NYC's Library for the Blind in the News

Anonymous Patron writes " is Covering The Andrew Heiskell Braille and Talking Book Library, New York City's library for the blind, that serves 14,000 members. The library also serves those blind since birth and those with learning disabilities. The library houses about 400,000 "talking books," and distributes between 1,000 and 2,000 audiocassettes daily through the U.S. Postal Service.

Other services include descriptive videos, which are commercial videos with narration, and adaptive technologies enabling the visually impaired to surf the Internet."


The library where pub rock is a part of history

Steven M. Cohen spotted a Nifty One on the new Mortlock library. The Mortlock Library of South Australia, as the Jervois Wing of the State Library had been known since its 1986 restoration, is now the Mortlock Wing and instead of a library it has 11 exhibitions of South Australiana.

"It's the best collection of South Australiana in the world," insists Andrew Piper, manager of the collection specialists who have put together more than 1000 items for the Mortlock exhibitions.


Inmate found hanged in jail library

Anonymous Patron writes "Icky Sad Story from Georgia where Authorities are investigating the apparent hanging of a Henry County Jail inmate whose body was found in the jail library.
she was not under suicide watch because she was on medication and recently received psychiatric treatment."


Stop the Press: One library has no duplicates in CD settlement

At least one library is thrilled with its allotment of free CDs. The Winona Public Library (WI) received 45-50 CDs, with no duplicates. Librarian Robin Youngerman characterized the windfall as "a really diverse collection." More gripes and praises from other Wisconsin libraries at the Winona Daily News.


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.


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."


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.


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:"


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.


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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