Submitted by Ieleen on July 20, 2001 - 10:36am
After suffering through what Director Herb Elish describes as \"nearly a century of neglect,\" the Carnegie Library System of Pittsburgh is kicking off a $76 million capital campaign to renovate 19 facilities. One necessary area of improvement is compliance with ADA standards. [more...] from The Pittsburgh Business Times.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 19, 2001 - 4:48pm
I can remember my first visit to a law library. I was amazed at how how voluminous everything seemed (bad pun). Well, not anymore. This library is going bookless. They recently auctioned off their books and shelving for pennies on the dollar and will be relocating to a more suitable location on the fourth floor where there will be a computer, printer and a few books in a small room.
I wonder what they\'ll do with all that space. [more...] from St. Joseph News.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 19, 2001 - 10:00am
As has been reported here, the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD has been forced to close five of its branches. The announcement came yesterday on which five are to get the axe on September 1 of this year. The collections from each branch will be divided up among local schools and other community organizations. [more...] from SunSpot.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 4:26pm
For The Anchorage Daily News, Tim Pryor writes...
\"Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch on Tuesday reached a legal settlement with exhibitors of a gay pride display at the Z.J. Loussac Library, cutting short a court battle and agreeing to pay $10,000 of the exhibitors\' attorney\'s fees. The agreement brings to an end a more than month-long struggle over a gay pride exhibit at the library, but it doesn\'t resolve a larger question of what kind of displays from outside the library will be held there in the future. A temporary city ban on exhibits from outside the library will continue for now, Wuerch said. That means a six-city exhibit of Appalachian photographs and other arts and crafts will remain unassembled. It was supposed to be on display for about two months, beginning Monday. I\'m convinced we did what was right for the citizens of Anchorage, Wuerch said from his home Tuesday evening. The judge has made his ruling, and we\'ll comply with the judge\'s ruling. There\'s no debate. [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 4:12pm
Is it me or does this seem to be happening quite a bit lately? The Chicago Tribune is reporting that \"In an informal poll of the City Council on Monday, aldermen voted 8-4 to reject the Library Board\'s recommendation that an $18 million, 80,000-square-foot facility be built on the site of the current library.\" They won\'t be talking about a new facility for awhile. [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 4:09pm
Some might call today a sad day that the Enoch Pratt Free Library as the announcement is made about which five branches will get the axe. Library advocates aren\'t giving up. They\'ve vowed to fight the battle royal if necessary.[more...] from SunSpot.
Submitted by Celine on July 18, 2001 - 2:59pm
Cementing my reputation as the tabloid editor of library news, here\'s a story from Ananova about a couple who got caught in flagrante in the men\'s toilets at the British Library. This story includes some classic quotes from the library spokesperson:
\"A couple were apprehended in what could be described as a high state of excitation in a cubicle of the men\'s toilets... [They] were already in the throes of an exchange about philosophical matters, judging by the cries emanating from the cubicle.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on July 18, 2001 - 10:04am
There is clearly a rift between residents in Freeport, IL over funding a new library. The mayor of Freeport openly supports the building of a new library, while it seems a large number of residents are questioning the need. So far, it looks as though they might get about 1/2 of the original funding request, and possibly less if some residents get their way. The first part of the project to disappear would be the building\'s planned second story. Proponents of the new facility feel that the community needs to show support. The community has other ideas about how the money should be spent. [more...] from The Journal Standard.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 17, 2001 - 10:48am
For The Charleston, (WV) Daily Mail, Dan Forinash writes...
\"In one episode of \"Seinfeld,\" an investigator tracks down Jerry Seinfeld for having a long overdue library book.
In Grafton, WV reality is mirroring television, but for residents with outstanding library books, reality might not be as funny. Fines, enticements, even police arrests used to gain return of overdue books.\" [more...]
Submitted by Blake on July 15, 2001 - 7:32pm
SPEC2.htm\">This Story on The Bureau of Braille
and Talking Book Library Services, down in Florida.
It is the largest library of its kind in the world. It\'s so
busy that the U.S. Postal Service has assigned the
library its own ZIP code. The library covers
89,160-square feet, has a combined collection of more
than 2.1 million copies of books in Braille and on tape,
and a circulation of more than 1 million per year.
