Under-used Libraries Employ Hard Sell in Attempt to Boost Numbers

\"Libraries Need Readers!\" is the pitch that libraries in Leicestershire are using to get people to visit. According to the article; \"At the moment, each person on average visits the county\'s libraries four-and-a-half times a year. The Government wants to increase this to at least six-and-a-half times a year.\" Read More.


How Technology and Planning Saved My Library at Ground Zero

Aaron T passed along This Info. Today Story The Borough of Manhattan Community College library. It was in the shadow of the World Trade Center. Sidney Eng explains what happened, and what it took ro reopen.


Can Dumbing Down Save Our Libraries?

The Sunday Herald has an Interesting Story that says libraries are facing a stark choice: modernise or die.

The author say we just can\'t win, if we put in a bank of computers we are accused of dumbing things down, if we demand silence in the reading rooms and purchase books that aren\'t \"popular\" we find ourselves charged with elitism.

They focus on England, but I think many of these issues are international.


Can Dumbing Down Save Our Libraries?

Someone writes...
\"Librarians just can\'t win. If they put in a bank of computers and remove the dog-eared hardbacks from the shelves, they stand accused of dumbing down. If they demand silence in the reading rooms and purchase the bulk of Bloodaxe\'s latest poetry list, they find themselves charged with elitism.\" Read the Rest.


Library Closed for a Year Due to Deadly Mold, Reopens with Bare Shelves

Remember all the killer mold stories from last year? Here\'s an update on the school library in Hau\'ula, Hawaii. The mold destroyed $60,000 worth of books. Clean-up took a year. The library has reopened with about 8,000 books in its collection. Read More.


Libraries lost and found boxes bulge

Here\'s A Fun One from FL on the collection of lost goods piling up in the lost and found.
An ultrasound photo of an unborn baby, paperwork from Sunbelt Title, a yellowed family album, purple plastic purse with a pink heart, hats, sweaters, jackets, sunglasses, keys, cards with doctor\'s appointments, shopping lists and bills.


Heaven halfway between libraries

Bill Drew writes \"This editorial was written by someone I knew several years ago when I worked as a library clerk in the Cornell University Libraries before going back to get my MLS. It is a tribute to libraries and librarians.
Check out
Heaven halfway between libraries by Jean McPheeters .\"

It also includes an interesting editors note:
\"The influence of a story lasts far beyond the time the words are spoken. The power of books and stories on young lives is almost immeasurable. They help determine who they are and who they will become.\"


Library Closings Put on Hold

When officials in Cincinnati decided to close 5 library branches, residents made their opinions known, loud and clear. The city has decided to postpone the closure until they can collect input from the public, and how they can resolve their money issues without affecting services. Read More.


Library of Congress Book Festival October 12

Lee Hadden writes:\" The Library of Congress and First Lady Laura Bush will be hosting the
Second Book Festival in Washington, DC.

October 12, 2002

10am to 5pm

West lawn of the U.S. Capitol and the National Mall between the Capitol
Reflecting Pool and Fourth Street

Read more about it.\"


Tale of two libraries

Nothing too exciting in This Story except for the opening, which really cracked me up:

\"Libraries are a lot like baseball fields (at least those that figure largely in certain movies): Build them and they will come.\"

It is a nice look at how busy public libraries are now.



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