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New Orleans PL Opens for Limited Service

It was good to see this announcement on the temporary New Orleans Public Library homepage:

Beginning Monday, October 31, NOPL's Main Library, as well as the Hubbell (Algiers Point) and Nix Branches, will be open for limited services. Patrons and visitors will be able to access the Internet and software from designated computers. Copiers and fax machines will also be available for public use, and basic, ready-reference by phone will also be provided. NOPL patrons may also return library books checked out before Katrina; all fines will be waived.
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Library Transformation Complete - from Foreword

Cortez writes "The Mercantile Library of New York has been transformed into the first center in the U.S. to be devoted entirely to the art of fiction.

The Library, one of the oldest cultural institutions in the city, houses one of the best collections of fiction in the country.
In celebration the library will host an awards ceremony on November 8 at the Century Club.

The first annual Maxwell E. Perkins Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Field of Fiction will be given to Nan Talese of Doubleday. Author James Purdy will receive the 2005 Clifton Fadiman Medal for Excellence in Fiction. The Center for Fiction is also debuting The Art of Fiction Series, which brings authors to the library to read from their books and talk about the importance of fiction, reading, and the writing life. In conjunction with the changes, the Library's Writing Studio is also moving to a better location within the building. The Studio is the only literary work space in the country entirely dedicated to writers of fiction.

Membership libraries have a long and distinguished history: see here
and here."

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Florida library jobs website down due to Wilma

mdoneil writes "SEFLIN - the South East Florida Library Information Network (or something like that) is down thus bringing down the Floridalibraryjobs.org website.


I'm sure that all of the $75K/yr jobs were going to be listed today! Oh well, the state library and the Florida Library Association will soon let us know what we can do to help them out in South Florida.


Server redundancy might be a good start :)"

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Libraries: Standing at the Wrong Platform, Waiting for the Wrong Train?

Karen pointed the way to an Educause Column [pdf] by Paul Gandel, CIO at Syracuse University. It fits in quite nicely with my essay from a couple weeks ago, Libraries and Librarians In A Digital Future: Where Do We Fit?
Just like Karen, I had a number of "clicks" during this essay. Gandel makes some great points:

"And yet, like the perfect storm, the intrusion of the Web may alter libraries in ways far different from those of past echnological changes. Already the Web is affecting the very core areas of library services: (1) collections, (2) preservation, and (3) reference.

His final question is a good one: "As the Web continues to develop and expand, creating a vast array of information hubs, the question to be asked is: Will libraries be key nodes on this information network?"

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The Future of Libraries Beginning the Great Transformation

Anonymous Patron writes "The DaVinci Institute - The Future of Libraries, By Thomas Frey, Executive Director of the DaVinci Institute: 10 trends and 4 recommendations. The role of a library within a community is changing. The way people interact with the library and the services it offers is also changing. For this reason they have put together a series of recommendations that will allow libraries to arrive at their own best solutions."

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Disaster strikes. Now what? - Sep. 15, 2005

Anonymous Patron writes "Disaster strikes. Now what? from CNN lists libraries as an option: 7. Get to the library.
Every form you may need to fill out -- FEMA applications, credit applications, unemployment and benefits claims -- can be done for free at your local library. And for families who need to be in touch, free Internet access also means sending "I'm safe," messages to loved ones. Best of all, you have a bevy of free experts who can help you research whatever your issues are.

"What displaced people desperately need it is knowledge and information, and that's what public libraries do," says American Library Association president Michael Gorman.

Libraries can help relocated families get information on jobs, local health resources, and relief options."

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Ontario Government announces shortlist for Public Library Service Awards

Anonymous Patron writes "A Canada NewsWire (press release) has a list of 12 public library projects were shortlisted for the 2005
Public Library Service Awards. It's Ontario Public Library Week!"

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Gulf Coast Libraries compare damage

A Short One From Jackson Clarion Ledger - Jackson,MS, says The damage to libraries on University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast campus was incomparable to the Hattiesburg campus. University librarian Kay Wall said the Hattiesburg campus had a few leaks and displaced ceiling tiles, but its collection was still intact. On the other hand, the libraries on the Coast lost 80,000 microforms and 2,191 issues of journals.

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British Post offices could merge with libraries

Interesting Idea from England where rural post offices could be saved from closure by merging them with libraries according to radical new proposals being drawn up.

Essex County Council is looking at "a merger" between its out of town libraries and post offices as a way of offering people "a new range of opportunities", encouraging reading and saving rural facilities.

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No reading between the lines at National Library

Anonymous Patron writes "The Statesman - Kolkata,India
Reports Come January and an avid reader could expect an updated catalogue of all the publications in the National Library which will be available on the library website for instant access.
This will be the inaugural phase of uploading an index of all the library resources and digitisation of these resources in another five years, the process which received a boost recently. All this thanks to a historic resolution taken up in the conference of the directors of National Libraries of Asian and Oceanian countries held in Malaysia last May."

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