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A New Image?

Biblia, the Warrior Librarian writes "Although not thrilled with the image portrayed by the Pearl Librarian action doll, I'm still pondering whether it is better, or worse, than that proposed by the UK Guardian where an article leads with the statement that "Libraries are brothels for the mind ..."The Story, is at the Guardian"

Some great quotes in this one!

"Libraries were the original internet. All knowledge was available even in a local branch library. You could order a book and, if they didn't have it, they'd get it from a library in Yorkshire that did. This would give you the double pleasure of having the book you wanted and the knowledge that a Yorkshireman would be searching in vain for it. Of course, many libraries now have free internet access, which is useful for looking up things online, such as the library opening times."

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Pakistan set to launch digital library

Pakistan is set to launch digital library.
Pakistan is all set to launch, in January 2004, its first digital library that will give universities and research institutes in the country, access to about 5,000 international journals.

The digital library will make it possible for all teachers to interact with each other, face to face through web conferences and share resources and even lesson plans, using this technology.

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Libraries' Consortium Conundrum

madtom writes "Today's Chronicle of Higher Education has an article talking about libraries using consortia to purchase materials. No new information here, but it is good to get the word out. This quote, halfway through the article gives as good a summary as any:


"Increasingly, institutions maintain memberships in larger groups that offer good discounts on basic services while also joining smaller ones that serve specialized needs, such as groups for Jesuit colleges or Lutheran seminaries. Smaller groups can take advantage of deals that larger consortia wouldn't bother with, and they can move on deals quickly because there is less bureaucracy involved."


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Burn a Country's Past and You Torch Its Future

While out hunting for a Thomas Jefforson quote this evening I found Burn a Country's Past and You Torch Its Future, a Washington Post Column by Robert Darnton, the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of European History at Princeton University.

"Time and accident are committing daily havoc on the originals deposited in our public offices. The late war has done the work of centuries in this business. The lost cannot be recovered, but let us save what remains: not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident."

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St. Paul (MN) development will combine library with housing

Genghis John writes "According to the business daily Finance and Commerce ,'If all goes according to plan, residents at a proposed mixed-use housing development in St. Paul won’t have to look far for some good reading material. In fact, an entire library will be literally under their noses ... The development ... would combine a new Lexington Library with retail space and housing.'"

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From Wired News - technology to restore waterlogged books

Ellen McCullough writes "It Sucks, but That's a Good ThingA very absorbent powder called Super Slurper is useful beyond diapers and oil filters. The new product will restore waterlogged books and will likely hit a library near you sometime next year.See Wired For The Full Story."

Nicholas Yeager, co-developer of Super Slurper for the book industry and president of Artifex Equipment, a California company that designs equipment for book conservation, agrees that flooding is one of the major difficulties libraries have to face.

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President Signs Bill Reauthorizing Museum and Library Services Act

Darci Chapman writes "At a ceremony today in the White House President George W. Bush signed into law H.R. 13 the Museum and Library Services Act of 2003. The legislation reauthorizes federal support provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Thousands of U.S. libraries and museums receive IMLS funds each year; the agency is the primary source of federal support for these institutions. All types of museums, art, history, natural history, science and technology centers, children's museums, botanical gardens, and zoos; and all types of libraries, public, academic, school, research, and archives are eligible for funding from the IMLS.

Here's the Full press release"

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Multnomah County Library Tops List Of Nation's Busiest Libraries

Darci Chapman writes "According to a recent report issued by the Public Library Association, Multnomah County Library ranks No. 1 in annual circulation of books among all public libraries serving populations of 500,000 to 1 million. In 2002, residents checked out 16.1 million items-or over 24 books for every man, woman and child in Multnomah County, an outstanding indicator that our library system is one of the nation's busiest. "
Yes, this is the same library system where there's controversy over the newly hired director's (Molly Raphael) salary.

Entire story is here."

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The Banjaxing of Scotland's National Library

Mock Turtle writes "In the wake of recent high-level layoffs and announcements of restructuring plans, staff at the National Library of Scotland are beginning to speak out. The Sunday Herald reports on the unrest, including details on how academics and politicians of all stripes are joining the outcry."

More Here on six senior staff who were told they were being made redundant.

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Libraries: How they stack up

OCLC has issued a report detailing how libraries compare to other industries and professions. Who knew that we ship more than FedEx? And that there are more libarians in the world than the population of North Dakota?

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