Libraries

\"Will Libraries Survive?\"

Geoffrey Nunberg argues in this article that they certainly will, and he is hi tech enough to be a major researcher at the Xerox PARC lab (he is a linguist.) This article is a couple of years old but still feels fresh. It provides a nice bird\'s eye view of American libraries and how they fit into the whole contemporary \"information\" landscape. He addresses many of the problems that libraries are beginning to face in the current situation and has suggestions for how they can be dealt with.

Clinton Library Moves Ahead

Bob Cox sent in this Story from Salon on the coming $150 million Clinton Presidential Library. There should be some interesting exhibits... cigars, dresses, a dart board with Ken Star\'s picture on it?

Clinton said he wanted a building \"that was beautiful and architecturally significant, that people would want to walk in 100 years from now, but one that would also work for average citizens.\"

Loss of originals; libraries and preservation

Randall B. Kemp writes \"In response to the ruckus caused by Nicholson Baker\'s New Yorker article on the destruction of newspapers in libraries, Richard J. Cox writes in First Monday on the need for preservation in the digital age. While Cox finds fault with Baker\'s arguments, he supports the ensuing public discussion. \"

Coke deal at LC

David Suggested This Story from CNN. I\'m not sure if this is another example of American consumerism gone mad, or a nice donation. Coca-Cola Co. is donating all 20,000 of its TV commercials promoting the sweet soft drink for preservation at the library. It\'s part of Coke\'s celebration of the 50th anniversary of its first TV ads. Don\'t worry, the donation includes Miller Brewing Co.\'s \"Tastes Great -- Less Filling\" ads.

First Stack Books, Then Open Library

If there is one thing we all learned in library school, it was that we should have all the books on the shelves before we open a new library. According to this story from the Daily Star, one library forgot this golden rule.\"The country’s first large-scale public library has been unofficially opened ­ at least one month before being ready to receive visitors.
Although thousands of books still need to be laminated, catalogued and shelved, the Beirut Municipality officially opened the library, which is located at the Basta-Bashoura Fire Department, on Sunday evening.\" -- Read More

Internet in New Zealand Libraries Should Not Be Free

New Zealand taxpayers were mighty upset when they found out that tourists are able to check their e-mail at the national library for free. Computer User has the full story.\"New Zealand Member of Parliament (MP) Winston Peters lashed out at Wellington\'s National Library of New Zealand, painting its provision of free Internet access as an invitation for unrestricted surfing of porn sites and a free Net cafe for foreigners to check e-mail at taxpayers\' expense.\" -- Read More

Clinton Can\'t Catch a Break

Arkansas Online has a Story on the trouble brewing over the new Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. A man there won\'t give up his land so they can build the library because his is mad at Little Rock officials for spending more than $12 million on the land for the library.

\"The city of Little Rock can ill afford this huge expenditure, which has never been approved by the voters,\" Pfeifer said. \"The past two years have proved the ruinous effects the financing scheme has had on our city finances and public confidence.\"

$12 Million does seem like alot of money for this thing.

librarians tackle challenges of high-tech

This mercurycenter.com Story has some nice things to say about the libraries in the Silicon Valley Area. The future maybe home delivery of library books!

\"There\'s truly a renaissance going on with libraries, particularly in California,\" said Linda Crowe, president of the California Library Association, one of the conference\'s sponsors. \"Just five years ago, we didn\'t know much about the World Wide Web.\"

France\'s library malaise returns

Charles Davis sent along This Story on The New Library in France. The computers and other sytems were so bad the staff went on Strike when it first opened in 1998. A fire ripped through one of its underground corridors a month ago, and now it has reopened, only to make the employees sick. The unidentified malaise causes violent headaches and a burning sensation in the throat and eyes.

\"As a precautionary measure, the library will not open again until we have the results of new chemical and bacteriological analysis.\"

Publishers Perish, Libraries Feel the Pain

Here\'s an interesting story from the
NY Times,
sent in by alert reader Irene Wood. The story is about
libraries cutting their serials and book buying just to
meet the sharply rising cost of scholarly journals. They
cover the big publisher Reed Elsevier, and the $3.5
billion buy out of Harcourt General. Librarians say
consolidation in the industry is causing prices to sky
rocket, while the publishers say it\'s due to big
increases in demand.

Now that strikes me as odd,
I have yet to read a single story about any increase in
journal holdings at any library anywhere. What about
your library? Are you increasing or decreasing
your
journal holdings?Why?

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