Submitted by Ieleen on August 27, 2001 - 1:49pm
Board members of the Sacramento Public Library don\'t know yet whether they should filter or not. The issue \"requires more study.\" Rather than force librarians to police internet use, patrons, including children would decide. All computers would be filtered, allowing for that option. According to the article, \"Children would have to use the filters if their parents were present to monitor their use or if they followed parental instructions to that effect.\" more... from Sacbee.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 24, 2001 - 2:09pm
After being forced to close in 1997 due to structural damage caused from decades of neglect, the Carnegie Library in Savannah, GA will again resume operations, but not without a heated controversy. The libary will name a wing after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The decision came after a considerable donation was made by a friend of Thomas\'. more... from The Savannah Morning News.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 24, 2001 - 11:57am
Some folks in Coeur d\'Alene, Idaho are battling it out over the proposed location of a new library building. An attorney is complaining that the location of the new building will ruin her view (life should be so tough) and cause the firm to lose money. The firm is also saying that construction of the controversial building may force them to move their offices. When the mayor asked the attorney why she never attended any of the other four public forums which had been held previously for citizens to voice their opinions, her response was, \"I\'m here now.\" I wonder if this means she won\'t be applying for a library card? more... from The Spokesman Review.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 24, 2001 - 10:44am
With an annual operating budget of only $250.00, a set of encyclopedias that were printed when Jimmy Carter was in office, and a handful of volunteers to run it part-time until the weather gets too cold to man the unheated building, the people of Deering, NH are quite proud of their library. more... from The Concord Monitor.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 21, 2001 - 11:46am
The folks in Freeport (IL) are still scrounging for dollars to fund the new library. The battle of wits between the city council, library board members, the mayor, and joe citizen is ongoing. The latest proposal is to use money from the landfill, which is to close next year. They have now hired a consulting firm, at a fee not to exceed
$12,000. One would assume that if they could all pull their acts together, they could save the 12G and put it toward the library project. Politics. Ya gotta love \'em. more...
Submitted by Ieleen on August 13, 2001 - 3:35pm
For The Southern Illinoisan, Jim Muir writes...
\"Retired educator Patricia Horn will see a longtime dream become a reality today when the Royalton Public Library opens for business. Horn, who is president of the library board, can hardly contain her enthusiasm when she speaks of next week\'s grand opening. The battle to obtain a new building has not been without its struggles and setbacks and the fight to get a new library has taken nearly two decades. The first library was actually no more than a reading center, which was opened in 1981 and located in a classroom of the old Royalton School. \"All of our books were donated and the librarians all worked on strictly a volunteer basis,\" Horn said. \"more...
Submitted by Matt on August 10, 2001 - 11:41am
In an editorial for the Christian Science Monitor, Joan Silverman says search engines are inefficient but fast and convenient. But: \"There is no search engine that provides the scent and texture of a library.\" Her praise for the sense of community libraries provide is welcome, but it\'s more than a little troubling that a professional writer is doing her research using search engines instead of the library.
Submitted by Blake on August 8, 2001 - 3:33pm
Charles Davis writes \"An internet archive of government papers dating
back to 1688 has been launched by the British
Library and 10 universities.
BOPCRIS, a site with 23,000 official documents,
offers insights into the processes of officialdom and
shows how little some things have changed.
A report to the Commons in 1718 warns of a
hackney carriage gridlock in Westminster. Another,
from the 1920s, recommends a farmers\' insurance
scheme against foot and mouth. The site address is
Submitted by Blake on August 6, 2001 - 5:34pm
Bob Cox sent along news of another library cat stiring up trouble. This time it\'s Madeline a former stray cat who called the Loutit District Library in Michigan home until complaints from some patrons prompted her removal in late July.
The problem with Madeline is the allergic reactions some patrons say she has caused.
I just can\'t believe this doesn\'t happen more often.
\"I certainly think the cat has been a benefit to the library,\" Library Director Char Zoet told the Grand Haven Daily Tribune. \"I feel badly about it if it has caused a problem for some people.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on August 3, 2001 - 12:21pm
For The Star Tribune, James Lileks writes...
\"When it comes to column topics, surveys show that there\'s nothing like \"library design\" to send casual readers running to the obituary page for comic relief. Sorry, but since the topic of a new Minneapolis library is in the news, I\'m bound by duty to run your letters and hammer my points home with my patented blend of tendentious exaggeration and high-handed disdain. Ready? Take a seat, do not fidget, and let\'s begin.\" more...
