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In an editorial for the Christian Science Monitor, Joan Silverman says search engines are inefficient but fast and convenient. But: \"There is no search engine that provides the scent and texture of a library.\" Her praise for the sense of community libraries provide is welcome, but it\'s more than a little troubling that a professional writer is doing her research using search engines instead of the library.
Charles Davis writes \"An internet archive of government papers dating
back to 1688 has been launched by the British
Library and 10 universities.
BOPCRIS, a site with 23,000 official documents,
offers insights into the processes of officialdom and
shows how little some things have changed.
A report to the Commons in 1718 warns of a
hackney carriage gridlock in Westminster. Another,
from the 1920s, recommends a farmers\' insurance
scheme against foot and mouth. The site address is
Bob Cox sent along news of another library cat stiring up trouble. This time it\'s Madeline a former stray cat who called the Loutit District Library in Michigan home until complaints from some patrons prompted her removal in late July.
The problem with Madeline is the allergic reactions some patrons say she has caused.
I just can\'t believe this doesn\'t happen more often.
\"I certainly think the cat has been a benefit to the library,\" Library Director Char Zoet told the Grand Haven Daily Tribune. \"I feel badly about it if it has caused a problem for some people.\"
For The Star Tribune, James Lileks writes...
\"When it comes to column topics, surveys show that there\'s nothing like \"library design\" to send casual readers running to the obituary page for comic relief. Sorry, but since the topic of a new Minneapolis library is in the news, I\'m bound by duty to run your letters and hammer my points home with my patented blend of tendentious exaggeration and high-handed disdain. Ready? Take a seat, do not fidget, and let\'s begin.\" more...
Under intense scrutiny and controversy over how it\'s being funded and also the fact that they are literally stealing some guy\'s land in order to build it, it looks like construction will definitely begin on Willy\'s library. Some people can fall into it and come out smelling like a rose every time. more... from The Nando Times. and here\'s still more from The New York Times. but don\'t forget your free subscription.
For The Anchorage Daily News, Tim Pryor writes...
\"The city\'s Library Advisory Board endorsed a new policy for library exhibits on Tuesday that its chairwoman called tighter and less ambiguous than the previous policy. But it doesn\'t address a suggestion by Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch. The board\'s new policy, which the library would use to review exhibits of materials from outside the library, says exhibitors should describe displays specifically. It also prevents the city from excluding exhibits for being promotional.\" more...
For The Times Record, Elizabeth Caldwell writes...
\"Former President Clinton will speak Thursday at the Aerospace Education Center, where he will give his first major speech regarding his plans and vision for the Clinton Presidential Library and Center.\" Geez, um, I feel privileged, don\'t you all? I wonder if he\'ll include a collection of memoirs, including a grouping of portraits, entitled, \"To all the Girls I\'ve Loved Before...\" with Monica at the head. more...
The Library police in Texas are issuing arrest warrants for people who refuse to return overdue library books. Perpetrators get four chances, which seems pretty lenient considering there was a time when the norm was three strikes and you\'re out. Anyway, the maximum sentence - 6 months in the slammer and $2000. more... from Anorak.
I was browsing around Google Groups, and I came across this rant, which concludes, "The simple truth is that Libraries are nothing more than an immoral and illegal form of welfare."
I\'m not sure whether this is genuine looney libertarian extremism, or a parody of same.
Wow, it looks like libraryland has been quite a happenin place lately. Where do I begin? I\'ll spare you all the details of my great vacation and just get down to business. I\'ve reported a few times on the woes at the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore. Today the numbers were released. One branch only circulated 15,261 items in the last fiscal year. It doesn\'t stop there. According to the article, \"in 1993 the county library system was in the Top 5 nationwide and had the largest use per capita. Today, it doesn\'t even have the highest per-capita usage in the state.\" more... from SunSpot News.