Submitted by Ieleen on July 12, 2001 - 9:33am
From The South Idaho Press, Renee Wells writes,
\"What the Rupert DeMary Library and the Burley Municipal Library (Heyburn, ID) have combined to create is what library leaders would like to see happen nationwide. Robin Cabot, from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in Washington, D.C., visited with committee members about their efforts in promoting the proposed Magic Sage Library District. Cabot praised the committee for its promotion efforts, but his real excitement was generated by the efforts the committee has put forth in writing an exemplary grant and administering it in such a way as to become a pattern for libraries nationwide to follow. Asked by Committee Chairperson Kathleen Hedberg why Congress was so willing to appropriate money for such a project, Cabot said the Mini-Cassia effort is a excellent example of how library districts should operate.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on July 11, 2001 - 11:59am
I found this one while visiting The Library of Congress.
\"America\'s Library (www.americaslibrary.gov), the Library\'s Web site for children and families, has handled more than 100 million \"hits\" since its April 2000 debut. \"This milestone is a testimony to the Web site\'s appeal to both children and families,\" said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington. \"With its colorful, interactive elements, America\'s Library has been instrumental in making the Library\'s collections more accessible to people of all ages.\" To visit the site, Click Here.
Submitted by Blake on July 11, 2001 - 10:26am
Mary Jane passed along this mlive.com Story on another guy being arrested for over due books, this time it was \"Green Eggs and Ham\".
Maybe I need to add a new \"Library Arrests\" topic?
\"Overall it\'s kind of odd that you would arrest someone for not returning library books,\" Ann Arbor polic officer Mark Raab said, \"But I guess the library has to do what it has to do to get its books back.\"
Submitted by Blake on July 9, 2001 - 2:54pm
Andy Breeding writes \"Last night, in PBS\'s airing of Gormenghast, a library burns, driving Lord Groan mad. Read about the set and the scene on the PBS web site:\"
The library set
The library burns
Submitted by Ieleen on July 5, 2001 - 12:53pm
Here\'s another great story about libraries doing something unique for the community from The Columbus, (OH) Dispatch. Through some special funding, the Athens County, OH libraries are able to provide kids with nutritious meals throughout the summer. The program is a sort of spin off of the federal school lunch program for disadvantaged children. \"When school\'s out and the children don\'t have those meals, where do they go? There really is a substantial need,\" said Cecilia Torok, who coordinates the federal education program. [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 5, 2001 - 11:41am
From The Journal Standard (Freeport, IL)
The folks in Freeport are putting their heads and their money together to held fund the building of a new library. Some are using their federal income tax cut money. Even the kids are getting involved, as one class at the local high school takes up the cause as part of a class. Isn\'t it great when commuinities really pull together to meet a common goal? [more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on July 5, 2001 - 11:03am
From The San Francisco Chronicle - Steve Rubenstein writes...
\"It took 70 years, but the Enea family finally returned its overdue book to the San Francisco library. Librarians, who rarely get excited, said yesterday that they were very excited to have it. \"This,\" said librarian Dennis Maness, cradling the slim brown volume, \"is a resource that belongs to the people.\" It was in 1931 that \"Vale and Other Poems,\" by George Russell, was checked out from the library. Since then, the collection of two dozen poems has resided on the bookshelf of Vincent Enea, a 78-year-old retired collection agent.\" At least he was honest...[more...]
Submitted by Ieleen on June 29, 2001 - 11:54am
The Freeport Public Library is undergoing some major changes. People are complaining because the new library will have a meeting room and a coffee shop. The coffee shop was requested by patrons and a meeting room is always something that can benefit the library and the community. I guess ya just can\'t please some people. [more...] from The Journal Standard.
And, here\'s even more.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 28, 2001 - 5:33pm
Ravaged with drugs and gang shootings, this community received national attention, including being demoralized by former President Clinton after a three-year-old girl was shot to death. Now, as part of an ongoing effort to improve the community and shed the image of what some have called \"the ultimate urban horror,\" they\'re building a library. [more...] from The L.A. Times.
Submitted by Ieleen on June 27, 2001 - 12:50pm
Jennifer Lin writes...
\"The complaint from Center City neighbors on the east side of town was loud and persistent: We want a library.
Ever since the Free Library of Philadelphia closed the Mercantile Branch at 11th and Chestnut Streets in 1989, the swath of neighborhoods to the east of City Hall had had no library to call its own.\" [more...] from The Philadelphia Inquirer.