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Porn replaces Disney from county library

News From Florida: When Shirley White-Satcher's 12-year-old son sat down Sunday night to watch what she thought was a Disney movie checked out from the library, what he saw instead horrified her.
The movie, "Home on the Range," ended up being a graphic porno flick that came from the Alachua County Headquarters Library at 401 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville.
"I stepped out of the room for 30 seconds after the movie started playing and he ran in and said, 'Mommy, there's nasty stuff on the TV,' " White-Satcher told The Sun Wednesday evening.

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Ohio Library protest

The Cincinnati Post Reports on a rally held Wednesday at Fountain Square to support the public library, in an attempt to convince state senators to halt library funding cuts.
Republican Gov. Bob Taft's proposed 2005-2006 budget would cut funding for libraries five percent in 2006, resulting in a $2.5 million reduction for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, said Kim Fender, executive director of the library."It's hard to believe that in the information age financial support for libraries would even be an issue," said Carla Makela, of Walnut Hills, a literary specialist with Cincinnati Public Schools who said she regularly relies on library resources. "At a time when we have CVS, Krogers, ATM and restaurants available to us almost 24-7, it's almost uncivilized to be proposing less access to libraries."

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National Library of Singapore Ready To Go

News from Singapore, where After a three-and-a-half year wait, the new National Library will open at Victoria Street in late July. The National Library Board (NLB) has set its sights on the 16-storey building, located a stone's throw from the Singapore Management University, Singapore Art Museum and the proposed LaSalle-SIA building, becoming a premier stop for research on Singapore and Asia for scholars, professionals and students.

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Libraries much more than books

Anonymous Patron writes "Australian IT Has This to say about libraries: The public library, once the sole keeper of knowledge - collections of books, art, papers and journals - has undergone radical changes in the new, Google world.
They focus on the British Library, but it's a good read. Lynne Brindley said although her career straddled technology, libraries and knowledge management she preferred to be known as a librarian.

"Essentially, that's what we still are ... I think librarian is a noble label.""

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British Library wi-fi access under fire

Information World Review Reports: Wireless internet access at the British Library (BL) has come under fire after details of the service's provision emerged using the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act.

Author and library user Heather Brooke has obtained the service agreement documents for wi-fi access at the BL, and is campaigning for costs to be slashed.

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Singapore National Library highly ranked as most innovative - survey

Anonymous Patron writes "Channelnewsasia.com Says It may surprise you to know that the National Library Board, a non-profit organisation, is regarded as one of the most innovative and successful in Singapore. This is according to a survey by the Institute of Policy Studies and the Monitor Group - which assessed the innovation capabilities of Singapore firms.

The check-out points at Singapore's public libraries are among the fastest in the world - whether you are borrowing or returning books."

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Intel/Moore article causing thefts

madcow writes "Looks like our fears are being realized and issues of Electronics Magazine from 1965 are being ripped off from engineering and other libraries. "Although Intel specifically said it would only buy library copies from libraries, the situation is creating problems. Stanford has pulled its copy off the shelves, said Karen Greig, head of reference at the engineering library at Stanford.""

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Macao China century-old libraries presented on stamps

Anonymous Patron writes "Xinhua - English Reports The Macao Post Office will issue stamps on the image of several historic libraries starting on Friday, the Macao Post Office said here Wednesday.

Macao was the earliest region in Asia to develop libraries. The St. Paul School Library, founded in 1594 in Macao, was the first library in Asia."

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NATIONAL LIBRARY WEEK

National
Library Week
is being celebrated this week (April 10-16, 2005) with
a little help from Google
with a gif linking
to news
about National Library Week
. As a promotion (for themselves as
much as the libraries), Gale
is allowing libraries to offer "patrons free, unlimited access to 30 diverse
databases during National Library Week" and LexisNexis
has a National Library Week "Toolkit" with a "partnership" theme.
Hermit :-)

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MPOWER: opening a new chapter

The Baltimore Sun is covering the spiffy new MPOWER Card. It's like the superhero of library cards: flashy and vibrant in appearance, and able to leap over county borders in a single bound. The Maryland statewide public library card will be one card that can be used to register with any county public library system in the State.

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