Free CDs More Headache Than Blessing for Ohio Libraries

Ohio librarians aren't exactly thrilled about receiving 222,000 free compact discs because of a settlement of a federal antitrust lawsuit that 43 states filed against the record labels. The shipments include many unpopular titles that library officials wouldn't have chosen for their collections in the first place. And for the more popular titles that arrived, there in such high quantity that the supply will exceed demand. Read More.


Library Director Won't Complain About Gift of CDs

Great Falls Public Library Director Jim Heckel never has been one to look a gift horse in the mouth. So don't expect to hear him complain about the 458 free music CDs the library received recently. The gift is part of a $142 million settlement with the music industry in a federal class action lawsuit brought by 38 states over price fixing.

While librarians across the country are generally pleased about the largesse, many are complaining about the workload to catalog and process the discs. Some are disappointed in the selection too and contend the companies cleared out their warehouses and weren't meeting the spirit of the settlement. Read More.


Beirut: New library struggling with logistics

A Short Piece from the Dailystar on Lina Abou Habib and the library she and her co-workers have recently opened. They offer more than 3,500 books, periodicals and newsletters. "One strategy to development is access to knowledge," Habib says.The main focus of the project is development and gender equality. Many of the titles on these topics were already in the possession of the non-governmental organizations Independent Resources and Information Services and the Machreq/Maghrab Gender Linking and Information Project - both contributors to the library.


Teens Protest Library Changes

A group of Germantown, TN teenagers protested in front of the Memphis and Shelby County Central Library on Poplar Avenue Friday. They're upset because they're no longer allowed to check out books. "I was really angry because my family pays Shelby County taxes that helped fund this library and I don't feel it's fair at all," says eighth-grader Lucia Bird.

The Germantown Library has left the Memphis and Shelby County Public Library System. A spokesperson for the library says they no longer receive funds from Germantown, or from Shelby County in Germantown's name. Germantown residents are still allowed to visit Shelby County Libraries, but they're no longer allowed to check out materials. Read all about it.


Kerala's oldest library is manned by lepers

Odd Story Out Of India where, Lepers are manning an old library in Kerala's Alleppy District.

The library is said to house a huge stock of ancient books, records and a huge stock of 16th century palm leaf manuscripts situated in Alleppy district with a collection of some ancient books, records and palm leaf manuscripts dating back to the 16th century.

Run by the Leprosy Sanatorium, the library is presently home to about 400 lepers who have been tasked with the responsibility of looking after the rare books and manuscripts.


U.K. LIBRARY for Blind Vote 10 Noises Most Annoying

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To celebrate this year's Make a Noise in Libraries Week, the national charity, National Library for the Blind (NLB) have revealed the top ten most annoying noises as voted for by Britain's librarians. In Make a Noise in Libraries Week, NLB encourages its members and visually impaired people across the UK to make a noise about the services they want from their local public library.1 mobile phone tunes2 people playing their music too loudly3 people discussing personal issues in public4 second hand music from next door5 small children screaming6 car/house alarms7 revving engines8 dogs barking9 sniffing10 giggling



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The Institute of Museum and Library Services is awarding grants totaling $1.25 million to 279 American Indian tribes throughout the United States to provide professional assistance and support toward improving tribal libraries.
  In Butte County, four Maidu tribes will each receive $4,000: The Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico and the Berry Creek Rancheria, Enterprise Rancheria and Mooretown Rancheria in Oroville. "

Libraries Shed Prim & Proper Image

Here's another story about how libraries have broken the silence when it comes to patron conduct. There are still some patrons who think libraries should be quiet places where only faint whispers are allowed. Those old libraries were scary places. New libraries are much cooler. And, it's always nice to see what other people's visions are of our beloved institutions. "The ambience of today's library is a warm, engaging place to be. Libraries serve as community centers where people discover new information and resources, attend programs, share interests, and even access the Internet.

Aspiring writers can meet published authors at their libraries. Truck drivers and commuters borrow audio books to make their journeys more enjoyable. Senior citizens and baby boomers participate together in monthly book discussion clubs, bridging the gap between generations." Read More.


Serial Killer Communicating from Library?

The downtown Wichita (KS) public library was closed down for a brief time while police investigated a suspicious package that related to the serial killer BTK. "In October 1974, several months after four members of the Otero family were killed, BTK contacted The Wichita Eagle to say he had placed a letter in a mechanical engineering textbook at the library." Police found the letter which said that "three suspects in police custody for the Otero killings were merely seeking attention." More here from the Wichita Eagle.


Library toe-sucker arrested

backwage sends us this creepy piece about a 21-year-old Greensburg PA man who was arrested for kissing the feet and sucking the toes of a 12 year old girl and two young adult women at the city's park and library. 'James Kilpatrick has waived his right to a preliminary hearing on charges of stalking, indecent assault, corruption of minors and harassment.' More here from an AP wire story."



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