Uganda: CCc Earmarks Shs3 Billion for Five New Public Libraries

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 10/12/2009 - 09:45

Kampala - Kampala City Council has earmarked Shs3 billion to construct and equip five school libraries, city mayor Hajj Nasser Sebaggala has said. He explained that there is need to boost pupils' reading culture through availing more reading materials. He said most city schools lack both laboratories and libraries, which has adversely affected students' performances.

At the 'Recession Resources Fair' in Lorain, OH

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 10/07/2009 - 12:05

NPR story from a librarian, Cheri Campbell, who works at the library in Lorain, OH:

I work as a reference librarian at a public library in Lorain, Ohio, located about 30 minutes due west from Cleveland. Last Thursday, my library held a "recession resources fair" to help people find out how they could perhaps better "survive" in the current economy.

Ugly battle has librarians in Oak Brook turning to Teamsters

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Thu, 10/01/2009 - 15:42

The head librarian and YS manager of a library in a wealthy Chicago suburb were fired due to budget cuts, pushed out by anti-government zealot.
"I used to go to the library knowing there were people there to help me find a book. Now there is no one to help me," Sydney said solemnly. "It will never be the same without the people you fired."

MSU receives $252,000 to serve tribal college librarians

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 09/29/2009 - 07:13

Montana State University has received almost $252,000 to expand its services to tribal college librarians across the United States and Canada.

One of 33 such grants in the nation, the three-year grant from the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program will allow, among other things, more librarians to attend the week-long Tribal College Librarians Institute (TCLI) at MSU.

LCD Shelf Tags Become Reality

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 09/28/2009 - 06:50

Later this year, a local PCC natural food store will start testing eco-friendly shelf tags, Tech Flash reports. The “epaper” technology, called epops, involves using small LCD displays in the place of paper labels.

ZBD Solutions in Britain developed the technology, which lets retailers update pricing or product data without printing and attaching new labels. If successful in its Fremont, Wash., location, PCC will incorporate electronic shelf tags in all of its nine Seattle-area stores.

A Writer’s Plea: Figure Out How to Preserve Google Books

Submitted by Pete on Thu, 09/24/2009 - 13:46

Author Alexis Madrigal posts this plea for Google Books on Wired's Epicenter blog and issues a challenge to libraries:

"The dispute over Google Books continues to rage in the courts and op-ed pages of the country. There are legitimate questions about Google, profit sharing and privacy. But let’s not let the litigation obscure that Google Books provides an unprecedented and irreproducible service to its users.