High-tech design of Seattle\'s new library will honor tradition

Building a new library these days involves a lot of decisions...how many computers, how many internet terminals, and, oh yeah, how many shelves for books. A new library in Seattle has decided to put more emphasis on books. From the Seattle Times\"Before designing a $159 million building - a hall to honor books, learning and the story of the human condition - it was worth finding out whether the future could make all of that a bit quaint. Would books, as we know them, cease to exist? Would e-books and Web TV rule the day? Should new libraries trim the space given to bookshelves?\"


Librarians can make money too!!

Forbes has this article on what a few librarians have done to make more money. \"The whole New Economy is based on information, but information without access to it is no good,\" says Lynn Boyden, who recently quit as an administrator at the Information Studies Department at UCLA for a job at e-consultancy Arc. \"What they teach you in library school is that you have to process raw data to get information, information to get knowledge, and knowledge to get wisdom.\"


Reading the future

Bob Cox sent along This Story from Philly.com on Franklin Electronic Publishers new Ebook-Like device called the \"eBookman\". They say it\'s a combination electronic-book reader, MP3 music player, and personal digital assistant.At just $129.95, this could be the one to watch.

\"Last week, it announced that it would work with Microsoft Corp. to incorporate Microsoft Reader software into eBookman. \"This is the first time Microsoft is licensing its Reader software to a third party for use on the third party\'s platform,\" said Gregory J. Winsky, Franklin\'s executive vice president.

Harry Potter and the Wacky Web

ZDNet has a Story on how crazy this Harry thing has become. Amazon will deliver 250,000 books on Saturday alone! Barnesandnoble.com said it is getting more than 7,000 orders for the book daily.

\"We can\'t overstate the logistical challenge Amazon and its shipping partners are overcoming by offering Saturday delivery for 250,000 orders on two continents,\" wrote Lauren Cooks Levitan


Library issues tickets

Ron Force writes \"Employees at Multnomah County libraries now have more clout when it comes to disciplining unruly patrons.

Staffers can issue visitors who break any 21 of the library\'s 23 rules with carbon-copied tickets. The slips, which ban offenders from the building for a period of time, are the library\'s answer to an increase in behavior problems.

spokane.net has The Story\"

What do you think? Would you write up bad patrons?

Frequently Asked Questions About Portals

Traffick.com has a very useful Story on Portals. The authors really cover all the bases on Portals and what they are all about. Give it a look if you need to know more on portals.


Friday Updates

Friday updates for this week include bomb making tools in libraries, cell phone bans, cool shelf management devices, helping patrons surf the net, collection development, and library auctions on e-bay. Enjoy!!

Virtual 3-D libraries

Jack Colbert sent in word on his new project building virtual (3-D) libraries on the WWW. This project is
called \"librarea\", and it features fully navigable library
buildings, with
floors, ceilings, etc, which contain links to web-based information
resources. This is a non-profit, non-commercial project and it\'s
completely free to any librarian who wishes to participate. Right now, we
have 14 librarian/builders, from 4 different countries, participating in
this project. Check out Activeworlds.com for more.


The Researching Librarian

Kerry Smith sent in a Link to her site The Researching Librarian. This site was created for librarians--new or experienced--who find themselves needing to perform

Intended as a supplement to the print resources available in library collections, this site gathers links to
selected web resources useful for research: freely searchable citation databases, funding information,
relevant journals, statistics and statistical methods, and useful research tools.


Library of Alexandria open again

National Geographic has a nice Story on The Library of Alexandria in Egypt. The Great Library was destroyed, 1,400 or more years ago and has now been rebuilt. This time it cost 180 million US Dollars. No word on how many papyrus scrolls they have to lend this time. The New version has \"he world\'s most advanced
cataloguing system, computerised book transport,
CD-roms, microfilms, internet connections and a fire
prevention system to ensure it doesn\'t suffer the same
fate as its predecessor. \"



Linguafranca.com has a Story on academic publishing and how things are changing. Gutenberg-e is a new project that will be giving out twenty-thousand-dollar postdoctoral grants grants to young scholars.

