Neo Libraries

Bob Cox spotted Neo Libraries, one from Seattle Weekly on all those fancy digital technologies people keep finding in what used to be dusty old rooms stuffed with books.
They say to survive the digital age, libraries have embraced e-books, e-audio, and Web sites that bring libraries to home PCs. "The paper-warehouse concept is so last century.


Winner of $1,500 raffle prize says, "Keep the money"

An interesting story from Pennslyvania in which a county library system had a raffle as well as a "Keep the Libraries Open" Festival to raise money.

Michael Wilt of Chicago, Ill., won $1,500 Wednesday in the Friends of the Bradford County Library System's raffle.

But he didn't keep one penny.

He donated it all to the Bradford County Library System, a system of nine public libraries, which are facing a 50 percent cut in their state funding, according to Howard O'Connor, chairman of the Bradford County Library Steering Committee.

The raffle was held to raise operating funds for the nine public libraries.

Here's another verison (Thanks crow!)


LSSI and paying the bills, part 2

Larry Schwartz writes "On July 31, I posted info about LSSI and the tenuous nature of their contract to run the Fargo (ND) public library. Today's "Forum of Fargo-Moorhead" (the local paper,; registration may be necessary to retrieve the story) has an above-the-fold story headlined "Library cancels contract: management company fails to pay bills on time." The change will be effective on 31 October, and is the result of a 4-1 vote by the library's board of directors. The current library director will lose his job and, if he wishes to stay with the library, will have to reapply as a city employee."


New on list of Libraries with Wireless

I am pleased to ananounce that I have added several more libraries to my list. the website is at Wireless Librarian

All Is True? Naye, Not if Thy Name Be Shakespeare

An article from the NYT on an exhibit at the Folger.

Shakespearean fraud can be good material for comedy, and "Fakes, Forgeries and Facsimiles," an exhibition that opens on Wednesday at the Folger Shakespeare Library here, shows it. A letter once said to be from Queen Elizabeth begins:

"Wee didde receive youre prettye Verses goode Masterre William through the hands of oure Lorde Chamberlayne ande wee doe complemente thee onne theyre greate excellence." Sent to "Globe bye Thames," it orders the playwright "withe thye beste Actorres" to "come toe usse bye Tuesdaye nexte" in "Hamptowne," where she is expecting to be visited by "the lorde Leicesterre."

There was just one catch, an exhibit label points out: Leicester died before the Globe was built.


The Prison Library

California has quite a few interesting libraries, mainly because they tend to reflect the communities they serve. Nowhere is this more true than in the state's prison libraries. This week I found myself visiting one of them down south in Chino. If the name doesn't mean anything to you, don't feel dumb; most people in southern California can't find Chino on a map, much less the two prisons located there.

The California Institution for Women sits in the middle of the last dairy reserve in that part of the world. On any day you realize that a mile from the parking lot; on a hot August afternoon you know it before you get off the freeway. Prisons are never put where the rich folk live, unless you happen to have a condo overlooking San Quentin. If you can see the women's prison at Chino you are either a cow or a horsefly, both of which are in abundance just beyond the wire fence surrounding the facility.


Tool libraries have it nailed

News From Rochester, NY, where interest in tool libraries is booming, according to city neighborhood associations that offer them. Tool libraries, many of which started through the help of city grants, work just like regular libraries — become a member and you’ve got access to all the tools. However, there is an annual fee (ranging from $15 to $25) and sometimes a small charge for checking out larger tools.

It’s a small price to pay, considering the cost of tools.


Store owner's generosity gives Smith Point a library

Anonymous Patron spotted A Happy Story for a change.
Elizabeth Palmer, owner of the landmark Van-Ta-Un store in Smith Point, TX, doubles as the librarian for the Chambers County fishing village located on the tip of a peninsula in Galveston Bay.

"The owner should be commended. She could use this space for other merchandise," said Joyce Meek, a retired school counselor and a frequent patron. "I think anything that encourages reading is good."


Library of Congress Seeks To Capture At-Risk Digital Materials and Build a Network of Partners

"The National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress (NDIIPP) has issued an announcement seeking applications for projects that will advance the nationwide program to collect and preserve digital materials. The Library of Congress is leading this cooperative effort at the request of the U.S. Congress, which passed legislation in 2000 asking the Library to work with a range of stakeholders to ensure that materials produced in digital formats today are available to future generations. Associate Librarian for Strategic Initiatives Laura E. Campbell is directing this initiative."

"As more and more information is produced only in digital form, it has become critical for the nation to develop an infrastructure for the collection and preservation of these materials before they are lost," said Ms. Campbell. "The Library of Congress looks forward to collaborating with many partners in this task, as we work together to preserve America’s digital heritage." (from LOC Pres Releases)


Aparteid Gone, Poverty Lingers

Gary Deane notes A Article on South Africa.
It says the market agenda deployed by the ANC has undermined the public service ethos, to the extent that even libraries have to watch their "bottom line". Cross subsidisation between services has been phased out so fines in public libraries are astronomical, as they try desperately to cover costs.



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