Check-out time at the Old Library Inn

Cortez writes "Rehab a 1916 Carnegie Library, pay tribute to the long-gone librarians and offering counseling, now that's a business plan!
The Denver Post Reports:
"Four years ago, while living in a downtown Denver high-rise, Goble visited her daughter in Sterling for Mother's Day. In a twist of fate, the 1916 Carnegie Library, unused for that purpose since 1976, was on the market for $76,000. Goble bought the building, spent twice that on a charming rehab,signed up with the National Historic Register and opened as a three-room
inn. Along the way, she learned what she could about Boone and her fellow librarians, and dedicated rooms to their memories. For counseling services:"


Library love fest

JET writes " recently asked it's readers to submit comments about what they liked best about their local library and here are the results. Aw, it just makes you feel all warm inside..."


Library revolution offers bright future

The Western News - London,Ontario,Canada, has reprinted a great essay by Elizabeth Breakstone, social-sciences librarian at the University of Oregon. She's disturbed by that dismal view of a future that she'll occupy. She says too often it's the stereotype-fulfilling librarians, like Michael Gorman, who get the press. "don't blindly buy into every new technological toy without thinking about the implications, but neither are we all afraid or disdainful of the changes we're facing. Traditionally a structured collection of books, the library now extends far beyond physical walls as we work to enhance information retrieval, dissemination, and literacy. "


Broward's library system survived Hurricane Wilma without any damage to its collection, yet many lib

Anonymous Patron writes "Broward's library system survived Hurricane Wilma without any damage to its collection, yet many libraries remain closed because of a lack of electricity.

So the staff is delivering supplies to the homebound, preparing meals for the needy, answering phone calls in the emergency operations center and even catching up on training.

Link to whole story here: -clibraries02nov03,0,2025126.story"


The Open Book Art Project

Carlos shares "The Open Book Project,"a nice project at the Austin Public Library.


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.

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."


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 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 :)"


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?"


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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