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Lincoln Presidential Library

John writes
\"My hometown paper has this
story
about the new Lincoln Presidential Library in
Springfield, Il. The public library in town is also named
Lincoln Library after its favorite son. \"


Folks at Springfield\'s Lincoln Library are already
running into trouble with names. The Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum isn\'t expected to be
done till late 2002, and already someone sent a
$50,ooo check to the wrong place.

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The Eagle has flown

Charles Davis writes \"From \"The Times\" 6 February 2001

Historic copies of comics, including The Beano, The Dandy and The Eagle, are believed to have been stolen from the British Library.


library spokesman said: \'We are bringing in external security consultants this week to advise and look at security measures.\' He added: \'This
couldn’t happen at the St Pancras Reading Room because of the type of security we’ve got there.\' \"

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Library Round Ups

Now that More Than Half of The US population is online maybe libraries are more important than ever. What percentage of people get online at a library? Brian wrote \"The General Accounting Office has found that the e-rate program has $1.3 billion in unspent funds. Somehow, I don\'t think CIPA will help put the money to use.Story in Wired News\"

Of course for the kids (in the UK) there is the special toy libraries under a £6 million scheme launched by the Government and for the adults there is the Tool Library at the Grosse Pointe Central Branch Library in MI.
Not to be outdone, CA Senate bill would provide funds for libraries, an additional $66 million!

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Church Library Makeover

Here\'s a great Story from christianitytoday.com on the often over looked Church Library. They say the church libray can be a vital resource for the congregation. Lois Ward, president of the Church & Synagogue Library Association in Portland, Oregon, recommends that a committee of two or three people from your church work together, with the endorsement of the pastor and education board, to establish or upgrade a library.

\"It is a huge waste to have a room called a library with a whole lot of extremely good stuff with nice labels that will stay on the shelves forever,\" says Carolyn Hardin Engelhardt, director of the Vieth Resource Center at the Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. \"If you don\'t do publicity, hospitality, and outreach, you can waste your time.\"

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What, Me Worry?

So, now that even book clubs are Going Online, it seems Privacy is even more important than ever
But really, what do we need to worry about, many school libraries are in a state of neglect, Filters and the First Amendment, Electric Paper or maybe eBooks putting us out of a job, our Children\'s Online Lives, or Charging Our Patrons Trillions of dollars in late fees?Maybe we should just see What\'s in the stacks and stop worrying all together.

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Internet Pornography Use Common in many Libraries

Bob Cox sent in This Story from christianitytoday.com. It talks about a nationwide survey done by librarian David Burt, which found the viewing of pornography on the Internet by adults and minors is common in many of the country\'s public libraries. It\'s kind of an old story, seems worth a look though.
No kind words about the ALA.

\"Not only has it failed to acknowledge the extent of the problem, but it has established a party line which categorically discourages consideration of any kind or extent of filtering as a solution. Rather than facilitating an open and inclusive forum for discussion, the ALA has circled the wagons, thus disenfranchising thousands of librarians who do not agree with the official stance.\"

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The ToyBrary

CNN has a short transcript on toy library in Los Angeles where kids can check out toys. An auction is being planned for later this year of a Shirley Temple Red Cross doll, it could bring in a million dollars.Can you just imagine how much fun it would be to be a ToyBrarian?

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Cold War thinking at the Library of Congress

Mark C. Rosenzweig writes:Here\'s an Associated
Press Story
of residual Cold War thinking at the
Library of Congress.


My Response:


Open Letter to James Billington, Librarian of Congress

Dear Mr. Billington,

As the Chief Librarian and Archivist of the Reference
Center for Marxist Studies in New York City, an
independent educational institution with custodianship
of the library, documentation and records of the
Communist Party USA, it is of great interest to me how
the historical papers of the CPUSA, sent to the USSR
for safe-keeping during a turbulent period, have
become the property of the principals involved in the
recent announcement from your office \"Library of
Congress Opens to Researchers the Records of the
Communist Party, USA\".

Much More....

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No more Prison Libraries in WA?

Holly Blosser writes \"Washington Gov. Gary Locke is proposing abolishing law libraries in correction facilities to save money. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has this article
about it. This would place all the burden on the Washington State Law Library, and they definitely don\'t have the resources to handle these requests. Doesn\'t make much sense to me, and I think there will be much opposition to this plan (or I hope so, at least).
\"

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Will Libraries Survive?

The American Prospect has an Interesting Story on the past and future of libraries. Geoffrey Nunberg makes some very interesting points.

\"If we truly believe that universal access is both a public good and a private right, though, we have to realize that the public interest in obtaining information won\'t be satisfied simply by providing everyone with access to a computer and modem, no more than the public interest in reading books was satisfied once Carnegie had provided buildings to house them.\"

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Why be a librarian?

