New Service Allows the Public to Pose Reference Question

jen writes \"
A story from the Chronicle says
Starting on Monday, members of the public will be
able to use the World Wide Web to seek answers
to reference questions from librarians around the
world, including some at college libraries.

The service, called QuestionPoint, will operate
through a Web browser and may make some visits
to the library unnecessary. The Library of Congress
and the Online Computer Library Center, better
known as OCLC, developed it. \"


Libraries Threaten Paid Online News Archives

Stevie pointed to This One from Editor & Publisher that says if more people knew about libraries\' database offerings, there wouldn\'t be much need or desire to use newspapers\' paid Web archives.
Given public libraries\' recent moves with at-home access to premium article databases, they question the strategy of charging high fees for archived news articles. An already-shaky news industry model is having its foundations chipped away \"by librarians, of all people\".

Gary quoted as saying, \"What just about everyone has apparently not realized is that many public libraries offer free, full-text access to thousands of newspapers, magazines, etc. ...\"

We need better marketing. How do we make this an ALA Key Action Area?


Financial Times likes libraries

Barbara Lundt writes \"Here\'s A Story from the

Financial Times from May 25 that has a positive essay by Michael Prowse, championing the economics and democracy of public libraries... \" the BMW driver can not get a book any quicker than the Nissan driver\" \"


A library as a 9/11 memorial?

luis acosta writes \"Time Magazine\'s Roger Rosenblatt explains why a simple local branch public library would be the best memorial at ground zero here at \"

What he has in mind is \"a regular old local branch library, with kids bopping in, and retirees bent over newspapers, and a librarian who looks very much like Laura Bush telling a teenage girl where she can find Emma.\"


Jedi Archive in Dublin?

Leddy writes \"As it turns out, the Jedi Archive/Library is an almost exact replica of one of the finest libraries in the world - The Old Library of Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland

Cinescape Has The Story, and pictures to prove it.\"


Morocco sets up national library

Charles Davis sent in
This Arabicnews Story
that says
Morocco will build a national library in the capital city of Rabat on a
5 hectare surface. The project is worth some us$ 14 Mln.

The convention related to the construction of the library was
signed here Monday by minister of culture, Mohammed Achaari,
and minister of equipment, Bouaammour Taghouane.

\"This is a dream that has been cherished by Moroccan
intellectuals for several years,\" Achaari said.

Taghouane stressed his department\'s determination to carry out
the project in the best conditions. \"


Cuneiform Document Library Hits Web

Michael points us to This AP Story on historians using the modern language of computers are assembling a virtual library of the earliest known written documents: clay tablets inscribed more than 4,000 years ago.
Begun in 1998, the Cuneiform Digital Library Initiative has taken on new urgency. Experts fear if the texts aren\'t cataloged electronically, they could be lost forever.


A library that looks like a ship

According to this NYTimes story, the Brooklyn Public Library recently selected an architect and a very unique design for the new Visual Arts Library. The building will be six or seven levels, 150,000 square feet, and will be shaped like a speedboat. Check out the story to see several pictures of the proposed building-- I have never seen anything like it!


Should Ancient Library Be Excavated?

Forbes has This Story on Villa of the Papyri at Herculaneum in Southern Italy that has a library that could contain works from Sophocles, Euripides, Aristotle, Virgil, Horace and Livy.

A full excavation might cost several million pounds, but this, the classicists argue, would be a small price to recover unknown writings by these intellectual giants.


Love your tiny, packed library

In a town of 400 in Alaska, a library of 4,000 items is the \"heart of the community.\" Run entirely by volunteers and funded by $5 temporary library cards and a $100 a ticket raffle, the library is now planning an $85,000 space expansion. Story from the Nando Times



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