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The real scoop on Cuban Libraries

Rory Litwin writes \"The Cuban Libraries Support Group has released a new report that effectively debunks those claims by \"Friends of Cuban Libraries,\" Robert Kent and Jorge Sanguinetty\'s propaganda project, of repression of \"independent librarians.\" The libraries in question are clearly not libraries but personal collections of typically 80 books or so, and the librarians are not librarians at all but have a variety of occupations. They are simply political dissidents whom \"Friends of Cuban Libraries\" is masquerading as librarians to generate sympathy. That they have duped IFLA\'s FAIFE and Amnesty International should not give them any credence; they are propagandists, pure and simple, and they are abusing the our own society\'s good feelings toward librarians. \"

Library of Congress Report

Dadop writes \"The NRC just released a report about LC\'s use of IT and the future. It also includes discussion of copyright issues and the US Copyright Office.\"


This is quite a report on LC, celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. They have more than 9 million books, 11 million films and photos and more than 53 million manuscripts. They also put over a million largely historical things - like the papers of Presidents Washington and Lincoln - on the Web.

\"If the Library of Congress does not make significant progress, it will become a book museum that houses a collection of priceless materials, and the energy of cultural exploration and discovery will fade from its halls and go elsewhere,\" said committee chair James O\'Donnell\" -- Read More

Journal Crusade Goes Online

Librarians and researchers have come together to protest high prices for journals at the website, \"Create Change\" at: arl.org/create/home.html


CREATE CHANGE is sponsored by the Association of Research libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association), and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). Funding for this project has been provided by the three organizations and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. -- Read More

Well-Informed Citizens Increasingly Rare

I really wanted to put this one under humor, even though it\'s more sad than funny. The National Science Foundation released a report, \"Science and Engineering Indicators 2000\", in this report, \"more than 70% of the people knew that the Earth revolves around the sun and not the other way around\", so... that means about 30% didn\'t know that? Is this even possible? Other interesting results-
-16% could define the Internet
-13% could accurately describe a molecule
-30% thought they were poorly informed -- Read More

sandals in libraries

Someone sent in this article from ABC news about the dangers of wearing sandals.A woman was apparently jabbed in the foot with a syringe as she sat in the Ohio State University library, authorities said.\"

Doctors are prescribing books

Sarah
Ormes
writes Nice story in the UK about how
doctors are prescribing a course of novels
for patients suffering from a range of diseases -
bibliotherapists are being
employed by Kirklees public library services to support
the service.

Full story at

The
BBC

This is a neat area of
librarianship
that has always interested me, my other degree is in
Psychology. -- Read More

The Library Hotel

R Hadden Wrote :\"According to \"Special
Background Report\" the front page of the Wall
Street Journal, July 13, 2000, the Library Hotel that is
opening soon, and
which is located near the New York Public Library, will
categorize the
floors and room numbers according to the Dewey
Decimal System. What\'s the
Cutter table number for \"elevator\"?\"

I did some
searching and found a little information on the new
hotel. -- Read More

Who wants to hug a millionaire?

The Charlotte Observer has this article about a $500,000 donation to build a new library. Do you think they should keep it, or go for the million?\"Self-made Union County millionaire Carroll Edwards, 63, has pledged $500,000 toward a new library, replacing a smaller one in his hometown of Marshville, population 2,757. The contribution apparently is one of the largest cash donations by an individual to a public library in the Charlotte region.\" -- Read More

Report From Chicago

Chicago Tribune has a Story on the Big ALA conference that was held last week. It\'s a pretty cool article that really harps on the \"librarian strereotype\", but covers what librarians are up to in the US in the year 2000, Ebooks, the internet, low pay, better jobs outside the profession, etc....

\"Stereotypes are stereotypes, and whatever the field or profession, it\'s a matter of taking a look at the person as an individual,\" said Kathleen Walsh, Chicago Public Library spokeswoman. \"But librarians are probably some of the most articulate, smart and energetic people you\'ll come across.\" -- Read More

FORE!!!

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.\" -- Read More

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