Libraries

Not Just a Library, an Oasis of Civilization

Mr Stuff sent over this NYTimes Story on the New York Public Library.
Though it focuses on NYC in this case, most of what\'s said can be applied to your favorite library as well. If you don\'t know how things work @ Ny Public, check it out, it\'s quite interesting.

\"It is natural, I suppose, that a great library should be a more important presence in the life of a writer than it is for those whose work does not involve constant contact with the written word.\"

Reference Is Better Than We Thought

Gillian Davis writes \"There is an article in LJ, \"Reference Is Better Than We Thought\" \"A study of 12 libraries in California reveals that the 55 percent rule is wrong\". \"


They say the older studies said that so-called typical, \"fact-type\" queries used in all of the previous accuracy studies were only representative of half of all real queries received at reference desks, the new study says 90 percent of the cases in this examination, a panel of reference experts determined that librarians recommended an accurate source or an accurate strategy in response to a user\'s query.
90% ain\'t so bad.

Library Cat Woes in Dewey

In Dewey, OK, there is yet another tiff over a cat in the library. The cat was removed for health reasons, according to the article, but some are wondering if the proper procedures for removing library cats were followed. More

A Collection of Discards.com

This Wired Story talks about sites like FOUND Magazine and a growing number of online \"found object\" websites, whose amateur curators are mining the world\'s gutters for intriguing scraps of paper and strange discarded photographs. Their discoveries are posted online, sometimes with commentary; other times, simply bagged like evidence and labeled \"artifact.\"

times-standard.com has a library related story along the same lines as well, that says when a librarian picks up a book to check it back in, he or she never know what\'s going to fall out from between the pages. It might be postcards, receipts, letters, bills, family photos and of course bookmarks and those are the normal things. You know where this one is going...

Rising Sun

Bob Cox sent along This SmithsonianMag Story on the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Not much to this story, but the new library, meant to be an architectural signature like Australia\'s Sydney Opera House and Spain\'s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, opens to the public April 23, 2002.

Library ship docks for two-week stay

Charles Davis writes \"This Story from dispatch.co.za on the world\'s largest floating library, the Doulos, that returned to East London for a stay of almost two weeks.

The Doulos, crewed entirely by volunteers, is
one of the oldest vessels still sailing the seas.

At 88 years, the ship is two years younger
than the Titanic.

The ship will be officially opened to the public
tomorrow by Eastern Cape Premier Makhenkesi
Stofile, Doulos information officer Ben Wyatt
said.

East London is the first port on the ship\'s
2002 tour of South African ports.

This is the Doulos\' fourth visit to East London,
where it was last in 1998.

The vessel boasts a library of more than 6000
books \"

Nixon daughters split over library

Charles Davis sent in this
Ananova.com Story that says The daughters of Richard Nixon have gone to court in a difference of opinion over the fate of a $12 million bequest
to their father\'s library.

The sisters are split over whether the Nixon Library and
Birthplace should be operated by the family or an
independent board of directors.

Library Love letter

Andrea writes \"This was shared with the PUBLIB listserv by A. Michael Deller, Director of The Library Network in Southgate, Michigan. Brian Dickerson of the Detroit Free Press thinks we\'re awesome. Sorta makes one feel better after all the UCLA business...\"

Camels help Provide Library Services in Kenya

Gary Price passed along This One on the Camel Mobile Libraries in Kenya. This service was launched in 1996 with 3 camels and had been expanded to 6 camels by the year 2001. It operates from a static branch of the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) in Garissa, located in the North Eastern Province, mainly serving the geographically isolated pastoralists in these areas.

Queuing to get into library

Someone writes \"I think you\'ve had items about it before, but we\'ve now come to the end. Over 110,000 people visited the exhibition at the National Library of Australia which finally closed yesterday, but up until last day hundreds of people queued overnight in their sleeping bags to get their free entry tickets. Exhibits included original manuscripts from such people as Einstein, Dickens, Martin Luther King, Mozart, and rare items such as a Gutenberg Bible, ancient Oracle bones, a fragment of a Dead Sea Scroll - over 160 exhibits from around the world. The Library\'s staff volunteered their time enable the exhibition to stay open over 22 hours daily, and as the visitor in the story says, it was a surreal experience - visitors overjoyed to have seen the exhibition, even those coming in at 4am. Staff (I\'m one of them) are exhausted but elated! \"

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