December 2004

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”

Salinas Friends Soldier On

Here’s the word from Lynne Steele, President of the Friends of the Salinas Public Library about plans to reverse the closing of the libraries:

A community coalition meeting is planned for Jan 15, 2005, 10 AM – 12N at the Richard W. Nutter Agricultural Conference Center, 1432 Abbott St, Salinas, CA. This meeting will begin the work on finding the very best way to bring back the Salinas Public Library. The system will close down completely by June 30, 2005. We must begin work right away to keep this down time as short as possible. We also wish to find the solution that will hopefully prevent this terrible event from ever happening again. There may be a combination of short and long term plans to achieve that goal, but it will be a community effort.

Your concern and efforts to spread the word to people is very much appreciated. Check the Friends Website for updates on how the community is working to keep the libraries down-time as short as possible.

The Danger of Google History in a Time of War

An Anonymous Patron writes The Danger of Google History in a Time of War There’s a reason history should be written by historians and not by Internet software or talk-show hosts: Who else today has the time and patience to sift through the past to unearth the events and ideas that are fundamental to reasoned public debate on the most crucial issues facing our society? The ancient Greeks long ago realized that history is crucial to democracy; especially in wartime, we Googleize it at our peril.”

Libaries v. Bookstores

Bookstores have coffee, storytime, babysitting and stain-retardant carpet, making them more attractive than libraries to many parents of young children. But, according to this piece at

Libraries, in turn, have learned from the giant retailers. Many libraries now sell coffee drinks and set up elaborate displays, even train tables, patterned after those at the bookstores, said Cynthia Richey, a 30-year librarian in Mount Lebanon, Pa.

And, hey, many parents think that librarians make great babysitters. The good news from this article is that library use has remained steady since 1995, according to the latest ALA figures.

Library of Congress picks 25 movies with a place in history

The Reader’s Shop writes “Films teaching Cold War children to “duck and cover” and describing how Oskar Schindler saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust are being added to the National Film Registry. Also being preserved: films with Elvis Presley and Rin Tin Tin.

They are among 25 films selected by the Library of Congress for the registry, which now holds 400 pictures.

The The Associated Press Reports

Cites & Insights 5.1 available

Walt writes Cites & Insights 5.1 (January 2005), sponsored by YBP Library Services,
is now available for downloading.

The 22-page issue (PDF as always) includes:

  • Bibs & Blather: Sponsorship, notes on conference blogging, and why I’m
    not commenting on Google Library.

  • Perspective: The End of the Experiment (and the beginning of the
    journal). A transitional note.

  • Library Access to Scholarship: Notes on NIH’s plans, the stalled
    situation in the UK, and a few short pieces.

  • Feedback: Your Insights: Ross E. Riker comments on “What’s Wrong With
    You People?”

  • Perspective: Looking Back 1: Trends & Products, 1995-2000: An excerpt
    (and comment) from each issue of “Trailing Edge Notes” and “Crawford’s

  • Copyright Currents: What didn’t happen in Congress’ lame-duck session,
    plus notes on DRM developments and the RIAA.

I’m looking for program and conference reporters. See
This Page for details.”

The Thackrey Library

AP writes The Thackrey Library is an impressive collection of wine-making texts. The documents on this site are transcriptions, not scans. This is altogether painstaking, but well worth it: the text retains nearly all of its original aroma and flavor, clearly a crucial point in wine-making, while still permitting anyone, anywhere, to download it quickly and easily, on any sort of computer or internet connection”

Amnesty Calm before the Overdue Storm in Philly send us a Piece on The Bucks County Free Library (in PA) who is waiving its late fees for two weeks starting today, in advance of a doubling of most fines early next year.
The county libraries now bring in about $250,000 in late fees. Hours at the county libraries seven branches were reduced last year because of slashed funding from the state. In 2003, Harrisburg cut its aid to public libraries throughout Pennsylvania – including a cut of about $1.4 million in Bucks from a budget that had been about $9 million.