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Bob Cox sent over this BBC story on plans for a House of Commons cat to clear up its perennial mice problem. It seems Commons leader Robin Cook threw out the suggestion of a moggie patrolling the corridors of power because he feared it might take over the sofas in the library.
The country contains more than 122,000 public and private libraries.
About 79 percent of public librarians are women, compared with 92 percent of school librarians and 68 percent of college and university librarians.
About 95 percent of public libraries offer public Internet access and computer classes.
Annual federal spending on libraries is about 54 cents per person.
Americans check out an average of seven books per year.
College and university librarians answer 97 million reference questions yearly — almost three times the attendance at college football games.
Neil Swidey says his visit to the Richard Nixon Library finds the place much like the man: defensive, misleading, and still arguing about Watergate.
\"Looking for the truth at a presidential library is like searching for sincerity in those \'\'drink in moderation\'\' commercials sponsored by the beer companies. It\'s just not the point.\"
As usual, thanks to Bob Cox for another great story that we would\'ve never read with out his help.
Charles Davis writes \"The Free Library of Philadelphia is celebratin\' their 75th anniversary. They\'ve started a new
digital collection devoted to the building of the Free Library. You can get to it at
The Site .
There are several components to this online exhibit. The history section provides a series of
short articles discussing the history of the library as it started in 1889 (yes, it is the 75th
anniversary; you\'ll have to read the history for all the details.)
The timeline section is a one-page, mostly-graphic representation of the history of the library, while the architects section contains the biographies of the architects behind the Free Library building. Finally, the exhibition section contains the meat of the site; several brief articles about the library with links to exhibit items, including drawings, portraits, advertisements, newspaper clippings, and more. Worth a look. \"
Lee Hadden writes: \"In an article in the June 10, 2002 issue of Chemical and Engineering
News, there is an account of a library in Brooklyn allowing freshly baked
pies to cool on a window sill of a library, to see if anyone would take
one. People are more honest than would be accounted for in children\'s
Read more about it.\"
Here\'s One from Wisconsin on the walls of the Schofield Elementary library. They are filled with framed responses from politicians explaining how reading affected their lives and to describe a particular person who was influential in getting them to read.
\"Reading has been an escape, a diversion, the most enjoyable pastime I can think of, a process of self-education and lifelong addiction!\" Rowling wrote. \"I can\'t imagine not reading. I do it every day and would go mad without books.\"
Christy M. writes \"Just saw this in the June issue of Harper\'s Magazine and thought I would share. Not sure whether I should laugh or cry...
(sorry, no URL available)
The following half-page advertisement ran in the February 20 Winters Express in Winters, California, and was paid for by the Save Winters Committee.
A new library will end up costing the people of Winters over $30 million in new taxes...And for what? A library that is only used by less than seventy people a month. It would be far cheaper for Winters to hire taxicabs and send people to the University of Davis Library than for us to pay millions of dollars to entertain a few people.
The fact of the matter is that very few people use ours or any other library. Oh sure, supporters will bring out children to cry, \"We need a new library.\" But where are these children any other time? Watching television, visiting friends, or doing something else besides reading. A new library opens up the door for a bigger and bigger Winters. A big new library is a great sales tool for developers. A new library will help Winters become just like other drug cities like Oakland, Los Angeles, and San Jose. They have new big libraries...Do you want to live there?
The world is changing. People like to watch things on television and video. We must understand that libraries are going the way of the local milkman, cheap gas, and small towns.If the friends of the library want a new library, fine. Let them spend their own money and build it themselves. Don\'t make the rest of us pay what few dollars we have left to make them feel good.\"
Can anyone help us get a copy of this?
jen writes \"
A story from the Chronicle says
Starting on Monday, members of the public will be
able to use the World Wide Web to seek answers
to reference questions from librarians around the
world, including some at college libraries.
The service, called QuestionPoint, will operate
through a Web browser and may make some visits
to the library unnecessary. The Library of Congress
and the Online Computer Library Center, better
known as OCLC, developed it. \"
Stevie pointed to This One from Editor & Publisher that says if more people knew about libraries\' database offerings, there wouldn\'t be much need or desire to use newspapers\' paid Web archives.
Given public libraries\' recent moves with at-home access to premium article databases, they question the strategy of charging high fees for archived news articles. An already-shaky news industry model is having its foundations chipped away \"by librarians, of all people\".
Gary quoted as saying, \"What just about everyone has apparently not realized is that many public libraries offer free, full-text access to thousands of newspapers, magazines, etc. ...\"
We need better marketing. How do we make this an ALA Key Action Area?
Financial Times from May 25 that has a positive essay by Michael Prowse, championing the economics and democracy of public libraries... \" the BMW driver can not get a book any quicker than the Nissan driver\" \"