Libraries told 'stop lending'

Over in Japan, the Daily Yomiuri has a story about the conflicts between bookstores, publishers, and libraries.

The prolonged economic slump lies behind the sluggish book sales, but authors organizations and publishing houses feel public libraries are becoming a problem, too.

In last autumn's symposium titled "Debate Between Authors and Libraries," authors said that lending a large number of new books would lead to a violation of their copyrights.

But public libraries refuted this claim, saying that lending out new books would increase the number of readers and the public service did not undermine book sales.

Authors proposed introducing a system requiring libraries to compensate authors financially according to the number of books they lend.


New Muslim Library in Mt. Vernon, New York

stevejzoo writes:
"Gannett's Westchester county paper, the Journal News, has a story today about a new Islamic resource center and library in Mt. Vernon, New York. The library is associated with a mosque. Quoting from the story:

Syed A. Alirahi, the library's director, said the idea for the library came to him in 1998, after dissatisfying experiences at public libraries."I've been using public libraries since I came to this country 27 years ago," said Alirahi, a 47-year-old Pakistani immigrant. "I didn't find too many books about ... Islam. When we had Sunday and Saturday school ... students weren't informed about Islam, and they needed some materials and help. I said, why don't I open up something?"


Fossil dwellers try and save library

Another article (this one from NPR) about the plucky little town of Fossil, OR, where local residents are doing their best to keep their tiny library open. Even though the library doesn't meet state requirements for being called a library, local residents value what little service exists. Text, audio, and some links.


Take Your Support From Where You Can Get it

Gary Deane writes "Here's an interesting one - an "ask an expert" outfit, made up of a community of professionals and freelancers, that donates part of its fees to public libraries and also advocates for the use of public libraries in its mission statement. And not a librarian among them..."


Spirit Roamed Library Stairs

Anna writes "Is the Council Bluffs (Iowa) Public Library haunted?

Warning: The following story contains detailed descriptions of supernatural events that might shock or disturb particularly sensitive readers. Continue at your own risk.

Spirits manifest themselves in many different forms: Cold spots, hot spots, dampness, orbs of light, blood dripping from walls. Certain locations can seem to be a home to those who have died but not moved on. Such a place was the old Carnegie Library on Pearl Street.



Scottish library institutes strict child safety code

In an effort to ensure the safety of children visiting their library, the Renfrewshire Council, Scotland, has instituted a strict safety code which forbids staff to have any physical contact with children. Staff are not allowed to accompany children to the bathroom, hold hands or touch children in any way. The guidelines apply to patrons as well as library employees. According to librarian Jane Gourlay, "the increased use of the libraries by children surfing the internet had heightened the need for a new approach." More here at BBC News.


A New Image?

Biblia, the Warrior Librarian writes "Although not thrilled with the image portrayed by the Pearl Librarian action doll, I'm still pondering whether it is better, or worse, than that proposed by the UK Guardian where an article leads with the statement that "Libraries are brothels for the mind ..."The Story, is at the Guardian"

Some great quotes in this one!

"Libraries were the original internet. All knowledge was available even in a local branch library. You could order a book and, if they didn't have it, they'd get it from a library in Yorkshire that did. This would give you the double pleasure of having the book you wanted and the knowledge that a Yorkshireman would be searching in vain for it. Of course, many libraries now have free internet access, which is useful for looking up things online, such as the library opening times."


Pakistan set to launch digital library

Pakistan is set to launch digital library.
Pakistan is all set to launch, in January 2004, its first digital library that will give universities and research institutes in the country, access to about 5,000 international journals.

The digital library will make it possible for all teachers to interact with each other, face to face through web conferences and share resources and even lesson plans, using this technology.


Libraries' Consortium Conundrum

madtom writes "Today's Chronicle of Higher Education has an article talking about libraries using consortia to purchase materials. No new information here, but it is good to get the word out. This quote, halfway through the article gives as good a summary as any:

"Increasingly, institutions maintain memberships in larger groups that offer good discounts on basic services while also joining smaller ones that serve specialized needs, such as groups for Jesuit colleges or Lutheran seminaries. Smaller groups can take advantage of deals that larger consortia wouldn't bother with, and they can move on deals quickly because there is less bureaucracy involved."

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Burn a Country's Past and You Torch Its Future

While out hunting for a Thomas Jefforson quote this evening I found Burn a Country's Past and You Torch Its Future, a Washington Post Column by Robert Darnton, the Shelby Cullom Davis Professor of European History at Princeton University.

"Time and accident are committing daily havoc on the originals deposited in our public offices. The late war has done the work of centuries in this business. The lost cannot be recovered, but let us save what remains: not by vaults and locks which fence them from the public eye and use in consigning them to the waste of time, but by such a multiplication of copies, as shall place them beyond the reach of accident."



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