AMHERST, Mass. - The UMass Amherst Library has published online two monograph-length texts by Art History Professor Emeritus J. L. Benson, "Greek Color Theory and the Four Elements" and "Greek Sculpture and the Four Elements." The project is the Library''s first venture into the role of publisher of original scholarly material, a role that several other research libraries have explored. The two texts are available online at http://www.library.umass.edu/benson/.
A release celebration on May 24 included an introduction to the project by library staff members and a short talk by the author entitled, "Some Remarks on Libraries, Spirituality, and Post-Retirement Creativity." An accompanying exhibit in Special Collections and Archives (Floor 25, W.E.B. Du Bois Library) through June 9 showcases the issues and technologies the Library confronted with the publishing project.