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An Anonymous Patron writes to tell us of another National Library Week Story from savannahnow.com
"Libraries didn't go the way of the dinosaur; they're growing and changing with technology. They'll celebrate all they have to offer this week for National Library Week."

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Library Book Sales Project

Steve Mauer writes "If your library could use some extra money or shelf space, make sure you sign up for the
Library Book Sales Project.
Sell your donated / duplicate books online. Average sales price is about $35 per book. Learn about the antiquarian / out of print book trade. Determine market values, chat with other members. STOP giving your books away at the local book sale. Expose your books to the entire world! Data entry couldn't be easier. Lots of drop down menus. Free to use (10% commission on sold books). Originally funded by the California State Library system. Check it out. We think you will be impressed. Steve"

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Waiving Late Fees during Nat'l Library Week

search engine web writes "
    Some libraries in the US and its territories have begun a FEE-WAIVING campaign during National Library Week to give patrons who might never return their late merchandise, amnesty.Some are asking for a donation of canned goods or nonperishable food instead of fines (I assume those are for local pantries, and not underpaid library workers--rh).
  Here are a few fee-amnesty stories from around the globe:http://www.guampdn.com/news/stories/20040411/local news/210744.htmlhttp://www.edailynews.info/articles/2004/04/16/new s/news13.txthttp://www.dailylocal.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=112 92336&BRD=1671&PAG=461&dept_id=17782&rfi=6 "

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Stanford Builds Valuable Persian Collection for New Islamic Studies Dept.

search engine web writes "Stanford Builds Valuable Persian Collection for New Islamic Studies Dept.
Banani, who earned a doctorate from Stanford in 1959, donated his professional library of more than 2,000 items, including Persian literature published in Iran and abroad, contemporary Iranian history, literary journals and manuscripts. The collection adds to more than 7,000 items recently donated by Ali Djalali, former editor of Kayhan, a Tehran newspaper, who left Iran around the time of the Islamic Revolution. That collection includes ephemera such as posters and handbills from anti-Shah rallies in this country, Eilts said."

Weblogs as Libraries by Katie Dunneback

An anonymous patron would like for you to read The Young Librarian's essay on blogs are libraries.
"Conceptualize this: a weblog is a library. Yes, I hear you screaming. If all weblogs are libraries, then does that mean that all webloggers are librarians? Not really, especially since not all library workers are librarians."

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Libraries helped write the American story

Bob Cox shares with us a nice article from Boston about how great librarians and libraries are. Yay, us!

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No money for library's newspaper reading service for blind

The ResourceShelf sends "this story from TheState.com which says that "state budget cuts have forced the South Carolina State Library to end a reading service for the blind....The state library let its contract for the Newsline service lapse in February. The service limped on through March, but news recordings ended at the end of the month. 'It's a great service, it's just not cost-effective to do it,' said Jim Johnson, director of the state library. The contract cost the state about $40,000 a year - a significant portion of the library's budget."

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Arson at Montreal Jewish Library May be Linked to Yassin Killing

David Goldman writes "The Monday arson attack on a Montreal Jewish school and library was allegedly carried out to avenge Israel's killing of the terrorist group Hamas' founder and leader Sheikh Ahmed Yassin, according to a letter found at the scene.Quebec's French-language TVA television network reported the letter denounced recent Israeli attacks against Palestinians, including the killing of Yassin.The letter noted the arsonists intended the attack as a warning. Read the entire article here."

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Library of Congress Gets New (old) Collection

AP Is Reporting The Library of Congress said Tuesday that it has been given a collection of rare books, art, manuscripts and documents that includes the first map of a North American city - St. Augustine, Fla., in 1585. The donation to the library reunites a pair of maps, one of which was the first to name ``America.'' That map, created in 1507, was purchased last year by the Library of Congress. It was once bound in a 16th century portfolio with a map in the collection that is believed to be the first navigational chart of the world, the Carta Marina, printed in 1516. Both were created by cartographer Martin Waldseemuller.

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Library vs. the Web

Blake writes "This One Says students may have the whole World Wide Web at their fingertips nowadays, but that's no replacement for a good library, said Melrose High School librarian Dani Simon.

"The Web has its pros and cons," Simon said. "The pro is there is a whole lot of good information out there. The major con is it's very hard to tell the good information from the bad information, and that takes training."

A library book has been chosen twice, Simon said, first by the publisher, which gives it some degree of validity, and then by the librarian who chooses it for the school's collection. It can also be difficult to spot bias in a Web site."

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