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The very first librarian of the United Nations, Sigurd Rasmussen, a Dane by birth who later became a US citizen, has died at the age of 99.
From 1941 to 1946, he was a librarian for the League of Nations Mission at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, NJ, working with such luminaries as Albert Einstein.
Fluent in a dozen languages, he later formed what would become the Library of the United Nations and became the U.N.'s first librarian in 1946. Obituary from the Washington Post .
Library Journal has announced their annual Movers & Shakers for 2005, and we in the blogopshere are proud to be represented by Michael Stephens of Tame the Web and Aaron Schmidt who delivers Walking Paper. Many other good names on the list. Give 'em a shout out in the comments.
Richard Kreimer, 55, who successfully sued the Morristown (NJ) Library for harassment (they ejected him due to his unappealing smell), is now pursuing another target, New Jersey Transit. The stakes are much higher this time, he's suing for $5,000,000.000, as the court award of $230,000 from his 1991 suit has long been spent on medical expenses from a number of chronic health problems.
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Anonymous Patron writes "A Strange One our of Massachusetts where A woman who said a man cared for her while she received cancer treatment can't believe library officials have agreed to put the name of his confessed killer on a library plaque. The killer was his live-in lover and fiancÃ© on Feb. 7, and then fled to the woods and shot himself later in the day, according to police and prosecutors.
But city officials say they support Library Director Susan Shelton's decision to include the name on a plaque honoring hundreds of people who donated money to the new library."
Anonymous Patron writes "New From Des Moines, Iowa, where A Moline, Illinois, man has been arrested for animal abuse for allegedly cutting a cat's throat outside the Bettendorf Library.
Police say a library patron reported that 34-year-old Thomas Hammond cut the cat's throat after it walked through the library parking lot about 10:30 a.m. yesterday (Monday)."
Anonymous Patron writes "Not many details to this Chicago Tribune Piece but yet another sex offender was arrested in yet another library incident. This time a convicted sex offender was arrested last week after he touched a 4-year-old girl he was reading to at the Harold Washington Library Center, Chicago police and library officials said.
The girl's mother was in the children's section of the library when she gave a man permission to read to the child, said library spokeswoman Ruth Lednicer. When the mother saw what she judged to be inappropriate touching, she alerted a library guard, Lednicer said."
Anonymous Patron writes "Resident wants to throw the book at library: A Bloomfield Hills (MI) man is suing his township after being denied membership card. "The library has decided to put the squeeze on. Not only did they refuse my rights to borrow materials, but they have asked the 90 libraries in their network of affiliates to not issue nonresident cards to any Bloomfield Hills residents," said Goldstone, 85.
The longtime Bloomfield Hills resident has filed a lawsuit against the library to obtain a nonresident card and to pay an applicable fee in order to gain full access to the facility, which includes the right to borrow materials. "
The Cincinnati Enquirer Reports on Today's home libraries, which often function as offices and sitting rooms, are important "due to the fact that everything else except the bedroom and bath seem to be going into one living space," says architect Don Beck of Mount Auburn"Folks need an alternate to the large great room, a place to feel cozy ... to read or watch TV or make phone calls or have intimate conversations."It must be just horrible to have a large great room and not be happy.
Very Helpful And Appreciated search-engines-web.com sent over THis Associated Press Look at Paul Allen. Whether buying professional sports teams or putting $100-million into brain research, Allen, a college dropout who started Microsoft with his childhood friend Bill Gates, describes his approach as personal.