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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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Dream of library grew out of humble origins New facility in Jackson bigger than volunteers imagine

An Anonymous Patron sends "this story from the Jackson (NJ) Tri-Town News about a Friends group that pulled together 25 years ago to raise money to replace the town's bookmobile with a real library."

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Good Prison Libraries Provide a Way Out

Michael McGrorty points out he has a Letter To The Editor in the LA Times.
In "Good Prison Libraries Provide a Way Out" he says more needs to be done for prison libraries. It would be impossible to have a truly effective literacy and education system without upgrading and increased oversight of the prison libraries, most of which are underfunded and thinly staffed.

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National Library Week - Brief History / Overview

search engine web writes
From the Chillicothe (Ohio) Gazette

or
ALA Factsheet

National Library Week will be observed April 18 - 24, 2004.

First sponsored in 1958, National Library Week is a national observance sponsored by the American Library Association (ALA) and libraries across the country each April. It is a time to celebrate the contributions of our nation’s libraries and librarians and to promote library use and support. All types of libraries – school, public, academic and special – participate.

Many school libraries also celebrate the month of April as School Library Media Month sponsored by the American Association of School Librarians, a division of ALA, with the same theme as National Library Week.

In the mid-1950s, research showed that Americans were spending less on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. Concerned that Americans were reading less, the American Library Association and the American Book Publishers formed a nonprofit citizens organization called the National Book Committee in 1954. The committee's goals were ambitious. They ranged from “encouraging people to read in their increasing leisure time� to “improving incomes and health� and “developing strong and happy family life.� In 1957, the committee developed a plan for National Library Week based on the idea that once people were motivated to read, they would support and use libraries. With the cooperation of ALA and with help from the Advertising Council, the first National Library Week was observed in 1958 with the theme “Wake Up and Read!�

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Friends of the Library Group Fingerprinted

From Sign-On San Diego comes a story of how the Friends of the Valley Center Library are none too pleased with the county requiring them to have background checks and be fingerprinted in downtown San Diego.

Library Bookstore Manager Jo Rudolph says ""Our volunteers are 70 and 80 years old in some cases," she said. "We have women that have volunteered here for 10, 20 and 30 years. Trying to find out if we are criminals or pedophiles at this late date is a little ridiculous. We raise money for the library and put books on the shelves. I doubt anyone here is a threat to children."

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Parody?

nbruce writes "Have you seen Nicholas Kristof's column (today March 17, not April 1, NYT and many other papers)? It makes me wonder if he keeps up on technology at all, or was he writing a parody to get ALA-ians in a froth? He's suggesting 1) a "hard-to-forge" national identity card (not impossible, just hard for anyone over 12 to forge), and 2) censorship of "cook-books" that tell how to create biological weapons and how to blow up neighborhoods to experience the thrill of power. He wants to ban books (has he never heard of the internet where most of this stuff roams free?) that have "little free speech value." That covers a lot of territory. Hoo-boy. We've got a "DOA at ALA" columnist, folks."

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Game Theory and Libraries

An anonymous patron dropped by to share this mathematical tidbit: "Cool article on use of game theory in relation to libraries. Very original."

New Library Rejected by Room Full of Knitters

teaperson writes "The Christian Science Monitor has a story on the dying tradition of town meetings for governing New England's towns. Guilford, NH's citizens rejected funding for a new library at their final town meeting. But dying participation out over the allure of seeing voters in lederhosen."

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