Public Libraries

British Royal Mint issues 50p \"Public Libraries\" coin

The British Royal Mint has issued a commemorative 50-pence coin celebrating public libraries. It\'s available in silver and gold, and of course you can order online from RoyalMint.com. At around $40 in the US, the silver commemorative could be a great thank-you gift to a dedicated volunteer or outgoing board member, or perhaps to your favorite LISNews.com correspondent. Read on for a brief history of public libraries in the UK... -- Read More

Seattle\'s online services well received

Ben Ostrowsky Writes:

The
King County
Library System
in
Seattle has gotten some
great publicity in the
Seattle Times recently.

I can go to my local library and take out a wide range of
fiction and
nonfiction materials. But, when looking for information
on a specific
topic, the most useful books often reside at other
libraries, are checked
out or can\'t leave the building. Yet, if I search the
Internet at home, I
can usually find the information I need, instantly.

Well, maybe not all the information I need, or at least as
many
authoritative sources as I should have to be
well-informed. It turns out
the library has precious online resources that are
available only through
a library\'s Web site.

Literature and a Latte

Ever Helpful R. Hadden Writes:\"

A new public library in Howard County is borrowing a page
from the corporate booksellers\' manual: Give the customers
convenience, comfy furniture and cappuccino.

Read The Story in the Washington Post.

\"Even those who hate mega-bookstores can see their formula is working. People flock to the stores, where they can linger for hours, catch a poetry reading, browse racks of magazines and newspapers and fill up on latte and scones.\"

So, now *we\'re* your child\'s mom?

Brian Smith writes \"A couple weeks ago, Laura Schlessinger, Ph.D., gave a speech on \"The Crisis of the American Family\" at the Claremont Institute. It looks like she mostly talked about herself and plugged her latest book, but she mentioned that \"libraries ignore their primary responsibility to protect and nurture our children.\"


Text is at http://www.claremont.org/publications/schlessinger000818.cfm


CSPAN televised the speech on Aug. 19. Video is available at http://www.cspan.org/ \"

What\'s in the Book Return

News-Record.com has a rather funny
Story on the stuff found in book
returns, and the books themselves. We ran a story
awhile back on a cat found in a book return.

\"One
patron kept his place marked with a condom. Family
photos are a favorite, tucked inside books that often
weren\'t checked out from the High Point Library in the
first place.

\"It\'s wild,\" Akoje said. \"We get a whole lot of stuff back
here.\"

What kind of stuff have you found
in the return, or left in a book? -- Read More

Library to hunt down slackers, scofflaws

Another library is turning to a collection agency to get back some overdues. The Springfield-Greene County Library is trying a collection agency. The City Council is also considering a bill that toughens a city law by holding library-card holders legally responsible for materials checked out.

\"We’re out to get the chronic abusers who do not return our material, and there are chronic abusers,” library Executive Director Annie Busch said.

The library currently mails about 113 notices each week to those at least 55 days overdue, Busch said.\"

The Springfieldnews-leader has the full Story

Teens’ library needs

Teens want comfy chairs, a place to chat, snacks and plenty of Internet access according to a survey in MT. The Story from the Billings Gazette reports on the not so suprising findings of the survey.

\"Brett Janecek, a 14-year-old freshman at Billings Central, envisions a teen center at the public library where he could “get away, relax and sit, and chill.”


And really, isn\'t it all about chillin\'? -- Read More

The contrary library

The Columbus Dispatch has a nice Story on how public libraries are adapting to the internet age, and how well it is working.
They cover E-Reference, DVD\'s, E-Books, and Audio Books.

\"In the past quarter-century, public libraries have undergone significant changes...The moves have been popular: Two out of three Americans visited a public library in 1998.\" -- Read More

Library is NOT day care

An article by JS online reminds all parents that the library is not a day care facility.\"Although delighted when children explore the shelves and surf the Internet on library computers, librarians locally and nationally increasingly are taking steps to make it clear that parents - not staff - are responsible for monitoring what youngsters read and view.\" -- Read More

Collection agency helps library

A few months ago we ran a story about the Bethlehem PA Area Public Library that tried out a collection agency to collect on overdue materials and fine collections. Well, McCall.com has a follow up Story on how successful this has been.
Unique Management Services has brought in just under $2,000 for the library during the three months.

\"Unique Management Services, which specializes in library work with a soft touch rather than strong-arm approach, has increased returns and fine payments during its 90-day free trial period, said library administrator Mary Kupferschmid.\" -- Read More

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