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Buddy can you spare some time

Norma writes: ""Buddy can you spare some time" by Martin Peers is an article in today's Wall Street Journal (Jan. 25, 2004) about how Americans are using their discretionary time. There's some good news and some bad news for librarians, but all of it is news librarians need to analyze to be prepared when considering staffing and collections.Broadcast TV hours going down; cable TV hours going up.Radio going up.Video/Internet useage going up (although not as much as I'd thought)Daily newspaper reading flat.Reading books flat.Reading magazines flat.Books, magazines and newspaper reading accounted for about 7 hours a week of discretionary time. Sure, that's not a lot, but they haven't lost ground since 1996. Appears that the time to surf the net is taken from TV time, not from books.Disposable time is a battle for the dollar.Then there is a second article on differences in gender and age in using TV, internet, renting movies, listening to music, etc. 39% of people over 45 read (what I'm not sure) compared to 11% under 25 and 24% read between 25-34."

Philanthropist who was instrumental in getting new Univ. of Kentucky library built dies

Mary writes "W.T. Young, who personally contributed $5M to the construction of the University of Kentucky library that now bears his name, passed away this week at the age of Has The Story"

New study shatters Internet 'geek' image

CNN is running This Reuters Article.
They say the typical Internet user -- far from being a geek -- shuns television and actively socializes with friends, a study on surfing habits said on Wednesday.

The findings of the first World Internet Project report present an image of the average Netizen that contrasts with the stereotype of the loner "geek" who spends hours of his free time on the Internet and rarely engages with the real world.

Woman brings library to book

Odd little story from on Marianne Bick, who says her library refused a gift of 104 books merely because putting them on the system would be too much work.
One of the librarians told her it would be too much work to catalogue them.

"I was, therefore, gobsmacked when I was told by the librarian they did not want books given by the public because it was too much work to put the books on the system."

Prisoners learn as they record for others

Bob Cox spotted a PI Piece On a nascent program at the Washington Corrections Center for Women that's helping people toward college degrees and perhaps preventing some of these women from making return visits to this prison near Purdy. The women in the prison are paid $1 an hour, with 50-cent increases each time they complete 100 90-minute audiotapes. That's much more than the 42 cents inmates get for most jobs, such as cooking and laundry.
Then they place the audiotapes into FedEx envelopes and send them to community college students who couldn't learn without them.

Knighthood for Tim Berners-Lee

Tim Berners-Lee, who invented the World Wide Web in his spare time while working in a physics lab, has been awarded a knighthood for his efforts. Berners-Lee makes the UK's New Year's Honours List, announced today, alongside the likes of Ray Davies, Eric Clapton, and Philip Pullman. The Independent has the story.

Disabled woman creates town library

Norma writes "The Columbus Dispatch ran a follow-up Dec. 28 on stories printed earlier in the year. I noticed that Samantha Crewson is working on establishing a library for Catawba, Ohio, 35 miles west of Columbus in Clark County. With donations and no government money she has collected 50-60,000 books. This is therapy for Crewson who had a brain aneurysm in 1994 and this project is helping her regain lost skills, according to the CD. Sorry, but I can't link to the article."

Jesus Eye on the Genealogist Guy, Barb's Stuff 3

Robin Rose Yuran writes "JESUS EYE ON THE GENEALOGIST GUY(Another Stuff Barb Don’t Want Moment)By Robin Rose YuranThey like to travel in packs; I can usually spot them coming up the path to the library; they are the genealogists, the ones with the Jesus-freak eye-glazed look accompanied by way too much smiling. It’s a “Stand away from the car�/�Houston we’ve got a problem moment.�

STUFF BARB DON'T WANT at the circ desk

robin rose yuran wants to tell us about her experiences at the circ desk. Follow the link below for the full story, but here's a teaser:

My sister once went to a tag sale, somewhere in the middle of nowhere. The lawn was peppered with dog poop and plastic kid’s toys. One of those huge satellite receivers yawned its black maw towards the sky. There was a cardboard box in the driveway with black magic marker letters that spelled out “STUFF BARB DON’T WANT.� Later that day, after a couple of glasses of wine, she told me the story and we got laughing hysterically. But STUFF BARB DON’T WANT didn’t want to leave; it’s become somewhat of a catchall phrase, sort of an inside joke, to signify anything unpleasant or unuseful from moldy fruit to Mormons at the door. Barb has become a member of the family, one that shows up every once in a while when you least expect it.STUFF BARB DON’T WANT pops in sometimes at the small library where I work....

UK Innovator of the Year Praises British Library

Charles Davis writes "from

Mark Sheahan, Innovator of the Year 2003,
developed his successful range of Squeezeopen
containers with vital support from the British Library's
business services.

As a first time inventor with little
experience of where to go for information, Mark approached the
British Library. Using the Library's resources and with help from the
Library's Research Service, Mark quickly found the information he
needed, including patent information and market research reports.

The Library's vast collections were essential for his detailed research
into plastics as the product development continued. Throughout the
whole process, any of the documents he needed - including journal
articles and patent specifications - were delivered straight to his
desktop via the Library's document supply operation.

Mark Sheahan, said: "The British Library is quite simply a treasure
trove of business information."


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