Librarian for a Day at Slave Lake?

The Slave Lake Municipal Library, in Alberta, CA, is sponsoring a Librarian for a Day contest. In 700 words or less, contestants are supposed to explain what the library means to them, and why they'd like to be a librarian. Not much more here at the Lakeside Leader. There is something charming about a library that doesn't need to list its address or phone number on its website and that has notices like this on its website:

The Library has a selection of books for sale on the shelves to the right of the door. Just Drop your donation for the book(s) in the can on the end of the shelf.


Public Libraries Help Turn Young People Into Good Citizens

Anonymous Patron writes "Managing Information News Says According to a new report from the UK, within three years teenagers across the country could be helping to manage their local public libraries, choosing which books to buy, designing spaces, and even sitting on staff recruitment panels."


Library to show F-heit 9/11 -- And Probably Go to Court

Anonymous Patron writes "A hot-button film is getting multiple viewings at a local polling place the week before the election, NewsChannel5 reported. Some say the West River branch library should not be playing politics. Here's the first story and a follow-up story from today in which the library said it was just trying to accommodate all the patrons who had holds on the film.

Reports of the Death of the Printed Word Have Been Exaggerated

Anonymous Patron writes "A short, but quotable, Article on Libraries Minister Andrew McIntosh. Speaking at the Public Library Authority Conference in Newcastle, the Minister set out the next steps in the Government’s Action Plan to raise standards in libraries.

"Reports of the death of the printed word are exaggerated. Overwhelming, the evidence shows that people like books and love reading. Book groups and city-wide reading initiatives are but two manifestations of that hunger for serious writing. And on-line booksellers, welcoming bookshops and an improving public library service, mean that people have never before had so many ways to enjoy books.



Libraries hit by fall in book borrowing

Anonymous Patron writes "Guardian Unlimited Reports on some bad news from the UK. A statistical blow was dealt last night to the government's claim that it has rescued the public library movement from years of decline and underfunding.
Instead, the service has lost a third of its readers in the last eight years and is still haemorrhaging at the same rate."


African-American Research Library: Vision fulfilled

Anonymous Patron writes "The African-American Research Library and Cultural Center, one of three facilities nationwide that showcases black literature and culture, celebrates its second anniversary. The Miami Herald Reports The library has more than 75,000 books and materials; first-person accounts of slavery; sculptures from Africa; books on Caribbean life and culture and the Dorothy Porter Wesley Collection, which includes works of history, art and women's studies relating to Africans in the United States, Africa and Brazil."


Librarian travels to Iran to buy books for Middle East Library

Always helpful sent in This One on Hassan Bakhti, a library collections specialist, who recently returned from his third trip to Iran to buy books for the Marriott Library's (U of Utah) collection. A trade embargo between Iran and the United States prevents the library from purchasing books directly from Iran, Bakhti said. His expertise and money-saving ability is what prompted the Marriott Library to start funding every other trip Bakhti takes to Iran.


"Marital Aids" Booth at Library Flea Market Inflames Passions

Bentley posted this story in his/her journal this morning, but I thought it worth sharing with the larger audience. Apparently, the Spring Hill (TN) library sponsors a fund-raising flea market each year. This year, things heated up when someone offered products from "Passions & Pleasures," a Tupperware-like business that offers home selling parties of adult, uh, novelties, such as vibrating rubber ducky sponges. Yesterday, the people who paid for and staffed the booth were looking at being fined for violating the city's ordinance governing sex-oriented businesses.

The city, however, decided to not pursue the case. Owner Katherine Williams had this to say in today's Tennessean

''Nothing we do is nasty, unless you have a nasty mind,'' she said, turning a knob on the yellow ducky's tail to make the sponge vibrate. ''My 3-year-old son loves to play with this duck in the bath. He puts it on his neck and on his head; there's nothing inappropriate about it.''

Checking out your children: Pedophiles log on with libraries' unwitting help

One From The Boston Herald says the average parent accustomed to seeing libraries as safe havens for children the arrest of a a sex offender underscored a chilling new reality.
"Computers are being used all the time to lure children," said Gail Marcinkiewicz, spokeswoman for the FBI's Boston office. "The reason predators use the library is so that what they're doing can't be traced back to their computers at home."
Although there is no way of estimating how often pedophiles use library computers to contact children, a report published by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children found that at least one in five youngsters had been sexually solicited or approached via the Internet within the past year.


National library defends status

THis BBC Piece is little light on details, but, The National Library of Wales at Aberystwyth is resisting any attempt to change its status and make it part of the Welsh assembly government.

Library chiefs have warned Culture Minister Alun Pugh any attempts to bring it under governmental control would threaten its effectiveness.



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