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The Michigan Daily Reports Some telemarketing companies have made millions of dollars by targeting unsuspecting college libraries like those at the University, according to a number of librarians.
A primary profit-making strategy of these companies is to tell the library employees that they have ordered their business-to-business directories â€” which provide an extensive listing of businesses that other businesses can call when they need services, such as technical support â€” and demanding that the library pay for them when in fact the library never purchased them. The cost of such directories ranges from $300 to $1,000, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Rich writes "AP reports that a stuffed bald eagle which could be 100 years old was stolen from the Goodrich Memorial Library in Newport, Vermont. "The bird was one of many in the display case, behind glass to protect onlookers from the mercury used at the time the animals were stuffed as a preservative."
http://www.boston.com/news/local/vermont/articles/ 2005/03/24/stuffed_bald_eagle_stolen_from_newport_ library/"
Anonymous Patron writes "OregonLive.com Reports Charles Wayne Gray, 60, of Lake Oswego, was arrested Tuesday on accusations he stole more than 1,000 library books, CDs and videotapes from libraries in Clackamas and Washington counties and sold them on the Internet.
Gray, a part-time worker at the Clackamas County library information network and the Tigard Public Library, sold at least $10,000 worth of library materials online in the past six months, according to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office."
Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "A terrific tale of biblio-sleuthing that was instigated by The Art Newspaper's investigation. After following a nearly cold trail and nailing the facts, UKâ€™s Spoliation Advisory Panel recommended that the British Library should restitute the 12th century manuscript to Benevento cathedral as it was taken during the period of Nazi-era spoliation."
The not-yet-opened Southmost Public Library in Brownsville, TX has just arrested the person designated to be their future director for stealing from the coin-operated copy machine. Agustin Carrera, a long-term city employee, was captured on camera in a sting operation, as reported here.
That same library, a $3 million dollar project, was targeted earlier in the construction process; story from LIS News .
Anonymous Patron writes "Ex-library worker charged with embezzling money: article out of Michigan where a library's former office manager wasn't crazy about teaching anyone how to do the payroll for the Gladwin County Library system back in 2001. He was charged on Wednesday with 14 crimes, and accused of conducting a criminal enterprise out of the library. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a $100,000 fine if convicted of conducting a criminal enterprise."
Anonymous Patron writes "Muskegon Chronicle - Muskegon,MI reports A 23-year-old former Muskegon man -- already in prison for a November 1999 child rape in a Hackley Public Library restroom -- pleaded no contest Tuesday to raping a 68-year-old woman in her home the same month."
Anonymous Patron writes "The Camden Chronicle doesn't provide many details, but a library has been hit by a spate of handbag thefts.
There were three incidents in five days at Swiss Cottage Central Library, Avenue Road, Hampstead, between February 11 and February 16.
A 40-year-old woman had her handbag pinched from under her desk as she sat at a computer on February 11.
This is the UK, England, I think."
Anonymous Patron writes "WHNT-TV, Huntsville, AL Reports: Twelve thousand dollars worth of children's books from the Wheeler Basin Public Library are ruined."
New cookbooks are coming to the shelves of the Bloomington, IL library, thanks to LISNews reporter and librarian Rochelle Hartman, who brought attention to the problem that struck her library last summer when unknown vandals cut out as many as 40 pages from assorted cookbooks. Friends organizations from other states have also pitched in to replace the damaged editions. Here's the good news.