Peter Hirtle - YouTube video in which Senior Policy Advisor, Cornell University Libraries, talks with Debra Schiff about the types of skills and knowledge needed by today's archivist. July 31, 2011.
The Case of the Disappearing Documents - By Ellen Gamerman, Wall Street Journal, September 30, 2011, D1. "Paul Brachfeld, inspector general of the National Archives and Records Administration, says that of the 10,000 pieces removed from Mr. Landau's New York home, at least 2,500 of them - potentially worth millions of dollars - were stolen from historical societies, university libraries and other institutions along the East Coast."
A key place in the collection will be taken by one of the oldest known Ismaili manuscripts in the world, the Kitāb al-Zīna by the Ismaili author Abū Hātim al-Rāzī (d. 322 H. / 934 AD). The manuscripts contain texts in Arabic, Persian and Ottoman-Turkish and show an amazingly broad spectrum as far as the content is concerned, which comprises almost all traditional Islamic fields of knowledge. With a few exceptions, the manuscripts are mostly complete and well preserved. That many of these manuscripts came from the libraries of private scholars or families is suggested in several manuscripts by the many comments, some of which span over several generations, from the previous owners. The place of origin seems to be the gulf region, Yemen and Iran. A book has been written about the collection: From Codicology to Technology: Islamic Manuscripts and Their Place in Scholarship by See Stefani Brinkmann, Verlag Frank & Timme, Berlin 2008, 215 p. (ISBN-10: 3865961711; ISBN-13: 978-3865961716). See p. 200 - The Outside View: Using the Database.