Show a Film, Make a Difference: a quick guide for librarians

SomeOne sent over This Story on how films on your shelves can be used to enhance your library's reputation, educate your community and inspire dialogue on important issues.
They say a media librarian controls an often overlooked collection of carefully produced programming on a wide variety of issues. The films in your stacks are powerful tools at your disposal.


Ancient and Modern

Charles Davis points to This Guardian Story that talks about the new wave of hi-tech libraries that are winning back the public in some cities but, they say, updating the inside is not enough if the buildings are falling down.
Years of under-investment have left many library buildings decaying and unsuitable for the needs of a modern service.Most libraries were built either 100 years ago, with grants from Andrew Carnegie or other philanthropists, or during the concrete-inspired 1960s and 1970s.


A Look at Libraries and the Web

This AP Story is making the rounds chock full of library facts.
Stuff like, 95 percent of public libraries provide Internet access.

About 14 million Americans use the Internet at the library about 10 percent of Americans who go online.
One in five people from low-income households depends on the library for Internet access.


Libraries will never be replaced by computers

LowCountryNow has a rather nice Editorial that says Public libraries continue to evolve and will always play an important role in building and educating the communities they serve.

"Libraries are wonderful places where where one can think, where like-minded people can gather and, even if they don't speak to each other, share one of the great perks of living in a free country: limitless knowledge there for the taking."


Typographical Errors in Library Databases

JB Bryant reminds us about Terry Ballard's Typographical Errors in Library Databases. A list that started as a byproduct of a keyword inspection of the online catalog of Adelphi University in 1991. Early in the process he found that words appearing more than once in the Adelphi catalog were almost always found in other OPACs of similar size or larger.
See also: More Typographical Errors in Library Databases , by Phalbe Henriksen.


Who destroyed the Library at Alexandria?

Arab News has a Story that tries to answer the question, Who destroyed the Library at Alexandria?
It has been said that the library was burned on the orders of Caliph Omar ibn Al-Khattab, they say this is not true.

"Seldom in history has there been a parallel to continuing a falsehood with such persistence, conviction, and indignation, in spite of all contrary evidence."


Oxford University celebrates library\'s 400th Birthday

Charles Davis writes \"The Bodleian Library, Oxford University\'s most renowned library, is 400
years old on November 8.
To mark the event, the university is awarding honorary degrees to four
internationally known figures closely connected with some of the world\'s
greatest libraries.
The degree ceremony marks the climax of a year of Bodleian birthday events, which have included exhibitions, concerts and the launch of the
Libraries Capital Campaign for Oxford.
Bodleian librarian Dr Reg Carr said: \"We are delighted that at this landmark
moment in the long and distinguished history of the Bodleian Library, the
university is honouring four of the world\'s leading figures in the arena of
research libraries.\"
Story at \"


From library clippings to clickings

Cathy writes "This story is about how the research library at the Toronto Star offices came about, as well as detailing the Librarian's contributions to the news."

It's a nice look at the librarian, who, they say, gets little credit for her savvy investigative work. They say The library staff of 13 usually field up to 50 questions from reporters daily, but the past few weeks have been even more hectic as they have been digging through 110 years of history for material for The Star's 110th anniversary sections.


Columbus debunker quotes Bodleian

Charles Davis writes passed along
This Story on Gavin Menzies.
Next week the urbane 65-year-old begins a global publicity campaign to promote his
extraordinary claim that Chinese sailors discovered America 70 years before Columbus
and mapped the whole world centuries before European explorers.

\"There is only one library in England that has got this bibliography, that\'s the Bodleian (at Oxford University),\" he said. \"It\'s just ridiculous.\"


Boston\'s loss is Chicago\'s gain

The cash-strapped Massachusetts Horticultural Society has sold its collection of rare books and journals to the Chicago Botanic Garden. This story in the Chicago Tribune (free registration may be required) was front-page news in the hard copy delivered to my curb this morning. The Botanic Garden (which isn\'t actually in Chicago) now needs a place to put the stuff, which includes a Latin \"History of Plants\" published in 1483. There\'s a fact sheet about the sale on the Chicago Botanic Garden\'s website.



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