Submitted by AndyW on May 27, 2010 - 1:14am
In Roman times, there was a uncommon military discipline practice called decimation
. Meant as a way to punish cowardly or mutinous soldiers, it was a brutal practice in which groups of ten would draw lots; one man would be selected to be killed by the other nine men through clubbing, stoning, or only with their hands and feet. This ‘removal of a tenth’ punishment sent a clear message to the survivors: your actions (or lack of action) put you at risk for a disgraceful death. It was warning to all, a vicious lesson that the cruelty of the battlefield is nothing compared to the cruelty of your fellow countrymen.
Submitted by AndyW on March 9, 2010 - 2:47am
On the whole, I'm not much of a book reader. Most of my reading is done online; I read a handful of books every year, mostly non-fiction, based on various whims. Right now, I'm reading The World Without Us, a captivating exploration about how the world would revert (or not revert) back to a pre-human emergence.
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Submitted by Jay on July 13, 2009 - 6:57pm
In hard times, they have become centers of access to information, communities, and jobs.
By Amy Dougherty
"A recently released report by the Philadelphia Workforce Investment Board, "Help Wanted: Knowledge Workers Needed," included a stunning statistic: Almost 50 percent of the citizens of Philadelphia lack the basic skills needed to perform in a knowledge-based economy. Given that, our state and city leaders have shown a remarkable lack of vision in threatening to reduce library services.
Submitted by Jay on January 12, 2009 - 8:23pm
Library of the future: $24-million Darien Library opens Saturday
"It’s not just the construction and design that make this a library of the future — the building itself is impressive — but the attitude and new vision led by director Louise Berry. The Dewey Decimal system we grew up with is replaced by books organized by subject. There is no librarian stuck behind a desk to check out your books and media because there are four self-check-out stations allowing librarians to be among the stacks helping and talking to you.
Submitted by Jay on January 12, 2009 - 8:10pm
"People are flocking to Deschutes County libraries, and officials say the slumping economy may be bringing them business. From July through November, patrons checked out about 10 percent more books and other items compared with the same period last year."
Read the full article at:
Books fly off shelves as library use soars
Submitted by barland1 on December 12, 2008 - 8:28am
Years ago the tech society predicted an end of the public library. Thomas Frey, Senior Futurist (Da Vinci Institute) notes that critics failed to predict the library's ability to reinvent themselves. Thus, libraries thrive well in our information environment. Cities across the continents are investing heavily in public libraries. These libraries contain opulent multistory structures, equipped with cutting edge technology.
Libraries have evolved into interactive research and leisure centers.
Submitted by repmarkbcohen on December 7, 2008 - 3:59pm
On November 8, 2008, four days after the election of Barack Obama, first year Mayor Michael Nutter of Philadelphia announced the closings of 11 branch libraries as part of an attempt to balance the city budget in face of declining revenues.
Mayor Nutter has been met with determined resistance from the city wide Friends of the Free Library, led by executive director Amy Dougherty, and the Friends of the Free Library groups at each of the 11 branch libraries and at most branch libraries around the city.
While the Friends of the Free Library have made clear their strong preference was for no library cuts at all, they have announced that they would favor reduction of hours at all libraries as against shutting some down.
As a state legislator in whose district two of the eleven libraries shut down are located, I have been an active public spokesperson against the library closings.
One of the libraries to be shut down, the David Cohen Ogontz Library, is named for my late father, the longest serving Philadelphia Councilman at Large in the city's history. It is named for him because of his passionate activism for its creation over a thirty-five year period spanning six mayoral administrations.
Submitted by Jay on August 11, 2008 - 9:01pm
Traditional libraries live on in an increasingly digital world
"America's reading rooms have transformed into modern community centers offering shelves of newly released movies and music, digital audio books and free Internet access. Some, like the Oshkosh Public Library, even offer occasional teen Pilates classes and moviemaking workshops in addition to story times and book clubs. Even in the digital age, when some thought computer screens would supplant ink and paper, libraries are far from becoming extinct".