Potential Partnership between Netflix and Brooklyn PL

Brooklyn Public Library and Netflix are considering a partnership to bring DVDs and videos into the homes of library card holders, Business Week reports.

This initiative "would involve creating a list of movies that Netflix would provide for library patrons for free, the paper said, which would save the library system the cost of buying the expensive DVDs. In return, the system would pay Netflix for the service." This service would be part of the library's plans to increase customer service by incorporating more home delivery of library items.

While a Netflix representative quoted in the article was unaware of any possible partnership, John Vitali, chief fiscal officer for Brooklyn PL, is quoted as expressing a desire to "work with Netflix and really get that inventory together, really use Netflix as the delivery mechanism."

Library; collection agency; Ohio this time

mdoneil writes "Avon Lake (I wonder if it smells like perfume?) Ohio brings us this story about their library using a collection agency.
The slackers owe the library $30K in fines and charges for lost materials."

RFID Passports Coming

Search Engines Web sent in a link to a CNN story about upcoming changes to US passports:

Imagine being overseas and your identity being available for the taking - your nationality, your name, your passport number. Everything. That's the fear of privacy and security specialists now that the State Department plans to issue "e-Passports" to American travelers beginning in late August.

The Department of State has a FAQ page up as well.

Library card collection

An Anonymous Patron writes "
From The News Kevlin, 47, has worked as the library services secretary for the Tacoma Public School District for 15 years. Two years ago, the Puyallup resident came across a library directory Web site and started collecting cards by sending e-mails to branches around the country.

I'd say I'm collecting library cards and I'd like one from their system, Kevlin said.

He now has 158 of them."


Children's books recalled because of problem with cover

The Associated Press reports About 41,000 children's books have been recalled by Advantage Publishers Group because if the clear plastic container is removed from the book's back cover or breaks, young children can access the beads inside it, posing a choking hazard.

TV News on libraries' use of collection agencies

Elizabeth Thomsen writes "Here's a consumer story from Boston's CBS affiliate Channel 4 on libraries using collection agencies, and how this can affect credit. They say Most librarians don't want to go this route, but can be faced with fines that exceed $1,000. Many are willing to try anything to keep their shelves stocked. "


Mixed Up DVDs Surprise Mormon Buyers

Here's a brief story about how buyers at the Deseret Bookstore in Salt Lake City ended up with "Diary of a Porn Star" (starring Ben Dover?) in lieu of "Sons of Provo."


Tighter Controls on Books about Witchcraft and the Occult in Manawatu

Kathleen writes "Some odd patrons at the Palmerston North City Library.
Teenage girls who "overdose" on television programmes like Charmed have encouraged Palmerston North Library to put tighter controls on books about witchcraft and the occult. Also
erotica and sex manuals,Hot Rod and Fine Scale Modeller,people interested in pit bulls [who]can be a shady lot,books of Nazi insignia, or about heavy metal rockers, and anything featuring rocker-suicide Kurt Cobain.
And it looks so peaceful.
Conveniently located half way between Taupo and Wellington, Manawatu is the "gateway" to the Horowhenua, Wairarapa, Hawkes Bay, Rangitikei and Wanganui Regions. Stay a week in Palmerston North - you can explore all five regions plus Manawatu."


Banned, UnBanned, Now Borrowed: "America" (The Book)

Follow up to the 1)banning and 2) reversal of banning of "America" (The Book) by Jon Stewart. It's flying off the library shelves in Mississippi. Story from the Sun Herald .

Good PR for a book that has already proven popular. Do you suppose any of this was planned in advance by the publishers?


Good Idea: The "Did You Miss Me" Table

Patrons of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, it turns out, are a lot like the general book-buying public: They go for thrillers, detective yarns and Harry Potter.

But this article from The Columbia also suggests an interesting way for patrons to enjoy popular books...last year's popular titles.

They're on the "Did You Miss Me?" table, just past the entrance at the Vancouver Community Library (WA). Librarian Karin Ford said that since the table was set up in September 2003, it has generated 20,000 check-outs of books that might otherwise be overlooked...and "more of a return on our investment."



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