Mitch Freedman is healthy - see him on CBS News

Steve Fesenmaier passed along word from Mitch Freedman that:
A. His heart is normal, and as a pumping device it is working especially well.
B. He's going to Toronto.
C. He did an interview at the Bedford Hills
(NY) Free Library regarding CIPA. It should appear on the CBS Evening News with Dan Rather, tonight or tomorrow night. His remarks will be contrasted with those of
someone who approves of CIPA.


Needles, haystacks and Web searches

"Over the years we've searched the Internet together: You at home on Sunday mornings reading this column, me at work trying to find the best on the Web. And you would think that after years of growth, of watching the Web expand from a few hundred thousand sites to more than 3 billion, that searching would have gotten easier. That someone or some corporation would have figured out a way to index the Internet in a way that makes sense."

"But it hasn't happened. Not yet. There is no such thing as an Internet librarian that you can turn to for a comprehensive, intelligent search."

"We have search engines, links sites, Web rings and columns such as this one recommending particular sites. But the Net is not like the Atlantic or Ocean County libraries."

"On the Internet, there's no desk to walk up to, no one to tap on the shoulder. Ocean County does have some cool things, like live online help as well as a homework help line. But it's not the same. (from Press of Atlantic City)


Tool Library In The Works

Lee Hadden writes "
"The library is exactly what its name implies, a place where patrons go not
for books or reference materials, but for implements of home repair and
beautification. Although a few cities across the country have similar
projects, this one may be unique in the Washington area. And where else but
Takoma Park, a nuclear-free municipality with its own food co-op, corn silo
and perpetually left-of-center attitudes?"

Read more about it at:
The Washington Post "


Libraries caught in Cash-22

"It took only 20 minutes for Mesa Public Library's free computer classes to fill up earlier this year. In April, it only took five minutes."

"We've had to turn away people. It's literally a mad rush," said Allen Boehm, electronic resources coordinator for Mesa libraries. "It's one of the most popular programs the Mesa Public Library has ever had."

"Unfortunately, just as other libraries are also noticing a continued high demand for cheap or free introductory computer courses, city fiscal woes are forcing libraries to reduce them." (from The Arizona Republic)


Patriotic group plans to build library

MSNBC Reports The National Society of the Sons of the American Revolution, an organization that has had its headquarters on South Fourth Street just south of downtown, Louisville, since 1978, is ready to move forward with a long-planned project to build a new library and expand its museum.
Plans call for the construction of a $3 million facility for genealogical research at Fifth and Zane streets, just west of the society's current library, museum and office building at 1000 S. Fourth St.


Prison gets reams of reading material

"The Friends of the Newark Free Library have spent months building a collection of more than 4,000 books its members are unlikely to use."

"That's because the reading materials are shelved behind about 10 locked steel doors and five chain-link security fences at Delaware Correctional Center near Smyrna."

"The volunteer group decided to collect the used books after learning budget constraints prevented the state from stocking a second library built as part of a prison expansion last year."

"We had lovely book shelves. We had no books," the prison's treatment administrator, Ronald G. Hosterman, said." (from The News Journal)


Fraser-Hickson Library saved

Michael Nellis writes "There's an article in the 23 May '03 Montreal Gazette that three districts in the city of Montreal will be funding Fraser-Hickson Library to the tune of 600,000 dollars CDN over the next three years. The library had been shut down in April, but can now reopen; in September. The story is here. "


Johnson's Library and Robert Caro Make Up

"For 26 years Robert A. Caro has painstakingly chronicled the life of Lyndon Baines Johnson. He has interviewed more than a thousand of Johnson's former aides and colleagues. He has pored over countless records in the Johnson presidential archives. And to critical acclaim he has published three volumes of his projected four-volume biography of Johnson. His latest volume, "Master of the Senate," received the Pulitzer Prize for biography this year."

"But because of a long-running feud over his portrayal of the 36th president, Mr. Caro and his work were unwelcome at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum here. His best-selling Johnson books were conspicuously absent from the museum's bookstore. He says he thinks that important records in the Johnson archives were kept from him." (from The New York Times)


Librarian Marooned In A Sea Of Books

"In a room rich with maritime resources, in a neighborhood full of seafaring history, a lone volunteer sits.
On the second floor of the Port Tampa City Library, Jane Harkness checks her e-mail."

"No one stops by the Maritime Reading Room to thumb through its more than 350 books. Nor does anyone pore over its specialized magazines, such as Wooden Boat or Maritime Life and Traditions."

"Harkness reads the newspaper." (from The Tampa Tribune)


Library may open to debate on cuts

Library may open to debate over cuts says San Jose's joint city-university library opening at same time as cuts are proposed for branches.
San Jose's new Martin Luther King Jr. Library will open in downtown this summer with all the pomp and circumstance befitting the eight-story, state-of-the-art structure.

About the same time, most of the city's aging and cramped neighborhood branch libraries will meet a different fate: 13 of 17 of them are scheduled to close an extra day a week, victims of a proposal to chip away at the city's largest budget deficit in decades.



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