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Tom Peters, "Barnacles on the Ship of Librarianship:"
In the past two years or so, however, as I thought about the state of librarianship, a wild and crazy idea keeps surfacing: What if libraries themselves are unnecessarily retarding the progress of librarianship? What if they have become barnacles on the ship of librarianship?
cnet's Rafe Needleman hosts a blog outside his day job called "Pro PR Tips". For smaller libraries without their own press liaisons, Needleman's blog provides a variety of tips with some explanation as to how such is received on the press side. Sometimes biting, sometimes sarcastic, Needleman's posts provide unique looks at the pet peeves of journalists when involved in a public relations transaction showing things to avoid.
AP reports: The Milwaukee Public Library has been chosen to host a national traveling exhibit on baseball's Negro Leagues.
"Pride and Passion: The African-American Baseball Experience" will tour libraries from July 22 through Sept. 4.
The Milwaukee Public Library is one of 25 libraries nationwide chosen to host the exhibit, which treats baseball as a reflection of U.S. race relations. Details on the grant that funded the exhibit from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
Adrants Points To a series of ads for The Alberta Library which tells us just how powerful informative and motivational books can be. Aiming to show just how much influence a book can have on a person's life, both positively and negatively, four scenarios are played out to humorous effect.
Today in the New York Times:
Publishers, authors and even libraries are embracing video games to promote books to young readers.
When PJ Haarsma wrote his first book, a science fiction novel for preteenagers, he didn’t think just about how to describe Orbis, the planetary system where the story takes place. He also thought about how it should look and feel in a video game.
The online game that Mr. Haarsma designed not only extends the fictional world of the novel, it also allows readers to play in it. At the same time, Mr. Haarsma very calculatedly gave gamers who might not otherwise pick up a book a clear incentive to read: one way that players advance is by answering questions with information from the novel.
“You can’t just make a book anymore,” said Mr. Haarsma, a former advertising consultant. Pairing a video game with a novel for young readers, he added, “brings the book into their world, as opposed to going the other way around.”
Returning checked out library books in Beaumount could net a $100 gas card, according to a news release.
In the "Bring them Back and Get Gas" program, patrons must return borrowed books and other materials inside the library. Those returned in the book drops won't count to-ward the prize.
From Shelf-Awareness today: Among the many volunteer readers, Matt Phillips, a librarian at the Twin Hickory Public Library, Glen Allen, VA and his daughter Sydney read Where's Waldo by Martin Handford (No. 88 on the ALA's top 100 banned and challenged books 1990-2000) in the library's Banned Books Weeks window. Adrienne Minock, teen librarian at Twin Hickory, wrote that the window has "gotten a lot of attention. We hear a lot of 'Mom, what are those people doing in there?' The best part has been hearing parents explain to their kids what the display is all about, which is exactly what we wanted to happen!"
Money off pizza, martial-arts lessons, crafts supplies, pet grooming, bowling and more...just by presenting your new library card. Here's the deal...
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How can librarians compete with this service? Since many users seem to treat it as a joke, do we even need to? Discuss.
Library fines could become a thing of the past if a group of UK librarians get their way. A fiery debate has been raging for the past week between librarians, with anti-fine campaigners describing the charges as punitive, old-fashioned and creating a negative impression of libraries.
"Libraries are facing competition from television, magazines, the internet, e-books, yet they have this archaic and mad idea of charging people money for being slightly late," said library consultant Frances Hendrix - a loud voice in the debate which has been taking place on an online forum for librarians. "It's all so negative, unprofessional and unbusinesslike; like any business, libraries need not to alienate their customers."
The Guardian article continues: "One librarian suggested adopting the ancient practice of some monasteries, in which monks who offended in the handling of books were publicly cursed. Another pointed to Soviet Russia, where they said that offenders' names were published in newspapers to shame them into returning their books. In New Zealand town Palmerston North next week, library users returning late books are being challenged to beat librarians on Guitar Hero to have their fines waived.