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Duluth library's seed sharing program hits a hurdle

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has given a thumbs down to a Duluth seed-sharing program that allows members to borrow vegetable seeds from the library in the spring and later return seeds they collect from their gardens.

State agriculture regulators say the exchange — one of about 300 in the United States — violates the state's seed law because it does not test seeds.

That could jeopardize the popular program, which attracted 200 members who borrowed 800 packets of seeds in its first year, manager Carla Powers said.

In September, the library got a surprise visit from a Minnesota Department of Agriculture seed inspector. He informed the library it was likely violating Minnesota's seed law, which regulates the selling of seeds.

Full article:
http://www.mprnews.org/story/2014/11/30/duluth-librarys-seed-sharing-program-hits-a-hurdle

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Cites & Insights 15:1 (January 2015) available

Cites & Insights 15:1 (January 2015) available
http://lisnews.org/cites_insights_151_january_2015_available

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The Off-Site Librarian | One Cool Thing

When one of the bookmobiles at the Fort Vancouver Regional Library (FVRL), WA, wore out, spending a quarter of a million dollars to buy a new one was not an option. Yet patrons in remote, rural locations in Clark County still needed library service. The innovative solution was the Yacolt Library Express (YLE): a building that is open to the public nearly 70 hours a week, yet staff only spend about ten hours there during the same period.

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/2014/11/opinion/one-cool-thing/the-off-site-librarian-one-cool-...

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The Library is Not for Studying

Annoyed Librarian --

Over the years there have been lots of calls to make libraries into something other than libraries. That’s especially true of public libraries, but even librarians in academic libraries sometimes want to change things up, to turn libraries from a silent haven for research into community centers or places to play video games.
In some ways it’s understandable. The most likely people to be bored with libraries are the librarians who have to work in them every day. They show up, day after day, and perform the same tedious functions.
After a while, they get jaded. The library is a boring place for them, and they want to make it hip or relevant or something like that. Most of all, they want action.
And what they’re most trying to fight against is the stereotype of the shushing librarian. We don’t shush!
It turns out that in some libraries there is a group that yearns for a shushing librarian: the patrons of the library.

Check out this story from Cerritos College, a community college in California: ‘Shhhhh’: Noise an issue in library, Student Center.

http://lj.libraryjournal.com/blogs/annoyedlibrarian/2014/11/20/the-library-is-not-for-studying/

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Ferguson library sees donations roll in

Ferguson is in turmoil, but one community safe haven is getting a lot of attention.

http://www.wcyb.com/news/money/ferguson-library-sees-donations-roll-in/29926598

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Library Books Save FSU Student by Standing Up to Bullet

One lucky Florida State University student escaped unscathed from a Thursday morning shooting rampage in the school's library thanks to his good study habits. Jason Derfuss didn't even notice that he'd been hit until he came home and unloaded his backpack, only to find that a bullet had pierced the sack and several books he had just checked out from the library before finally getting caught in one. Something tells us a Kindle wouldn't have been quite as sturdy.

http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2014/11/studious-fsu-student-saved-by-library-books.html

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Florida State University Gunman Shot Dead By Campus Police

Florida State University police shot and killed a gunman who had opened fire in the crowded university library around midnight. Three people were wounded.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/11/20/365402196/florida-state-gunman-shot-dead-by-c...

Survivor Library

In 1859, a solar storm threw an electromagnetic pulse at Earth so strong, it fried the telegraph system. A whole lot more is on the line now. Bob speaks with Rocky Rawlins of the Survivor Library about his preparations for getting zapped back to a time before computers and an electric grid.



http://www.onthemedia.org/story/survivor-library/

Will the librarian PLEASE keep the noise down! Anger over silence in libraries being shattered by creches, concerts and dance classes held to attract more visitors

Once a sanctuary of silence - modern library has become noisy environment
Librarians accused of encouraging activities in bid to entice more visitors
Campaign has been launched to get UK's libraries back to intended purpose

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2826421/Will-librarian-noise-Anger-silence-libraries...

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