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With 125,000 users in fewer than two years, an online chat called "Ask Here PA" is the fastest-growing digital reference service in the country, state officials said today.
"In less than two years, the program is on target to compete for that coveted title -- most used virtual reference program in the nation," said Mary Clare Zales, Pennsylvania's state librarian and deputy secretary for libraries.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review has the story.
Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging families in Illinois to spend time together reading on the evening of Thursday, November 20th to celebrate the Secretary of State's annual Family Reading Night.
"This special event is a night when parents and children are encouraged to turn off the television, computers, video games and other forms of entertainment and spend time reading together," White said. "Studies have shown that reading together makes families stronger, creates a positive learning environment, and helps children develop a love for reading that can last a lifetime." QC Online.
Alaska Department of Education Commissioner Larry Ledoux announced Thursday he has appointed Linda Thibodeau to be state librarian and director of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums. She replaces Kay Shelton, who retired.
The division operates the Alaska State Library and Historical Collections , the Alaska State Archives, the Alaska State Museum in Juneau and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka.
It appears the State Librarian is not appointed (or unappointed) by the Governor.
The bomb squad has determined that a suspicious package discovered at the Chico High School library contained a book.
The school was placed under a lockdown at 12:36 p.m., followed by the evacuation of all students beginning at 1:50 p.m. The investigation was being centered around the school's library where staff had discovered the package.
(No, this isn't from The Onion)
What substance does not mix well with books?
Water, and unfortunately, plenty of it has been seeping into the library of the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee for the last few years.
Now, safety fences are being built around the Florida Supreme Court Building as work begins to stop water seepage into the basement that destroyed more than 11,000 library books. By 2006, the water intrusion forced the library to discard 11,646 library books worth about $37,000 that had suffered enough damage that they no longer were usable. Court staff had to clear out areas of the basement, install dehumidifiers, and use water vacuum cleaners whenever there was a heavy rain.
Wonder if Katherine Harris was affected by the humidity there during her tenure as Secretary of State?
Application and full listing available at http://notes4.state.ak.us/wa/PostApps.nsf/0/3148EC2E16FE3E51892574AD006107DE?OpenDocument.
- Are you PASSIONATE about libraries?
- Have you ever told someone you barely know that they ought to use a proprietary database or other library resource?
- Would you like to design and implement a distance education program?
- Are you a self-starter who thrives in a collegial atmosphere?
- If you answered "yes" to more than one question, then apply to be the Alaska State Library's newly designated Outreach Librarian!
Help raise awareness of core library services to state employees. Help us get our program of distance instruction and web tutorials from dreams to reality. Meet people from around the state and from every region of planet Earth.
What does an Outreach Librarian do?
- Promotes awareness of State Library services to state agency employees through direct contacts by mail, phone and physical visits,
- Coordinates and supports library educational and other outreach activities for State employees and others, and
- Provides reference and bibliographic services to selected state agencies and to the public. As part of reference, the successful candidate will spend between 8-10 hours a week on our public reference desk. -- Read More
The Montana State Library is going to slow down its transition to a digital library, but it still aims to phase out the type of walk-in access it now has, the library commission was told Wednesday.
The library says its mission can best be met with a digital library, and only a few ancillary walk-in services used by very few people - such as access to print newspapers - will be lost. Detractors say the library is moving too fast and isn't ready for the switch.
Newark Mayor Cory Booker, along with the New Jersey Library Association , are pleased to announce the arrival of help when you need it; Homework Help via Internet for students in grades 4 to 12 from 3pm to 8pm each weeknight. The program was subsidized by PSE&G...here's the story from the sponsor's press release.
Students who live in one of the seven designated towns can connect to a "Homework Help NJ" tutor through their local libraries, or from their home PC or Mac, with their library card number. The program Web site is can be accessed here. In addition, students enrolled in NJ After 3 can access "Homework Help NJ" at local program sites. NJ After 3 nonprofit partner sites include Boys & Girls Clubs, faith-based groups, museums, universities, community development corporations, YW/YMCAs, and others.
Eileen Issa says she was "sick" when she saw the illustration of the newlywed men kissing. Despite her sickness, objections and 40 signatures from other residents The Lower Macungie Township Library board is refusing for a second time to remove the book ``King & King.'' Library Director Kathee Rhode says the library seeks to offer a variety of views and ways of life. She says library officials want parents to decide on subject matter for their own children, but not one parent to decide for all children.
Always remember, if you don't like it, it's no good for anyone!
There will be no book bans in Chandler libraries this year. The Library Board voted unanimously Thursday to leave four items on the shelves over complaints from residents who wanted them moved or removed. Objections were to the Phoenix New Times, comedian George Carlin's audio book, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, Where Willy Went, a children's book about racing sperm, and The Faerie Tale Theater DVD narrated by Robin Williams.