UK Library's anti-religious poster policy met with disbelief

Bucks Free Press Reports the High Wycombe library would not allow an advert for a carol service at All Saints Church, in Castle Street, to be displayed because it was too religious.

One vicar in High Wycombe, who asked not to be named, said: "It was a poor decision to ban it. Their decision is based on a philosophy a philosophy of equality.

"Why is that any different to putting up an advert for a jumble sale? Why shouldn't you be able to advertise carol services.

decision by High Wycombe library to ban religious material from its notice board has been met with a mixture of amazement and incredulity.


Rock & Roll Library cranks up the volumes

The Boston Globe Reports on a benefit concert, at a nightclub, for a library.
The Rock & Roll Library, where music meets academia, and things can get loud. It's the brainchild of Brighton resident Anne Fitzpatrick, who came up with the idea for a different kind of library after a childhood visit to a more traditional one in her hometown of Quincy.
In 1999, Fitzpatrick opened the Rock & Roll Library in her Lower Allston home, having abandoned the idea of an actual library building in favor of a virtual home on the Web. The library remained there for the next three years, then spent a brief exile in Arlington earlier this year before returning to Allston this past summer. Despite the difficulties of moving, and trying to raise funds in a struggling economy, Fitzpatrick says that the mission remains on course.


Scottish Libraries catching up on digital revolution

The Legal Deposit Libraries Act 2003 [UK], enacted at the end of October, will change this. This legislation will ensure that millions of web pages, online magazines and CDs will be saved for the public. The legislation will effectively preserve the nation’s online heritage.

A series of regulations proposed by the Secretary of State, for affirmative resolution by both Houses of Parliament, will implement the change in law. This will preserve major categories of non-print material such as electronic journals, websites, microfilm or fiche publications, CD-ROMs and DVDs.

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Electronic resources of the biggest Russian libraries for all

A Short Pravda Piece says Five biggest Russian libraries are creating a virtual summary catalogue of their bibliographic descriptions and full-text electronic resources. The project was presented on Tuesday in the State Duma (the Lower House of the Russian Parliament).

The project, being coordinated by the British Council, which is financed by the British Foreign Office, is aimed at forming a consortium, which will include the Russian State Library, the Russian National Library, the All-Russian State Library of Foreign Literature, the Parliamentary Library and the Scientific Library of the Lomonosov Moscow State University.

The European Commission also takes part in the project.


British Library sells off rare books online

Charles Davis writes "Story from
ZDNet on The British Library. They are to beef up its online activities by selling millions of rare books from its collections in a collaboration with e-commerce
site, the library said on Monday.

The library, part of the British Museum, will make 2.5 million rare and antique titles available to the public via Amazon's Web site, including
first-edition novels and centuries-old sheet music. The library already sells rare books and manuscripts through traditional channels."


Missing Air Force History

This One has been in my inbox for a little too long.
A March 2002 audit of the Air Force museum's active inventory discovered about 2,300 artifacts were unaccounted for, the Dayton Daily News reported Aug. 24. The museum now says all but 354 of those artifacts have been found or accounted for.


Who loves you like the library?

The Rarin' Librarian pointed to Who loves you like the library? a rather nice one from The Writer Magazine that includes a suprising quote from Patricia "have a very serious issue with librarians" Schroeder, president, American Association of Publishers:
"We need [libraries] more than ever. The Internet is full of 'stuff' but ... 'stuff' doesn't give you a competitive edge; high-quality, reliable information does."

The article says If you're a writer who suspects that Google and other Web search engines have made libraries passé, either you haven't used a first-rate library lately or you've been swayed by articles calling libraries a waste of time next to Web speed and currency.
See also:10 cool library manuevers for writers.


Harvard's library bridge set for demolition

The architectural conversation piece that has connected Harvard University's Widener and Houghton libraries for over 60 years will be torn down in spring 2004.

The covered bridge was constructed in 1942, in compliance with a 1912 stipulation by Widener Library's benefactor that no "additions or alterations" could be made to the facade of the building. Thus, in order to connect Widener to Houghton, the bridge had to be constructed through a preexisting window in the stacks.

Aside from feeling the loss of a sentimental landmark, librarians say they will miss the protection the bridge provided against the Cambridge winter as they passed between the buildings.

Read more about the Widener-Houghton bridge and its history at The Harvard Crimson Online.


Libraries told 'stop lending'

Over in Japan, the Daily Yomiuri has a story about the conflicts between bookstores, publishers, and libraries.

The prolonged economic slump lies behind the sluggish book sales, but authors organizations and publishing houses feel public libraries are becoming a problem, too.

In last autumn's symposium titled "Debate Between Authors and Libraries," authors said that lending a large number of new books would lead to a violation of their copyrights.

But public libraries refuted this claim, saying that lending out new books would increase the number of readers and the public service did not undermine book sales.

Authors proposed introducing a system requiring libraries to compensate authors financially according to the number of books they lend.


New Muslim Library in Mt. Vernon, New York

stevejzoo writes:
"Gannett's Westchester county paper, the Journal News, has a story today about a new Islamic resource center and library in Mt. Vernon, New York. The library is associated with a mosque. Quoting from the story:

Syed A. Alirahi, the library's director, said the idea for the library came to him in 1998, after dissatisfying experiences at public libraries."I've been using public libraries since I came to this country 27 years ago," said Alirahi, a 47-year-old Pakistani immigrant. "I didn't find too many books about ... Islam. When we had Sunday and Saturday school ... students weren't informed about Islam, and they needed some materials and help. I said, why don't I open up something?"



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