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."


Ottawa Builder floats library/condo complex

Anonymous Patron writes "A developer is offering to build a $150-million main library for Ottawa that could be the first step in rejuvenating one of the city's older neighbourhoods.

Ottawa Citizen Has More"


PluggedIn:"Recommendation engines" lead fans to music

Anonymous Patron writes "Interesting Reuters Report on "recommendation engines" that aim to duplicate the experience of a trusted friend saying, "Hey, check these guys out."
The question for librarians becomes how do we integrate this with our servives?"


Library Welcoming Out-of-School Kids

A common complaint of librarians is that parents often think that it's okay to leave their kids unattended at the library. In response to a state of Georgia energy saving mandate that will close the state's schools Monday and Tuesdays, some libraries will be opening early to accommodate children, six and older, whose parents work.

Parents must accompany their children inside the library branch and complete an information contact sheet, Edwards said. Children also will need to bring a lunch and snack.

Muller said children age 6 and under can't be left alone at the library but the emergency service can help children in second, third or fourth grades.

More from the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer.


B&ECPL introducing item request fees to raise revenue

mdoneil writes "The Buffalo & Erie County Public libraries are instituting fees for items requested (except juvenile).

To request a DVD or VHS from another branch you have to pay a buck, to request a book twenty-five cents.

I'm not sure how I feel about this policy. On one hand I think library materials should be free - even requesting them from another branch. However they certainly need the money - because the county government seems to waste an awful lot of it. Personally I'd be willing to spend the few bucks a year, but I may have a few extra bucks where some people, especially in WNY may not."



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