Public Libraries

African Public Libraries: A Literature Survey

I missed this when it appeared in March - here\'s hoping it hasn\'t been posted before:

The African public library systems have failed to respond to the needs of their constituency. The problems faced by these systems are multi-faceted but can be divided into five broad categories: the introduction of an anachronistic and inappropriate colonial model, inadequate training of library staff, deficiencies in determining specific needs through analysis, lack of cooperation among agencies involved in library-related work, and the absence of sustained efforts to achieve an alternative framework. In this literature survey, these problems will be discussed and recommendations made for addressing some of the issues. A table will also be provided detailing the ideal African public library system.

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Public Libraries on Public Radio

\"Public Interest,\" a great Washington, D.C. local affairs radio show, profiled a number of area public libraries today:

It\'s a place where parents bring their children for storytime. Where senior citizens learn to surf the Web. And where families can rent their favorite DVDs. It\'s your local library. Join guest host Frank Stasio as he talks to directors from libraries around the Washington area about their role in the community.

You can find more information and listen in RealAudio here. It will be reaired tonight at 8PM for any Washingtonians out there.

(Ir)religious bricks in Redmond

Library
Juice
reprinted a story about religious
messages on bricks
at the King County (Redmond, WA) Public
Library
.

The original author responded to messages like \"Christ Died
For Our Sins. He Rose Again. 1
Cor 15:3-4
.\" by buying his own bricks: \"God Kills
Babies. Read 1
Samuel 15:3
. And God Is Love??\".

Inspired by this, a local has contributed not
only a photo
gallery
but has bought his own bricks, including
\"Socialize Microsoft\" and \"Worship a Daemon:
Run FreeBSD\".

And, no, it\'s not too late to get in on the
action
.

The changing role of libraries

The face of public libraries in the US is changing, according to this story from The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. New library buildings are designed for this new role.
\"People view libraries today more as \"information brokers,\" he said. Visitors expect a wider range of services, which includes access to computers, educational programs for children and places to meet and exchange ideas.\"

Salt Lake County Library Board Picks Own Chairman

Tanya writes \"Interesting news. I\'m not sure what I think about this, but it seems a bit strange. The Salt Lake County Library Board has hired its own Chairman to direct the library system.
Read the Full story \"


He ain\'t got no MLS. A 1979 geology and environmental science graduate of Mesa College in Grand Junction, Colo., Cooper has more than 25 years of experience in the public and private sectors.

Libraries Corner Market

For The Daily Mail & Guardian, Barry Streek writes...

\"A Western Cape development agency, Wesgro, has initiated a novel approach for providing would-be entrepreneurs with information on small enterprises by establishing \"business corners\" in local libraries. Chief economist, Wolfgang Thomas said, \'In the search for low-cost, sustainable models for the dissemination of information to entrepreneurs, libraries have come forward as an ideal institution, accessible to the public, equipped to store and disseminate information.\' Ummm, isn\'t that what we do anyway? [more...]

Now the Puzzled Here Can E-mail a Librarian

The public library in Rochester, NY has joined the E-Reference wave with their Ask a Librarian service. According to Larra Clark, spokeswoman for the ALA, \"More and more people are seeing the benefit of using a librarian because they are the experts in managing and disseminating information. We like to call librarians the ultimate search engines.\" [more...] from Rochester News.com

Not Your Average Summer Reading Program

I love reading about library summer programs for kids, especially the ones where the program goes way beyond the reading part. This program allowed children to study nature and included letting them dissect owl pellets. Librarianship is such a learning profession, and librarians are so creative. I had no idea what an owl pellet was until I read this. It wasn\'t what I would have thought... [read more...] from The St. Petersburg, (FL) Times.

Mayor asks library officials to resign

The mayor of Warren (Macomb County, MI) has asked the library director and the Library Commission chairman to resign over their handling of a \"slush fund\". This fund of $18,000 has been used by them to pay for trips to ALA but also more controversially, Kiwanis dues and political fund-raiser tickets. The mayor wants all spending to be approved by City Council and thinks, in times of big library budget deficits, it should go towards \"library-related items\" such as books. The two officials refuse to resign and defend their activities as representing and promoting the library within the community. Make up your own mind by reading this story from the Macomb Daily.

Libraries will benefit from building sale

San Diego\'s First National Bank Building, the city\'s first high-rise office building built in 1909, will be sold to a private developer and all the proceeds will go to the branch libraries. The Stephen and Mary Birch Foundation, the philanthropic organization which last owned the building, donated it to the city with the proviso that any money made from its sale had to go to improving San Diego\'s libraries reports this little story from Sign On San Diego.

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