Campaign to Save America\'s Libraries

ALA has placed a toolkit online that libraries can use to get the word out about their campaign, Save America\'s Libraries.

Palace on the Hill Finally Noticed

Irina Ibraghimova passed along An Article from The Moscow Times on the reconstruction at The Pashkov House, an 18th-century estate, which stands on a hill across from the Kremlin's Borovitskiye Gates, was closed for reconstruction in 1988. However, the renovation was delayed in the mid-1990s, and the palace has been virtually abandoned since.

"The state of things at the Russian State Library is as much of a litmus test for the condition of Russian culture as the situation with the Bolshoi and Mariinsky theaters and the Hermitage," Culture Minister Mikhail Shvydkoi told a news conference late last month.

"But more attention has been paid to them recently, and this year we obtained funding to start the reconstruction of Pashkov House,"

A Cash Infusion for Digital Archives

\"In the strongest signal to date of its commitment to preserving the nation\'s digital legacy, Congress has set aside $100 million for the Library of Congress to carry out a plan for collecting and preserving digital information, including images, CD\'s, Web pages and electronic journals.\"

\"In December 2000, Congress provided an initial $5 million for the library to come up with a proposal for digital preservation. The library submitted the plan to Congress last September, and lawmakers approved the plan in January. Another $20 million will now be released for carrying out the early phases of the plan.\"

\"I don\'t think we\'ve ever had a single shot of this size in our entire history,\" said James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress.\" (from The New York Times)

Framework for the Future: Libraries, Learning and Information in the Next Decade

Charles Davis sent over Framework for the Future
They say Public Libraries in the 21st century should be open when people want to use
them, including evenings and weekends, and offer family-friendly facilities
like cafes and creches. And ideally, library users should be able to get
easy access to any book - whether or not it is still in print - with others
getting expert help on everything from basic literacy to setting up their
own community websites and taking part in the ICT revolution.

\"Going to the library for books and general information has been part of
our lives for more than a hundred years. Great literature is, without
question, our country\'s greatest gift to the world\'s cultural heritage, and
libraries are the means by which we share and celebrate it. Reading is
essential to modern life, and a major source of pleasure for millions.\"

Libraries stack up Web-world changes

Gary D. Price sent over Libraries stack up Web-world changes, a story on a nationwide bid to reaffirm the library as the intellectual heart of the campus, with college librarians loosening up on rules and trying to make libraries more comfortable and compelling places to be.

Gary points out the story behind the story, in this case is, this story was first published in The Christian Science Monitor 54 weeks ago, and just picked up by The Washington Times today.

Top pick to head Lincoln library declines post

As if the Lincoln Library in my state\'s capital (Illinois and Springfield) hasn\'t had enough problems! Harold Holzer, a famous Lincoln scholar and the top choice of a search committee has removed his name for consideration. Some administrative functions were removed from the position and given to the director of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency, which oversees the library and museum. Here\'s the full story from the Chicago Sun-Times [sorry bout the pop-up! grr]Related: The Lincoln Library won\'t be open for his b-day :( Also: The Lincoln Library Cam

Retiring Radcliffe librarian stirred up interest in culinary history

Gary D. Price sent along a neat Boston Herald Story on The Schlesinger Library at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.
It has 16,000 cookbooks, and its collection is growing all the time. Chefs and scholars - and the curious - know it as an invaluable resource for information on cooking, food and social history. Barbara Haber built the collection over the past 34 years.
``There were some cookbooks there when I arrived,\'\' Haber notes, the result of ``someone\'s act of imagination.\'\' But, she adds, ``they were considered the library hobby; they were stuck on the shelves.\'\' Haber brought with her a long-standing love of cookbooks - ``I would read them like novels\'\' - and a notion that ``they should not be dismissed for merely duplicating someone\'s recipes, but seen as artifacts of a time and place.

State of the Florida state libraries

SomeOne Sent in This Story that says The governor proposes closing the state library, which would save $3-million and eliminate 41 jobs, said Secretary of State Ken Detzner. One proposal is to transfer the library and its extensive collection of state historical materials to Florida State University, which wants the prestigious archives.

A Look At The Honor System Library in Blue River, OR

Gary D. Price, the guy you may know from The Award Winning Web site, or maybe his Book, sent over This One on a lending library, started by Frances O\'Brien, in 1928 by leaving a pile of books on the front porch of her home.
They still have no due dates. No overdue fines. No cards, no forms to fill out, no restrictions. Not even hours. Now they have their own building, open 24 hours, and 40,000 books.

Check it out: Coffee shops perking in libraries

The Chicago Sun Times Reports public libraries In the Chicago area and nationwide have been following bookstores in going into the coffee shop business.
They say libraries in Joliet, Schaumburg, Gurnee and Batavia now offer patrons a chance to grab a caffeine fix. And cafes are in the works for libraries in Chicago, Skokie, Oak Park, Glendale Heights, Naperville and North Aurora.

"Libraries are recognizing the fact that patrons are doing this at Barnes & Noble and Borders," said Shirley May Byrnes, executive director of the DuPage County Library System, which has 28 public libraries as members. "If they want to keep up and keep their patrons, this is one of the things they have to offer."

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