Alex Woodward on the rapid growth of the NOPL. Can funding meet the demand?
??"Libraries are no longer, and should no longer, be thought of just going to pick up your books and leaving," Styons says. "There's still a heavy research component — assisting students with work for school — but also people want to be able to lounge with their laptop or smartphone. Things need to be mobile in the library. We know that's the direction we want to move in. ... We try to stay a little ahead of the trend, but in New Orleans we're catching up."
There is an interesting discussion at the the New York Times on the new plans for renovating the New York Public Library system.
The New York Public Library’s $300 million plan to sell its Mid-Manhattan branch and the Science, Industry and Business Library and consolidate them in a renovated main building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street continues to generate criticism. Opponents, hundreds of scholars and others who have signed a petition to block the plan, have said it would undermine its mission as a research center because millions of books would be moved to a storage facility in Princeton, N.J. But library officials say the move is vital to saving the two branches, would have little effect on research and would bring in more users. Should the library go forward with the plan?
LINCOLN, VT — Dancing gorillas, chattering teeth, jumping owls, rolling hamburgers, a climbing panda and a Mickey Mouse that strolls. What do they all have in common? They’re wind-up toys — a cultural relic of childhoods past.
In an era where digital games, like Angry Birds and Diner Dash, dominate the minds of many children, the Lincoln Library is paying homage to the centuries-old wind-up toy. For the months of May and June, more than 200 miniature, wind-up toys are on display in the Lincoln library, some of which date back to the early 1900s.
At the library last Thursday afternoon, librarian Debi Gray and assistant Marcia Jimmo were in high spirits as they wound and clicked their way through a half hour, watching the clockwork motor toys dance around.
The large collection of wind-up toys actually belongs to Jimmo’s grandson, but Jimmo and her husband, Roger, have kept them safe for years. Now that their grandson is a teenager, he doesn’t have any use for the toys, said Jimmo. So, she decided to take the collection out of its resting place in an old box and bring the little automatons back to life under the lights of the town library.
"Partnering with a local business is not only a great way of generating income for the library and keeping the library alive with potential new visitors but enables local businesses to get more involved in what matters to the community," he said.
"The unions that represent library workers would prefer to inject fear and hysteria into the community about privatizing the system, but the reality is that the community should be getting a much higher return on their tax dollars. For instance, visit your local library and request to speak to the branch manager, who might be earning an annual salary up to $70,000, while accruing a lucrative pension package, and ask how a specific Photoshop function works? You know what they are most likely going to do: walk you over to the outdated computer-reference section to find an operating guide on Photoshop. Is this what taxpayers perceive as getting a good value on their tax dollars? You can pay someone $12 per hour to do that."
Oregon's wired libraries are a digital delight
Since Multnomah County began offering downloadable books and videos in 2010, use of the service has skyrocketed, said Jeremy Graybill, a spokesman for the county library system. Ten months into the fiscal year, checkouts have already more than doubled last year's numbers, with more than 189,000 checkouts of electronic titles. Similar trends are seen in Clackamas and Washington counties.
To meet the increasing demand, libraries throughout the metro area are increasing their collections of downloadable books, audio and video. But navigating the ever-expanding options can be overwhelming. Library visitors so regularly request help with their e-readers, tablet computers and smartphones that Flotten has launched a weekly hourlong session to answer their questions.
Milestones of Science: Hidden treasure at downtown library
One of Buffalo’s magnificent, but little-known wonders is housed downtown, cocooned in a climate-controlled environment deep within the Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Buffalo and Erie County Public Library Latest from The Business Journals Toronto Sun says Buffalo ‘has character and class’East Delavan library is adoptedLibrary branch closes temporarily Follow this company . It’s a collection of first editions and other rare editions of the most notable works of science and technological innovation the world has ever seen.
The Milestones of Science, at the library’s central facility, contains nearly 200 items. With few exceptions, the collection contains work from the period of Gutenberg’s printing press through the dawn of the 20th century.