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Britian\'s oldest public library just turned 150 years of age.
Manchester\'s pioneers took advantage of the 1850 Libraries Act which allowed local authorities to spend a penny in the pound on establishing a library.
The act provided no funds for books, so John Potter, the mayor, had a collection and raised £13,000 that included contributions from 22,000 working people.
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I guess this one in the States beats out the UK! U-S-A! U-S-A!
Charles Davis sent along This guardian Story that says In an effort to get students to study outside their Internet-connected dorm rooms, college and university libraries are trying to make their facilities more attractive - whether that means offering food, comfier chairs or even personalized service.
There\'s also Lincoln libraries cozy up to coffee, that says branches have added a coffee and snacks cart to their range of services.
The British Library has just added a copy of a 700-year-old Koran to its digitised library, reports this story from Ananova. It forms part of the Turning the Books Project, which uses touch-screen computers at the Library itself but also is available online. The Project also includes the Lindisfarne Gospels and a notebook of Leonardo Da Vinci\'s.
Sabrina from LLRX.com writes \"The Growth of Digital Image Archives: Can We Toll the Bell for Microfilm?
A number of companies have joined the growing trend to digitize newspapers, allowing users to search, print, and browse original digital images from the complete archives of publications such as the New York Times and Wall Street Journal. Joan E. Thomas reviews the range of content and search features offered by four publishers.
See the September 2 issue of LLRX.com.\"
Interestering Story out of the UK where The Shoulder of Mutton pub at Fulford, near Stone, is opening up a library in response to the declining range of services available to the local community.
Enterprising landlord Ken Brayford and his wife Kathleen have stocked specially-installed shelves at the pub with more than 400 books donated by regulars.
SomeOne writes \"With all the news on library budget cuts (including many in Colorado), it\'s nice to read about a growing library system with a visionary director. From the Denver (C0) Post,
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The story paints a mighty nice picture of Jamie LaRue, director of the Douglas Public Library District.
\"What better antidote can there be for the ills of suburbia than bringing the best of Shakespeare to Douglas County?\"
From Managing Information:
Glasgow\'s Poet Laureate Edwin Morgan wrote a poem to mark the opening of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions conference in Glasgow on Monday 19th August . . .
Discussing the poem Edwin Morgan said, \"Libraries are still a vital source of knowledge and information, even in the age of the Internet. With this poem I wanted to reflect on the changes taking place in the way we get and access information as we move into a digital age, whilst still asserting the relevance, power and endurance of books and the printed word.\"
Complete article (and the poem).
They say a bookworm used to be the cause of childhood derision. Nowadays, it could get you a life partner. The the Social Development Unit (SDU) and the National Library Board dreamt up Library Dates.
Jen Young sent over This CNN Story on messages and e-mails, photographs and video images that are part of a virtual library of the 9-11 attacks being compiled by scholars in Virginia and New York. The September 11th Digital Archive \"will serve as a new platform in which people can make their own history,\" said Jim Sparrow, one of the organizers of the project, which is accessible online.
SomeOne sent along This One that says a paedophile downloaded pornographic images of girls and babies from a computer in a public library. He was caught when the computer, owned by Notts County Council library service, was taken away for repair.