Friday Updates

Well folks, it\’s that time of the week. Friday updates include helping hands, cutting hours, toxic fumes, censorship of donations, 24-7 access, no more book sales, Internet rules, childrens books, decrease in circulation, the Quote of the Week, and much, much more!!

Well folks, it\’s that time of the week. Friday updates include helping hands, cutting hours, toxic fumes, censorship of donations, 24-7 access, no more book sales, Internet rules, childrens books, decrease in circulation, the Quote of the Week, and much, much more!! From

Helping hands at CdA library

\”Russ Patterson\’s hands fill the Coeur d\’Alene Public Library with
words. As the library\’s new interpreter for the deaf, Patterson is a
direct link between the deaf and knowledge.

From the Times Free Press

Cleveland Library Board Decides To Cut Hours

\”Faced with a book budget they said won\’t even replace books that
will wear out during the new fiscal year, the Cleveland Library Board
voted Tuesday to close on Wednesday evenings and Sundays.\”


New U. Minnesota library copes with toxic fumes

\”Concerned about levels of hydrogen sulfide in an Elmer Andersen
Library mechanical room, University of Minnesota Facilities Management
has sealed off the room, installed fans and is continuously monitoring
gas levels.

From the World Net Daily

Library censors Planned Parenthood exposé

\”A Toledo, Ohio, family is looking for answers after officials at
the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library rejected their book donation
for being \”too political.\”

From the Sun Times

Libraries offer 24-hour access

\”The libraries in Chicago and Schaumburg are offering a pilot
program through their Web sites at
that allows their patrons to check out books, read them on their home
computers and even print out a limited number of pages.

From the Washington Post

Book Sales Could Be Shelved

\”Storing 100,000 books takes at least 3,000 square feet of dry
storage space. That\’s about 3,000 square feet more than the Loudoun
Library Foundation can come up with right now.

From the Borderland News

Internet rules for libraries reviewed

\”After a two-year delay, the El Paso Public Library System has
connected most of its 56 computers to the World Wide Web, and today
City Council will consider guidelines against patrons visiting
sexually explicit Internet sites\”

From the Dallas News

Children\’s bookshelves are virtual fantasy islands

\”This column has been declared an Official \”No Harry Potter\” Zone.
Mind you, I\’ve got nothing against the 4-foot-tall wizard, even as
today marks his most awesome feat of magic. He – or rather, the
publishers who complained of his dominance of book sales – actually
got The New York Times to start a kids\’ best-seller list. Now we
parents have another index to goad us into fretting over our
offspring\’s literacy skills.

From the Las Vegas Review Journal

Local library checks out book decline

\”Too few Southern Nevadans are checking out the books bought with
their tax dollars, a trend library officials hope to reverse. Dan
Walters, chief of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, said
a poor selection on library shelves is one of the main reasons local
readers are not checking out as many books as residents of cities
such as Baltimore and Seattle.

The Des Moines Register Reported on a big day of moving for the Urbandale Public Library. They moved 100,000 books and other items, at a cost of $20,000. \”The process is \”like putting a puzzle back together,\” says Sara Pearson, the library director.\”

The Union Tribune Reported That officials in CA are considering filtering the computeres in public libraries. \”Our goal is to filter out the pornography that comes so quickly on the Internet,\” said Supervisor Bill Horn. Horn proposes installing the filtering software only on county library computers used by children. To allay concerns about First Amendment rights, the software would not be added to computers used primarily by adults, said Horn


The Chicago Tribunehas a Story On how popular the computers are in the CPL. Probably not any suprise to someone who has been in a library in the past few years. They\’ve also started reference by email\”\”If we expect our libraries to remain anchors in our communities, an extension of our classrooms and homes, we must use all the tools available to us to make them and the books in them easily accessible to people,\” Daley said.

Net-Loving Brits Hate Net News

It\’s not really a follow up on the newspaper story from this week, but Wiredhas a Story on how much people in the UK love the web, but just refuse to get news from web sites.\”that while 15 million British adults have access to the Internet, more than eight in 10 people would rather catch up on current events the old fashioned way. A massive 83 percent of the 1,000 people polled said they will never switch to the Internet as their first choice of news service \”

E Book ROund Up

Wired has a nice story collection of stories on the latest in the world of E-Books. They go over the Miracles series, Steven King, and Contentville.

Burglars ransack British Library

Times of India has a sorry story about some trouble at the British Library in Lucknow. They didn\’t steal any books or anything large, but got away with a bunch of money.\”That was probably because they did not had a “convenient passage\’\’ to escape. The police said they must have slide down the drain pipes and obviously could not carry the electronic gadgetry at the same time\”

Quote of the Week
From the newsgroup…

\”When a senior citizen tells you that he pays your salary, tell him that you pay for his Medicare\”