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Ringo Releases Collection of Postcards from Fellow Beatles writes "The ArtWork and the Humor will brighten up your Friday.Ringo Starr shows the personal side of his relationship with the Beatles through this collection spanning several"

Nation’s presidential libraries struggling to draw visitors shares An Associated Press Piece on presidential libraries. With Americans spending less time visiting such museums across the country, Walch and the directors of the nation’s other presidential libraries say they are marketing themselves more aggressively than ever.
“I’ve had easier sells,� said David Collins, a University of Iowa marketing instructor who helped develop a plan to boost the number of visitors at the library. “The problem is getting people here. Part of that problem is that everybody is looking for the ‘wow’ factor now.�

L. J. Names 2005 Librarian of the Year


After entering as a "bit player" among feudal lords, she became an honored, celebrated campus leader. Building and repositioning the library, Susan Nutter brought it from what one senior professor called "an embarrassment" to its current role and site, a central force and place in the academic enterprise at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh. As Vice Provost and director of libraries, Nutter "has taken a middling library and made it into a model for the entire profession," says her colleague Carla Stoffle, dean of libraries at the University of Arizona. "The NCSU libraries have come to be recognized across our campus as vital for the university's success," says NCSU provost James Oblinger. Despite these and many more achievements, she "supports and gives credit generously to others and is unduly modest about her own contributions," says Karin Wittenborg, university librarian at the University of Virginia.

Professor Michael K. Stoskopf tells how, with her guidance, the NCSU faculty decided to forgo personal salary increases during trying financial times in North Carolina. They insisted that the money go to support the development of the NCSU library. "This generous gift made with enthusiasm by the entire university faculty was the catalyst that allowed the transformation of our library to one worthy of respect and admiration," Stoskopf continues, adding, "It is as good an example as I can provide of Susan's special abilities."

Because of these achievements, and with these enthusiastic endorsements, the editors of LJ celebrate Nutter as the 2005 Library Journal Librarian of the Year.

Changing Career Paths to Library Science

Bearkat writes "From NPR's Morning Edition

"When Joseph Nga came to the United States from his native Cameroon in 1997, he was pursuing a career in ethnobiology. But two master's degrees later, he still found his ambitions frustrated. In the process, a new path emerged. Nga had taken a part-time job at the Library of Congress. Unable to get a job in his field of choice -- even with two master's degrees -- Nga decided to change his career path to suit the library-related job he had."

Listen to the story at NPR."

Ten Stories that Shaped 2004

As an encore to last year's recap, read on for the top library stories of 2004. Comments are welcome! -- Read More

Oklahoma Librarian Calendar

Anonymous Patron writes "Want 12 months of Oklahoman Librarians? Well then, you could purchase the calendar mentioned at the OLA Blog. 5-okie-librarian-calendar.html

Let's give the following librarians a hand for willing to be photographed:

  • Lee Peoples
  • Adriana Edwards-Johnson
  • Jonathan Woltz
  • Kimberly Johnson
  • Kimberly Ann Edwards
  • Joy Summers-Ables
  • Robin Kickingbird
  • Ursula Ellis
  • Sara Martinez
  • Lynn Wallace
  • Buffy Edwards
  • Monica Bread"

Just How is Google Gonna Do It?

Bob writes "The size of the project itself is mind-boggling but the SF Chronicle describes the actual process the participating Google libraries will use to accomplish it."

When the BROWSER Makes Suggestions on What Sites to Visit

search-engines-web writes " is changing into an entertainment Portal of sorts - in contrast to the Strictly I.T. business of Microsoft, Firefox and OperaBut one really interesting feature, is their Web site Suggestion of the Day; They keep an archive - so, why not take a look at the suggestions of the "Browser"...Very varied and entertainingHave Fun!"

Book artist does great work

Bob writes "I came across Jim's work a few years ago and was amazed at his creativity and craftsmanship, not to mention what else can you get a real book-lover for a gift:

Read more in San Francisco Chronicle"

Word game with library at stake

Bob writes "Sadly, there seems to be a dearth of good library games/timewasters for desk duty break time other than solitaire
but until they perfect MARC record racing this is fun: rm"

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