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Librarians @ the Beach

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WVEC) Now this was a cool job, being part of a brand new program from Virginia Beach Public Library, initiated by librarian Kellye Carter, called Books at the Beach.

On this day another librarian with 33 years experience was helping us out, Denise Barnhart. The WVEC reporter, Joe Flanagan (pictured, center) was worried that offering free books to Oceanfront visitors may be a challenge because he didn't have any librarian skills.

"We can teach that. We can't teach compassion. We can't teach caring. But we can teach anybody how to do the day-to-day things," said Kellye Carter, manager of the Oceanfront Area Library. The books were collected by the Friends of the Library.

Book 'em: All libraries put up with plenty

"Our public library is a safe place but what people need to remember is that it is a public place," said Celeste Choate, Urbana Free Library Executive Director. "So for example we encourage people to keep their possessions with them. You don't want to leave your phone on the table and walk away because it's a public place. You wouldn't do that at Target. That's the kind of thing I think some patrons forget. They feel so comfortable at the public library. They feel it's homey and they forget that it's not their home and that it's a public place."

From Book 'em: Area libraries put up with plenty | News-Gazette.com

How far can we stretch the public library? Library as Infrastructure

I propose that thinking about the library as a network of integrated, mutually reinforcing, evolving infrastructures — in particular, architectural, technological, social, epistemological and ethical infrastructures — can help us better identify what roles we want our libraries to serve, and what we can reasonably expect of them. What ideas, values and social responsibilities can we scaffold within the library’s material systems — its walls and wires, shelves and servers?

From Library as Infrastructure

Boston Library President Quits Over Missing Art

From the New York Times.

The president of the Boston Public Library resigned Wednesday amid a federal investigation into the disappearance of two artworks from the library’s collection, a Rembrandt and a Durer. Amy Ryan, who became the president of the library system in 2008, stepped down hours after announcing new security measures for the system’s holdings.

Information Please Librarian

From The Guardian, a selection of queries addressed to NYPL librarians including "Is this the place where I ask questions I can’t get answers to?" - Phone question, September 13, 1947

E-books soar, traditional books sag in annual library statistics

Statistics provided by Sean B. Minkel, assistant director of Rapid City Public Libraries, show that the circulation of traditional books, audiobooks, magazines and DVDs was down 14.8 percent in 2014, compared with the circulation in 2013.

By contrast, the library system's circulation of electronic books (known as e-books) and other digital products rose by 34.3 percent in 2014.

From E-books soar, traditional books sag in annual library statistics

Andreessens pair with H-P to send computers to Ferguson, Baltimore libraries

ublic libraries that provided a quiet refuge from civil unrest in Ferguson, Mo., and Baltimore are about to receive a small bounty from Silicon Valley.

Venture capitalist Marc Andreessen and his wife, philanthropist and educator Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen, have teamed up with Hewlett-Packard to donate nearly $170,000 worth of computers, printers and other equipment.

From Andreessens pair with H-P to send computers to Ferguson, Baltimore libraries

Baltimore Libraries Staying Open To Provide Community Support

Baltimore schools are closed in light of the riots over Freddie Gray’s death, but not all public buildings are following suit. The city’s public libraries, even those in the middle of the protests, will remain open to provide a place of “comfort and community” to Baltimore residents.

“It’s at times like this that the community needs us,” Roswell Encina , Director of Communications of Enoch Pratt Free Library, told MTV News. “That’s what the library has always been there for, from crises like this to a recession to the aftermath of severe weather. The library has been there. It happened in Ferguson; it’s happening here.”

The city is in a state of emergency since violent protests broke out Monday night, hours after Gray’s funeral. In the epicenter of the riots is the Baltimore’s Pennsylvania Avenue library — a branch that, according to MTV News reports, has already received praise for staying open.

Story from PBS Newshour http://www.pbs.org/newshour/rundown/amidst-protests-baltimore-libraries-stay-open-provide-co...

When Google is Your Librarian & Starbucks Your Wifi, Do We Need Libraries?

Book Review of the title Biblio Tech: Why Libraries Matter More Than Ever in the Age of Google (nice title!!) http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/book-party/wp/2015/04/23/when-google-is-your-librarian-an...

In his new book, author John Palfrey, former head of Harvard Law School Libraries writes about the necessity of maintaining public libraries as one of the essentials of society.

Libraries are repositories of books, music and documents, but above all of nostalgia: the musty stacks, the unexpected finds, the safety and pleasure of a place that welcomes and shelters unconditionally.

John Palfrey shares these memories, but he is also wary of them. After all, fond recollections of pleasant reading rooms can cloud our judgment of what libraries offer us — and need from us — today. In an era when search engines, online retailers and social media are overtaking some of libraries’ essential tasks, “nostalgia can actually be dangerous,” Palfrey warns. “Thinking of libraries as they were ages ago and wanting them to remain the same is the last thing we should want for them.”

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