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$1.4 million bequeathed to Vancouver Library Foundation

The motto of this story is, always be nice to your patrons because you never know when they might leave you a million. A Vancouver library patron, who always felt \"well-treated\" by the staff, left $1.4 million to the Library Foundation, reports this story from the Seattle P-I

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Pioneering map of Japan found in Library of Congress

Almost 200 years ago, Japanese geographical surveyor Ino Tadataka made the first detailed map of Japan. The original was lost in a fire, but now an almost complete copy has been found in the Library of Congress. The full story from the Japan Times. (It\'s so cool that it\'s actually dated tomorrow [Saturday]).
I\'m always intrigued by these stories, like the Lincoln flag, of things being \"found\" in libraries. Where were they? Didn\'t anyone know they were there?

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Ohio Libraries are Extending Lending to One Another

From The Cleveland Plain Dealer, Sarah Hollander writes...

\"Public and school libraries throughout Ohio should be able to share material with next-day delivery service starting this fall. The State Library of Ohio finalized a delivery contract last week. The computer hardware and software for locating and reserving the materials should be available in a few months. The service will allow patrons to check out books and, in some cases, videos, CD-ROMs and other material from any participating library when those items aren\'t available at their home library. \"At some point in the future, we\'re hoping any Ohio resident will be able to borrow a book from anywhere in the state,\" said Roger Verny, deputy state librarian. The state library paid for the technology with $1.2 million in federal funds. It will cost libraries about $2,800 a year to participate, which will cover the cost of deliveries.\" [more...]

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Bill Collector to Track Down Overdue Books

From The Los Angeles Times, Richard Winton writes...

\"Scofflaws with long-overdue materials from the Los Angeles Public Library soon will be pursued by a collection agency, the Board of Library Commissioners decided Thursday.
Commissioners approved a pilot program with an agency that recovers overdue materials and fines for more than 400 libraries nationwide. Their decision is a move away from the library\'s traditionally passive approach to tracking offenders, one that relies on automated telephone calls and notices.\" [more...]

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UCITA Running on Empty

From InfoWorld, Ed Foster writes...

\"This past Sunday was the day opponents of the Uniform Computer Information Transaction Act (UCITA) had been dreading for a long time: On July 1, UCITA was formally enacted as law in Virginia. Now that the day has passed, however, it turns out that there may be more reason than ever for anti-UCITA optimism.\" [more...]

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What Should Be Allowed on Library Walls?

From The Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News Lisa Deemer writes...

\"The furious debate in Anchorage over a gay pride exhibit banned from Z.J. Loussac Public Library has at its core this question: Just what should be allowed on library walls? To First Amendment experts and the American Library Association, the answer is clear. If a library lets any group hang a display, it has created a public forum and must open the door to virtually all others, said Bob O\'Neil, director of the Thomas Jefferson Center for the Protection of Free Expression in Virginia.\" [more...]

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Congress Stalls Library Disclosure Bill on Account of It Includes Them

From The Roll Call (Washington, DC) -
As if there\'s any surprise here... It seems that members of Congress were chomping at the bit to pass a bill requiring disclosure of financial donors to Presidential libraries until someone proposed an amendment to that bill which would include all non-profits named or controlled by Congress to be bound by the same law. Now, because it could cause everyone else\'s activities, besides the President\'s, to come under scrutiny, support for the bill has declined. Gives new meaning to the term \"double standard,\" if\'n ya\' ask me. [more...]

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Questioning the Necessity of Newspapers

In the South Florida Sun Sentinel, Victor Greto writes...
\"If newspapers are the first draft of history, does it matter if we have the actual draft, or just the information contained in the draft?\" Now there\'s a thought. What he\'s talking about here has to do with the brouhaha over Nick Baker\'s Book Double Fold. You know, that scathing report about librarians as thoughtless destroyers of history. [more...]

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Town gets its first library

The town of Washington, La. will soon have its first library, thanks to donated books, town government initiative and a former librarian alderwoman, reports this story from The Advocate (which - following the recent comments on difficult-to-identify local newspapers - has a helpful page with its full postal address in Baton Rouge, La. and area codes in the contact numbers).

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Library turf war in Michigan

The governor of Michigan is creating a Department of Arts, History and Libraries, which sounds lovely, but apparently the plan includes placing the Library of Michigan under the governor\'s control rather than the Legislature and this is causing a bit of a ruckus, according to this story from the Detroit Free Press.
The governor has made certain concessions to get the bill through, including the requirement that the state librarian be \"degreed\" (what a strange word) and the Michigan Library Association is no longer opposing the change.
I\'m thinking of getting the quote \"you don\'t mess with libraries on the Capitol\" printed onto t-shirts.

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