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Parody?

nbruce writes "Have you seen Nicholas Kristof's column (today March 17, not April 1, NYT and many other papers)? It makes me wonder if he keeps up on technology at all, or was he writing a parody to get ALA-ians in a froth? He's suggesting 1) a "hard-to-forge" national identity card (not impossible, just hard for anyone over 12 to forge), and 2) censorship of "cook-books" that tell how to create biological weapons and how to blow up neighborhoods to experience the thrill of power. He wants to ban books (has he never heard of the internet where most of this stuff roams free?) that have "little free speech value." That covers a lot of territory. Hoo-boy. We've got a "DOA at ALA" columnist, folks."

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Game Theory and Libraries

An anonymous patron dropped by to share this mathematical tidbit: "Cool article on use of game theory in relation to libraries. Very original."

New Library Rejected by Room Full of Knitters

teaperson writes "The Christian Science Monitor has a story on the dying tradition of town meetings for governing New England's towns. Guilford, NH's citizens rejected funding for a new library at their final town meeting. But dying participation out over the allure of seeing voters in lederhosen."

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Bowling Green State University Pop Culture Library to receive Raven Award

At the 58th annual Edgar Awards ceremony this April 29, the Mystery Writers of America will honor Bowling Green State University's Ray and Pat Browne Library for Popular Culture Studies with a Raven Award for "commitment to preserve mystery fiction through a formidable and constantly growing collection of detective mystery novels and manuscripts."

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Voters reject library expansion bond

truckingbeagle writes "Voters in Vancouver, WA voted tuesday on a bond measure that would have remodelled the 42 year old main library and built a new large library for the growing east side of Vancouver. While the bond measure drew just over 55% it required a 60% majority to pass. Opposition in recent weeks had objected to the use of library computers to view pornography. Read more about it here at The Columbian."

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Libraries for teen mothers

North Kansas City High School provides a Teen Mothers Program through a partnership with First Baptist Church. "The Hive" daycare for the children of the teen moms participates once a month in story time at the public library.

The partnership continues the city's drive to tie community and schools together by further cementing the link between them and the children of these students. It attempts to help these young mothers develop an age-appropriate library for their children. Read more.

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Nudist Library in Florida Celebrates 25th Anniversary As Literary Treasure

Gary Price writes

It doesn’t appear in travel guides or lists of offbeat destinations, but with books, magazines and other literary treasures dating back to the beginning of modern nudism, the American Nudist Research Library (ANRL) has been visited by scholars and historians from around the world. And, in 2004, nude recreation enthusiasts are urged to visit, as the ANRL Library celebrates its 25th anniversary at Cypress Cove Nudist Resort in Kissimmee, Florida with a year of special events and activities. Read the full story here.

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The Coming Great Divide?

TomeBoy pointed the way to Barbara Quint's Column in which she says combination of forces is putting pressure on the information profession. Oddly enough, one of the pressure points is ourselves and our "Open Access" movement.

"So what does this all mean? Fewer, Better Libraries run by Fewer, Better Librarians. And what about the rest of the profession? Where do they go for employment? Do they retreat to battle lines against the oncoming forces? Do they cling to children's reading rooms? Do they end up penning anti-digital diatribes for publication in print issues of the Flat World Monthly?"

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New Seattle Central Library on Cutting Edge

Anonymous Patron sends "another story from the Seattle Post-Intelligencer about their snazzy new Central Library, apparently, quite a point of civic pride. I imagine lots of PLA attendees will get to ooh and aah over it this week, as thousands of public librarians converge for their biennial summit. (Tell Sherman A. I said hi and sorry I missed him.)"

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Church's ancient Lambeth library faces cuts

An Anonymous Patron writes "A Story on one of the country's oldest libraries, which has on display the gloves Charles I wore to his execution, faces cuts as part of Church of England reforms.

The Church Commissioners have alarmed scholars by launching a review of the Lambeth Palace library, which dates from 1610 and contains 200,000 books and documents mainly relating to the Anglican Church."

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