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This Wired Story talks about sites like FOUND Magazine and a growing number of online \"found object\" websites, whose amateur curators are mining the world\'s gutters for intriguing scraps of paper and strange discarded photographs. Their discoveries are posted online, sometimes with commentary; other times, simply bagged like evidence and labeled \"artifact.\"
times-standard.com has a library related story along the same lines as well, that says when a librarian picks up a book to check it back in, he or she never know what\'s going to fall out from between the pages. It might be postcards, receipts, letters, bills, family photos and of course bookmarks and those are the normal things. You know where this one is going...
Bob Cox sent along This SmithsonianMag Story on the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
Not much to this story, but the new library, meant to be an architectural signature like Australia\'s Sydney Opera House and Spain\'s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, opens to the public April 23, 2002.
The Doulos, crewed entirely by volunteers, is
one of the oldest vessels still sailing the seas.
At 88 years, the ship is two years younger
than the Titanic.
The ship will be officially opened to the public
tomorrow by Eastern Cape Premier Makhenkesi
Stofile, Doulos information officer Ben Wyatt
East London is the first port on the ship\'s
2002 tour of South African ports.
This is the Doulos\' fourth visit to East London,
where it was last in 1998.
The vessel boasts a library of more than 6000
Charles Davis sent in this
Ananova.com Story that says The daughters of Richard Nixon have gone to court in a difference of opinion over the fate of a $12 million bequest
to their father\'s library.
The sisters are split over whether the Nixon Library and
Birthplace should be operated by the family or an
independent board of directors.
Andrea writes \"This was shared with the PUBLIB listserv by A. Michael Deller, Director of The Library Network in Southgate, Michigan. Brian Dickerson of the Detroit Free Press thinks we\'re awesome. Sorta makes one feel better after all the UCLA business...\"
Gary Price passed along This One on the Camel Mobile Libraries in Kenya. This service was launched in 1996 with 3 camels and had been expanded to 6 camels by the year 2001. It operates from a static branch of the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) in Garissa, located in the North Eastern Province, mainly serving the geographically isolated pastoralists in these areas.
Someone writes \"I think you\'ve had items about it before, but we\'ve now come to the end. Over 110,000 people visited the exhibition at the National Library of Australia which finally closed yesterday, but up until last day hundreds of people queued overnight in their sleeping bags to get their free entry tickets. Exhibits included original manuscripts from such people as Einstein, Dickens, Martin Luther King, Mozart, and rare items such as a Gutenberg Bible, ancient Oracle bones, a fragment of a Dead Sea Scroll - over 160 exhibits from around the world. The Library\'s staff volunteered their time enable the exhibition to stay open over 22 hours daily, and as the visitor in the story says, it was a surreal experience - visitors overjoyed to have seen the exhibition, even those coming in at 4am. Staff (I\'m one of them) are exhausted but elated! \"
Genie Tyburski writes \"I haven\'t seen this posted and it looks like an article of potential interest to your audience. Library Journal illustrates how library lending statistics are up and suggests why that is the case.
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They say average circulation, which dipped in 1999 and barely rose in 2000, has leapt up a robust 2.9 percent. Reasons? Increasing population, better book budgets, longer hours, the ease of reserving from home, better promotion, better programming, marketing and merchandising.
\"In short, I would like to say that perhaps I would be happier if I had never been to a public university with a proper library of 2 million volumes, with good databases and interlibrary loan. I would never know that I was missing anything, I would have no conception that the rich people in large cities have access to actual research facilities that the poor and the distant could only dream of. I would have no knowledge of the brutal and disgusting disparity between those who think it is OK for them to decide everything for the rest of us, who hoard the truth for thesmelves, and the poor schleps who must live with whatever goggle eyed elitist decisions they come up with, while we sit around blabbering with half baked ideas that we can only research so far before we run up against \'copyright: you cannot view this\' or \'this material is unavailable to you\'.