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Sink Hole Appears in Lawn of Wisc. Dells Library

The Kilbourn Library in the Wisconsin Dells has drawn lots of visitors lately. Folks are coming not for the books and internet access, though, but for the huge sink-hole that suddenly appeared in the library's lawn. According to Mike Horkan, Public Works Director,

It is more of a washout...because its cause stems from a box culvert failure and not a natural phenomenon. He estimated the hole to be 25 feet deep with a 20-foot circumference. About 15 truckloads of sand, soil and clay were washed into the Wisconsin River.

While Kilbourn librarian Cathy Borck is not concerned about the hole spreading, neighbors are a bit nervous. More from the Portage Daily Register.

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Increasing Diversity of the Queens Library Collection

Gayle Snible writes "It's great to see a local paper talking about a library's collection as a news story. Hurray, Daily News! More on how the Queens Borough library is serving its Thai and Philippino residents from the New York Daily news."

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To Connect on the Road, Try a Library

Vacation travels this spring and summer have turned up an unexpected trend in the theory and practice of Internet access on the road.
Libraries are becoming the default Internet provider for a quick check of e-mail, getting caught up on news and otherwise keeping one's online life up to date. Inquiring about wireless Internet access at cafes and businesses on a visit to Lake Tahoe two weeks ago, I was referred to library branches in Tahoe City and South Lake Tahoe. The message was, who needs wireless when you can stroll down to the library and grab an Internet terminal? Read More.

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Libraries Still Getting "Dissed" By Journalists

stevenj writes "I know I probably shouldn't care, but I still get riled by articles that make completely ignorant statements that speak volumes about the journalist's complete lack of knowledge about what libraries are offering to their user communities. The latest one is a technology column from the August 9 issue of Fortune. In his column about good computers for college students Peter Lewis states (among other things) that "the Internet is the "world brain" the [H.G.] Wells envisioned, and it is the most powerful learning tool for students everywhere. All a modern scholar needs is to tap into that properly prepared spot [the Internet]." Well, I wrote my letter to the editor indicating how ludicrous and library-ignorant this sort of statement is. What about you? Read the column at:
Fortune.com"

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National Audit Office Praises British Library

Charles Davis sends in some Good News for the British Library.
Sir John Bourn, Head of the National Audit Office, recently told Parliament that the British Library is responding well to the opportunities and challenges of providing services in the electronic era, that the Library has undergone significant and beneficial organisational change, and that it has made important recent improvements to the services that it offers beyond its reading rooms. At the same time some aspects of the service could be made more user-friendly and the Library needs to remain vigilant in ensuring that the full benefits from its programme to convert material to digital form can be sustained in the long term.

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Horse-And-Buggy Parking At $3 Million Library

Without modern distractions like television and computers, members of Ohio's Amish community are voracious readers, library officials say.

In the rural village of Middlefield, a new $3 million library reflects the fact that about half its patrons are Amish. The parking lot has horse-and-buggy parking and a hitching post. Carpet designs are reminiscent of Amish quilt patterns. Read More.

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One Ohio Library Looks to Positive Side of Free CDs

While the thousands of free CDs that Ohio libraries have begun to receive, as part of a lawsuit settlement, has many librarians wincing, the Muskingum County Library System has chosen to look at it in the positive. The library received a shipment of 943 CDs as part of the anti-trust lawsuit.
"Without the settlement we got nothing. With the settlement we've added to our collection. I see it as a positive," said Blair Tom, library manager of customer service and public relations. Due to duplicate titles, space constraints, and the fact officials don't believe some titles will circulate, not all of the CDs will be added to the collection. Read More.

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NY State library expands service

Good News from the NY State library via Gary D. Price, MLIS, aka Mr. ResourceShelf.
Teachers, students, parents, genealogists and other curious fact seekers have been given an open door to the state's more than 2 million research items.

The New York State Library now will issue its library card to any New York resident 18 years and older — a privilege that had been reserved for state employees, members of the state's bar and medical associations, legislators and officially appointed local historians.

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Free CDs More Headache Than Blessing for Ohio Libraries

Ohio librarians aren't exactly thrilled about receiving 222,000 free compact discs because of a settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit that 43 states filed against the record labels. The shipments include many unpopular titles that library officials wouldn't have chosen for their collections in the first place. And for the more popular titles that arrived, there in such high quantity that the supply will exceed demand. Read More.

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Library Director Won't Complain About Gift of CDs

Great Falls Public Library Director Jim Heckel never has been one to look a gift horse in the mouth. So don't expect to hear him complain about the 458 free music CDs the library received recently. The gift is part of a $142 million settlement with the music industry in a federal class action lawsuit brought by 38 states over price fixing.

While librarians across the country are generally pleased about the largesse, many are complaining about the workload to catalog and process the discs. Some are disappointed in the selection too and contend the companies cleared out their warehouses and weren't meeting the spirit of the settlement. Read More.

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