Book Sellers to Open Stores in UK Libraries

Charles Davis writes "Britain's libraries are to be allowed to sell books in
an attempt to win back the public. Ministers want
some of the country's 4,700 libraries to rent out
space to book chains including Waterstone's,
Blackwell's and Dillons in the hope that people
seeking to buy books will also be tempted to borrow
other works.

The Government hopes that by allowing libraries to
tap into the thriving retail market they will earn
extra revenue and attract back some of the
hundreds of thousands of people who no longer go
to libraries.
More at
the Telegraph (UK)"


License to Browse--Tupac, the PATRIOT Act and Me

Here's a tale from CounterPunch from a library user calling into question one library's series of invasive hoops needed to jump through, just to browse the catalog. She shares her paranoid fantasy about coming to the attention of John Ashcroft because of her catalog queries on behalf of daughter about the late Tupac Shakur, well-known anti-authoritarian and gansta.

"I complained a little about the fact that you can't even browse through the holdings of the (supposedly) public library if you don't have a library card. The librarian pointed out to me, in a way that said, 'I know you are a wack job, but I am a kind person and wish you no harm , but I am a kind person and wish you no harm,' that a library card costs nothing."


Libraries: How they stack up

This report attempts to provide a snapshot of libraries and how they impact on the economy. It details interesting comparative tables and graphs of library services and activities against other sectors and professions within the worldwide economy.

Download the full report here (in pdf format).


The Marketing Mix: The 4-P Recipe for Customer Satisfaction

According to Christie Koontz, a true marketing professional will not only look at the attributes of a product or service, but also the cost and availability of them to the target audience. She explains how in more detail in an article for Marketing Library Services.


Web Conferencing for Libraries: "Can You Hear Me Now?"

Reading about the wonders of today's broadband communications and the remote computer interaction features visible on the horizon makes information professionals wonder about library service applications. Ernest Perez offers some options on the latest WCT (web conferencing technology) available today.


All I want in a Library is Books

Old Fashioned sends us this essay from the Guardian (UK) from some person who yearns for the libraries=books model of yore.

"Vast tracts of my waking life, calculation insists, have been passed in libraries. First there were those adolescent evenings spent in the branch library eyeing up the salacious jackets of old Dennis Wheatley novels. Next came school and university, fighting for the last copy of books with unappetising titles like Revolt and Reform: Europe in the Sixteenth Century. And then there was a whole catalogue of London establishments - odd little crannies tucked into backstreets."



The hell that's homework today

Are public libraries being marketed enough to school children today? Are primary schools (in Australia and overseas) relying too heavily on parent intervention when it comes to research for assignments? Read the full story here and have your say!!


Your Library Online

Martin writes "This is the title of a nice article in PC Magazine touting the nifty things you can find through your local library's website. The author, a librarian, says, 'You've probably visited your public library's Web site to see whether it has a particular book in stock, but you may not realize that library Web sites offer free and easy access to an incredible array of online reference materials that would otherwise be too expensive or otherwise inaccessible to most of us.'"


LOC wants people to know about films

InfoWhale writes " Now in its 16th year, the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress is seeking greater public understanding of how it decides to declare a movie a "national treasure."
see story here.

Personal note - My good friend Les Blank had his masterpiece, "Chulas Fronteras," selected early, thus proving LC is more than Hollywood. Now the question is - how can anyone see the hundreds of films selected so far?"


Indian Govt shuts its eyes to Braille Library

The Delhi Public Library (DPL) set it up 50 years ago with a vision of catering to the reading needs of the blind. Today, the Braille Library — still the Capital’s sole public library for the visually impaired — lies in a state of severe neglect.

The library’s services are stuck in a time warp and its board is sitting on an unused grant of Rs 14 lakh for a decade now. The librarian’s post too is vacant for over a year, and the membership is dwindling (see box). The library staff, transcribers, copy holders and proof readers, follow an archaic process — taking over a month to prepare a single Braille copy.

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