Submitted by Ieleen on August 3, 2001 - 10:58am
Under intense scrutiny and controversy over how it\'s being funded and also the fact that they are literally stealing some guy\'s land in order to build it, it looks like construction will definitely begin on Willy\'s library. Some people can fall into it and come out smelling like a rose every time. more... from The Nando Times. and here\'s still more from The New York Times. but don\'t forget your free subscription.
Submitted by Ieleen on August 1, 2001 - 10:18am
For The Anchorage Daily News, Tim Pryor writes...
\"The city\'s Library Advisory Board endorsed a new policy for library exhibits on Tuesday that its chairwoman called tighter and less ambiguous than the previous policy. But it doesn\'t address a suggestion by Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch. The board\'s new policy, which the library would use to review exhibits of materials from outside the library, says exhibitors should describe displays specifically. It also prevents the city from excluding exhibits for being promotional.\" more...
Submitted by Ieleen on August 1, 2001 - 10:14am
For The Times Record, Elizabeth Caldwell writes...
\"Former President Clinton will speak Thursday at the Aerospace Education Center, where he will give his first major speech regarding his plans and vision for the Clinton Presidential Library and Center.\" Geez, um, I feel privileged, don\'t you all? I wonder if he\'ll include a collection of memoirs, including a grouping of portraits, entitled, \"To all the Girls I\'ve Loved Before...\" with Monica at the head. more...
Submitted by Ieleen on July 31, 2001 - 9:32am
The Library police in Texas are issuing arrest warrants for people who refuse to return overdue library books. Perpetrators get four chances, which seems pretty lenient considering there was a time when the norm was three strikes and you\'re out. Anyway, the maximum sentence - 6 months in the slammer and $2000. more... from Anorak.
Submitted by Brian on July 30, 2001 - 6:39pm
I was browsing around Google Groups, and I came across this rant, which concludes, "The simple truth is that Libraries are nothing more than an immoral and illegal form of welfare."
I\'m not sure whether this is genuine looney libertarian extremism, or a parody of same.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 30, 2001 - 4:24pm
Wow, it looks like libraryland has been quite a happenin place lately. Where do I begin? I\'ll spare you all the details of my great vacation and just get down to business. I\'ve reported a few times on the woes at the Enoch Pratt Free Library system in Baltimore. Today the numbers were released. One branch only circulated 15,261 items in the last fiscal year. It doesn\'t stop there. According to the article, \"in 1993 the county library system was in the Top 5 nationwide and had the largest use per capita. Today, it doesn\'t even have the highest per-capita usage in the state.\" more... from SunSpot News.
Submitted by Celine on July 29, 2001 - 8:02pm
The Vodka Library is situated 200 miles north of Moscow in the Russian town of Uglich on the Volga, hometown of Pyotr Arseneyevich Smirnov, founder of the Smirnoff brand. No books, just thousands of bottles of vodka encased in glass. It aims to celebrate the national drink but also to educate on the problems its consumption can cause.
\"Vodka has never done anything good, but without it, Russia would not exist\"
So you can get a taste test but also a lecture on responsible drinking. The full shot glass from The Boston Globe.
Submitted by Blake on July 26, 2001 - 1:06pm
Matt Eberle suggested
This One from The Washington Post on the Bibliotheca Alexandrina which is scheduled to open in the fall.
As with all large projects, they are dealing with years of delay, budget overruns and controversy over its warehouse-style collection policy.
\"We want to give maximum freedom to allow it to be an interlocutor\" with the world\'s great academic and research institutions, said Serageldin, The library director. \"One of the benefits is that it churns up intellectual activity in Egypt.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 23, 2001 - 9:41pm
Theresa Westrup passed along This Wild Story on a man who got car jacked while leaving the library in Mankato, MN.
Two hours later the car jacker dropped his pellet gun and gave him self up.
No word on the books.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 20, 2001 - 11:54am
From The Times Union, Douglas Filaroski writes...
\"A coffee shop with latte and cappuccino. Big overstuffed chairs near the John Grisham novels. Internet portals for laptops. Walls of artwork. This is not the newest trendy cafe, or one of those warehouse bookstores. This is today\'s modern public library, in this case a 300,000-square-foot building in Nashville, Tenn., that is part museum, part cafe, computer center, conference hall, theater and a place to borrow books.\" [more...]