When students and librarians work together

Search Engines sez

"Librarians direct students by offering search tips and knowing reputable Web sites.

"Sometimes it’s finding the right words or going to the right site for the right information," Karol Kennedy, a library employee, said. "We try to lead them to sites that are helpful for research projects.""

Read more at Greater Milwaukee Today.


Australian Library refuses to hand over historical flag fragment

Anonymous Patron writes "From ABC Online, Australia: The State Library of Victoria will not hand over a piece of the original Eureka flag which state's Premier, Steve Bracks, believes should be on permanent display in Ballarat.

Mr Bracks is among 2,000 people who attended a ceremony in Ballarat to mark the 150th anniversary of the Eureka Stockade today.

He has written to the State Library in Melbourne and the National Library in Canberra, asking them to give their fragments of the original miners' flag to the Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, where most of the flag is displayed."


Most Indian books doomed to oblivion

Sheilah writes " reports Of the 60,000 books printed in India each year, only about 24,000 make it to the National Library. Under the Delivery of Books and Newspapers Act, passed in 1954, a copy of every book published in India has to be deposited with the National Library or its regional branches. "


Come the Revolution, the libraries would be first target

The Authentic History Center website has scanned several issues of Treasure Chest, a monthly comic book published by the Catholic Guild. In 1961, they ran a 10-issue series called, "This Godless Communism." The first issue shows what would become of the United States if it became a communist country (for one thing, the government would be moved to Chicago).

So what does this have to do with libraries? Check out the first two panels on this page (or see the transcript below):


Library Top 1000

kmhess writes "OCLC Research has compiled a list of the top 1000 titles owned by member libraries—the intellectual works that have been judged to be worth owning by the "purchase vote" of libraries around the globe.

I'm trying to imagine Casey Kasem long distance dedication for the Census..."


Special Collections Go Beyond Books

Here's a story from the UCLA Daily Bruin, promoting their library system's special collections.

The holdings of special collections can be as conventional as books and manuscripts, or as unusual as children's board games in the Young Research Library, antiquated surgical equipment in the biomedical library, or transcripts of interviews with '50s jazz musicians in the Music library.

Library named after John Steinbeck to close

UPI Is Reporting Salinas, Calif., officials say the downtown Steinbeck Library, the El Gabilan branch and the Cesar Chavez branch are to be closed by next July.Unless there is a windfall from John Steinbeck or library supporters, the Salinas city government will close the libraries before July 1, 2005.


Stellar libraries in Midwest, disgraces in miserly South

David Rothman writes "OK. You already know about the '04 edition of Hennen’s American Public Library Ratings (HAPLR). But which are the winners and sinners among the states? Turns out that Midwestern libraries shine as a group if you go by the averages, while Southern libraries are horror stories. The best library state is Ohio; the worst, Mississippi. More at TeleRead."


British Library gets wireless net

News From The Beeb on the British Library. Visitors to the British Library will be able to get wireless internet access alongside the extensive information available in its famous reading rooms.
Broadband wireless connectivity will be made available in the eleven reading rooms, the auditorium, café, restaurant, and outdoor Piazza area.

ALB1876: American Libraries before 1876

Anonymous Patron writes "Researchers at Princeton University have created a database of 10,000 libraries of all sorts in existence in the United States before the last quarter of the nineteenth century.
Here's a
Press Release on the project. You can find the ALB1876 Databases Here."



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