Libraries

Evacuee returns library book 60 years late

This is London has this story on a 73 year old man in England, borrowed The Bulpington Of Blup by HG Wells from Clapton library in August 1939, and just returned it this week, the funny thing is he paid his fine!
At least he wasn\'t Arrested!

\"He noticed on the flyleaf that the fine for overdue books in 1939 had been a penny (1d) a week. He calculated he had kept the book for 3,145 weeks, which he converted to £13.25, before sending back the book with a cheque for the same amount. \" -- Read More

Rocking the stacks

Excite News has A Story on the British Libraries plans to use an sound archive, which contains more than one million discs and 175,000 tapes covering music, speech and wildlife, had tended to only file audio recordings of major live and recorded events broadcast by the BBC. A full catalog of the 1990\'s radio.

Andy Lineham, pop music curator of the sound archive, said: \"The collection gives a great representation of 1990s independent radio programming.\" -- Read More

You got mail

Another library system has begun e-mailing an alert to patrons with overdue books and other materials. Read about it Here from The Record.

\"The way Marian De Caterina, head of Newburgh\'s automated services, sees it, the new system saves the library and its patrons money by getting notices out faster and cheaper. And with Newburgh charging 10 cents a day for books and 25 cents a day for videos, it adds up.\" -- Read More

City fires library director

This story from NJ on an angry library board. This is interesting because they are talking about hiring a private company now.


Frustrated with the rapid decline of its library system, the board of trustees has ousted its longtime director and may hire a private company to run day-to-day operations.

The board voted last week to fire Library Director Kwaku Amoabeng as of today following a board-commissioned study that called the overall library service \"pathetic\" and suggested that only a complete overhaul would save the once-proud institution. -- Read More

Can volunteers do it ?

Benton Foundation, at the request of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, published Buildings, books, and bytes in November 1996. The report reveals what library leaders and the public have to say about the future of libraries in the digital age. Follow this link to read the HTML version of the report. A PDF version will be available soon for downloading.

Elizabeth
Christian
writes \"It jumps out from the recent
publication, Buildings, Books, and Bytes,Libraries and
Communities in the Digital Age by the Benton Foundation,
urgent, demanding a response. From one focus group which
made up much of this report
the statement
\"They..sanctioned the notion that trained professional
librarians could be replaced with community volunteers, such
as retirees.\"
As we try to push our \"information literacy\" services on our
publics they also said
\"they preered to acquire new computer skills from \'somebody
they know\', not from their local librarians.\"

Retirees as volunteers..... -- Read More

Architects unveil design for new Eugene library

Read this story Here. From the Register-Guard

Architects have finished designing the new Eugene Public Library,nailing down the size at 127,000 square feet and the expected cost at $32.2 million.

The ground floor will feature an indoor garden and coffee bar near the front entrance, a section for new and popular books, an area for young adults, the compact disc collection, the children\'s center and a 200-seat meeting room that can be split in two.

Construction projects for libraries stacking up

Good News from jsonline.com.

A public library building boom, fueled in part by the robust economy, is being felt in the Milwaukee area, where more than a dozen communities are constructing or considering new or expanded libraries.

From Cudahy to Port Washington and Whitefish Bay to Pewaukee, supporters are pushing to improve their libraries.


\"There\'s a greater sense than I\'ve ever seen in my career that we can get things done now,\" said Anders Dahlgren, a Madison-based library consultant, who works with communities in Wisconsin and across the country to assess their library needs.

Charges dropped against man with overdue library books

MSNBC had this short report.

\"
Charges have been dropped against a man who was last month arrested for having overdue library books.
Jeremy Christian Soder, 29, was arrested Jan. 7 during a traffic stop in Fort Myers. A check of his records showed a Pinellas County warrant for failing to appear in court for overdue library material.
Soder said at the time he wanted to learn Spanish for a 1998 trip to Costa Rica, so he checked out about $80 worth of books and tapes from the Clearwater Public Library. -- Read More

Authors back protest over library closures

The Times UK has a short Report on library closures in the UK, and the growing protests against these moves.

Nearly 80 per cent of the nation\'s local authorities have cut library
services to save money, rather than because they were being under-used.
Yet the expenditure (the public library service costs 26p per person per
week, the price of a first-class stamp) was minuscule against the benefits,
she said.

The novelist Margaret Drabble was among celebrities who denounced
yesterday the closure of local libraries around the country as nothing less
than philistine. -- Read More

Parents, Staff Clash Over Book Removal

The LATimes has a story on the fight over weeding the stacks at Topeka Drive Elementary School.

A team of district librarians and clerks clashed Tuesday with parents and the librarian at Topeka Drive Elementary School over the removal of hundreds of old books from library shelves.
The Northridge school had paid the Los Angeles Unified School district\'s library services division $500 to spend a day weeding the library of obsolete books, but parents asked the team to leave after a heated hourlong debate over which books should go.

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