Libraries

Librarian: No one is untouched by this tragedy

"People have been coming in tears. Yeah. I mean one of our programming people, who does programming for children here at the library, her son was shot," Library Director Janet Woycik said Saturday afternoon, as she stood on the second floor of the Cyrenius H. Booth Library on Main Street.

"It's just unbelievable... My neighbor's grand daughter was shot," Woycik said before falling into tears.

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A Dark and Itchy Night

Sigh.

READING in bed, once considered a relatively safe pastime, is now seen by some as a riskier proposition according to this article in the New York Times.

Mark Lillis of Schendel Pest Services examines quarantined crates filled with library books in Wichita, Kansas.

That’s because bedbugs have discovered a new way to hitchhike in and out of beds: library books. It turns out that tiny bedbugs and their eggs can hide in the spines of hardcover books. The bugs crawl out at night to feed, find a new home in a headboard, and soon readers are enjoying not only plot twists but post-bite welts.

Sex in the Library: Kids Have Fun, Librarians Gripe, and the Internet Explodes

We're late to the party, admittedly. But it has come to our attention that the sex columnist for U.C. Berekley's Daily Californian wrote an autobiographical column about coitus in the library -- and the Internet has reacted.

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L.A. Maps

Glen Creason is the map librarian at the Los Angeles Public Library. He's often invited to browse through maps left behind when people die, and recently found hundreds of thousands of maps crammed into every corner of an old bungalow. He rented a truck and doubled the library's map collection in a single day.

Treasure Maps on "The Story" on APM

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Help the Gates Foundation decide how to spend money on libraries

See story at Teleread.org

Headline gives you the concept click the link for full details.

Library Expects More Visitors After "Ghost Hunters" Episode

So, is the Rundel Library on South Avenue in Rochester haunted?

Some employees like Diane Premnath sure think so. Premnath has been working at the library for the past five years and has heard many strange noises and seen dark shadows moving on the upper stacks of the library. She says she’s gotten used to it.

“I guess the ghosts are friendly,” she says. “I don’t bother them and they don’t bother me. I guess we all have stuff to do.”

Building a Digital Public Library of America

This is the first in an occasional series of articles that will explore issues surrounding the efforts to launch and expand the Digital Public Library of America.

Library Journal - The Digital Shift

Why Good Libraries are Important for Education

Neighborhoods with high poverty rates have lower test scores. Education is affected by lack of access to resources. Libraries and their staff (both in schools and out of schools) are part of those resources that can help bridge the achievement gap between rich and poor students. Working-class children hear 10 million words before they enter kindergarten compared to the 30 million that kids with professional parents hear. That initial vocabulary gap is predictive of reading comprehension in high school (Beth Fertig "Why Can't U Teach Me 2 Read?"). The gap is developed in part by lack of access to literary materials, which libraries provide free of charge, and probably continues because of the perpetual inaccessibility of libraries to the inner-city. I'm sure Schaumburg has great test scores that are in part due to its great main library and school libraries. Let's make it a city goal to have good libraries, and our students (and their test scores) will benefit from the plentiful access to educational resources.

Libraries continue battle for e-content

The future of e-books in libraries is not entirely rosy, however. Library associations throughout the country are responding forcefully to a troubling change in the relationship between libraries and publishers with regard to the latter's digital content. Certain publishers, such as Macmillan and Simon & Schuster, refuse to sell their e-books to libraries. Others, such as Penguin, have lately restricted the titles, authors and digital formats they make available to libraries.

10 museums, libraries to be honored at White House

Ten libraries and museums across the country are being honored at the White House for contributions they have made to their communities.

They will receive the 2012 National Medal for Museum and Library Service on Wednesday. The 10 honorees range from school libraries and children's museums to a park conservancy.

This year's honorees include the Pacific Science Center in Seattle, the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, Fla., and the Long Island Children's Museum in Garden City, N.Y.

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