Libraries

Jailbird vs. Bookworm

Someone passed along This Story on a man that got arrested for overdue library books from a Marshall library.

Two romance novels he\'d checked out were due in February of 1999. They told him he had to post $100 bail immediately or go to jail. Mapleton Police Chief Richard Swartz confirmed that. Perhaps this took things a little too far?

\"I told that judge this was a joke and he agreed with me,\" Anderson said. \"How much did it cost to send those cops to my house, to have me come to court and to waste that judge\'s time listening to my case? Sure, the library got their $69 back, but how much did the taxpayers have to pay for it?\"

Libraries, as Sanctuaries of the Written Word in Various Forms

James Carooll writes...
\"We live in a time in which the act of reading is undergoing a major shift, the book yielding to the electronic screen as a main medium of the written word. The efficiencies of screen-based information conveyance are wondrous, but it is not clear yet what the effect of this shift will be on consciousness or on contemplative reading itself. That state of mind, not the object that enables it, is what humans have treasured for centuries.\" [more...] from The Boston Globe.

Farming out the British Library

Lee Hadden writes: \"The British Library, facing storage and financial problems, is planing to farm out responsibility for special collections to other libraries. They will no longer hold and keep everything that they receive. Read more about it at the Times UK.\"

From the story:

\" The repository for the nation\'s books intends to concentrate on specific areas and to leave the rest to universities and institutions that already specialise in a subject. A document and consultation survey published yesterday, called New Strategic Directions, heralds \"a major reshaping of Britain\'s library services\".

New Library is Born Digital

Katie Dean writes...

\"The National Science Foundation is funding the construction of a National Science Digital Library, where users will be able to browse quality resources from libraries around the country.\" [more...] from Wired News.

Confessions of a library scofflaw

Prague Post has an interesting Story written by a library scofflaw.

Just a fun look at how people feel about returning books late. I\'d also like to admit that I am a library scofflaw too. I always whip out my ALA card to avoid the fines (\"It\'s OK, I\'m a librarian\" I say), but it never seems to help. I\'m also a video rental scofflaw.

\"But, licking their chops, the clerks at the Municipal Library of Prague are not interested in discussing the fine points of overdue-book morality. Rules are rules. I am in need of reform, and the clerks at the return desk are ready to do the job.\"

Library Stories Galore

A google of library stories from around the country all
sent in by the great Bob Cox!What about right to
stink?
from Idaho.

C
arnegie Library marks 100th birthday
in Pittsburg.
Related story, Three Carnegie libraries to get
makeovers

A horticulture library unlike any other in
Seattle. If you\'ve ever been to The Arboretum, you know
how nice it is! Miller
Library\'s
Web site

Resourceful library from a few miles down the
Thruway in Rochester, is a nice story on the public
libary that serves so well.

Rare books are city\'s quiet
treasure
in Cleveland.

Budget Woes at the Library of Virginia

Lee Hadden writes:\" According to an article in the March/April official newsletter of the
Library of Virginia, there will be projected service cuts there this year.
Under Republican Governor Gilmore\'s budget, the Library of Virginia\'s
funding will be cut 17.75%, starting as early as July 1st for fiscal year
2002.
A 54 year backlog of archival material will be curtailed due to a lack
of staff and funds to purchase archival supplies, delaying further the
release of these historic records. Saturday hours may be eliminated. Money
to preserve and conserve historic collections will be curtailed
significantly. Funding will be eliminated for the construction and
improvement of public library facilities across the commonwealth.
Nolan T. Yelich, Librarian of Virginia, said, \"These reductions are
compounded by the fact that the Library has never fully recovered from a 27
per cent reduction in its operating budget during the revenue shortfalls of
the early 1990\'s...\"
Further information about the Library of Virginia can be found at
their website of: http://www.lva.lib.va.us\"

Great Library of Alexandria

Lee Hadden writes:\"Erling Hoh has an article in today\'s (May 16, 2001) Washington Times
about the re-creation of the \"Great Library\" of Alexandria in Egypt. This
article describes the history of the ancient library, and how the new one
is built and how it will be run.


For more information about the Great Library of Alexandria project,
read more about it at The Washington Times

Freedom of Weird Expression in Libraries?

BJ Hampton writes \"Who wants to stand up for the “civil rights” of the anonymous toe-sucker who recently made an appearance at the Antelope Valley Community College Library? The current debates about internet filtering are apropos here. Do professional librarians truly want to abandon their role as trusted sources of information for their communities to become dumping grounds for any view, irrespective of its accuracy, honesty, appropriateness, and values? Regrettably, many have confused the first amendment’s prohibition against government regulation of speech and expression with a guarantee of an audience or a tax-payer funded forum. If such is the case, then the toe-sucker deserves praise and support as a “bold presenter of a minority view”, rather than prosecution.
Libraries must not allow the glitter of new technology to blind them to the need for safety, security, and judgment exercised for the benefit of their community. This story obviously highlights problems of standard crime prevention, but should also raise issues regarding the role of the librarian’s judgment in setting standards for the allocation of library resources.\"


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The Library Hot Sheets

Bob Cox sent along This Story from SFGate story on the most frequently stolen books list.

They say the American Library Association has taken a first step, e-mailing hundreds of libraries around the country and asking them to list their most-stolen items.

They say that copies of the Bible tend to walk out of public libraries and never return.

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