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Reading Made Easy - Why Just Books Libraries Work

Sunder Rajan, founder of Just Books, is using technology to bring libraries back to the people.

Sunder Rajan, a software engineer from Bangalore, had a bright idea. He hated travelling miles to access a library. So, in May 2008, he decided to start one near his house with the help of his wife. This was the beginning of Just Books. He thought it would be a good part-time run, but he was surprised when he got 1,000 members in three months. He shrugged it off as the initial excitement about a library in the neighbourhood. But after another three months when his fledgling library grew to 2,000 members, Rajan knew he had stumbled onto something. He decided to make it his full-time job. Today, his company has 22 libraries all over India with a revenue of approximately Rs. 4 crore.

Read more: http://business.in.com/article/work-in-progress/reading-made-easy-why-just-books-libraries-w...

Who Needs New Books? (or Where to Make the Cuts)

From Yorkshire, the UK: COUNCIL bosses have cut the amount they spend on buying books and stock for North Yorkshire’s libraries by £300,000.

The reduction in funding for new titles, DVDs, newspapers and website subscriptions comes as North Yorkshire County Council looks for ways to cut its budget and involve communities in running the services without making sweeping closures.

The authority’s executive will decide next week whether to implement fresh proposals which would mean libraries in “key centres”, such as Selby, Malton and Norton, Pickering and Sherburn-in-Elmet staying open, but with fewer staff and reduced opening times.

Services in smaller towns, including Easingwold, Helmsley and Tadcaster, would be supported by the council but part-run by volunteers.

The library at Schipol Airport in the Netherlands

Recently went through Schipol Airport and had a chance to visit the little library that was mentioned in a LISNews article last year. Really nice when you're stuck for something to do (besides buying tulips or chocolate!)
Here are photos that my husband took with his iPhone:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/abirdie/5793384429/in/photostream
http://www.flickr.com/photos/abirdie/5793383449/in/photostream

Snoring...@ Your Library

Many librarians have encountered sleeping patrons...but this story from New Zealand draws the line at snoring while sleeping at the library.

"High power prices and heating restrictions imposed on homestay students are driving people to the library on cold winter days - to sleep.

Language school students Justina Liu and Dory Wang, who were seen napping at the New Lynn War Memorial Library last Saturday, say they go there if they want an afternoon nap, because their homestay parents won't let them use heaters at home during the day.

"It's nice and warm here, and the seats are really comfortable," said Miss Liu, who is from Hebei, China.

"Of course the best thing about it is that it's free and there's no one telling you to turn off the heater."

But it's not only homestay students needing a warm place to sleep.

Housewife Jan Togiola also said she went to "libraries with plush seats" to catch a nap in between reading the newspapers because high power prices had made it "impossible to afford" heating in her home.

Library user Catherine Jones said she found such behaviour "rude and inconsiderate" and had complained to staff at the Auckland Central library a couple of times in the past fortnight.

"It's not just the sleeping ... sometimes it's the snoring that I find irritating when you want to have a quiet read in the library," Mrs Jones said. "

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #154

This week's episode brings an essay about a new attempt at fracturing the Internet which will otherwise alter the knowledge ecology. More than oil emanates from the Middle East.

A microblog feed has been instituted for items from the slush pile that do not otherwise make it to air. You can find such on Twitter at ELPPILE and on Identica at ELPSLUSH.

Related links:
Radio Netherlands Worldwide Media Network blog highlighting Iran's attempt to fracture the Internet
Internet luminary Dave Winer on Iran's attempt to fracture the Internet
Wall Street Journal on Iran's attempt to fracture the Internet
Nova: The Cuban take on Linux
CIA World Factbook on Cuba
CIA World Factbook on Iran
CIA World Factbook on raw amounts of Internet users ranked by nation-state

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Polish Librarians...Check Out "Pullover" (Pulowerek.pl)

Pulowerek.pl is the "different" Polish website for librarians....named after a characteristic part of stereotypical librarian uniform (cardigan-vest). Our idea is simple: bring maximum entertainment, maximum fun, maximum auto-irony to the dusty world of professional bookworms.

We publish new articles 6 times a week. News, reviews, comic strips, contests, online games, multimedia selections - always something new to cheer up and inspire librarians. Last year (among other contest) we organized Polish edition of "Pimp my bookcart" competition.

Soon, on May 11th Pulowerek celebrates its 2nd birthday! We invite everyone to visit our site and have some fun [...and use google translate possibilities to enjoy our articles :) ]

Maciej Rynarzewski
http://pulowerek.pl

Librarians Without Borders on the Ground in Guatemala: The Asturias Library Project

27 members of Librarians Without Borders (LWB) are currently on the ground on a service learning trip to Guatemala, from April 22 - May 3, 2011. This is part of a partnership with the Miguel Angel Asturias Academy, a non-profit private school founded in 1994 to eliminate education disparities through subsidized tuition and create informed, critically-thinking, socially conscious citizens through its curriculum.

The partnership between LWB and Asturias is focused on promoting literacy and libraries in Guatemala, and development and operation of the Asturias Community Library. As part of this trip, the group will learn about Guatemalan culture and education, participate in community organizing and change making workshops, and complete a week of work at the Asturias Academy and Community Library. -- Read More

Dutch Book Week

It's Dutch Book Week, and the focus is on (auto)biographies. Ann Frank is shown above (pretty amazing!). From Behance.net:

Each year CPNB (Collective Promotion Dutch Literature) organises the Dutch Book Week to promote Dutch literature. And every year a specific genre is being profiled. This year the(auto) biography is featured. This is translated in the theme ‘GeschrevenPortretten’, which translates in Written Portraits’. Van Wanten Etcetera created the campaign, which show the different faces behind the (auto) biographies. Anne Frank, Vincent van Gogh, Louis van Gaal and Kader Abdollah (writer of the biographic Book Week give away). Souverein made the artwork and did an amazing job creating realistic images. Even original book pages were used for the text inside the portraits to get right structure for each portrait.

United Kingdom Public Libraries Face Legal Threat

The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals has a press release out noting that the legal duty for local authorities to maintain libraries in the United Kingdom may be under threat. This was brought about by a deregulatory push by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government's Department of Communities and Local Governments to seek comment on the over one thousand mandates by central government upon local authorities in the UK. CILIP President Brian Hall is urging members of that organization to contribute their views to the review being undertaken by the department.

Photos of Stricken Japanese Libraries

Library staffers and patrons across Japan sent in photos and reports.

From Galley Cat: If you want to help, the Authors for Japan site just launched yesterday, as writers and publishing professionals have donated some great prizes to raise funds for earthquake and tsunami relief in Japan. We also created a Twitter list of writers living in Japan.

Also, here's disaster relief information from the Japanese version of Save the Libraries

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