Submitted by Blake on January 11, 2001 - 10:44am
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."
Submitted by AnnaKh on December 20, 2000 - 5:49pm
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.
Submitted by Blake on December 11, 2000 - 5:16pm
Bob Cox sent in this Story from Salon on the coming $150 million Clinton Presidential Library. There should be some interesting exhibits... cigars, dresses, a dart board with Ken Star\'s picture on it?
Clinton said he wanted a building \"that was beautiful and architecturally significant, that people would want to walk in 100 years from now, but one that would also work for average citizens.\"
Submitted by Blake on December 7, 2000 - 10:28am
Randall B. Kemp writes \"In response to the ruckus caused by Nicholson Baker\'s New Yorker article on the destruction of newspapers in libraries, Richard J. Cox writes in First Monday on the need for preservation in the digital age. While Cox finds fault with Baker\'s arguments, he supports the ensuing public discussion. \"
Submitted by Blake on November 29, 2000 - 12:00pm
David Suggested This Story from CNN. I\'m not sure if this is another example of American consumerism gone mad, or a nice donation. Coca-Cola Co. is donating all 20,000 of its TV commercials promoting the sweet soft drink for preservation at the library. It\'s part of Coke\'s celebration of the 50th anniversary of its first TV ads. Don\'t worry, the donation includes Miller Brewing Co.\'s \"Tastes Great -- Less Filling\" ads.
Submitted by Steven on November 28, 2000 - 10:44pm
If there is one thing we all learned in library school, it was that we should have all the books on the shelves before we open a new library. According to this story from the Daily Star, one library forgot this golden rule.
\"The country’s first large-scale public library has been unofficially opened at least one month before being ready to receive visitors.
Although thousands of books still need to be laminated, catalogued and shelved, the Beirut Municipality officially opened the library, which is located at the Basta-Bashoura Fire Department, on Sunday evening.\"
Submitted by Steven on November 26, 2000 - 11:08pm
New Zealand taxpayers were mighty upset when they found out that tourists are able to check their e-mail at the national library for free. Computer User has the full story.
\"New Zealand Member of Parliament (MP) Winston Peters lashed out at Wellington\'s National Library of New Zealand, painting its provision of free Internet access as an invitation for unrestricted surfing of porn sites and a free Net cafe for foreigners to check e-mail at taxpayers\' expense.\"
Submitted by Blake on November 16, 2000 - 10:29am
Arkansas Online has a Story on the trouble brewing over the new Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock. A man there won\'t give up his land so they can build the library because his is mad at Little Rock officials for spending more than $12 million on the land for the library.
\"The city of Little Rock can ill afford this huge expenditure, which has never been approved by the voters,\" Pfeifer said. \"The past two years have proved the ruinous effects the financing scheme has had on our city finances and public confidence.\"
$12 Million does seem like alot of money for this thing.
Submitted by Blake on November 13, 2000 - 11:02am
This mercurycenter.com Story has some nice things to say about the libraries in the Silicon Valley Area. The future maybe home delivery of library books!
\"There\'s truly a renaissance going on with libraries, particularly in California,\" said Linda Crowe, president of the California Library Association, one of the conference\'s sponsors. \"Just five years ago, we didn\'t know much about the World Wide Web.\"
Submitted by Blake on November 8, 2000 - 8:37am
Charles Davis sent along This Story on The New Library in France. The computers and other sytems were so bad the staff went on Strike when it first opened in 1998. A fire ripped through one of its underground corridors a month ago, and now it has reopened, only to make the employees sick. The unidentified malaise causes violent headaches and a burning sensation in the throat and eyes.
\"As a precautionary measure, the library will not open again until we have the results of new chemical and bacteriological analysis.\"
Submitted by Blake on November 5, 2000 - 8:00pm
3PUBL.html\">Here\'s an interesting story from the
sent in by alert reader Irene Wood. The story is about
libraries cutting their serials and book buying just to
meet the sharply rising cost of scholarly journals. They
cover the big publisher Reed Elsevier, and the $3.5
billion buy out of Harcourt General. Librarians say
consolidation in the industry is causing prices to sky
rocket, while the publishers say it\'s due to big
increases in demand.
Now that strikes me as odd,
I have yet to read a single story about any increase in
journal holdings at any library anywhere. What about
Are you increasing or decreasing
Submitted by Blake on October 31, 2000 - 10:55pm
I remember when the Bibliotheca Alexandrina had
somewhere between 200,000 and 700,000 scrolls. It
was a sad, sad day when the library burned down way
48BC. Well now things are all better.
Geographic has a
00/alexandria_3229.asp\">Story (sent in by Bob
Cox) on the $200 million renovations. When it is
opened, early next year, there will be room for 8 million
\"I think it\'s an inspiring building,\" the
library\'s director, Professor Mohsen Zahran, says. \"It
has a great deal of symbolism and meaning, and it
carries a message to future generations.\"
Submitted by Blake on October 31, 2000 - 8:34am
Heraldnet.com has this Spoooky Story on a library ghost in Snohomish\'s Carnegie Building library. Miss Catharine McMurchy, who was a librarian there in the 20\'s and 30\'s still makes her rounds to keep the books \" neatly arranged according to the Dewey Decimal System\".
