South Australians the readers of the nation

Anonymous Patron writes "The Advertiser Reports South Australians are the biggest bookworms in the nation, with 60 per cent members of libraries. SA readers, for the past six years, have been ranked the most consistent library users by the Council of Australian State Libraries."


Emerald Introduces Free Content Service for Academic Library Newsletters

Chris Olson writes "Emerald Group Publishing announces
the launch of Library Link Newsletter Fillers, a free service created
to help academic librarians who are responsible for preparing their
library's newsletters. Editors looking to expand the content of their
newsletters are invited to include professionally written filler
articles from the Library Link Newsletter Fillers service. The first
free article is entitled "Google & Libraries," available from

Written with the library end-user in mind, Library Link Newsletter
Fillers promote the use of the library while educating and informing
readers on timely issues."


Paper - save or shred?

Anonymous Patron writes "Lansing State Journal: Face it: This isn't a paperless society - nor will it be any time soon. Paper in a typical business grows 22 percent a year and 4 trillion records are in storage, according to Virginia-based World-SCAN Inc., a document storage and retrieval company. Electronic records are growing at a clip of 80 percent a year.

Lawyers, accountants and consultants agree the first step in managing a mess of paper and electronic records is having a written document retention policy. Many heavily regulated industries such as banks or hospitals have specific guidelines about records. Other sectors don't."


Americans for Libraries Council Kicks off Listening Tour

On Oct. 8, at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas, the ALC will kick off a “listening tour� to hear what citizens want from future libraries, and learn about different funding approaches.

ALC chose Salinas because of the funding crisis that threatened and threatens to shutter libraries in the community. The libraries' futures will be determined by a ballot referendum in November. More from Monterey County Weekly.


Saving Mali's written treasures

Anonymous Patron writes "BBC NEWS: The South Africa-Mali project is an initiative using South African expertise to help preserve Timbuktu's documents.

The South African government is helping to fund a research centre and to develop the skills of the people who will work there."


Response to "Brew it and they Will Come"

Here's a letter to the editor (Arizona Republic) somewhat rebutting Kathleen Parker's editorial about how all libraries need is coffee to help pick up business.

Parker noted the popularity of visiting bookstores on weekend evenings, and asked "when was the last time you went to a library on a Saturday night?" Apparently, she doesn't know that most public libraries are closed on weekend nights.

Libraries a repository of changing ideas

Libraries a repository of changing ideas comes to us from the land O' Daniel. Written by Greg Hill, director of Fairbanks North Star Borough libraries, the article talks about Carnegie and Peabody. Like Carnegie, Peabody was a self-made American millionaire who received only a few years of formal education, and later in life decided to do something to make it easier on future generations. Instead of building little libraries like Carnegie, Peabody built one big one to improve, "the moral and intellectual culture of the inhabitants of Baltimore." He insisted that it be open "for the free use of all persons who may desire to consult it."


Board Member Rebuts Paper's "Anti-Library" Campaign

Jay writes "'Rebutting the newspaper's anti-library campaign' is a letter submitted in response to a recent editorial about furnishings for the new library. The article, entitled: "To sit or not to sit: The $329,000 question," appeared in The Daily Dispatch on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005.

It is a long article but shows a strong support for a new library renovation project by a member of the Board of Trustees of H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library in Henderson, North Carolina.

"My own concerns for the library include that critical issue of jobs, but they cover more ground than that. First, the public library is the only institution I know of in any community that directly serves people of every age in the broadest circumstances. It serves people who are young and old, rich and poor, lying in a sick bed or out and about in the bloom of health, God-fearing or atheist, Democrat or Republican, employed or looking to find a job. Because the library serves people from so many different backgrounds and circumstances, it supports the missions of many other institutions in our community, particularly the schools.


Seductive Smell of Coffee Saves Libraries?

An Anonymous Patron writes "Advice from
Kathleen Parker of the Orlando Sentinel
: 'If you want people to gather, whether in a retail shop, a grocery store, a devastated coast or a blighted urban area -- even a public library where few go to read anymore -- build a Starbucks, or something like it. B&N, thanks in no small part to the seductive smell of coffee, has become the new public library.'"


The Chronicle of Higher Education On Personal Libraries

An Anonymous Patron writes "Personal libraries can include almost anything, although books may be the most typical components. Here are six academics' comments on what's in their libraries. This is at The Chronicle of Higher Education, Sorry, you'll need a subscription to read it."



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