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Gary Price at Infodocket presents documents for both sides in the disagreement over e-lending.
From the Rockford Register Star: Quite a generous donation has been made to the Rockford IL Public Library, a large downtown performance space, the Sullivan Center, and the majority of library board members voted to accept the gift.
The mission statements of the Sullivan Center and Rockford Public Library may not mirror one another, but the core values are so close that the Library Board voted 5-2 Monday to take over operations of the downtown theater.
“Their mission statement is written in such a way that I think it’s very similar: promoting performance arts and education,” Trustee Dan Ross said. Marjorie Veitch and Bradley Long voted against the library’s latest acquisition.
The agreement to accept the theater as a gift from the building’s owner, Richard Nordlof, also means accepting Nordlof’s stipulations that the theater not be sold or converted into other uses, such as office space.
The agreement perhaps ends months of debate about whether the board is needlessly venturing into operations beyond its expertise.
“This is not a stretch in what libraries do,” board President Paul Logli said before the vote, and the library has a chance to lead the way in a downtown arts resurgence.
Same Old Thing I guess...
"Of course it would be a serious error for the libraries to acquire and diffuse only "high-brow" literature. Many of the lightest and most trivial books often possessed charm and merit. They might deplore the universical mania for fiction, but the fact remained that fiction held a field without a rival today."
RWW has a nice look at How Public Libraries Are Using Social Media... "Like many of you, I'm connected to the Internet virtually every waking hour of my day - via computer, tablet and mobile phone. Yet I still regularly visit my local public library, in order to borrow books, CDs and DVDs. Which made me wonder: are these two worlds disconnected, or is the Social Web being integrated into our public libraries? In this fourth installment in ReadWriteWeb's Social Books series, I aim to find out!"
Important story from the LA Times earlier this week: Los Angeles is considering a major step in providing ID cards to illegal immigrants. The Los Angeles Public Library card could one day become a form of identification for the city's large illegal immigrant population that would allow them to open bank accounts and access services.
Here's the follow-up in the Opinion Pages.
You have bookshelves. People want to see them. That's what happens here.
Please check out this amazing tumblr and ADD YOUR SHELVES (at work, at home, at school...whatever). They've gotten so many respondents that they're a bit behind in posting, but have patience says creator and fellow Brooklynite Peter Knox (@peterknox and @ShareYrShelf at twitter).
Here's an article from The Guardian UK about the project.
Do it...share your shelf!
***News Flash*** now on Facebook too!
from the Gates Foundation
Ordering a cup of coffee is now as simple as reaching for your smartphone. Launch an app, tap the screen a couple of times and, as soon as a minute later, your order could be ready, prepared by a "robotic barista" kiosk created by Austin-based Briggo. Story from The Texas Statesman.
The first — and so far only — Briggo kiosk opened late last year in the Flawn Academic Center on the University of Texas campus. Measuring about 130 square feet, the orange-and-white box makes a variety of hot and iced coffee drinks, as well as lemonade for folks who aren't caffeine fiends.
In addition to the mobile app and online, walk-up orders can also be placed using a touchscreen.
"We're all about precision, quality and convenience," said founder Charles Studor, a former Motorola employee who built the first several Briggo prototypes in his garage starting about four years ago. "You essentially have a championship barista at your service 24 hours a day."