Submitted by Celine on June 25, 2001 - 6:16pm
If you ever wondered what happened to the money won by the already-rich and famous on Celebrity Who Wants To Be A Millionaire, then you might be pleased to find out that Drew Carey set up a library fund with his winnings. See the full heart-warming story on Cleveland.com.
On the same theme, the Honolulu Star-Bulletin has this story on a San Francisco millionaire who has left half his estate ($1.5 million) to two libraries in Hawaii.
Submitted by Blake on June 23, 2001 - 3:29pm
Someone passed along This Story on a man that got arrested for overdue library books from a Marshall library.
Two romance novels he\'d checked out were due in February of 1999. They told him he had to post $100 bail immediately or go to jail. Mapleton Police Chief Richard Swartz confirmed that. Perhaps this took things a little too far?
\"I told that judge this was a joke and he agreed with me,\" Anderson said. \"How much did it cost to send those cops to my house, to have me come to court and to waste that judge\'s time listening to my case? Sure, the library got their $69 back, but how much did the taxpayers have to pay for it?\"
Submitted by Ieleen on June 21, 2001 - 3:12pm
James Carooll writes...
\"We live in a time in which the act of reading is undergoing a major shift, the book yielding to the electronic screen as a main medium of the written word. The efficiencies of screen-based information conveyance are wondrous, but it is not clear yet what the effect of this shift will be on consciousness or on contemplative reading itself. That state of mind, not the object that enables it, is what humans have treasured for centuries.\" [more...] from The Boston Globe.
Submitted by Blake on June 19, 2001 - 9:55am
Lee Hadden writes: \"The British Library, facing storage and financial problems, is planing to farm out responsibility for special collections to other libraries. They will no longer hold and keep everything that they receive. Read more about it at the Times UK.\"
From the story:
\" The repository for the nation\'s books intends to concentrate on specific areas and to leave the rest to universities and institutions that already specialise in a subject. A document and consultation survey published yesterday, called New Strategic Directions, heralds \"a major reshaping of Britain\'s library services\".
Submitted by Ieleen on June 18, 2001 - 2:56pm
Katie Dean writes...
\"The National Science Foundation is funding the construction of a National Science Digital Library, where users will be able to browse quality resources from libraries around the country.\" [more...] from Wired News.
Submitted by Blake on May 31, 2001 - 10:41am
Prague Post has an interesting Story written by a library scofflaw.
Just a fun look at how people feel about returning books late. I\'d also like to admit that I am a library scofflaw too. I always whip out my ALA card to avoid the fines (\"It\'s OK, I\'m a librarian\" I say), but it never seems to help. I\'m also a video rental scofflaw.
\"But, licking their chops, the clerks at the Municipal Library of Prague are not interested in discussing the fine points of overdue-book morality. Rules are rules. I am in need of reform, and the clerks at the return desk are ready to do the job.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 30, 2001 - 9:16pm
Submitted by Blake on May 28, 2001 - 1:00am
Lee Hadden writes:\" According to an article in the March/April official newsletter of the
Library of Virginia, there will be projected service cuts there this year.
Under Republican Governor Gilmore\'s budget, the Library of Virginia\'s
funding will be cut 17.75%, starting as early as July 1st for fiscal year
A 54 year backlog of archival material will be curtailed due to a lack
of staff and funds to purchase archival supplies, delaying further the
release of these historic records. Saturday hours may be eliminated. Money
to preserve and conserve historic collections will be curtailed
significantly. Funding will be eliminated for the construction and
improvement of public library facilities across the commonwealth.
Nolan T. Yelich, Librarian of Virginia, said, \"These reductions are
compounded by the fact that the Library has never fully recovered from a 27
per cent reduction in its operating budget during the revenue shortfalls of
the early 1990\'s...\"
Further information about the Library of Virginia can be found at
their website of: http://www.lva.lib.va.us\"
Submitted by Blake on May 18, 2001 - 10:32am
Lee Hadden writes:\"Erling Hoh has an article in today\'s (May 16, 2001) Washington Times
about the re-creation of the \"Great Library\" of Alexandria in Egypt. This
article describes the history of the ancient library, and how the new one
is built and how it will be run.
For more information about the Great Library of Alexandria project,
read more about it at The Washington Times
Submitted by Blake on May 17, 2001 - 2:01pm
BJ Hampton writes \"Who wants to stand up for the “civil rights” of the anonymous toe-sucker who recently made an appearance at the Antelope Valley Community College Library? The current debates about internet filtering are apropos here. Do professional librarians truly want to abandon their role as trusted sources of information for their communities to become dumping grounds for any view, irrespective of its accuracy, honesty, appropriateness, and values? Regrettably, many have confused the first amendment’s prohibition against government regulation of speech and expression with a guarantee of an audience or a tax-payer funded forum. If such is the case, then the toe-sucker deserves praise and support as a “bold presenter of a minority view”, rather than prosecution.
