Libraries

Library Card Catalog, R.I.P.

Wired has a good Story on the new OPAC at Sonoma State University. Rather than following DDC or LC they use ARS, a system that is completely random. It\'s all done with computers and robots.
They say librarians are happy and say randomness is what makes the system so effective. Cal State Northridge was the first library to get ARS, UNLV aand Eastern Michigan University also have the Automated Retrieval System. No more browsing the stacks for the perfect book.

\"\"I think there was a lot of trepidation up front, especially by traditional users like faculty who are very devoted to the idea of browsing shelves, and of having everything exactly where it was last year,\" Butler said. \"There was some anxiety. But once we explained what it does for us, then they began to understand the principle at work.\"

Woman jailed for taking three extra library books

Charles Davis writes \"From
TheStar.com
Reported at
Ananova.com
A Chinese woman has been jailed for a week and fined
£2,000 after taking three more library books than she was
allowed.


She wanted to borrow eight
books at once from the Library, and had ripped the barcodes off the three extra
books but still triggered electronic detectors.


Her lawyer said: \"At the time, all the eight books that the
accused wanted to borrow were of great interest to her.\"

She could have been jailed for up to three years.\"

Next Library Trend May Involve Connecting Libraries Around the World

Richard Allen [writes...]A Quebec software company wants to link together libraries around the globe in order to create a super-mega bibliopolis.
According to David Dorman, columnist for American Libraries, \"It is clear that each library\'s individual catalog can no longer be the centerpiece of the library\'s efforts to organize the resources it provides to its patrons. It is now just one tool among many, all of which need to be integrated into a coherent system for the information-seeker.\" [more...] from The International Herald Tribune

Libraries Popping Up Everwhere

With all this talk about library closings, it\'s good too see
some new libraries popping up in some unexpected
places.A homeless shelter
in in AZ, post offices in England.
Meanwhile in France, the French national library
says it has the largest virtual
library
in the world. 87,000 books have been
converted to a digital format, so it doesn\'t matter where
they are.
Thanks to Robert Aubin for these.

Fraudulent borrowers cost libraries $10,000

Here\'s yet another story on
public library thefts. Detectives are investigating a
library theft ring whose members took at least $10,000
worth of materials from at least 16 libraries in several
OH counties over five months.


They used at least five fraudulent names to take out
About $10,000 worth of DVDs, CDs, videos and books.
Overdue notices sent to the fraudulent addresses were
returned by the postal service in December, and the
libraries then knew they had been ripped off.

It\'s so sad how often I see this now.

US Presidential Libraries

The
Chicago Tribune
has a Story on
the Presidential Libraries in the US.

They say presidential libraries have become elaborate
and expensive and are aimed at staking a president\'s
claim to greatness, and are so expensive you could run
a presidential campaign on what they cost. President
Bill Clinton\'s library in Little Rock, Ark., has been
estimated at $100 million to $125 million.

University buries 10,000 books to save cash

Charles Davis sent in this Rather Strange Story on
The University of Western Sydney.
They just dumped 10,000 books
because it could not afford to store
them. Rare and antique
books were among those buried.

Vice Chancellor Janice Reid says
the university receives up
to 50% less funds than older
universities.

Official government figures show
UWS\'s income per
student is the third lowest in the
country.

Update: Bodleian rethinks visitor centre

Charles Davis writes \"From
newsquest.co.uk


Controversial plans to turn part of Oxford\'s
Bodleian Library into a pay-as-you-enter visitor
centre have been withdrawn.
After much opposition, the University has
decided to withdraw temporarily its planning
application for more consultation with city council
planning officers. \"

Doings at the Oxford library

Charles Davis sent in a couple stories on the libraries at Oxford.


Ex-US President Clinton will visit Oxford on May 25th to open the Rothermere American Institute, within which the
Vere Harmsworth Library sits.
The Full Story

Another Story On the radical plan to turn the university library into a pay-as-you-enter visitor centre is provoking a fierce war of words. They call it the \"theme park proposal\", \'sacrilegious\' and \'a desecration\'.

Are there any other libraries that charge to enter?

Paper Destruction Microfilm Takes Over

FirstMonday has an interesting Story on the destruction of original newspapers and their replacement by microfilm.
It\'s an interesting response to an interesting Story that appeared last month.

If you\'ve never read FirstMonday, check it out, they have some very interesting stories.

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