Libraries

Newspaper Center Turns a New Page

From The Toronto Star...

\"With the help of a $2.5 million donation from the Toronto Star, North America\'s busiest library system unveiled its revamped newspaper centre yesterday. It brings together two natural allies, both committed to the most basic tool of any civilization — the written word; both wedded to the simple yet profound principle of equality of access for all citizens.\" More

Holding esoterica so you don\'t have to

Today\'s Chicago Tribune has a nice profile of the Center for Research Libraries. A CRL officer says, "I don\'t want to say it\'s a hodge-podge, but it\'s an amalgamation of materials."

Appended to the Web version of the article is a top-ten list of the center\'s most interesting collections.

LearningWeek Libraries Live Online

Wednesday November 28th @ 1:00 PM EST, the premier episode of \"LearningWeek Libraries\" takes off.
This is a new monthly interactive webcast
centered on libraries and technology. This program is a spin off of the successful and highly informative LearningWeek Live show which focuses on the news and people of learning and technology.
You may check out the show\'s website and register for free at learningweek.com.

The show will begin an ongoing discussion about virtual reference. The entire webcast lasts 1 hour (commercial free!) and is highly interactive, which means that you can ask questions and offer comments throughout the program.

The History of ILL

Daniel Chudnov [you may know him from such projects as Dspace and oss4lib] made a presentation at the O\'Reily P2P conference on interlibrary loan.

His Power Point Slides are online.
Stolen from The Rarin Librarian.

A Challenging Future Awaits Libraries Able to Change

Dlib has This One.

\"The future for academic and research libraries can be an exciting and challenging one, at least for those libraries that are both able and open to change. This article presents highlights from the sixth International Summer School on the Digital Library held in 2001. Two of the three courses that comprised this year\'s summer school focused on roles for libraries in education and electronic publishing. The other course focused on managing the actual change process towards a new kind of library.\"

Fear and Self-loathing in the Library

\"Keep it quiet, this is a library\" says Deyan Sudjic for The Observer. Sudjic blames, \"A generation of book-hating, self-loathing librarians, nervous of literature and hypnotised by technology,\" for libraries\' decline. \"Libraries have struggled to face up to the threat to their survival, usually by pretending to be something else.\" The new Norwich library has a Pizza Express, tourist information, and houses local BBC studios. Strangely, he seems to approve of the pizza joint and the new library design as a whole. Read the full story

Library Reopens with Health Club

So after you visit the Library with a Pub, come to Singapore\'s newly reopened library with a health corner, including exercise bikes, and telephones linked to a help line for free health advice. The Bedok Community Library was closed since January. Story from the Straits Times.

Cardless Libaray

Carrie writes \"Buffalonians no longer need libary cards to borrow books.

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They say The Touch & Go! system uses technology that identifies a person by imaging a finger and looking at unique characteristics, thus eliminating the need for library cards.

Life As A House House Has New Life As A Library

First a library was giving away a house, now this; Always quick with the quirkies, Ananova has this story on the new life of the house used in the movie Life As A House. The movie-set house was dismantled and moved to the Kenyon Elementary School in LA, where it will be used as the new library. The school only had to pay moving costs.

Free Public Library Rates High in Importance

I\'ve got Good News, and Bad News.
Good News: Business First says the Louisville Free Public Library was ranked by 92.2% as \"very important\". The Study was conducted by Bruce Gale, director of the Urban Studies Institute at the University of Louisville.
Bad News: However, \"the library ranks behind home-delivered papers and local bookstores as the leading source of reading material and information.\"

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