Public Libraries

We ain\'t needin no libary

The ALA estimates only 3 percent of communities are without library services, Grayson, Kentucky is one of them. This is a farming community where half the working-age people are either functionally illiterate or have minimal reading skills, and yet they wouldn\'t pay an extra $30 a year to open a library. CNN has the Full Story

\"It was pretty unbelievable,\" said Mindy Woods, a mother of two who collected 2,200 signatures supporting the measure. \"Their attitude was, \'We\'ve made up our minds. Don\'t confuse us with the facts.\' \"

More Ghost Stories

Where was this one from Oregon Live 3 weeks ago during halloween?\"She\'s described as a loving woman who liked to dress in blue. Nobody knows much about her, except that she was a dedicated librarian in Snohomish in the 1920s and \'30s.

So dedicated that some think she\'s still there.\" -- Read More

Everybody is Getting Library Cards

The Star-Telegram has this story on kids getting everyone and their grandmother to sign up for a library card.

\"Students at Carter Park Elementary surpassed themselves in a drive to put Fort Worth Public Library cards in the hands of more students.

A whopping 104 percent of the student body now has library privileges. The school has 775 students but was responsible for adding 818 library cards by also signing up parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.\" -- Read More

Video News Report on Public Libraries

NewsNet5 has a video report on libraries that focuses on the typical problems. This story is quite a slam on public libraries.

Check it out here, you\'ll need real player.

This story does not paint a very pretty picture of todays public libraries. If I didn\'t know any better I\'d think the AFA wrote this one.

Your neighborhood library is less like a church and more like a bus station...\"

Public Library wins Architecture prize

Charles Davis writes \"RIBA Awards 2000
Peckham Library, London wins the
Stirling Prize
see
http://www.internettrash.com/users/archidose/071700.html
and
http://www.channel4.com/nextstep/boy/main.html?pulled=frameset \"

You really need to take a peek at this library, there are three different pics on Internettrash.com


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The Impacts of the Internet on Public Library Use

Here are the findings from the Urban Libraries Council Study on internet in libraries. The research study, The Impacts of the Internet on Public Library Use, consisted of a national random telephone survey of 3,097 adults conducted during the spring of 2000.


75.2% of Internet users also used the library and 60.3% of library users also used the Internet.


Use of the library and use of the Internet were inversely related to age.


Use of the library was not significantly related to race/Hispanic ancestry.


Use of the library and use of the Internet were positively related to educational attainment.

California still robbing coffers

Michael Lambert Ssuggested this
Story from S.F. Gate
entitled \"The Big, Greedy Monster\" by Deborah Wilder the mayor of Foster City. She says the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund is ripping off libraries in CA. $2 million would go back to the San Mateo County Library and nearly $7 million to the Santa Clara County Library, if they stop.

ACLU Vs. The \"genre\" stickers in a public library

Susan Hill writes:


Okay, I\'ve tried to hold my tongue, but I simply cannot remain quiet now. I
have just read October 30 American Libraries Online
specifically \"Kansas Library Stops Marking
Books as Suitable for Christians\". I am appalled and outraged that the ACLU
has taken on the battle of \"genre\" stickers in a public library. The labels
had been brought to the ACLU\'s attention by a library user, the Associated
Press reported October 21. A LIBRARY USER? ONE LIBRARY USER? Where are the
voices of all the library users who want those stickers on the books? -- Read More

Hennen\'s American Public Library Ratings 2000

Hennen\'s American Public Library Ratings 2000

The newly revised HAPLR Web site was re-opened with new data today announced Thomas J. Hennen Jr., its author. HAPLR 2000 is featured in the November 2000 issue of American Libraries magazine, a publication of the American Libraries Association. The previous edition was featured in the September 1999 issue.

-- Read More

Public library Internet study Results

The U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) announces the completion of the sixth public library Internet study. Public Libraries and the Internet 2000: Summary Findings and Data Tables was prepared by Dr. John Carlo Bertot and Dr. Charles R. McClure for NCLIS. The summary findings of the 2000 study are available Here (It\'s a PDF)

A few results:

Internet connectivity in public libraries is 95.7%, up from 83.6% reported in the 1998 study. Ninety-four point five (94.5) percent of public libraries provide public access to the Internet. Suburban libraries saw the largest increase in connectivity, reporting a 20% increase in public Internet connectivity since 1998. Public library outlets have nearly doubled the number of public access workstations since 1998. Seventy-five (75) percent of public library outlets have eight or fewer workstations as compared to four or fewer in 1998.

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