Johnson's Library and Robert Caro Make Up

"For 26 years Robert A. Caro has painstakingly chronicled the life of Lyndon Baines Johnson. He has interviewed more than a thousand of Johnson's former aides and colleagues. He has pored over countless records in the Johnson presidential archives. And to critical acclaim he has published three volumes of his projected four-volume biography of Johnson. His latest volume, "Master of the Senate," received the Pulitzer Prize for biography this year."

"But because of a long-running feud over his portrayal of the 36th president, Mr. Caro and his work were unwelcome at the Lyndon Baines Johnson Library and Museum here. His best-selling Johnson books were conspicuously absent from the museum's bookstore. He says he thinks that important records in the Johnson archives were kept from him." (from The New York Times)


Librarian Marooned In A Sea Of Books

"In a room rich with maritime resources, in a neighborhood full of seafaring history, a lone volunteer sits.
On the second floor of the Port Tampa City Library, Jane Harkness checks her e-mail."

"No one stops by the Maritime Reading Room to thumb through its more than 350 books. Nor does anyone pore over its specialized magazines, such as Wooden Boat or Maritime Life and Traditions."

"Harkness reads the newspaper." (from The Tampa Tribune)


Library may open to debate on cuts

Library may open to debate over cuts says San Jose's joint city-university library opening at same time as cuts are proposed for branches.
San Jose's new Martin Luther King Jr. Library will open in downtown this summer with all the pomp and circumstance befitting the eight-story, state-of-the-art structure.

About the same time, most of the city's aging and cramped neighborhood branch libraries will meet a different fate: 13 of 17 of them are scheduled to close an extra day a week, victims of a proposal to chip away at the city's largest budget deficit in decades.


Poetry library marks 50 years

Charles Davis noticed "
The Beeb is Reporting the UK's most comprehensive collection of modern poetry celebrates its
50th anniversary on Monday.
The Poetry Library at the Royal Festival Hall in London houses 90,000 books, magazines
and videos of verse.
The library at the South Bank Centre is marking its golden jubilee with a series of
debates, talks and events. "


Library of Congress Starts Center and New Award

Jen Young writes "A NYTimes Article on

The Library of Congress. Today they inaugurated a new center for scholars, financed by the billionaire businessman John W. Kluge, to bring "the thinkers together with the doers," which is how he defined the lawmakers across the street.

The Kluge Center's official opening also paves the way for the award of the new $1 million Kluge Prize for Lifetime Intellectual Achievement. The prize is modeled after the Nobel prizes but is reserved for work in humanities, the Librarian of Congress, James H. Billington, said. The plan is to bestow the first prize this autumn.



Geosciences Library To Close

Lee Hadden writes " The Geosciences Library at Virginia Tech will close this summer. This
was one of the three departmental libraries at the university, and was the
only department-level library that was also part of the University Library
system. Budget cuts have doomed the library after 30 years of operation.
Two other branch libraries are located in the College of Architecture and
the College of Veterinary Medicine.
"Unfortunately, operating a library in miniature is also an expensive
proposition, and this closing is part of a clear nationwide trend as
universities re-evaluate how best to allocate limited funds." Statement of
Edward Lener, College Librarian for the Sciences, taken from: The
Department of Geological Sciences Newsletter, Spring 2003, pages 1 and 7,
"Geological Sciences Branch Library to be Closed."
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Two-bit Reads

Michael McGrorty writes: "Today they sent out a crew to whitewash some of the walls of our little library. I say 'they' because I have no idea who gives the orders for such things-being a mere intern, I am not in the decision-making loop of the organization. This does not bother me. It means that I am able to avoid going to meetings.

During a lull in the flow of patrons I took a stroll about the library, ending up in front of the Friends' sale shelves, where I just happened to run into an old companion. It was the Modern Library's 'Great Tales of Terror and the Supernatural;' I didn't recognize it at first because the spine had faded; in fact, I only knew what I had in hand when I thumbed its pages and found a story that brought sunbeams to my heart.


Florence Fights To Save Precious Books

Gary D. Price, MLIS, and ResourceShelf Guy spotted Florence Fights To Save Precious Books.
They look at a small group of restorers working through a mountain of 35,500 precious books dating back to the 17th century, wrecked by a flood way back in 1966.
The National Library and the Uffizi Gallery - treasure houses of priceless works of art, including Botticelli's "La Primavera" - were hit hardest by the flood as they sit on the banks of the river.


Denver African-American library open

Gary Price wrote in from over at to let us know Denver's new African-American library opened this weekend.The 40,000-square-foot, full-service library replaces the smaller branch in the Five Points Community Center.

"This library was designed with the neighborhood in mind," said library manager Gwendolyn Crenshaw. "We wanted a building that fit in."


Libraries preserve widom of the ages while changing with the times

"U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas said he spent a lot of time in public libraries in his community while growing up. "Did I dream that I would be on the Supreme Court? No. But I dreamt that there was a world out there that was worth pursuing."

"Andrew Carnegie, whose philanthropy probably influenced more Americans than can ever be tallied, said, "There is not such a cradle of democracy upon the earth as the Free Public Library, this republic of letters, where neither rank, office nor wealth receives the slightest consideration."

"TV talk show host, actress and author Oprah Winfrey said, "Getting my library card was like citizenship; it was like American citizenship." (from Tecumseh Herald)



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