Libraries

Library of Congress Book Festival October 12

Lee Hadden writes:\" The Library of Congress and First Lady Laura Bush will be hosting the
Second Book Festival in Washington, DC.
Date:

October 12, 2002
Time:

10am to 5pm
Location:

West lawn of the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall between the Capitol
Reflecting Pool and Fourth Street

Read more about it.\"

Tale of two libraries

Nothing too exciting in This Story except for the opening, which really cracked me up:

\"Libraries are a lot like baseball fields (at least those that figure largely in certain movies): Build them and they will come.\"

It is a nice look at how busy public libraries are now.

Library killer \'troubled\'

A Few More Details on the murder/suicide down in GA.

As he stacked books and helped children navigate the Internet, anger grew within the 31-year-old man who worked for Gladys Dennard at the library in Union City.

The man, who was working toward a degree in library science, had been disciplined by Dennard, said Clint Johnson, library board chairman. He did not know the nature of the discipline.

2 workers slain at South Fulton Library

Two employees were found shot to death this morning at a library near Union City, GA, they were a woman about 50 years old and a man in his early 30s.

Ledger-Inquirer and AccessAtlanta both have stories/

The Web Didn\'t Kill Libraries. It\'s the New Draw

The following is from the July 25 edition of the CS Monitor...\"Last year, $686 million was spent on library construction – the second-highest dollar total ever spent, and a 15 percent increase over a decade ago, American Library Association data shows. Aside from the construction of 80 new libraries, 132 existing ones underwent renovations: creating new space, wiring old buildings for high-speed Internet access, and buying computers.\" Read More.

A Dublin library that stacks up

Charles Davis points out
This IHT Story on THe Chester Beatty Library.
The library has one of the world\'s great collections of ancient religious manuscripts. It opened to the public with great fanfare in 1957 as the Chester Beatty Library, but in recent years it had become an unappreciated hidden treasure. Only dedicated students and diligent tourists ventured in to see its delicate Egyptian papyri and its beautiful illuminated Korans.
That is, until two years ago, when the library moved and reopened on the grounds of Dublin Castle, in the heart of the city. Visits went from around 5,000 to nearly 80,000 a year

UK National and University Libraries

LLRX writes \"
Dr. Peter Clinch details The Foreign Law Guide or FLAG project, which has developed a free Internet database describing the holdings of foreign, international and comparative law in the national and university libraries of the United Kingdom.
See LLRX.com for July 15. \"

The rise and fall of libraries

Bob Cox finds some great stuff, This One is no exception.

Alberto Manguel, winner of the Prix Medici for his book A History of Reading, wrote This Article for a recent issue of the Index on Censorship.
He says it\'s a mistake to look upon a library as an all-encompassing and neutral space, because any library is, by definition, the result of a choice, necessarily limited in its scope.

\"A public library is a paradox, a building set aside for an essentially private craft (reading), which now must take place in a communal space. Locked inside the realm of an individual book, each reader also forms part of the community of readers, which the library defines. Under the library\'s roof, these readers share an illusion of freedom, convinced that the entire reading realm is theirs for the asking.\"

Adventures in the Smithsonian Libraries

The Washinton Post has This Transcript from The Smithsonian Institution Libraries exhibition curator Mary Augusta Thomas who was online to discuss \"An Odyssey in Print,\" other books in the Libraries\' collection and what it takes to mount such a large exhibit.

Ball Point Bullet Proof Vest

Lee Hadden writes: \"The University of Concepcion library in Chile was being robbed, when
a brave security challenged them and then began to chase the thieves on a
motorcycle. The crooks turned and shot at the guard during their escape,
hitting him in the chest. The bullet then was deflected by a Parker\'s pen
in the shirt pocket of the cop, who suffered nothing worse than a few
bruises above the heart and rush of adrenaline.


Thus, once again, at the library the pen is mightier than the sword.
So to speak.
Read more about it at Ananova

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