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LOC wants people to know about films

InfoWhale writes " Now in its 16th year, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress is seeking greater public understanding of how it decides to declare a movie a "national treasure."
see story here.

Personal note - My good friend Les Blank had his masterpiece, "Chulas Fronteras," selected early, thus proving LC is more than Hollywood. Now the question is - how can anyone see the hundreds of films selected so far?"

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Indian Govt shuts its eyes to Braille Library

The Delhi Public Library (DPL) set it up 50 years ago with a vision of catering to the reading needs of the blind. Today, the Braille Library — still the Capital’s sole public library for the visually impaired — lies in a state of severe neglect.

The library’s services are stuck in a time warp and its board is sitting on an unused grant of Rs 14 lakh for a decade now. The librarian’s post too is vacant for over a year, and the membership is dwindling (see box). The library staff, transcribers, copy holders and proof readers, follow an archaic process — taking over a month to prepare a single Braille copy.

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Ill. firm checks out updated eLibrary

Gary D. Price sent in an article in the Philadelphia Business Journal about the relaunch of HighBeam eLibrary Research. The piece presents the company's current plan, some historical information, as well as their long-term plan. They've got high goals, such as, 'Our overall vision...is to become the place where individuals can go to do online research,' said Patrick Spain, chairman and chief executive officer of HighBeam Research LLC."

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Selling to corporate libraries

Steven M. Cohen submitted This One that says corporate America is literally closing libraries. Instead of corporate libraries and individual executives, purchases are now being made by a new power in content purchasing -- people Corcoran calls portal managers.

"Your sales rep used to be able to call up and ask to speak to the person who runs the library. It's a lot tougher now. You don't have a receptionist anymore, and there's no physical place your call can be sent to. They've thrown away the librarian title."

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OCLC Environmental Scan report

Dennie writes "OCLC just released an environmental scan on what will shape the libraries of the future. Very thorough, very interesting reading.
Read it at
OCLC.org"

The entire report is long, but no doubt worth the read.

"This report seeks to discern patterns in the twilight zone and to serve as a tour guide through the landscape that chaos and order inhabit together."

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Tool lending library revives home improvement projects

Here's One out of Oakland, CA, where Ty Yurgelevic works as the Oakland Tool Lending Library chief tool-lending specialist.
The center sits tucked away at the library's Temescal branch on Telegraph Avenue. Upstairs, inside the historic red-bricked Carnegie-era building, is a grandiose room, with a cathedral ceiling, hardwood floors and perpetual hush.

In the basement, with the entrance round back, sits the inconspicuous tool center. There, the workshop buzzes like a small-town saloon, a hub where do-it-yourselfers chatter while library technicians two-step around each other.

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Indian Libraries struggle to preserve books

The Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal has 20,000 rare manuscripts dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, hundreds of miniature paintings, maps, 25,000 texts, 35,000 documents in Farsi and Modi scripts and numerous documents from the Peshwa era.

What the institute does not have is funds to preserve the rare treasure for posterity by micro-filming or digitising them, a standard practice the world-over.

The state of affairs at the mandal, established in 1917, is similar to that at the 182-year-old Deccan college and many other institutions housing valuable manuscripts, paintings, books and ancient artefacts.
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Cold Snap Takes Library Out of Circulation

Bob Cox sends "this bummer of a story from Boston.com about a recently renovated and expanded library in Canton (MA) that has had serious weather-related water damage. While there is no structural damage, many books were destroyed and the library will be closed for an undetermined time.

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Libraries struggle to preserve books

Thanks to the Search-engines-web.com for passing along

This Times Of India Article.
The Bharat Itihas Sanshodhak Mandal has 20,000 rare manuscripts dating back to the 16th and 17th centuries, hundreds of miniature paintings, maps, 25,000 texts, 35,000 documents in Farsi and Modi scripts and numerous documents from the Peshwa era.

What the institute does not have is funds to preserve the rare treasure for posterity by micro-filming or digitising them, a standard practice the world-over

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British Library guard ushers in thieves

This Is London Reports In what is being seen as a huge embarrassment to the library's security team - responsible for guarding many of the nation's most precious literary treasures including the Magna Carta - three crooks made off with booty worth thousands of pounds.

The men entered the British Library's flagship building in Euston Road last week and gathered up audio-visual equipment worth approximately £16,000 and prepared to make their escape.

That, according to an insider, did not prove difficult. In fact, it was so easy that the British Library admitted it is to launch a security review.

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