Public Libraries

A $6.8 million thank-you

Boston.com has this Story sent in by Cameron Hall & Reginald Aubry. Thomas R. Drey Jr. used all the financial information at the Kirstein Business Branch of the Boston Public Library to make himself a fortune. When he died he left all the money to the library, $6.8 million!

\'\'This was a simple individual who wanted to say thank you to a system that allowed him to be successful in life,\'\' said Menino. \'\'He is making sure that the next generation can invest in that knowlege and be successful like him.\'\'

Should R-Rated Movies Be Allowed to Be Checked Out to Kids?

Should a 12 year old be allowed to check out an R-Rated video? Is it censorship if we do not allow them to do so? In this opinion piece from the Spokesman Review, the writers state that it may be in the best interests of the library to abide by the rules that the movie theaters have. This may be easier to enforce in the public library setting: There are less people there, and it would be harder for the kiddies to get access to the films. What do y\'all think?\"The library can calm this tempest in a teapot by abiding by the rating label on the video cover. In the movie industry an R rating means children 17 and under are not to be allowed to see a movie unless accompanied by an adult. The library should adopt a similar policy: No one under age 18 should be allowed to check out one of its R-rated videos.\" -- Read More

Shhh, it\'s a *silent* alarm...

The Belfast Telegraph reports that panic buttons are to be installed in branches which have recently had security problems.

The board\'s Library Service has revealed that there were 67 reported incidents between September 1999 and September 2000.

These include 20 cases of abusive behaviour, nine attacks on staff and public, two \'sectarian problems\', 30 cases of damage to property and one alcohol related incident.

The bulk of the incidents involved abusive behaviour encountered by staff from teenagers.

Does Shopping Online Cheat Your Library

Jen Fritz writes:

\"Yesterday, PC World posted an Article titled \"Does Shopping Online Cheat
Your Library\"
. While the only appearance of the word \"library\" occurs in
the title, the article is smattered with the concept of public services
being slashed based on the lack of revenues achieved by taxation.


\"New figures showing roaring online retail sales spell trouble ahead for
the sales tax revenues that help fund vital local services like police,
firefighters, and school teachers, advocates for U.S. state and local
governments say.\"

\"He said only five states without any sales tax are unaffected by the
explosion in Internet commerce.\"

\"Shafroth cites a study showing states would sacrifice a total $13 billion
in sales taxes by the year 2004.\"

\"\'That\'s a lot of policemen and firemen and teachers and classrooms,\'
Shafroth adds.\"


...and librarians.

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.

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