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Do new library ads just borrow trouble?

Anonymous Patron writes "What do Mao Zedong, J. Edgar Hoover, Batgirl and Casanova have to do with the new Minneapolis Central Library?

They're part of an edgy new ad campaign from the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library -- edgier than the organization even expected. It has generated heated e-mails from as far away as Taiwan, and the campaign hasn't even been formally launched.

Critics say that promoting the library with images of Mao and Hoover is inappropriate and offensive. But the creators say that misinformation spread through Web logs produced confusion about the ads' true content.
The Star Tribune Has More"

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Book lovers, tourists find haven of light at Seattle Public Library

Another Seattle Times Article on the new libray in Seattle. Daily visits have doubled, circulation is up more than 50 percent, and 26,000 people have lined up just to tour Seattle's new flagship library since it opened a year ago tomorrow.

By almost any measure, it's a huge hit. The building has won an array of architectural awards, including the American Institute of Architects' 2005 Honor Award for Outstanding Architecture.

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'Live Chat' with Librarians Launched

Ian Cuddy writes "People's Network Enquire - a new 24 hour, 'live-chat' and email service - will deliver information to the public by providing online access to library and information staff across England, the United States and Canada.

Link: eGov monitor"

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Libraries In Our Lives: a Love Story

Cabot writes "Canada's Governor General, Adrienne Clarkson, spoke at the Regina Public Library yesterday on the importance of libraries in our communities. Her speech is titled "Libraries in our lives: a Love Story."

"I'm here today to talk to you about what libraries mean to me. We've called it "A Love Story" because I have been carrying on a life-long love affair with books. All of us can probably remember that delicious feeling when we first realized that books were important things in our lives. We may know exactly how old we were and right where we sat or lay."

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Ohio Libraries losing budget battle

More Bad News From OH where Ohio libraries that got nowhere trying to head off funding cuts during House budget talks last month are about to hit the same brick wall in the Senate, say several Senate finance committee members.

"I think it's going to stay the same, with a 5 percent cut," said state Sen. Bob Schuler, a Sycamore Township Republican. "That's not my preference."

Southwest Ohio's libraries rely on the state for up to 95 percent of their money. A 5 percent cut - on top of three years of frozen or reduced funding - is going to hurt, library leaders say.

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Mao "on hold" as library poster-boy in Minneapolis

David Rothman writes "The good folks at the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library have dropped Mao Tse-tung from a fund-raising campaign, at least for now. So says Dawn Flinsch, campaign coordinator, who tells me Mao is “on hold� out of sensitivity to citizens’ concerns.

Let's hope he stays purged from the campaign serving up the images of famous librarians. Public libraries face enough challenges and don't need wacky campaigns like this one from the "buzz"-fixated Andrews/Birt agency. Mao was a butcher. Imagine A/B pushing Coors by showing Adolph Hitler as a happy beer-drinker. Is Mao harmless because he killed yellow-skinned people--not Caucasians--by the millions. Besides, if A/B wants to take on civil liberties issues for real, there's always the ever-so-deserving Patriot Act.

The good news is that the A/B effort shows real flair and could do much better simply by substituting Bunny Wilson, played by Katharine Hepburn in Desk Set. Who would you rather get homework or job-hunting help from--Kate or Mao Tse-tung? More at TeleRead."

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Libraries increase DVDs collections for thrifty movie watchers

Associated Press Writer John Seewer reports Libraries nationwide are loaning out and investing more money in DVDS and videos. Many people say they are turning to libraries for free movies and bypassing video stores along with rental fees and late charges. The majority of libraries don't charge for movies, but it is allowed in some states, said Clara Bohrer, president of Public Library Association. Fees, she said, can hinder some from using the library.

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Library Cat: Dewey Readmore Books

Here's an Aw, Gee story about Dewey Readmore Books, the resident library cat at the Spencer Public Library (IA), who has made the news around the world and helped raise thousands of dollars for the library. Also in the article is a note that filmmaker Gary Roma has made a documentary about library cats called Puss in Books.

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2006-2007 ALA Prez: Savvy library-booster--with a blog

David Rothman writes "Leslie Burger, director of a New Jersey library with a spiffy, community-oriented Web site, is the 2006-2007 president of ALA as reported earlier. Her election could be good news for the library world. At least from afar, this new blogger seems well equipped to reduce the PR damage from blog-hating Michael Gorman, an anti-ebook Lud. I won't confuse a library director with a Webmaster, but positively or negatively, library Web sites often reflect the organizations behind them. More at TeleRead."

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Festival features book crawl

There's just a cornucopia of library oriented stories coming out of Michigan today for some reason. Here's One More from The Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti and Chelsea area. 23 book and comic book stores that have signed up for the Bookstore Crawl, part of the Ann Arbor Book Festival this month.

The book festival ushers in the season of outdoor reading with a bibliomaniacal street fair and a book crawl that moves through three cities.

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