Public Libraries

Fire destroys librarian\'s work

Blair writes \"As Homer Simpson would say, Duh\'Oh!
a BBC Story reports on Olga Franks A librarian at the School of Informatics at the University of Edinburgh who worked for 20 years on a collection of books and journals, only to have it destroyed in Edinburgh\'s Old Town blaze. Books, journals and research papers, which were housed at 80 South Bridge, were completely destroyed when fire swept through Scotland\'s capital on Saturday night.

Ms Franks said: \"I feel simply desperate. I was one of the original librarians in the department and I saw this work grow from the size of a cupboard to an immense library.

Movers let book times roll

Here's A Nice Look at the Eugene [OR]Public Library's relocation project. "We've done everything from 2 1/2 million books to 20,000 books, so in terms of size, this is right in the middle," said Dick, West Coast manager for a company whose name says it all: National Library Relocations.

Cleaning up dirty art at the BPL

The Boston Globe has This Story on the $1 million restoration project in the Sargent Gallery the Boston Public Library.
Last week, about a half-dozen employees of Harvard University's Straus Center for Conservation began dabbing at Sargent's ''Triumph of Religion'' murals with little cotton swabs in an 18-month campaign to bring the century-old artwork back to life.

Lincoln Library considers scenarios

Rochelle writes \"American Libraries recently ran a short article about the unstaffed school libraries of Springfield, IL. One proposed solution has been to move 3 branches from the city\'s in-the-red Lincoln Library into the school libraries. What might seem like a good compromise to many would create all sorts of sticky and unpalatable situations. \"

Public Libraries: A New Forum For Extremists

Anti-Defamation League has a Q&A entitled Public Libraries: A New Forum For Extremists.
They say Libraries have often been in the forefront of battles to protect free speech no matter what its content. It is this very openness that has encouraged extremists to target libraries as a useful forum to spread their message of hate.

PA Carnegie libraries retool to compete with \'net, chain stores

Via Z Wire:

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh is planning a huge fund-raising effort to update its facilities and its image, amid growing competition from the Internet and large bookstore chains. Carnegie has set a goal of raising $25 million over the next several years to overhaul its main library in the Oakland neighborhood and 13 branches.

\"It\'s not just fund-raising,\" Library Director Herb Elish said. \"It\'s a matter of, \'What should libraries look like? What do people expect for the 21st century? What should we provide and how do we provide it?\'\"

Complete article.

Woman miffed by library\'s card policy

Here\'s one from Ontario, where a woman managed to get her story in the paper because she couldn\'t use her fathers library card.

Peggy Walshe, chief executive officer of the Kitchener Public Library, understands. \"We\'re very tough about the ownership (of library cards). It\'s like VISA.\"

Maybe she needs to Ask Dear Abby.

A Paean to the Public Library

Deborah Walker writes \"Haroon Siddiqui spoke a week ago on November 21, 2002 at a breakfast seminar sponsored by the Canadian Urban Institute on \"Knowledge Centres for the 21st Century: How Big City Libraries are Helping to Advance the Urban Agenda\"This editorial in today\'s Toronto Star captures the content of his speech.


Going out of the private meeting room business

SomeOne submitted This One from FL where

The Tarpon Springs
Library wants to stop letting private groups use its
community room after a group it banned threatened to sue.

\"We\'re going out of the private meeting room business,\"
City Attorney John Hubbard said.

City officials say scheduling the room is just too much
trouble. If the City Commission agrees, all groups that
regularly use the room will have about a year to find
another place to meet. After Sept. 30, the library will
keep the room to itself.

A love letter to Toronto libraries

From the Toronto Star:

Public libraries are among Toronto\'s hidden treasures. Yet they rarely feature in the raging urban renewal debate on how best to raise billions of dollars to bury the Gardiner, fix the waterfront, expand the island airport, or save the schools from the Harris-Eves Tories.

Perhaps we don\'t much talk about libraries because they ain\'t broke. We should.

Libraries are one of our most essential public spaces where citizens converge regardless of age, income, language, ethnicity, religion or political ideology. The Toronto library\'s 98 branches — many housed in some of the most architecturally exquisite buildings — add to the social cohesion and vitality of each of their neighbourhoods. So do the public libraries in the suburbs, from Mississauga to Markham to Ajax and beyond.

Complete article.


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