Gulf Coast Libraries compare damage

A Short One From Jackson Clarion Ledger - Jackson,MS, says The damage to libraries on University of Southern Mississippi's Gulf Coast campus was incomparable to the Hattiesburg campus. University librarian Kay Wall said the Hattiesburg campus had a few leaks and displaced ceiling tiles, but its collection was still intact. On the other hand, the libraries on the Coast lost 80,000 microforms and 2,191 issues of journals.


British Post offices could merge with libraries

Interesting Idea from England where rural post offices could be saved from closure by merging them with libraries according to radical new proposals being drawn up.

Essex County Council is looking at "a merger" between its out of town libraries and post offices as a way of offering people "a new range of opportunities", encouraging reading and saving rural facilities.


No reading between the lines at National Library

Anonymous Patron writes "The Statesman - Kolkata,India
Reports Come January and an avid reader could expect an updated catalogue of all the publications in the National Library which will be available on the library website for instant access.
This will be the inaugural phase of uploading an index of all the library resources and digitisation of these resources in another five years, the process which received a boost recently. All this thanks to a historic resolution taken up in the conference of the directors of National Libraries of Asian and Oceanian countries held in Malaysia last May."


Librarian Hurricane Relief Links

Texas: "Texas Libraries Step Up with a Texas Two Step for Disaster Relief. The Texas library community is rallying to rebuild hope and the future for victims of Hurricane Katrina. TLA applauds the efforts of local librarians in quickly responding to the incredible challenges in many communities."

Mississippi: Friends of Mississippi Libraries, working with the Library Commission and MLA, has established a fund for donations to rebuild those MS libraries severely damaged or destroyed by Hurricane Katrina.

MSU Libraries has created a web guide for internet resources on Hurricane Katrina. It includes a number of sites with information for survivors and also has a section on information for libraries.

Louisiana: Donations To Help Louisiana Public Libraries Devastated By Hurricane Katrina can be vetted through The State Library of Louisiana.

Alabama: The Alabama Library Association (ALLA) is promoting the following job service for hurricane victims: KatrinaJobRelief, which is designed to help find employment for hurricane victims.

Other ways to help libraries and librarians in the gulf can be found on the Katrina Help Wiki (Library section created). Includes link to library-specific aid agencies and donation sites like the ones listed above.


The need for American Indian librarians

Anonymous Patron writes "Native American Times Guest writer Michael McLaughlin says In the contemporary world, libraries are the primary institutions that teach about American Indians - to the world, and often to ourselves. And because everything that impacts Indian country on and off the rez - educational programs, social service programs, economic development, criminal justice, all tribal-state-local-federal government relations, the media, and public opinion - are informed by materials contained in libraries. In a world which continues to stereotype American Indians and which remains largely “clueless� of the facts about American Indians in American society, there needs to be American Indian library professionals to help guide information seekers to the facts about American Indians – past, present, and future, and to incorporate American Indian perspectives in those institutions that mandate how people are taught and what they learn."


Mississippi Libraries Hoping Borrowers Will Find a Drop Box

The ground floor of the Gulfport Library is little more than a series of support columns, but librarians still hope that patrons will have the possibility of returning borrowed books (without late charges of course).

"If they can get them in a book drop, that's wonderful," said Prima Plauche, director of the Hancock County Library System. "Or, keep them until we're fully functional. We need them back and would appreciate getting them back."

Of immediate importance of course, is clean-up, and efforts in that area are underway in Gulport, Pass Christian and Biloxi. Friends, along with local authors such as John Grisham are helping to collect funds for rebuilding. More, including photos of the Gulport Library, from the Clarion Ledger .


Libraries, like books, need a spine

Anonymous Patron writes "Libraries, like books, need a spine
(a commentary on the psychic business that was covered earlier), by columnist Michael Fitzgerald: A library is the ultimate university. Its teachers are books. It must offer as many courses as possible, or the community it serves diminishes. And there are plenty who would have it that way. They thrive in the diminished world." Interesting to note the mayor connecting the decision with an alleged library donation.

If a donor can call the shots against a municipal entity's mission, what's next, buying indulgences from the police department?


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."



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