Public Libraries

Most Borrowed in the UK

With Harry Potter Weaving his spell in libraries, it\'s good to see Scotland is hungry for love in the library, meanwhile Cookson is queen of the library shelves in the UK, that makes her the most popular author among library users for the 15th year. They say the top ten non-fiction titles reflected preoccupations with relationships, cooking and driving tests.

Thanks to Sarah Ormes for this one!

Biblio-biculture

Brian writes \"The Allentown Morning Call has a Story on the demand for library books about bicultural Latino children.\"

From the story:

\"\"This is the kind of book I want my daughter to read,\" Rodriguez, who lives in Allentown, said. \"It\'s hard to find books where my children can read about children who look just like them and speak English.\"

Shake the Stacks


Tabletnewspaper.com
has an Interview with Jeff Katz the
founder of \"Shake the Stacks\" all-ages rock-n-roll
shows at the downtown Seattle Public Library.

\"
Libraries are just becoming more and more important
and I think that people are gradually coming to the
understanding that libraries are the places to go for just
about anything and that the library is really the heart &
soul of the community.\"

Library rankings stir some debate

Occasional LISNews contributor Thomas Hennen also does his Hennen\'s American Public Library Ratings that are often discussion in the press after they come out.

JS Online has a In Depth look at the Ratings, and includes an interview with Thomas.

\"There\'s a whole group of people who don\'t want to measure or compare anything because if we compare, we\'ll hurt each other\'s feelings,\" Hennen said. \"I\'ve never said this is the only way to evaluate libraries.\"

Popularity boom speaks volumes about libraries

Here\'s a very nice story from The Chicago Tribune about how so much is changing in libraries, after being \"dark dens for bookworms and students\" for so long.
More than $3 billion has been spent on libraries nationwide over the last six years, and 1,200 libraries have been built or expanded. Now if they would just start asking the librarians how to actually build them correctly...

\"Good library architecture makes you stand straighter and feel good about coming to the library,\"

Thanks to Bob Cox for this one!

Praise For The Bookmobile

PressRepublican.com has a Long Story on The Clinton-Essex-Franklin(NY) Library System Bookmobile. They want to add a rolling connection to the internet some day!

\"The libraries are becoming increasing important They’re no longer just (for) books; they’re part of the Information Age. They’re teaching schoolchildren how to access the information that’s available worldwide. They’re getting kids in the North Country ready for the dot-com jobs that are there.\"

54 Public Library Mission Statements

There\'s all kinds of cool stuff over on TheShyLibrarian.com, not the least of which is 54 Public Library Mission Statements.

There\'s also a Photo Gallery of UN-Shy Librarians, And Plans to offer a print newsletter soon. Free E-NewsLetter, if you are adverse to paper.

Public Library Quickies

After hunting for library oriented stories for over a year I think I\'ve gotten a good idea of the typical library story. Most Public Library stories are something like, Library launches improved Web page, or Library board to discuss plan to allow drinks upstairs, then there is the Funds short for library, and the most popular We Need or are Building a New Library.

Most of the stories I find are rather boring, or too \"local\" to be of much interest to many people.
Occaisionally I\'ll run across a good one like A Profile of a Library Director, or
This isn\'t your parents\' library
and finally the lovely Renaissance of Libraries. There\'s good news out there, it just takes awhile to find most of the time.

Library Advertisements

Here is an article from The Herald about the new advertisement campaign from the Boston Public Library.\"Clearly, this isn’t your father’s library, where pinched-faced old biddies stood guard over their literary charges -- or at least that’s what the Boston Public Library’s first ad campaign wants you to think.

\"This is a community that is used to seeing all kinds of crazy ads on TV and billboards,\" said library spokesman P.A. d’Arbeloff. \"Why not have some fun? When you realize the ads are for the library, it sort of surprises you, and that’s one of the desired effects. Hopefully that will help people remember the message.\" -- Read More

Big $$ to fix S.F. Library

Sfgate has a story on the big \'ol mess at the SFPL. San Francisco Public Library administrators want $5.3 million for a first round of fixes. This after a $240,000 report that offered a long list of ways to fix the $137.5 million building. I guess money grows on trees around there.

\"Because the main library has these problems, that\'s what we focus on. But the library is working, and lots of people are using it every day. These changes will make it better,\"

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