Libraries

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.\"

Libraries Get Art from Taxes

The Nando Times reports that libraries and museums in Britain are the beneficiaries of art and books given in lie of estate taxes. So if you had a dirty book from the 1520\'s, you could hand it over as an $85,800 estate tax payment.

Library\'s Art Display Disturbs Men, Amuses Women

From the Rocky Mountain News...

Carol Ripley, Director of Cultural Programs for the Boulder (CO) Public Library doesn\'t understand what all the fuss is about. \"If it\'s any consolation, from a distance they look like socks hanging on a clothesline.\" She says of an art display being housed in the library. The display, entitled \"Hung Out to Dry\" depicts certain \"men\'s appendages\" being hung from a clothesline. more

Nashville Public Sees Growth Explosion Since Last Year

It would appear, that when it comes to satisfying the masses, the Nashville (TN) Public Library System has discovered the secret formula. Since the realization of the $115 million building project, which resulted in a new main branch, trhe renovation of three smaller branches, as well as the addition of five new branches, the libraries have seen a huge increase in their circulation, up 41% from last year. In the new main branch alone, the number skyrocketed to 95%. More from The Tennessean.

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