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nbruce writes "J. Ransom Clark, the Vice President for Administration at Muskingum College in New Concord, OH, has prepared an extensive bibliography for the web titled The Literature of Intelligence:
A Bibliography of Materials, with Essays, Reviews, and Comments. It is quite up to date, including the 9/11 hearings. Could be helpful for librarians looking for comprehensive sources."
Betsy Bernfield, Director of the Teton County (CO) Library, is defending the availability of "The Marijuana Grower's Handbook," saying that it was selected in adherence with the library's selection policy. As reported in this story, a local resident complained about the book, demanding a explanation for its selection. The book was reviewed and retained, with Bernfield saying it was the library's job to provide information, not to control it. The rest of the story is at the Casper Star Tribune. There's another story here.
Here's a story from the Toronto Star about the growing demand for Urban Literature by younger readers. According to the article, urban literature is a genre that "appeals to teenage girls and young adults who want to read books that reflect the raw voices of inner city life and the hip-hop culture that informs it." Urban lit authors that most librarians might recognize include Eric Jerome Dickey, Sister Souljah and Sharon Flake. I highly recommend the article to YA librarians and those who buy popular fiction. Time to weed out a few of the extra copies of Harry Potter and make room on the shelf for this genre.
Visit a Starbucks, and you can download music and create your own CD. It will cost $6.99 for the first five songs and $1 for every individual track after that. Included in the price: a labeled CD and jewel case. Alabama Times Daily
Deb Waugh writes "The Buffalo and Erie County Public Library offers many excellent resources for high school librarians. Sign up today for their Online Book Clubs. You'll receive the first few chapters of new books in your e-mail, giving you a chance to form a first-hand opinion of them."
Locus magazine has published its 2003 Recommended Reading List of science fiction, fantasy, and horror titles. The list of hundreds of titles includes Darwin's Children by Greg Bear,
Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson, and The Dark Tower V: Wolves of the Calla by Stephen King . Also included are anthologies, novellas, and related non-fiction. A great resource for collection development or just leisure reading.
Here's A Dallas News Story [Reg. Required] on University of North Texas professor, Carol Simpson, who has devoted the last two summers to making sure that libraries are available to schoolchildren in Negril, Jamaica, and Chiang Rai, Thailand. She's led groups of UNT students to both towns to catalog thousands of donated books and set up libraries.
"We didn't want to come in like a fairy godmother, wave the magic wand and create a library and then go," said Dr. Simpson, assistant professor at the university's School of Library and Information Sciences. "We wanted to create something that they would be able to maintain and continue to be able to use. We wanted to use a real library as a laboratory. -- Read More
An Anonymous Patron spotted an "Amusing and all too true...."
chronicle.com story in which Dennis Dillon, assistant director for collections and information resources at the General Libraries of the University of Texas at Austin, chronicles his day.
Professor Jones really wanted that journal!
"Shortly after Iran fell to Islamic revolutionaries in 1979, a book dealer sending volumes to Harvard's libraries cut out pictures of the deposed Shah so that the books would not be confiscated."
"The removed pages were sent separately later, but the incident illustrates the lengths that dealers and Harvard library collectors have to go to keep collections of regional publications current."
"The Iranian example was just one of many given on Thursday (May 8) during the Spring 2003 Librarians' Assembly, which brings together librarians from across the University and which was held in Harvard Hall." (from The Harvard Gazette)
I just love stories about unique library collections. Here's A Short One on the Chariton Public Library. There is currently a spring hat collection on display at the library that is on loan from the Lucas County Historical Society Museum in Chariton. The collection will be on display during April and May.