Check it out: Coffee shops perking in libraries

The Chicago Sun Times Reports public libraries In the Chicago area and nationwide have been following bookstores in going into the coffee shop business.
They say libraries in Joliet, Schaumburg, Gurnee and Batavia now offer patrons a chance to grab a caffeine fix. And cafes are in the works for libraries in Chicago, Skokie, Oak Park, Glendale Heights, Naperville and North Aurora.

"Libraries are recognizing the fact that patrons are doing this at Barnes & Noble and Borders," said Shirley May Byrnes, executive director of the DuPage County Library System, which has 28 public libraries as members. "If they want to keep up and keep their patrons, this is one of the things they have to offer."


Rewards Of Reading Outweigh Late Fees For Overdue Books

Dear Abby takes another stab at overdue book fines and libraries.

Note: They Outweigh, they do not outway, thanks Walt.


National Library of Canada turns 50

Bob Cox was kind enough to send in This CBC Story on the National Library of Canada.
On January 1, 1953, the National Library of Canada was officially born via an Act of Parliament. It established an official institution that \"collects, preserves and promotes\" the country\'s published heritage.

\"The unfettered dissemination of knowledge and information is vital to a society that prides itself on being free and open,\" Prime Minister Jean Chretien \"


'Diversity in Libraries' project fighting against racism the Czech Republic

A Story out of the Czech republic on an interesting project aimed at teaching people more about ethnic minorities in the Czech Republic has just come to an end. Two non-governmental organizations - the Prague Multicultural Centre and Brno's Youth for Intercultural Understanding - took part in the project, which was called 'Diversity in Libraries' and was part of an anti-racism campaign launched by the Czech government at the beginning of this year.


Glasses raised to brewing library

Charles Davis writes \"When it comes to satisfying a thirst for knowledge, few libraries in the world
can hope to rival Oxford Brookes University.
The university is toasting the opening of the world\'s biggest brewing library,
containing more than 3,600 books and journals about beer.
The first National Brewing Library will be on permanent loan at the
university\'s Gypsy Lane campus, bringing together the collections of the Institute of Brewing, the International Brewers\' Guild and the British Beer
and Pub Association. Here\'s the Full Story\"


To Help D.C.\'s Libraries, Nader Rides Again

Luis Acosta sent over This Washington Post Story that says
Ralph Nader is taking time out of his busy schedule to help raise money for D.C. libraries because of \"the city\'s shortage of philanthropists.\" Nader says:

\"I really don\'t need another cause,\" says the Dupont Circle resident, \"but
reading about the state of the libraries made me blush with shame. In the
middle of this real estate boom, we have private affluence and public squalor.
This is not going to be turned around on the inside; it needs external force,
from the neighborhoods to the glitterati.\"


British Library staff 'viewed web porn'

Stuart Urwin, from The Renaissance Library Collection passed along This One from over in London England, where they say The British Library has suspended nine staff for allegedly using their work computers to access hardcore pornography on the internet.
A British Library spokesman confirmed: "A number of staff have been suspended. However, we cannot go into detail because of our requirement to maintain confidentiality while the library pursues further investigations into each individual case."


Special library card would go beyond books

Michael Nellis writes \"Hmmmm. Slippery slope or razor\'s edge?

In a move some say would restrict access and invade privacy, Waukesha County libraries could soon require a special identification card that would track people\'s use of computers and other services.

You can see the story at JSOnline.

With the Total Information Awarness snoops gearing up to track us all the timing on this one is hardly auspicious.


Volumes of George Washington\'s papers now available online

The Houston Chronicle Says A 37-volume collection of George Washington\'s papers is now available online, giving unprecedented access to the Founding Father\'s personal documents and correspondence.

More than 17,400 papers in John C. Fitzpatrick\'s \"The Writings of George Washington from the Original Manuscript Sources, 1745-1799\" were recently posted on the University of Virginia\'s Electronic Text Center, a searchable Web-based database, though I can\'t seem to Find It


What Would Dewey Do? Libraries Grapple With Internet

The soon to be Carrie Carver was kind enough to send over A NY Times Story on balancing community standards against the First Amendment rights of patrons who use the computers to view X-rated material. They say the challenge to strike a balance is made more difficult by the large percentage of children using computers.

\"For me, this has been one of the most challenging issues of my career,\" said Toni Garvey, the city librarian, who oversees policy in the 13 branches of the Phoenix system. \"We all want to do the right thing, but it\'s not clear what the right thing is.\"



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