Theft and loss of materials held in libraries and archives worldwide is a concern not only for owning institutions, but also for the international antiquarian book trade and global law enforcement. Centralized, highly-visible exposure of "missing materials" is needed to help identify stolen materials, recover missing items and deter future crimes. Together with the RLG Partnership, the RBMS Security Committee and the ABAA, OCLC Research developed MissingMaterials.org, a free mechanism for sharing reliable information about missing rare books and other materials at the network level. In order for this solution to work, however, it is of vital importance that the community use it.
Mark your calendar and join one of these demonstration webinars to discuss obstacles to transparency and propose solutions.
- Katharine Kyes Leab, American Book Prices Current
- Richard Oram, Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
- Maria Holden, New York State Archives
- Prudence Backman, New York State Archives
- Brittany Turner, New York State Archives
- Merrilee Proffitt, OCLC Research
- Jennifer Schaffner, OCLC Research
- . . . and members of the RLG Partnership's Working Group on Missing Materials
Register to attend the 10 am EDT (UTC 14:00) MissingMaterials.org webinar on 11 May
Register to attend the 4 pm EDT (UTC 20:00) MissingMaterials.org webinar on 11 May