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Red-Hot and Filthy Library Smut

Submitted by birdie on Sat, 09/12/2009 - 10:53
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A clarification first of all...this was NOT birdie's chosen title.

...but it is the title the author of this blog gives to these gorgeous photographs of international libraries...

Hope you enjoyed… but not too much… you filthy, beady-eyed perv. You can pick up your own copy here . (I’m sure they will ship in a plain brown paper-bag if you ask really nicely.)

Introducing AnyBookLibraries™, a New Style of Library for the year 2015

Submitted by effinglibrarian on Fri, 09/11/2009 - 11:42
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A small district in Any County, America, is changing the face of public libraries. Introducing AnyBookLibraries™, a new style of library that celebrates imagination, research and solitude. Studies have shown that people who are left alone quietly at their local library are less likely to become assholes and annoy others.

Recent changes to libraries have moved them away from physical books and into econtent. Downloadable materials dominated the menu of traditional library offerings; but AnyBookLibraries™ is willing to move forward to engage readers with solid, tangible, physical resources. Traditionally, libraries have been spending their tax dollars on materials their users couldn't even see unless they carried some electronic handheld device in with them. But the new philosophy surrounding the AnyBookLibraries approach gives readers a world of exploration that they experience with their senses, free of that expensive, electronic crutch.

The AnyBookLibraries™ model was designed to help libraries remain relevant by offering books to their customers. Books and books and more books. They offer programming around books, technology for improving access to books, and a "reasonably adequate" level of customer service so that everyone who walks into an AnyBookLibraries™ feels welcome, so long as they silence their phones, spray a little Febreze under their pits, and can keep their mouths shut.

In the UK, On Loan Along With Books...Electric Smart Meters

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 09/10/2009 - 09:17

In Reading, United Kingdom, borough libraries are loaning out the Owl 'energy smart' meters like books, letting people see exactly how much electricity they are using.

Reading East Green campaigner Rob White said it was a victory for his campaign to get more people using the meters, adding: "We are in the middle of a recession and everyone wants to save money.

The future of libraries, with or without books

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 09/05/2009 - 09:37
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Gary Price sent over a link to A CNN Story on libraries.
Story Highlights
# As books go digital, libraries are reevaluating their roles
# Some say libraries will soon act more like community centers
# Most say the physical book will stay in libraries, but with less importance
# Some libraries use futuristic tools to attract new patrons

Vandals Smash Decorative Fountain at Urbana Library

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 09/02/2009 - 13:44

Vandals destroyed a fountain at Frederick, MD's Urbana Regional Library Friday evening. A longtime Urbana family had donated the fountain to the reading garden before moving away.

At about 9:45 a.m. Saturday, a librarian discovered the three ceramic pots that made up the fountain were smashed open, said Cpl. Jennifer Bailey, a spokeswoman for the Frederick County Sheriff's Office.

Upstate NY Library Working Off the Grid

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 09/01/2009 - 08:24

PERU NY-- Here comes the sun has a new meaning for the Peru Free Library.

With 49 solar panels installed on the southernmost roof, the library will soon generate its own power.

Librarian Rebecca Pace received a New York State Library Construction Grant, which paid not only for the solar panels and their installation but also a new roof, walkway and gas furnace.

No parking? Librarians will deliver to your car

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Mon, 08/31/2009 - 14:43
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There'll be no carhops on roller skates. And if you're hankering for a burger and fries, forget it. But if it's food for the mind you crave — books, music or movies — staffers at some of the Houston Public Library's most congested branches will be happy to deliver your order right to your car.

The library's new curbside service, HPL To Go, is being tested at the Looscan Neighborhood Library and the McGovern-Stella Link Library. If trials go well, the service will be extended to other “parking challenged” branches.