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FOOLs lead learning at library


OK, I posted this one because the title caught me eye and it made
me chuckle when I read it....see what you think. :-) From the
Oakmont Advance Leader Star:


\"It\'s not too late to become a FOOL. More FOOLs are needed to
continue bringing fun and learning to the children of Oakmont,
Verona and surrounding communities. \"


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National Library warns after losing 25,000 items

The Toronto Star and The National Post are both running stories on the National Library in Canada being in very rough shape. The library\'s entire newspaper collection is deteriorating in the basement, and About 25,000 items have been lost in 68 environmental accidents.

\"Sometimes, it doesn\'t look like a national library,\" he said. \"Since 1993, we\'ve suffered almost 70 accidents: flooding, leaks, pipes that have blown up. Since last January, we have gone through 10 accidents.\'\'

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Libraries in Wisconsin are a Booming Business

It\'s growing season for libraries in Wisconsin. An increase in population has resulted in a library building boom as communities decide to expand facilities on a larger scale than they have in the past. According to the article, \"libraries are no longer traditional learning centers of bygone days, they are now community gathering places complete with tech labs, coffee shops, fireside reading areas and large multifunctional meeting areas.\" more... from The Milwaukee Business Journal.

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Egypt Opens $230 Million Library


From ALEXANDRIA, Egypt the AP has this story about the trial
opening of the Biblioteca Alexandrina. href=\"http://dailynews.yahoo.com/h/p/ap/20011001/en/1001964364e
gypt_mideast_alexandria_libra_alex101.html\">Photo
here.

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Library to be Renamed for Community Activist

Going against the wishes of the library commission, the San Jose, CA city council voted to rename the Empire Library after the wife of late jazz great Duke Ellington because of her civic activities. The decision is causing a stir, however, because there is a policy that discourages naming public institutions after living people. more... from The Mercury News.

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Good News Bad News

HREF=\"http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/local/chic
ago/chi-0109190093sep19.story?coll=chi%2Dnewsloc
alchicago%2Dhed\">The Chicago tribune reports
Friends of Sulzer Library filed a suit Tuesday against
the Chicago Public Library Commission seeking a halt
to removal of books from the Sulzer Regional Library.
The library called the book removal a standard
\"weeding\" process common to all large libraries.


HREF=\"http://www.adn.com/alaska/story/693791p-735
845c.html\">The Anchorage Daily News says The
Anchorage School District\'s Controversial Issues
Review Committee voted 10-3 to leave \"It\'s Perfectly
Normal
\" on school library shelves.

\"If a child was to copy these illustrations in their
class, they\'d be sent to the principal,\" McNeil said.
\"They\'d probably be suspended.\"

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Library? Students prefer using Web to do research

ModBee.com has This One that says for many of today\'s students, the Dewey Decimal System is ancient history.


They are talking about The Study by Pew Internet & American Life Project. Seventy-three percent of the 12- to 17-year-olds who were interviewed said they used the Internet. And of the 754 Internet users surveyed, 94 percent said they used it for academic research.
I haven\'t gone through the study myself, but the results don\'t look good as reported.

\"You can find stuff about basically anything on the Internet,\" said Brittany Pittman, a high school sophomore, who used the Internet for a paper on Princess Diana last year. \"It\'s so much easier than finding something in the library.\"

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What libraries can do to help

There is a discussion developing on WEB4LIB on What libraries can do to help at a time like this.


So far LC has said \"the Library of Congress and the Congressional Research Service, and all of our librarians, are providing reference and information services and analysis to Congress as they deliberate today and over the coming days on \"What next\"...\"

Other people have said that they are staying open, and answering questions on NYC and The World Trade Center.

I am amazed at how everyone is pulling together on this, it\'s truly amazing. Corporations, individuals, everyone is really doing whatever they can to ease the pain, and help us as a country to move forward.

So what else can libraries do to help? Post your ideas below.

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Board Wants Contractor to Direct Library - Ethical Questions Raised

Most of the members of the Missaukee (MI) District Library board want to hurry up and hire a new director before the state enforces legislation that would require library directors to hold an MSLS. Residents are questioning the ethics of hiring on the basis that, among other things, the contractor could write off personal vacations as business expenses. Earlier this year 900 people signed petitions asking for the resignation of board members after they fired two library directors in one year. The members refuse to resign. more... from The Traverse City Record Eagle.

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At Long Last, SoHo Lands a Library

The New York Public Library is planning to open a new branch in a converted 19th century chocolate factory in Manhattan.:

For the longtime residents who moved into SoHo in the 1970\'s, when the neighborhood was still largely a manufacturing district, the library is a long-sought triumph. \"It kind of represents that we\'re not a mall, we\'re not a center for tourism, we\'re a real neighborhood,\" said [resident] Sean Sweeney . . .

