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A New Year’s Vision of the Future of Libraries as Ebookstores
As the New Year approaches, I have a vision of the future that brings bookstores to every town and invigorates libraries. In this vision, libraries of the future are our local bookstores. I see a future where libraries let people borrow digital books—or buy them.
The Cleveland Public Library Found a Lost First Edition Copy of 'A Christmas Carol'
Cleveland librarian Kelly Brown had far more modest plans when she first began collecting items for a holiday traditions display at the Cleveland Public Library. But when she began poking around the stacks, she stumbled on a fairly unexpected Yuletide surprise: a first-edition copy of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
Two Canadian cities, Vancouver and Montreal, have the world’s best public library systems, according to a new survey by German researchers.
Library mavens at the Heinrich Heine University in Dusseldorf studied libraries in 31 major world cities, from London and Los Angeles, and from Shanghai to Sao Paulo, Brazil. Los Angeles finished in the middle of the pack in the ranking (16th), which took into account the wide array of services that libraries provide to their readers, including availability of printed books and digital information.
Two U.S. library systems finished third and fourth: Chicago and San Francisco. And the very bottom of the rankings were London (30th) and Dubai (31st).
Yesterday here in New York City, the Library Lovers League protested changes at the New York Public Library, specifically speaking out against a proposal that would move many items in the New York Public Library collection to a storage unit in New Jersey.
Bibliophiles who took part in this “street theater flash mob” wore sandwich signs featuring book covers in front of the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.
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A brand new 1.7 million dollar library in Twiggs County is set to close Tuesday night due to lack of funds. Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal joined local officials in cutting the ribbon just two weeks ago. The library was built with mostly state money. Its operating budget is funded locally.
UPDATE - Library is back open, for now (thank you Mock Turtle).
Now if only the candidates who will win next week’s general election would take this place as seriously. Financing New York City’s three public library systems is an annual set piece of political theater, where City Hall proposes reduced budgets that are deplored and haggled over until the City Council restores much of the sum. According to a report last January by the Center for an Urban Future, since 2008 the Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens libraries have endured cuts of nearly $65 million.
This week's episode talks about "leadership failure" & "command failure" in the first essay to air in a while, public service announcements from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Census Bureau are featured, and as ever the news miscellany rolls ever onward.
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From the Flint Journal:
MONTROSE, MI -- A former Montrose librarian is suing the Genesee District Library over claims she was fired for talking too loudly.
Susan Harshfield, 30, of Swartz Creek, said she was fired for talking loudly to police after she called for help with a patron who refused to leave the library.
Library spokesman Trenton Smiley declined to comment on the lawsuit. Library attorney Patrick Parker also declined comment. No response to the allegations has been filed with the court.
Harshfield's attorney, Tom Pabst, said his client was serving as a whistleblower when she was fired by the library.
"The taxpayers and library lost a good worker in Susan," Pabst said.
The lawsuit claims that a loud dispute arose Sept. 5 between Harshfield and the library patron over DVDs. Harshfield claims that she asked the patron to leave but the patron refused, so Harshfield called the police.
TEST DRIVING SAN DIEGO
Four hundred computing devices and 1,250,598 volumes. Snazzy 3-D printers and vintage opera librettos. An eye-popping video wall and bound copies of Good Housekeeping magazine. From 1885.
In addition to being huge, the new San Diego Central Library at Joan and Irwin Jacobs Common is all-encompassing. Whether you are a gadget fiend or a dead-tree hugging Luddite, the library probably has what you want. Even if all you want is a cushy chair and killer view.
Our $196.7 million library opened for business on Monday. Here is a little chapter and verse on what I found when I dropped in earlier this week.
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