint repair is also part of the project. The mortar joint repair is being done on part of the upper outside walls of the building. This should ensure that water does not enter those upper walls through cracks in the mortar joints of the stone. The installation of the new roofs has gone smoothly despite the bad weather. Wind and rain caused a few snags but the roofers have been very helpful and know the importance of keeping the building dry.

The projected is scheduled to be completed Friday, July 1.

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June 18, 2011

Many thanks to Marty Joachim

Filed under: Books — Lilly Library @ 4:18 pm

Marty Joachim, IU Librarian Emeritus

Seen here in a photo taken in the Lilly Library Reading Room using one of his favorite reference sources is Indiana University Librarian Emeritus Marty Joachim. Since his retirement from the IU libraries at the end of 2002, Marty has given valuable service to the Lilly Library, devoting thousands of hours adding records to IUCAT (IU’s online library catalog) for the Lilly Library’s early printed books. Marty’s own academic background in Classical Studies and his knowledge of Latin and Greek made him the perfect cataloger to do this work. He estimates that at least 75% of the incunabula are in Latin. The remainder are mostly in Italian, French, German, Greek, and Spanish with an occasional work in English. Marty notes that working with the Lilly‚Äôs incunabula was endlessly fascinating. He often marveled at working with items that were unique to the Lilly Library or existed in only a few known copies. He completed the project in early June 2011. During his second retirement, Marty plans to do a lot of traveling; so far this year he has already been to Israel and Austria and will be going to China in August.

Before Marty’s stellar accomplishment, most of the Lilly Library’s holdings in books printed before 1501 were found only in the manual card catalog in the Lilly Library Reading Room, and most of these records were brief with a minimum of description and entries. Now fully cataloged records with multiple access points for all titles are available in the online catalog. Since the time these materials were originally cataloged, scholarship has added greatly to what is known about the early years of printing in Europe. Major bibliographical tools such as the Incunabula Short Title Catalogue and the Bodleian Library incunabula catalogue have been developed or published. Marty was able to benefit from the work of other scholars and incorporate new information into the bibliographic records he created. Genre headings on each record provide access by the term Incunabula, further subdivided by place and date. Try searching IUCAT for the keyword phrase Incunabula Italy Venice.

A big thank you to Marty Joachim for bringing our 15th century books out into the 21st century.

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