American corner opened at Maldives National Library

A Short One From Maldives says The National Library has opened a section which contains American books.

The aim is to provide opportunities for people who want to read books written by American authors. Speaking at the ceremony, Angela said that the newly opened section is of great importance for Maldivian students who are planning to study in American universities and those who are graduating from American universities.


IRAQ Historical Libraries - Archives DEVASTATED by War!

Searchy Search Search writes " reports Employees of Iraq's National Library and Archives are struggling to overcome the destruction wrought during the first weeks of the U.S.-led war. Many irreplaceable documents, photographs, maps, and books -- some centuries old -- were either destroyed in the fighting or were stolen in the rampant looting that followed. A vital part of Iraq's culture seems to have disappeared forever"


More on September Project for Libraries

Jonathan writes "Here's the Seattle Times' coverage of the September Project, featuring libraries as prime spots for dialogue on vital public topics: Seattle Times"


Porn Site Photos Possibly Shot at U Wash Library

Many people familiar with the University of Washington campus believe that sexually explicit photos and videos available at were shot at the university's library and at other campus locations. The site owners, two former UW graduates, deny that they actually used UW venues for the shoots. This appears to be in conflict with the following statement from the site:

'We're really sorry these pictures didn't turn out better, but we couldn't use the flash because we really didn't want to get caught by the UW police,' reads the text accompanying a series of photos apparently shot in Suzzallo Library.

Most university officials are unconcerned about the site, such as VP of Student Affairs Ernest Morris who said,
"Frankly, if individual adults are allowing themselves to be photographed in any manner that's their business....There's little or nothing the school should do." Some legislators have expressed more concern, however and think that the university should investigate further. More here, including how other universities have handled similar situations, from the Tacoma News Tribune.


Village Librarian Says Collection Agency Not Needed

This one comes by way of the Northbrook (IL) Star and deals with a library that actually *doesn't* have funding issues. It's nice to know there are still a few of those and that they are thriving...

"Northbrook Public Library officials say they've never seriously considered using a collection agency to go after unreturned materials, because they're satisfied with the results they get just by suspending library cards." Wouldn't that be great if it worked for everyone?

"The Director says he thinks use of collection agencies is more suited to librarians faced with funding difficulties. He said that his library has a strong tax base and solid fund raisers: 'We're very blessed with our support, and we haven't had to create more fees and be more aggressive with patrons.'" Read More.


Imagination Library Fills a Gap

Entertainer Dolly Parton set up the Imagination Library Program 8 years ago in order to provide free books for children under age 5. The goal is to encourage parents and others to read to pre-K kids. Although there are currently 300 communities participating in 36 states, the Memphis-Shelby County area in Tennessee, has been slow to catch on. The Governor of Tennessee is hoping to change that. Shelby county presents a particular challenge, however, because it is home to 18 percent of the state's population of pre-K children. Officials estimate it would take 5 years to register all 68,427 kids under age 5. Read More.


What Do You Do With 10 Copies of the ``Three Tenors Greatest Hits?"

Free CDs are spilling into libraries across the country as a result of the price-fixing scam and the resulting settlement with the recording industry. In one school district in Washington, "what they're finding isn't a good selection of materials suitable for a school library." According to school officials, "The selection looks suspiciously like the music companies are just dumping stale inventory that they can't sell."
Surely, the music industry wouldn't try to pull yet another fast one, now would they? Read all about it.


Library Still Very Relevant

Here's another one of those *do we really need libraries?* kind of articles from the Atlanta Journal Constitution.
"Several college presidents have said library buildings are not needed anymore. Elected officials have questioned the need for new or expanded public libraries.

It is true that technology has changed libraries and the way people use them. However, libraries are stronger than ever, with usage climbing and new buildings gaining national attention." Read More. [You didn't used to, but you will now need to register to view this article, but it's free].


Bunny Watson on CBC Radio 1

Cabot writes "CBC Radio has launched its summer schedule which includes the new programme Bunny Watson "a new Saturday morning show from Vancouver in which the world is Bill Richardson's library, and features Richardson finding interesting connections through books, movies and music."

Rochelle adds: Bunny Watson is Katharine Hepburn's info maven character in the library classic "Desk Set.""


Quick Work Saves Library

Here's another library fire story...

"The Linton Margaret Cooper Public Library in Linton, Indiana sustained smoke and glass breakage from today's early morning fire at Petro Tire Company and warehouse and will be forced to close until July 6." Read all about it.



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