Andy Carnegie, please come back we need you!

Cortez writes "In this day of Amazon, the Internet, hundreds of cable channels and ubiquitous computing, what is the role of the institutions Andrew Carnegie thought were so important that he devoted himself and a good bit of his fortune to propagating them? In the era of the Internet, will we still go to libraries to borrow books and do research? The answer seems to be a resounding yes, because libraries are more than just a place to keep volumes on dusty shelves. Carnegie’s goal was one shared by many thinking people today: to empower working people to improve their lot, as he had improved his by using the personal library of Colonel Joseph Anderson of Allegheny City, Pennsylvania."


Significant works of art @ your library

From today's New York Times:

Libraries are, as conventional wisdom suggests, about books rather than art objects. Nevertheless, significant works of art have found their way into many libraries, some acquired by purchase but most by donation.

A large case in point is the main building of the New York Public Library, which over the years has received an impressive array of art from important donors. But maintaining that it is not a museum, the library has from time to time put works up for sale, and recently announced that it would dispose of the cream of its art collection to raise money to buy books and manuscripts and to pep up its endowment ...

Recent visits to some of these institutions reveal that while their holdings may not be in depth, they cover a wide range. Lively murals by W.P.A. artists at the public libraries, portraits by earlier American painters at two private libraries, a collage by the New York School painter Esteban Vicente at the Cooper Union, and works by New York contemporary artists at the City College of New York are among them.

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Students free books into the 'wild' for literacy

The Lexington Herald-Leader is the latest place to cover BookCrossing. A few clicks on the Internet, and one can discover the original owner of a particular book and where it has been by typing in the code on its inside cover. There is also an opportunity to give feedback on its contents, letting the owner know the book has been "caught."
"I am so excited about the way it's catching on with my students," said Turner. "They are having so much fun without even realizing that they are promoting literacy by sharing their thoughts about these books, and the actual books themselves, with their community."


Salinas to cut library hours

Hrere's A New SPin on the ongoing Salinas Saga. Salinas officials are cutting library hours starting next week because so many employees have resigned in anticipation of library closures.

Beginning Tuesday, John Steinbeck Library, the city's largest branch, and the Cesar Chavez branch in East Salinas will be open four days a week, for 18 hours a week at each site. El Gabilan Library, the city's smallest branch, will be open three days a week for a total of 13 hours. Each branch is currently open 32 hours a week.

"I know this is difficult for the public and this is difficult for the staff too," said Jan Neal, manager of the Steinbeck Library. "We really have squeezed as much public service out of the staff as we can without being unrealistic as far as our staffing works."


Reader finds large sum of money in library book

An AP Wire Piece from Mississippi reports a former employee at Armstrong Library pulled a mystery novel off a shelf and noticed a bulge in its dust jacket. She opened the book and discovered what library officials termed was a "substantial" sum of money.

"I felt something in there, and from my time working here, I just had to straighten it out and felt in there and pulled it out," Armstrong said. "I thought, `Whoa, wait a minute.'"


New York's J. Pierpont Morgan Library Gets a Makeover

gsandler writes "

is a story from the New York Times about changes at the Morgan Library. "For those accustomed to the neo-Renaissance grandeur of the Pierpont Morgan Library, the crisp new steel-and-glass-paneled building taking shape on East 37th Street may be a bit startling. But a year from now, when the Morgan reopens after a $102 million expansion and renovation, it will not only have undergone a physical metamorphosis; it is hoping that its public persona will have changed, too."



Hot plate(s)

mdoneil writes "Recently there was an article about a license plate to benefit libraries. Many states have vanity license plates ( I have one, but Florida does not have a library plate) . Nevada is not the only state to have plates that benefit libraries.

Texas’s library plate can be seen here

New York will soon have one available. You can view it here or see the who shebang if you like.

I’m sure other states have them too. Please add yours if it does. If it does not then agitate your elected officials until they make one."


License plate to support libraries

News Out Of Nevada Says A chance to drive in support of Nevada libraries' summer reading programs and educational opportunities for librarians was unveiled Tuesday at the Legislature.

The plate's unveiling was held in conjunction with Nevada Library Legislative Day in front of the Northeastern Nevada Regional Bookmobile parked on the Legislative Mall.


LII Survey Closes Sunday Night

K.G. Schneider writes "Last call! Please take two or three minutes to fill out the annual user survey for Librarians' Index to the Internet, which offers a publicly-funded, free web portal and weekly newsletter (and yes, we have a terrific RSS feed, with thousands of subscribers). Last year over 4,000 people helped us justify continued funding, fine-tune our offerings, and develop new services. We will roll out a new website in mid-June, and your feedback will be invaluable as we go the last mile toward this goal.

Thanks again for taking time to fill out the 2005 LII user survey. The survey will be available until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2005."


Porn replaces Disney from county library

News From Florida: When Shirley White-Satcher's 12-year-old son sat down Sunday night to watch what she thought was a Disney movie checked out from the library, what he saw instead horrified her.
The movie, "Home on the Range," ended up being a graphic porno flick that came from the Alachua County Headquarters Library at 401 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville.
"I stepped out of the room for 30 seconds after the movie started playing and he ran in and said, 'Mommy, there's nasty stuff on the TV,' " White-Satcher told The Sun Wednesday evening.



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