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Stealing from the library

Will the library crimes never stop?

Missouri libraries found someone Selling Stolen Books on eBay. Library officials first learned the books were missing in January after receiving a call from a New York man who purchased an O\'Brian book over the Internet that had the library\'s stamp and bar code.

In Tennessee, after her request to automate the library was Turned Down librarian Elizabeth Potts took matters into her own hands, then Someone Stole it. A giant pickle jar stuffed with money was stolen.

\'\'I just think it\'s kind of low down,\'\' Potts said. \'\'Somebody stole our pickle jar, and that was money we were collecting to fund automation of the library.\'\'

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Top Censored Library Stories of 1998/2000

Sanford Berman, one of the 20th Century\'s library heroes, wrote a summary of the past three years\' Top Five Censored Library Stories, in the style of Project Censored\'s annual collections of the most significant news stories that were suppressed by the corporate media. Sandy\'s piece was originally written for the print journal The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D L*I*B*R*A*R*I*A*N and was republished on the web in this week\'s Library Juice. Sanford Berman is co-editor of the biennial anthology Alternative Library Literature, published by McFarland.

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HP Ad Redux

A few days back Helen wrote \"Check out a recent ad
by HP Labs, featuring librarian Eugenie Prime. Not sure
if this is a step forward or a step back . . . The Ad PDF \"

It\'s been submitted a few more times, with
one person taking a slightly different view, one person
wrote:

\"The April 16th issue of Time has a very repugnant
ad by HP sterotyping
every librarian who ever existed - you might want to tell
them what you
think, pages 70-71, Not to mention that primpy frumpy
whatever is not a librarian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!\"

I just don\'t know what to say on this one. In a
profession obsessed with image, what does This Ad say about us?

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Library Says, No Shoes No Service

The Columbus Metropolitan Library is being sued for refusing to let a patron tread the aisles in his bare feet. [more...] from The Columbus Dispatch.

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Library efficiency draws praise

Here\'s a Cool Story from businessinvancouver.com on a local library making some good moves.

The Richmond Public Library is now offering classes on \"the Ironwood model\" of library management. Deputy chief librarian Cate McNeely even uses terms like \"merchandising\"! I\'m a big fan of this type of library management.

\"How do you do the things that we always talk about doing, but always say we don\'t have enough money or enough time or enough staff to do? We knew that if we did things in the traditional way, the majority of our resources would just be going to checking in and checking out books. And it would mean not being open 74 hours a week, not doing daily story time, not having the librarians available on the floor to help people choose that best book, and so on.\"

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Library Quickies

A gaggle of almost related stories I\'ve been sitting on for too long.Yahoo! News Story on how much overdue books are costing libraries.
``Focus groups have told us returning (overdue) library books can be embarrassing, so we\'re trying to add some fun to it,\'\' said Peggy Pievach, the library\'s marketing director

This Story on 3 guys who were using a library computer to print out a series of phony checks.Police arrested them as they were printing the checks. Maybe they had to pay for all their overdue books?

A couple more follow......

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New Legislation Would Force Disclosure of Presidential Library Donors

Congressional lawmakers are considering legislation that would make donors and donation amounts to presidential libraries public. As if we didn\'t know this was coming. Better make sure you get a receipt. [more...] from CNS News.

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Prison and Law Libraries

A few law(ish) library related stories The Rocky Mountain News has
Books from the cellblock on the library district\'s \"Begin with Books\", an umbrella for a variety of programs that encourage parents to read to their children.

Online won\'t replace real law books says 67 percent of attorneys anticipate the libraries in their firms will decrease in size but only 3 percent expect them to be eliminated entirely within the next 10 years.

\"Ask ERL\", an ever-evolving database of electronic resources that everyone at Day Berry (A Law Firm) can access through our intranet, set up to catalog good websites.

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Palaces Of the People

The Washington Post has an OP-ED piece from US First Lady and Ex-librarian Laura Bush.

She has some mighty nice things to say about libraries.

\"School libraries -- all libraries, for that matter -- are more than warehouses for books. They are gathering places, literally community centers, and have been since 1638, when John Harvard donated money and books to create one of our nation\'s first libraries in Cambridge, Mass. \"

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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.\"

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