Submitted by Blake on April 11, 2001 - 4:05pm
Here\'s a Cool Story from businessinvancouver.com on a local library making some good moves.
The Richmond Public Library is now offering classes on \"the Ironwood model\" of library management. Deputy chief librarian Cate McNeely even uses terms like \"merchandising\"! I\'m a big fan of this type of library management.
\"How do you do the things that we always talk about doing, but always say we don\'t have enough money or enough time or enough staff to do? We knew that if we did things in the traditional way, the majority of our resources would just be going to checking in and checking out books. And it would mean not being open 74 hours a week, not doing daily story time, not having the librarians available on the floor to help people choose that best book, and so on.\"
Submitted by Blake on April 11, 2001 - 10:34am
A gaggle of almost related stories I\'ve been sitting on for too long.Yahoo! News Story on how much overdue books are costing libraries.
``Focus groups have told us returning (overdue) library books can be embarrassing, so we\'re trying to add some fun to it,\'\' said Peggy Pievach, the library\'s marketing director
This Story on 3 guys who were using a library computer to print out a series of phony checks.Police arrested them as they were printing the checks. Maybe they had to pay for all their overdue books?
A couple more follow......
Submitted by Ieleen on April 6, 2001 - 10:37am
Congressional lawmakers are considering legislation that would make donors and donation amounts to presidential libraries public. As if we didn\'t know this was coming. Better make sure you get a receipt. [more...] from CNS News.
Submitted by Blake on April 4, 2001 - 4:46pm
A few law(ish) library related stories The Rocky Mountain News has
Books from the cellblock on the library district\'s \"Begin with Books\", an umbrella for a variety of programs that encourage parents to read to their children.
Online won\'t replace real law books says 67 percent of attorneys anticipate the libraries in their firms will decrease in size but only 3 percent expect them to be eliminated entirely within the next 10 years.
\"Ask ERL\", an ever-evolving database of electronic resources that everyone at Day Berry (A Law Firm) can access through our intranet, set up to catalog good websites.
Submitted by Blake on April 3, 2001 - 1:06pm
The Washington Post has an OP-ED piece from US First Lady and Ex-librarian Laura Bush.
She has some mighty nice things to say about libraries.
\"School libraries -- all libraries, for that matter -- are more than warehouses for books. They are gathering places, literally community centers, and have been since 1638, when John Harvard donated money and books to create one of our nation\'s first libraries in Cambridge, Mass. \"
Submitted by Blake on March 27, 2001 - 9:40am
Wired has a good Story on the new OPAC at Sonoma State University. Rather than following DDC or LC they use ARS, a system that is completely random. It\'s all done with computers and robots.
They say librarians are happy and say randomness is what makes the system so effective. Cal State Northridge was the first library to get ARS, UNLV aand Eastern Michigan University also have the Automated Retrieval System. No more browsing the stacks for the perfect book.
\"\"I think there was a lot of trepidation up front, especially by traditional users like faculty who are very devoted to the idea of browsing shelves, and of having everything exactly where it was last year,\" Butler said. \"There was some anxiety. But once we explained what it does for us, then they began to understand the principle at work.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 23, 2001 - 10:29am
Charles Davis writes \"From
A Chinese woman has been jailed for a week and fined
£2,000 after taking three more library books than she was
She wanted to borrow eight
books at once from the Library, and had ripped the barcodes off the three extra
books but still triggered electronic detectors.
Her lawyer said: \"At the time, all the eight books that the
accused wanted to borrow were of great interest to her.\"
She could have been jailed for up to three years.\"
Submitted by Ieleen on March 23, 2001 - 10:19am
Richard Allen [writes...]A Quebec software company wants to link together libraries around the globe in order to create a super-mega bibliopolis.
According to David Dorman, columnist for American Libraries, \"It is clear that each library\'s individual catalog can no longer be the centerpiece of the library\'s efforts to organize the resources it provides to its patrons. It is now just one tool among many, all of which need to be integrated into a coherent system for the information-seeker.\" [more...] from The International Herald Tribune
Submitted by Blake on March 21, 2001 - 4:18pm
With all this talk about library closings, it\'s good too see
some new libraries popping up in some unexpected
places.A homeless shelter
in in AZ, post offices in England.
Meanwhile in France, the French national library
says it has the largest virtual
library in the world. 87,000 books have been
converted to a digital format, so it doesn\'t matter where
Thanks to Robert Aubin for these.
