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Bob Cox sends " this story from the Detroit Free Press about MeL--Michigan's State eLibrary. State Librarian Christie Pearson Brandau hopes that MeL will become a "full-featured online library, including librarian-selected Internet resources, commercial databases, statewide library catalog and borrowing services and digitized resources." A group of 12 librarians continues to develop the gateway."
The high number of outdated books found in libraries across the country is a shocking state of affairs, says the Chairperson of the Namibia Library and Information Council, Elia Kaiyamo.
Speaking at the official opening of an American Corner in the Walvis Bay public library, Kaiyamo - who is a Swapo MP - said a countrywide tour of libraries by members of the council had found books dating as far back as 1948.
Kaiyamo said that the Minister for Basic Education, Sport and Culture, John Mutorwa, had pleaded a shortage of Budget funds to replace all these books.
"That is why we need to demand more money for books," Kaiyamo told the gathering. Read some more on this here.
Governor Jeb Bush's attempt to move the contents of the state library from Tallahassee to a private university in Broward County have failed. The contract with Nova Southeastern University didn't go through, as the State Legislature did not approve the five million dollar appropriation for the move. Story here from the Orlando Sentinal.
News From FL says Just when it seemed the battle to keep the Florida State Library and Archives in the R.A. Gray Building in Tallahassee was over, there are indications that the plan to send the valued and historic collection to Nova Southeastern University is still alive. Even though the Legislature has refused to fund the transfer of the books, tapes, photos and historic records, people working for Gov. Jeb Bush appear to be raising money privately to pay for the transfer.
Steve Fesenmaier writes "The West Virginia Library Association will be sponsoring its second "Rally for Reading" at noon on Monday, November 17th, on the state capitol steps in Charleston. Last year more than 100 librarians and supporters listened to speakers including Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capitol talk about their support for libraries. -- Read More
Susan Dillinger writes "From the Tallahassee Democrat: "No browsing is the new rule as of today for the State Library's circulating collection. Closing the stacks of the circulating collection, and making its 350,000 books and other materials accessible only through librarians, will help
boost usage, said Judith Ring, Florida's director of library and information services."
Plans for this were mentioned earlier, as part of the continuing brew-ha-ha over Governor Bush's failed proposal to move the collection to Fort Lauderdale. I can see closed stacks discouraging theft, but am dubious about the director's belief that it increases usage.
Borders and the public library is a short piece out of Hawaii that asks: "Do booksellers regard the public library as competition, a pre-technological analog to pre-lawsuit Napster, or as a feeder network that develops a consumer appetite for purchased books?"
They say Borders must take the latter view, since it facilitated fund raising for the library system. As the Hawaii State Library begins its 90th anniversary celebration this weekend, Borders Books Music & Cafe and its budget sister Waldenbooks are making donations to the public library system.
Susan Dillinger noticed This Tallahasse.com Story that says it soon won't be possible to stroll through the stacks of the State Library's circulating collection in Florida.
The new policy will take effect in a few months. Users will be required to go to a single service desk and ask for the items in the circulating collection they want to check out.
The politically charged atmosphere surrounding the State Library ever since Gov. Jeb Bush tried and failed this year to persuade the Legislature to move the circulating collection to private Nova Southeastern University in Broward County has others questioning the motives of this development.
Thanks to Susan Dillinger for This One on Gov. Jeb Bush's ill-fated plans to streamline the Florida State
They say in the end, the biggest casualty was the myth of the shy and retiring
"As long as the public light is shining, it should be all right for now,"
He says As a Florida historian, he was deeply concerned when he heard the news that Governor Bush recommended the closing of the Florida State Library and the transfer of the state archives, state museum, and Bureau of Historic Preservation to other departments within the government. His proposed actions stemmed from a disagreement with Florida voters in the 2002 election. Although Bush won reelection, voters in Florida voiced their disapproval of his educational policies when they approved a statewide amendment to reduce public school class sizes within the next ten years. On the campaign trail, the governor had actually attacked the amendment as irresponsible and too costly for the fragile state budget, declaring that he had a "devious" plan to subvert it.