\"\"It seems unlikely that electronic books are going to
be any cheaper to publish,\" says Walter Lippincott, editorial director of Princeton
University Press. \"The big cost for a university press is the gatekeeper function.

Computer based online training in the library

Cate V. McNeely wrtites : \"Check out: The Richmond Review (2/3rds down
on page)
for an article on a new collaboration between the
award-winning Richmond
Public Library (B.C.) and FirstClass Systems to provide
Computer based
online training to library customers. It is a partnership
that provides a
great service to visitors to the Library\'s web site and
also generates
revenue for both organizations.

\"The purpose is
to give people other options in learning, said librarian
Shelley Civkin.

“We’re saying to people you don’t just have to study in
the classroom, you can take courses from home, from
anywhere,” said Civkin.

FirstClass usually provides educational software to
large corporations but approached the Richmond
library because “they heard that we are innovative,”
Civkin said. \"

Harry Potter Meets Hockey Star

The National Post has this heartwarming story about the similarities between Harry Potter and Tie Domi. \"Tie Domi has stood up against the toughest thugs in the National Hockey League, but the courage of left hooks and pulled sweaters and even haymakers is nothing compared to the courage Domi once showed a few years ago when he decided to do something worthwhile for Canadian children. He read out loud.\"



Remember when libraries circulated books and only books. Welcome to the golf club library. From Honolulu Advertiser\"Castillo came up with the concept while talking to his wife about the tool-lending libraries she grew up with in Alaska. \"I thought it was kind of quaint how the community helped each other,\" Castillo said.\"


Community Search Overview

In the July edition of the Search Engine Report, Danny Sullivan has published this useful overview of various emerging services which attempt to harness the contributions of volunteers or relevant communities to build web directories. These include Zeal, Wherewithal, Clip2, Octopus, Quiver, and Hotrate.


Internet Keeps Librarians Busy

Hollysue suggested this story\"yahoo! has an instersting story that really shows how the WWW is making librarians more important than ever \"

\"``We figured, `We\'re going to be out of business in 10 years\' because people can look up things for themselves at home,\'\' says Long, who supervises the Ready Reference call-in service at the Carnegie Library in Pittsburgh. ``But people call us more now and they expect more because they figure we can just hit a button and - bllllllip! - we\'ll get the answer.\'\'


After Hours Library Service

A colleague and I have this running joke that our library should be turned into a disco at night to raise money. I think this \"after hours\" reference service is a good idea too. From the Daily SouthTown\"So many people have questions (they) come up with in the middle of the night and nobody is there\" to provide answers, said Sara McCambridge, Homer Township reference librarian. Even while watching a game show such as \"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,\" if residents want to check on answers, they can call Night Owl, she said.\"

Sale of Chairs Delayed

For those of you who couldn\'t sleep at night awaiting a decision about whether or not those chairs in Newton, PA would be sold, the wait is over. Here is a follow-up story from Mcall.com.
\"We\'ve had many sleepless nights over these chairs,\" library President Philip Hagan said Monday night. \"Most library members are passionate about keeping them. We just want people to realize that the history of this library exceeds that of the chairs.\"


The Napster library?

The ever inovative San
Francisco Public Library
is starting a 6 month long
Experiment involving E-Books. Folks in SF can
browse, search, borrow, read and return 1,500
electronic books from their home or office. Salon has a very
interesting Story about this big

\"this simple little notice may have blasted
a big, fat hole in the business model of the electronic
book companies that plan to sell digital versions of
bestsellers for download over the Web. If you can
\"borrow\" an e-book for free, why would you ever bother
to buy one? \"

They aren\'t calling for the death of
the library, for a change, just the death of the publishing

Knowledge Management

It seems like the term Knowledge Management or KM
is popping up everyone these days. Knowledge
management is simply the capturing of knowledge
among employees in a company and using it as an
asset. We all know knowledge is power, so why are
businesses suddenly using the term? The answer is
something that librarians have known all along--that
sharing knowledge among others is beneficial to
everyone and unshared knowledge means nothing.
Librarians fit into this scheme because we possess
the wonderful ability to gather, organize, and analyze all
the information effectively. Librarians constantly share
their knowledge with other every day so why should
businesses be any different.


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