More from the New York Times (registration required.)

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The color of Internet access


ALICIA CALDWELL of the St. Petersburg Times writes:

\"In what is the largest national survey of computer use, the U.S. Commerce Department today released statistics that show African-American and Hispanic children are far less likely to have a computer at home than white children. Consequently, computer access at schools and public libraries is particularly important to these youngsters as computers increasingly become life tools in the 21st century.\"


The story goes on to describe what libraries and schools in Tampa Bay are doing to provide access.
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Library throws the book at patron

The Dallasnews is running This One on a man who landed in jail because of Cinderella and Tom and Jerry. They say that about 20 people have been arrested in 10 years in Nolan County, TX.


His failure to return the two books he\'d checked out for his children, plus two others about handwriting analysis, cost him more than $1,000, jeopardized his job and left him with a criminal record.

\"It\'s crazy,\" said Mr. Fox. \"It\'s ludicrous. This is on my record as theft; nobody can believe it was over library books.\"

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Library book returned after 24 years

Someone writes \"Librarians are always hearing wild, wonderful and flimsy excuses for the late return of books.
But former student Mohamed Bokreta could only write of his \"juvenile and youthful wicked whims\" after returning a book to South Thames College in London after 24 years...

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He went on to say :\"I am seeking both apologies and pardon from my dear friends, the respected college principal and his brave librarian staff\".

I just returned one about 11 years over due I found when I moved, ouch.

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Mixed Feelings About A Legendary Library

Here\'s an entertaining commentary on the pros-and-cons of
Oxford University\'s somewhat archaic but venerable Bodleian Library:

I should mention that the library takes four to five hours to \"fetch\" a book from its stacks. Readers are advised to order what they need in the morning so they\'ll have it by afternoon. An all-morning wait should be enough to force a person into careful consideration. So why I ordered Universalis Arithmetica is a puzzler. This book is a ridiculously valuable first edition of a massively important work, true. Newton was still at Cambridge in 1707 when the Bodleian\'s edition was printed. . .

More from the National Post.

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New Study Finds Few Students Turning to Libraries

Unsurpisingly, a new study from the Pew Internet & American Life Project has found that the majority of students turn to the Web for assistance with their homework, bypassing libraries:

Seventy-one percent of middle school and high school students with Internet access said they relied on the electronic technology the most in completing a project, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. That compares to 24 percent who said they relied on libraries the most, according to the survey. . .

More from Reuters.

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More Killer Mold

Richard Feldman writes: \"Thought you might want to pick up the story on Santa Fe, NM main library\'s being closed for up to 4 months because of mold infestation. The local paper currently has a story. I don\'t know how long that link will continue to work.\"


Is there a plague of killer molds sweeping the nation I don\'t know about? I think this is mold story #4.

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Erotic Library Encounter Made Patron Care About Art, Literature and History

Kathy Wilson has written an article over at Salon, in which she describes her library experience...Ah, the public library circa 1982. The workhorse institution of the community, a perpetually underfunded repository of stuffy reference books, underpaid librarians, used book sales, tax forms, broken microfiche readers -- and pornography.\" more...

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Freeport Library Future Still Uncertain, but They May be Gaining Ground

Although the idea of using landfill money to help fund the building of the new Freeport (IL) library has been well received by council members, there is still enough opposition to cause people to be gaurdedly optimistic. The $2.5 million funding commitment is far from the amount they need to secure. Some want the issue to go on a referendum to be voted upon by citizens. One of the issues is whether to build a one-story facility at the cost of $7 million or add a shell for a second story for $8 million. more...

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Free Public Library - Every Reader Owns a Share

For the Christian Science Monitor, Marilyn Gardner writes..

\"To a dedicated book lover, a library is a wondrous place. Walk through the door, and the pleasant, nose-tingling smell of paper and glue offers a silent welcome, a promise of the literary gold inside, waiting to be mined. So many books and magazines! So many words filling printed pages and dancing across computer screens! So many ideas, waiting to inspire thought and provoke discussion! No wonder those three little words, free public library, remain among the sweetest in the language - not only in English, but in any language.\" more...

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Tribal libraries band together

Simmy writes \"There is a vrey short story at ashlandwi.com on a conference of Tribal librarians and others in Oanaha, WI. The first-of-its-kind conference brought together the Tribal Library Consortium of Bad River, Red Cliff, Lac du Flambeau and La Courte O\'reilles. Meeting at the Waverly Beach Roundhouse on the Bad River Reservation, the group discussed multicultural storytelling, the Ojibwa Language program and documenting traditional customs. \"

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