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Library An Amazing Deal.

You never know where you\'ll find a good story.
Steven Bell found one on Portablelife.com.
This story isn\'t exactly about libraries, but it does give a nice vote of confidence to libraries, and librarians. The author seems almost suprised that a library would have something so useful!

\"I\'ve saved the best for last: The public libraries in virtually every city and in many towns now offer internet access via desktop systems available to the public for free. Usually, you don\'t even need a library card, although the librarian may hold your driver\'s license hostage while you use the system for the allotted time.\" -- Read More

Derek de Solla Price Article

Lee
Hadden
writes:

An article about Derek de Solla Price
is in the May 18,
2000 issue of Nature. Dr. Price is the
ex-physicist who spoke about
the compounding effects of scientific publishing over
time, and first said
the famous and frequently un- attributed comment that
\"80 or 90 per cent of
the scientists who have ever lived are alive today\"
He also talked about and documented the
doubling of
scientific knowledge every ten or fifteen years or so
since the year 1700. -- Read More

City - University To Share New Library

SFGate.com has a cool Report on a new library in San Jose. The new library, a partnership between the city and San Jose State University, will be the first in the United States to combine the collections of a major city and university, opening all of the materials to the public.

``I am just exhilarated by the innovation and the planning process,\'\' said State Librarian Kevin Starr. ``They are linking the very first of the state universities to the wonderfully reassembled urban core of San Jose. They are showing the rest of the state how to do it.\'\' -- Read More

Death of a libary Cat

Here is a sad
story
from Michigan Live
on the tragic death of a beloved Libary
Cat.

\"Residents of the rural Michigen
community are mourning Deuce\'s loss after the cat
was mauled to death by two dogs Friday while it was
resting on the building\'s steps.\"

Be sure to
check out The
Web Site
of the departed cat. -- Read More

Veteran lawmaker wins partial victory in ethics ca

Frombostonherald.com

\"
The State Ethics Commission failed to prove that a
veteran state lawmaker, and a tireless advocate of the
Boston Public Library, returned favors from lobbyists
when given free golf and meals, the state\'s highest
court ruled today.\" -- Read More

Audio of James Billington Speech

connectlive.com has The audio of the James Billington speech mentioned previously on LISNews is available at connectlive.com

\"James Billington, the Librarian of Congress gave a speech to the National Press Club on April 14th about the role of the LOC in the Information Age. You need Real Audio to listen.

Drew Wins $500,000

Drew Carey was the big winner on \"Who Wants to be a Millionare?\", earning $500,000 for his charity, the Ohio Library Foundation. He Chickened out on a chance to risk his winnings on the $1 million question: Which football star was the first to film a commercial for Disney World? The answer: Phil Simms.

Nice Job Drew!

Cracker Barrel apologizes for worthless books

AZ Central has a Follow Up story on Cracker Barrel sending 15,000 nearly worthless books in a contest promotion to a local library.

\"Cracker Barrel restaurants offered an apology and $1,000 to Gilbert\'s library Wednesday for sending 15,000 nearly worthless books in a contest promotion.

The Lebanon, Tenn.-based chain also agreed to \"pick up all the books the library doesn\'t want because we don\'t want them to incur any disposal costs,\" Cracker Barrel spokeswoman Julie Davis said. \" -- Read More

Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe

The Chronicle of Higher Ed has a very interesting Story on the permanence of articles published in electronic journals.Stanford\'s HighWire Press, which offers more than 170 scholarly journals online, announced last week that it would test the approach this spring, in a project called Lots Of Copies Keeps Stuff Safe, or LOCKSS. -- Read More

Cool Prizes at the Library

This article from the Piedmont Triad News is interesting as it reports on giving kids \"incentives\" to come into the library.
\"What\'s a sure way to get children and young adults into the single biggest vault of knowledge to be found in their town?

Simple: Appeal to their basic sense of greed.

Public and school libraries across the state on Saturday began a three-year campaign to raise youth\'s awareness of the learning opportunities found within their walls, and they did it by offering prizes ranging from compact disc players and NASCAR tickets to U.S. Savings Bonds, computers and rounds of mini-golf.\" -- Read More

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