\"At one point, her chair began to shake. A gust of wind rattled a windowpane; the chair shook harder, \"As if a heavy-footed person walked beside me,\" she said.\"
Any ghosts in your library you\'d like to share?
Submitted by Blake on October 30, 2000 - 8:45am
Pressgazettenews.com has an Op-Ed Piece on the political-library climate in Green Bay. The Brown County Board of Supervisors (A conservative bunch?) actually voted to keep a library branch open, even though the money doesn\'t seem to be there.
\"People here may be conservative in many respects, but when it comes to public-policy issues that involve making hard choices, the people they elect to serve on the County Board might just be a bunch of bleeding-heart liberals.
Submitted by AnnaKh on October 16, 2000 - 4:23pm
Information for Social Change is a biannual journal from England that examines \"issues of freedom, censorship, and ethics amongst library and information workers\" and challenges \"dominant paradigms.\"
Issue number 11, on the web in its entirety, focuses on the issue of racism in library services. The Table of Contents is as follows:
- Editorial: Combating racism in library and information services. Shiraz Durrani
- Using CRE standard to combat racism in library services. Susan White
- Response to Diversity. Glennor L. Shirley
- On Combating Racism In Academic Librarianship. Sterling Coleman
- Views from Britain: Case Studies And Comments.
- The Quality Leaders Project: Conference Report. John Vincent
- Knowing my Place. Beckford, H
- Bring on the thought police: freedom of expression and the press in South Africa. Christopher Merrett
- Meeting information needs for 1992 and beyond. John Vincent
- Book Review: Stop Talking Start Doing! Attracting People of Color to the Library Profession. Reviewed by Ayub Khan
- Minority Ethnic issues in social exclusion - Merton responds.
Submitted by Blake on October 12, 2000 - 10:09am
Here\'s a nice Electronic Poster Session by Beverly Murphy, Julie VanDyke, and Derrick Vines from Duke University Medical Center. They made the move from Free Printing to Pay Printing in the library, and set this up to share their experiences.
\"A task force brainstormed for ways to positively market this transition, focusing specifically on the benefits of the new service. Formulating a slogan that could be adopted to different formats, marketing the implementation as an event, and identifying channels of publicity, were the primary challenges that needed to be addressed. Superb planning allowed us to meet these challenges, and since this service has been implemented, the complaints have been few. This learning experience has further equipped us with the tools necessary to promote future projects, especially those which may be of an unpopular nature.\"
Learning from others experiences!
Submitted by Blake on October 10, 2000 - 9:22am
Bob Cox sent in This Story from Alabama Live that is good news for all those considering an addition to the library. The Birmingham, Alabama Public Library added a bookstore last December to replace the spring and fall book sales the library once had. In a report to the Sept. 28 board meeting, Library Director Jack Bulow said the Bookstore brought in $13,000 in its first nine months of operation. Not bad!
Submitted by Blake on October 5, 2000 - 4:07pm
Washingtonpost.com is one of the places with the Story on the big gift to the LOC. Nice guy John Kluge is giving $60 million To The Library of Congress.
The donation will establish the John W. Kluge Center for scholars and a $1 million annual prize for lifetime achievement in scholarly endeavors.
\"We must do more to bridge existing information gaps between academia and government,\" Rep. Bill Thomas said yesterday. \"Mr. Kluge\'s generous gift to the Library of Congress will help us do just that.\"
Submitted by Steven on October 3, 2000 - 11:31pm
Here is an article from the Belleville News-Democrat. It seems that everytime they fire someone at this library, they change the locks.
\" Early Monday morning, several members of the library\'s Board of Trustees walked into the library\'s main branch on East Washington Street and told Director of Adult Services Michele Bruss that she was fired, effective immediately, and that she had 15 minutes to clean out her desk. While Bruss hurried to gather her belongings, a locksmith changed the locks on the building.\"
Submitted by Blake on September 13, 2000 - 5:35pm
Fox News has a story on a 16 mm film checked out of a library in January 1958 was finally returned two weeks ago during a fine-free week. \"On the slip, under \'comments,\' it says \'very good,\"\' said Marshall. \"So we not only have the film back, we\'ve got it reviewed, too.\" Fines of $1 a day for overdue films once were charged by the library, so at 1958 rates the fine could have totaled more than $15,500 by now. But library officials capped fines at $5 in the 1970s.
On a more serious note, a vandal inserted a hose into the Little Chutelibrary\'s book return sometime after 8:30 p.m. and left the water running. The prank wasn\'t discovered until 7:25 a.m. Sunday, when a Post-Crescent carrier found the hose and told a nearby restaurant owner, who alerted police. Full Story