Libraries must not allow the glitter of new technology to blind them to the need for safety, security, and judgment exercised for the benefit of their community. This story obviously highlights problems of standard crime prevention, but should also raise issues regarding the role of the librarian’s judgment in setting standards for the allocation of library resources.\"
Submitted by Blake on May 15, 2001 - 5:29pm
Bob Cox sent along This Story from SFGate story on the most frequently stolen books list.
They say the American Library Association has taken a first step, e-mailing hundreds of libraries around the country and asking them to list their most-stolen items.
They say that copies of the Bible tend to walk out of public libraries and never return.
Submitted by Blake on May 6, 2001 - 7:02pm
Alert reader Charles Davis sent along This Story from
ananova.com on a
man that filed a $1.5 million claim against a
California city, after a cat who lives in the public library
The cat was apparently uninjured.
The cat is featured on the
website, and even has it\'s own FAQ. They say it\'s usually lounging on
bookshelves or cabinets
and is popular with the library\'s readers.
The man says his assistance dog was attacked by
LC moments after they entered the library in
Escondido.MGTC passed along Two more Stories on the same thing.
I don\'t quite know what to say on this one, some
animals just get along like, well, cats and dogs.
Submitted by Blake on May 4, 2001 - 6:44pm
LA Times Story on the new Central Library and the name that is stiring up some Controversy.
The Story from Seattle is a bit different, it mostly focuses on the team designing the new Central Library. The library is busy evolving even before it gets built.
Hopefully to avoid The Mess in Paris. The new National Library which has \"stupendously impractical architecture\", a large stairway that is slippery in the rain and open to the winds, awkwardly structured spaces for both researchers and staff, impractically situated toilets and so on.
Submitted by Blake on May 3, 2001 - 10:17am
Charles Davis sent in this Story library officials at the Quincy public library in MA, discovered a stained-glass window
worth a minimum of $100,000 is missing and was apparently stolen in January. The thief removed the entire frame containing the window that has been on display since
1883 in the H.H. Richardson building of the Thomas Crane Public Library.
In Better News from IA, -- A thief who lifted 452 compact discs and six digital video discs from Hayner Public Library, then pawned them at two shops, was caught, and the loot recovered.
Ya win some, ya lose some.
Submitted by Blake on April 29, 2001 - 7:40pm
Judy Westbrook was kind enough to send along more
information on Robert S. Martin, just nominated to be
Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
He was in charge of this outsourcing study , \"The
Impact of Outsourcing and Privatization on Library
Services and Management\". The study examined in
detail outsourcing of cataloging, selection, and
management of library operations. They say they found
no evidence that outsourcing per se represents a threat
to library governance, or to the role of the library in
protecting the First Amendment rights of the public.
Submitted by Blake on April 29, 2001 - 4:09pm
Oswald writes \"I recently returned from an
extensive trip last week to some European countries to
obtain routine outside photographs of the national
libraries, as part of my ongoing book project to update
the 1999 Internet version of the forthcoming Book of
I was left dumbstruck for more than half an hour when I
made my first trip to the new Bibliothèques Nationale in
south Paris, having seen
the old building in central Paris many times before.
But on the way home, I realised a new entry for the book
project will be a great idea: The most fascinating library
buildings in the world
I will naturaly want the opinions of all librarians to be
paramount, and not just mine, so I have decided to ask
librarians to give me their
vote for the most fascinating library buildings in the
Find out how you can vote.........
Submitted by Blake on April 23, 2001 - 10:48am
Will the library crimes never stop?
Missouri libraries found someone Selling Stolen Books on eBay. Library officials first learned the books were missing in January after receiving a call from a New York man who purchased an O\'Brian book over the Internet that had the library\'s stamp and bar code.
In Tennessee, after her request to automate the library was Turned Down librarian Elizabeth Potts took matters into her own hands, then Someone Stole it. A giant pickle jar stuffed with money was stolen.
\'\'I just think it\'s kind of low down,\'\' Potts said. \'\'Somebody stole our pickle jar, and that was money we were collecting to fund automation of the library.\'\'
Submitted by AnnaKh on April 19, 2001 - 5:26pm
Submitted by Blake on April 15, 2001 - 11:34pm
A few days back Helen wrote \"Check out a recent ad
by HP Labs, featuring librarian Eugenie Prime. Not sure
if this is a step forward or a step back . . . The Ad PDF \"
It\'s been submitted a few more times, with
one person taking a slightly different view, one person
\"The April 16th issue of Time has a very repugnant
ad by HP sterotyping
every librarian who ever existed - you might want to tell
them what you
think, pages 70-71, Not to mention that primpy frumpy
whatever is not a librarian!!!!!!!!!!!!!!\"
I just don\'t know what to say on this one. In a
profession obsessed with image, what does This Ad say about us?
Submitted by Ieleen on April 12, 2001 - 4:46pm