Libraries

Old library embraces the age of automation

A story on two local NY libraries moves to upgrade outdated sytems.

Actually, the future\'s here in most libraries, but in Sullivan County, automation has taken awhile to catch on. For these and many rural libraries the move into the 21st century has been costly, with additional hardware, maintenance and staff time required to get books in the system. -- Read More

Innovative design aims to create showcase library

Things are changing in Wyoming. Read about it Here. From the The Grand Rapids Press.

But perhaps the biggest addition to the \"City of Vision and Progress\" came last week when city officials got
their first glimpse at plans for a $7.5 million library. The bold, unusual building is full of unconventional items.

At first glance, the innovative design seems uncharacteristic for Wyoming, a city with a no-frills,
working-class feel. But that\'s exactly what City Manager Don Mason is going for.

\"It kind of grabs you when you first look at it, but I think that\'s what it needs to do,\" Mason said. \"There isn\'t anything like this in West Michigan. People are going to Wyoming to see the library.\"

Good News for Disabled Individuals and Information

Bill Stark writes \"28,000,000 Americans have a hearing loss, and this sensory loss means that much informational and entertainment media is not accessible to them. The Captioned Media Program (CMP) at www.cfv.org is a free-loan open-captioned media program for these persons, their families, and the information professionals who serve them. Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education, CMP has over 4,000 items available for loan to qualified users. \"

Library e-mails overdue notices

Alabama Live has a

Story on how one library system now can email overdue notices. An approache that may be used more often in the future.

About 7,000 local patrons receive library notices by e-mail, and Jefferson County library officials say theyhope more people will catch on and use the service in the future. -- Read More

Libraries in a bind, and you might pay.

The NY Post has a story
HERE on
budget
problems in the New York Citiy Libraries.

Libraries should charge borrowers Blockbuster rates for
movie videos and CDs -- or come up with other money-raising
ideas -- to cover part of a $41million budget cut, the
mayor\'s new spending proposal says. -- Read More

Library discovers huge deficit

From the Ann Arbor News.

The Ann Arbor District Library is blaming accounting errors
for a newfound budget deficit of nearly $1 million that has
forced the library to begin cutbacks and postpone major
building plans for two of its branches.

The library board of directors may also consider increasing
the levy it collects from taxpayers in the dist

Victory in campaign to halt library closures

This Is
London.

The controversial tide of library closures across London has
finally turned - following huge public pressure.

Many boroughs announced cost-cutting closures and reductions
to opening hours during the last few months. Today, after
an Evening Standard campaign and anger from library users, a
London-wide reprieve seems imm

Trouble Among the Stacks

The Cal Law Journal has a story on how and why librarians aren\'t getting rich.

\"Across the state, county law libraries are feeling the financial pinch. Cutbacks in the stacks have become commonplace and salaries are so stagnant that longtime government employees are looking elsewhere in search of better pay.\"


Stolen from The Rarin\' librarian -- Read More

Return for gay family book in GB

THE Times UK has an promising report on the return of an old book on homosexuality. -- Read More

Detained librarian admits stealing secrets, China says

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Detained librarian admits stealing secrets, China says

By Jennifer Lin
and Cynthia J. McGroarty

INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The Chinese government says a Dickinson College librarian \"confessed\" to stealing state secrets. His wife in Carlisle, Pa., says it can\'t be true.

Either way, the future of Yongyi Song, an unassuming scholar who has become an international cause celebre, hangs in the balance as his detention in China continues into its sixth month.

Story Here -- Read More

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