Public Libraries

Does Your Library Have an Information Gap?

The Pawtucket (RI) Public Library recently conducted a survey to determine how they can best serve the public. They discovered that many people in their community have no idea what their local library has to offer. more... from The Providence Journal.

Seattle Telephone Reference

Ron Force writes \"Eric Lactis has a column on the questions asked of the Seattle Public Library\'s trelephone reference:
\"Librarians hold answers to life\'s little questions
Three-hundred-fifty to 400 times a day, your fellow Seattleites dial 206-386-4636 and prove the value of books.

Three-hundred-fifty to 400 times a day, one of your fellow Seattleites starts thinking about something, and soon figures out that ... he\'s clueless. He needs information, and he needs it now... \"


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A New Atmosphere At Flagship Library

From the Washington Post, all about the newly remodeled
Central
library in Howard County, Maryland.
\"You\'ll smell it in the aroma wafting from the coffee bar. You\'ll feel it
as you settle onto sleek sofas, browse the DVD and CD collections, hook
your laptop into the wired desks. This is not your grandmother\'s
library.\"

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Library shelves it\'s books

Sarah Hepworth writes \"A Cornish library is restocking its shelves after borrowers complained that they had read all the books.
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They have now swapped with other libraries or put into a book sale more than 90% of hardback fiction, crime, westerns and large print books, along with paperbacks!

Human chain opens $3M library branch

Phillyburbs.com has This Story on how to spend your Friday.

Head on down to Pemberton, and join in the fun Friday, Oct. 19, when the $3 million library officially opens during a 10 a.m. dedication ceremony. The celebration will feature a human chain of students and residents that will pass books from the nearby Little Red Schoolhouse on Trenton Road into the new building.

Take one down, pass it along, 98 books in the library...


\"We\'re hoping to have as many families as possible participate in the book pass because this will really be a family library,\" Kay said. \"I can\'t wait for everyone in Pemberton to see it.\"

Winning Hearts and Minds in the Budget Battle

Acknowledging that the future of a Detroit-area public library hinges on active taxpayer support, administrators are pounding the pavement to insure the public knows what it\'s worth:

Brighton District Library officials are predicting that a future expansion of library services will require more help from district taxpayers, and they\'re making the rounds to tell member communities that they\'ll get their money\'s worth . . .

\"We\'re going to go around to all the member communities before we go to the polls,\" Huget said. \"People have to know about us. If they\'re with us every step of the way, we get more buy-in from the communities\" . . . Library officials are hopeful that getting their message out in advance will make the next request for tax dollars less of a struggle.

More from the Detroit News.

Parents, Not Books, Overdue at This Library

Due to a high incidence of unattended children in the Ohio Township (KY) Library System, the library is imposing a new kind of fine. Parents who leave their unattended children in the library after closing time will be fined $25 per hour for every staff member who is required to \"babysit.\" more...

Shortage of Librarians Threatens Service in Illinois

Nothing earthshattering here:

A shortage of professional librarians throughout Illinois is expected to get worse in the next five years as a wave of librarians retires, state and regional officials say. And while libraries have been able to withstand the shortage so far, some fear that the number could drop so low that libraries would have to cut back on services.

The shortage, which mirrors one nationwide, is blamed mainly on relatively low pay for the education required, leading fewer people to enter the profession, state library officials say. For those who do, librarians can make more money in private-sector research jobs . . . Entry-level pay for librarians is about $30,000 a year, said Bob Doyle, executive director of the Illinois Library Association. \"Generally speaking, librarians receive less than teachers,\" he said. \"And you need a college and master\'s degree for an entry-level position.\"

More from the Chicago Tribune.

Public Libraries a Contact Point for 9/11 Conspirators?

A certain wire service is reporting that suspects in the NYC/DC attacks may have communicated with one another using computers at public libraries:

WITH increasing evidence that nearly all of the terrorists named in Tuesday\'s attacks had connections to South Florida, investigators are looking into the possibility that some of the conspirators communicated with each other through computers at local libraries.

Police and FBI agents have received tips that some suspects used computers at libraries in Delray Beach and Hollywood, where most of them stayed during the months leading up to Tuesday. Visitors and library employees at three locations said they remember seeing some of the men whose images and names have been made public through television and newspaper reports and on the Internet.

More via The Australian, still more from the Washington Post, and even more from the Miami Herald.

Drinks yes, food no

The Park Ridge (Illinois) public library has ended its summer trial of allowing food in the library. Patrons are still permitted to consume non-alcoholic beverages, though. Story in the Chicago Tribune.

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