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England and Wales have just adopted national standards for libraries, which call for improvements such as longer opening hours, free or cheap Internet access and convenient locations. The Guardian reports that this has led to a battle between modernists and traditionalists \"for the soul of the library\". Tower Hamlets in London has closed 5 of its 12 branch libraries in order to open 7 new hi-tech \"idea stores\", located in shopping centers and open supermarket hours. Several other cities are looking at a similar move, but there are concerns about the closures of branch libraries. The story is an interesting look at the future of public libraries and the changes that lie ahead.
Someone passed along This Story from the great city of Columbus, OH.
The Bexley Library has taken to auctioning books on the web to help raise money.
They\'ve been doing it for 2 years and have raised $1,800 by selling about 100 books online. The library\'s biggest items: two pamphlets and a signed letter from Booker T. Washington that went for $500.
\"They knew that they had some gems they were getting,\" said Sandy Lemkin, a reference librarian at Bexley Library. \"It\'s a wider audience that you can appeal to. When you\'re on eBay, you have wonderful exposure.\"
A bunch of unrelated, but interesting stories, most sent in by Bob Cox.
The Post-Intelligencer has a Story on the King County library system, which is The third busiest in U.S. They say the only way to get a study table at King County\'s main library on a Sunday is to race in the door when it opens at 1 p.m.
San Antonio\'s public library fines are the highest at 20 cents a day.
\"We give people three weeks to return a book, a week to return a video or a CD,\" Graham said. \"After that, they are stealing from the taxpayers. We\'re just providing incentive for people to bring the material back.\"
Charlotte.com Story on that woman who had 900 books after she was arrested for stealing from the library.
This is a lesson,\" said Jim McKee, director of the Caldwell County library. \"Most of our policies have been geared toward honest people.\" -- Read More
There\'s a follow up Editorial (by a man who looks quite a bit like Santa) on that \"Christian Fiction\" section in Florida. Santa makes an interesting point when he points out labeling a group of books by subject is just as much help to those who don\'t want to read them as to those who do.
\"If Citrus folks ever get their underwear in a bunch the way some people from the Christian right in Spring Hill did a few years back over a gay-pride display in a local library, the current Christian Fiction display will be a fine tool for pointing out to them that the sword of diversity cuts both ways and that a library that encourages multiple points of view is a good thing.\"
I think we rean a story Like This One long ago.
Schoolchildren formed a chain three blocks long and passed book after book from the Thornville, OH old library to its new one yesterday morning. The 310 students hand-delivered about 800 books to the new library.
Next time I move into a new apartment I want to move this way! Any volunteers?
Florida\'s Lakes Region Library set up a display of
books titled \"Christian Fiction\" sitting near the check-out
desk with about 100 books. A patron raised a ruckos,
so they changed the name of the display to
\"Inspirational Fiction\". They even talk about how The
Library of Congress classifies \"Christian fiction\" books,
but, there is not an equivalent category for Buddhist
fiction or other types of religious fiction. She plans to file
a complaint in U.S. District Court against the county.
\"We try to provide a broad diversity of viewpoints
and many types of subject matter,\" Rogers said. \"That
does not mean the library endorses those ideas. We
are a neutral provider of information, so you can come
in and select what you choose.\"
Bob Cox says Dallas News is running A Story that says 12 percent of its books are gone, and the library system has no collection agency for pursuing nearly $3.5 million in fines for overdue and lost materials.
Is there such thing as an acceptable loss rate?
Idahostatesman.com has a cool Story on a traveling library created in 1898 by the women of the Boise Colombian Club. The books were loaded into wooden crates and shipped by stagecoach or train to a library station. The article outlines the entire history of libraries in ID.
Janet Clark writes:\"
In Alberta most public libraries charge a membership fee. Librarians know
the arguments for and against that. Not a deterrent, some say. The
January/February 2001 issue of _Alberta News_ story \'Banff\'s very public
library\' by Shelley Mardiros tells how Banff removed the fee and had three
times as many new members as in the previous January:
On the following pages in the print version someone sent me is \'Book angel:
taking the spirit of reading to the back roads in a blue Chevy Astro\' by
Dan Rubenstein. The story is about seventy-on-year-old Kathleen Evans who
provides reading material to rural kids, on her own time and at her own
expense. I can\'t seem to find this story in the electronic version, but I
recommend it - we always need that warm fuzzy counterpoint to the filtering
and e-book stories.