Submitted by Blake on March 21, 2001 - 2:21pm
Here\'s yet another story on
public library thefts. Detectives are investigating a
library theft ring whose members took at least $10,000
worth of materials from at least 16 libraries in several
OH counties over five months.
They used at least five fraudulent names to take out
About $10,000 worth of DVDs, CDs, videos and books.
Overdue notices sent to the fraudulent addresses were
returned by the postal service in December, and the
libraries then knew they had been ripped off.
It\'s so sad how often I see this now.
Submitted by Blake on March 21, 2001 - 2:15pm
Chicago Tribune has a Story on
the Presidential Libraries in the US.
They say presidential libraries have become elaborate
and expensive and are aimed at staking a president\'s
claim to greatness, and are so expensive you could run
a presidential campaign on what they cost. President
Bill Clinton\'s library in Little Rock, Ark., has been
estimated at $100 million to $125 million.
Submitted by Blake on March 21, 2001 - 11:49am
Charles Davis sent in this Rather Strange Story on
The University of Western Sydney.
They just dumped 10,000 books
because it could not afford to store
them. Rare and antique
books were among those buried.
Vice Chancellor Janice Reid says
the university receives up
to 50% less funds than older
Official government figures show
UWS\'s income per
student is the third lowest in the
Submitted by Blake on March 20, 2001 - 10:46am
Charles Davis writes \"From
Controversial plans to turn part of Oxford\'s
Bodleian Library into a pay-as-you-enter visitor
centre have been withdrawn.
After much opposition, the University has
decided to withdraw temporarily its planning
application for more consultation with city council
planning officers. \"
Submitted by Blake on March 19, 2001 - 11:37am
Charles Davis sent in a couple stories on the libraries at Oxford.
Ex-US President Clinton will visit Oxford on May 25th to open the Rothermere American Institute, within which the
Vere Harmsworth Library sits.
The Full Story
Another Story On the radical plan to turn the university library into a pay-as-you-enter visitor centre is provoking a fierce war of words. They call it the \"theme park proposal\", \'sacrilegious\' and \'a desecration\'.
Are there any other libraries that charge to enter?
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2001 - 6:15pm
FirstMonday has an interesting Story on the destruction of original newspapers and their replacement by microfilm.
It\'s an interesting response to an interesting Story that appeared last month.
If you\'ve never read FirstMonday, check it out, they have some very interesting stories.
Submitted by Ieleen on March 13, 2001 - 11:05am
Board members of the foundation raising funds for the Clinton Library in Little Rock, Arkansas, are so upset about the ongoing pardon scandal, which has called attention to their own activities, that they want to hang a \"Keep Out\" sign on the 3,000 square foot living space which was to be designated as the Clinton\'s residence in Little Rock.
The fear that the apartment, which is to be located within the library, could easily become a center for controversy and speculation, has caused some board members to recommend that the plans for the Clinton\'s living area be eliminated altogether.
Submitted by Ieleen on March 9, 2001 - 3:10pm
Criminals using fake library cards have taken $10,000 worth of materials from at 16 libraries around Dayton, OH. About $5000 worth of DVDs, CDs, videos, and books have yet to be recovered, according to the
Dayton Daily News. The most popular items for theft were new AV materials. One of the affected libraries is considering reduced borrowing limits for new patrons.
Submitted by Blake on March 8, 2001 - 3:47pm
A couple of prison library stories.
News-Press.com has a Story on Boy Scout Brian Stewart to help establish an entire library at the Lee County Jail in FL. Working hard for that Eagle badge!
“The inmates read extensively because they don’t have a lot to do,” Scruggs said. “Sometimes the jail is a place where people learn to love to read.”
inlandempireonline has a Story on the new library in The California Institution for Women near Chino. The law library, established more than 15 years ago, is one of the most complete and largest in the state\'s prison system.
But do they have The Prisoners Dictionary?
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 4:21pm
Pat Liao sent along an interesting page from The U-Dub Engineering Library. They got all shaken up in the big earthquake in Seattle last week.
Check out the Earthquake Damage to the Engineering Library page, to see how things look.
Like Pat said, Some of them will
make you feel like you\'re in slanted room in a circus funhouse!
I hope no one had any books fall on them!
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2001 - 9:31am
Someone pointed out Salon has picked up This Stoy about the fire saftey troubles at LOC.
They say the Library of Congress will not be able to fix all fire safety violations for another two years, and there seem to be more than a few problems. They were issued seven citations for violations.
\"The Library is strongly committed to correcting all these deficiencies and already corrected 76 percent of those that are the Library\'s responsibility,\"