Libraries

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.

The Proust Portal: Frances National Library Goes

Infodude writes \"On Jan. 24, the National Library of France ( www.bnf.fr ) became the largest single library
available online. While other major libraries are also moving to the Internet, the BNF is the only
national library so far to put entire books online. The British and German national libraries offer only samples of texts on the Net, while other public libraries such as the U.S. Library of Congress and the National Australia Library primarily post images and documents. French officials, flush with their coup, predict it will take other libraries around five years to catch up. In French, of course. Story at http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/feb2000/nf00208b.htm \"

Pr. Georges Library Chief Probed for Racial Rema

Meckhart writes

Thursday, February 3, 2000; Page B02

The director of Prince George\'s County\'s library system has been placed on
paid administrative leave while library officials investigate his job
performance and whether he made a racially insensitive remark last month,
sources with knowledge of the probe said yesterday.

For full story:

The Washington Post -- Read More

Will the Library become little more than a Web portal?

A Thought provocing article from the BostonHearld

The next few years may be some of the most challenging, and exciting, that libraries have ever faced.

Ever since humans first invented them some 5,000 years ago, libraries have been repositories of manuscripts and books. The advent of the Internet and the near-certain likelihood that most of the written word will soon be available on electronic, not paper media, raise questions about the role of libraries in our new, connected world. -- Read More

History meets high tech in Maps

Silicon Valley has an interesting STORY on the Electronic Cultural Atlas Initiative an ambitious, decentralized project to map all manner of cultural and historical data from around the globe. -- Read More

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