Lee Hadden writes:\" The Winter 2001 issue of Occupational Outlook Quarterly (published as
a government document by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics) has a cover
story about the library profession. Entitled \"Librarians: Information
Experts for an Information Age,\" this 14 page article is available in PDF
format from their homepage at: bls.gov/opub/ooq/ooqhome.htm


This interesting article has information on library job growth
projections, future salaries in the profession (\"More jobs, more money\"),
and some idea of where the field is going. Not only does it ask (and
answer) the question, \"Why be a librarian?\", the article also suggests what
other things a graduate can do with a library degree. A good recruiting
tool.
     Cool. And free.

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WA Considering Dropping Prison Libaries

Gov. Gary Locke wants to save money by eliminating
prison law libraries, which some say blocks
reasonable access to the courts, which some also say
will cause a flurry of lawsuits. Full Story from Seattle P-I.

\"It\'s wholesome activity,\" Alexander said. \"It\'s not
like we\'re setting up a motorcycle club for
prisoners.\"

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American Libraries Disservice To Persons With Disability

Here\'s an Interesting Article by Joe Redman, no explanation by me needed.

\"American libraries, on the other hand, have a tradition of professed inclusion and equality. Mission statements and codes of ethics have fought against censorship and for intellectual freedom. Concerning persons with a disability however, libraries have shown an uncharacteristic conservative trend of exclusion, reflecting societies attitudes instead of setting an example for change. Libraries, from institutional to public, have often found themselves in the position of being the only contact many persons with a disability have with the outside world. Libraries have even had a tradition of subtle social activism. \"

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Thieves plunder libraries for profit

Detroit News has a Sad Story on the growing trend of rare book theft from libraries. Demand for rare books and maps is skyrocketing, and the best place to find one is a library. Put it on eBay for a quick profit!Of course, rare books are not the only stuff stolen!

\"If you steal an atlas, and say there are 100 maps in there that you can sell for $50 each to a decorator, or a collector, it is very, very lucrative for thieves,\" said Detroit rare book dealer John K. King, who recently caught a seller trying to pass on an almanac lifted from the Detroit Public Library. \"Now people are stealing them, cutting them up and selling them on eBay.\"

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Library of Congress Goes Digital

Wired is Reporting The Library of Congress has finally met its ambitious goal of putting 5 million historical items online by the year 2000. There are fears that the library will focus on archiving print media instead of dealing with the new digital information. The National Research Council\'s report A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress said that very thing.

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The Book(s) Checked Out From The Library Today

Someone suggested \"At Salon Table Talk:
What You Checked Out of The Library Today\" over on Salon.

A topic for everyone, but especially for those of us who either cannot or will not buy books in abundance. Besides, libraries are about the coolest places on Earth, yes? So, tell us what book(s) you checked out today! CDs, videos, records, etc etc are OK too!


Me, I took one on a 350 year old Native American Village in my backyard.

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The Old-Fangled Search Engine

Lois Fundis writes \"The Washington Post, covering ALA Midwinter, interviews ALA President Nancy Kranich and explains that not only do libraries still count, \"Libraries may get hot\" -- not only because the incoming First Lady is a former librarian, but because \"Libraries are like the ultimate 3-D web sites.\" \"


From the story:
\"Good question. Whom do we ask? AltaVista? Google? Ask Jeeves.com? Nahhh. Let\'s ask a librarian.\"


This is the kind of story I just love to read!

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Getch\'er Vatican Library reproductions here!

Brian writes \"business2.com

has a Story on the Vatican Library (established in 1451), \"Long closed to those outside the church, the world\'s oldest library has staked out a storefront on the Web.\"
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How Many Librarians Does It Take....

A couple months ago we ran This Story on the Peckham Library in London. It won the Stirling Prize for architecture.

Well, today I ran across This Story on the library. Now they say they need to close the building for five days and have a team of electricians change 300 light bulbs. The new bulbs are a "gargantuan exercise", they need to set up platforms, and even move books around to change the bulbs.

"This means every six to seven months the building will be forced to close whilst staff remove the books, workmen move the shelves and erect the tower platforms and electricians come in to unscrew and replace the light bulbs."

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\"Will Libraries Survive?\"

Geoffrey Nunberg argues in this article that they certainly will, and he is hi tech enough to be a major researcher at the Xerox PARC lab (he is a linguist.) This article is a couple of years old but still feels fresh. It provides a nice bird\'s eye view of American libraries and how they fit into the whole contemporary \"information\" landscape. He addresses many of the problems that libraries are beginning to face in the current situation and has suggestions for how they can be dealt with.

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