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North Carolina State-wide Librarian Reference System

http://search-engines-web.com/ writes "http://cgi.citizen-times.com/cgi-bin/story/haywood _news/56644Looking for that elusive bit of information? Spent hours searching the web, but just can't track it down? The Haywood County Public Library can help.The Haywood County Public Library is a partner in a new initiative called NCknows, a virtual reference project coordinated by the state Library of North Carolina.NCknows allows North Carolinians to get professional research assistance (with no fees) 24 hours a day every day.NCknows provides citizens access to capable, highly trained librarians across the state."The librarians can help you find the most relevant Web sites and other resources that answer your questions while communicating with you via computer," said Jennifer Pratt, director of the Haywood County Public Library"

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Documenting a bittersweet past

Bob Cox sends us this article on the Holocaust Memorial Center Library near Detroit. The library has a large collection of Yizkor Bikher (Yiddish memorial books) as well as other books, periodicals and artifacts.
From the article: "People come here, and all of a sudden history becomes alive to them," [head librarian Feiga] Weiss said. "They identify people in the books that the authors didn't even know."

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Foul-Mouthed Patron Fights Ban from Ann Arbor Library

Fang-Face writes "There's a little more here, at American Libraries Online,
about the Potty-Mouth Patron from Hell. He's appealing his being banned. Unfortunately, I can't find any news reports on this incident through Google or Yahoo, except for one in German.
Even the article on the original story wouldn't come up in the search results, although his autobiographic note in Library Juice 5:32 finally surfaced. (The rest of the search results appear to be links to ads or reviews.)

Is this a free speech issue? Seems so to me. Other cases have ruled that using rude language in public is only rude, not illegal, so it comes down to whether the library policy is a reasonable time, place, or manner restriction. And "We Must Protect The Children" has already been struck down as an overiding concern."

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Opposition Over Design of New C.V. Starr East Asian Library on UC Berkeley Campus

rancho writes "Apparently, choosing a library design is 'like choosing a mail-order bride -- from a picture you're trying to make a relationship.'"

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Are blogs coming to your library shelves?

nbruce writes ""It's portable, durable and lets you read your favourite website on the move. Yes, the hottest new online trend is... ordinary paper. Thanks to advances in digital printing and some nifty new web services, anyone with enough words to fill a book can now be published free - and webloggers, in particular, have been quick to take up the offer." So says Andrew Losowsky who reports on services that turn your blogs into books. He describes and provides links to several companies that will pull together your hasty, disjointed and wordy blogs into a print-on-paper book."

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This University President Tells Faculty Senate Going To Library Is A Waste Of Time

Steven Bell writes, "President Papadakis of Drexel University, which bills itself as the nation's most technologically-driven institution, was quoted in the school newspaper telling the faculty at a recent Senate meeting that "in three years (after being hired) I did not want any professor or graduate student to walk into the library to find a book, because this is a waste of your time unless you love books and are going to look at them". Papadakis is an advocate of electronic over print material, but the faculty tried to tell him they actually like to have their students use libraries - and read the printed books found there. See the story at page 2."

Another round of budget cuts

Steffers writes "Keeping pace with the 3 year trend of library cuts, Monroe County (NY) is facing more budget cuts in FY2005. The Democrat and Chronicle is reporting that the library is looking at staff cuts, and hour reductions. The figures seem pretty moderate until you consider that the library had a 30% cut in staff 2 years ago and state funding is holding at 1997 levels.

It's enough to make a Rochester girl wonder whether if there will a library to visit when she goes home."

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blog review of Seattle Public

rowanf writes "I haven't seen the library in question, but I found this user description illuminating."blog entry here.

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Affronts to Library Liberty

Jessamyn over at librarian.net has posted notes for a presentation she prepared for the Medical Library Association titled, Affronts to Library Liberty: Legal, Ethical and Practical Responses. In it, she covers CIPA, the USA Patriot Act and HIPAA (Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act). Good stuff. I'm also a big fan of Jessamyn's non-PowerPoint presentation style. Should I ever have to do a presentation, I'll be following her lead.

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The Library on the QM2

Just for fun, a snippet from Simon Schama's account in the New Yorker of the Queen Mary 2's maiden voyage:

"[In 1842 when Dickens sailed] there were a few books in the saloon. Only in the second half of the nineteenth century . . . did a comprehensively stocked and magnificently panelled and furnished library become a crucial fixture. The heavily used library on the QM 2 runs the gamut from Danielle Steel to Tom Clancy; there is a wall of less intensively visited Everyman classics, and I found, improbably lurking amid the bodice-rippers and spy thrillers, Albert Camus’s 'The Plague.'"

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