Submitted by Steven on July 25, 2000 - 9:52am
The Los Angeles Times has an article on the architect who is designing the new Seattle Public Library, set to be finished by 2003.\"More sculptural in form than anything Koolhaas has yet designed, the library is a physical expression of the struggle to both maintain the sanctity of public space and build an efficient technological machine in a world that is in a constant state of flux.\" And here is a commentary from the Seattle Times from someone who doesn\'t like it. Read on...
Submitted by Blake on July 20, 2000 - 4:05pm
R Hadden Writes :
It is always interesting when libraries make the Wall Street Journal, but recently the bathroom of one library got a special mention. You can learn more about the Phoenix Public Library at: www.ci.phoenix.az.us/library.html, but alas! There is no photograph of the colorful and delightful bathroom.
\"What a Way to Go: Architects Get Lavish Designing Public Lavatories --- With Liquid-Crystal Glass Doors And Waterfalls, the WC Gets New Meaning: Wicked Cool\" Wall Street Journal;Jul 19, 2000; By Motoko Rich;
\"Don\'t miss the public restrooms!\" Feedback, a travel guide for artists, designers and architects, declares about the main library in downtown Phoenix. The entryways to the lavatories are partitions made of translucent glass that change color every five seconds as tiny fiber-optic wires emit sparks of light...\"
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2000 - 6:15pm
AZ Central has a Story that says a bit about how libraries are adding more in the way of technology. Some have begun offering electronic books, use of free computers and Internet access. The Phoenix Central Library is even planning to give teens a rockin\' computer center, with loud music if they want.
\"At some libraries, people just aren\'t checking out as many books as they used to. In Tempe, where circulation fell 7 percent in the past year, Director Teri Metros concedes she\'s a bit concerned.
\"But we\'re still checking out a million items a year. We\'re just in a time of great transition. You can get depressed or excited about it,\" she said.
Submitted by Blake on July 17, 2000 - 9:20am
The Digital Missourian has an encouraging Story on libraries and how well (or is it good?) they are doing now. Nice to see the popular press not sounding the death bells for libraries for a change.
\"Maybe reports of the death of the book in the age of the Internet were greatly exaggerated.
It seems public libraries are attracting crowds of children and adults as never before. And that is translating into expanded hours, renovations and construction of new libraries in Kansas City and the surrounding area.
Submitted by AnnaKh on July 16, 2000 - 9:12pm
I wonder what happened to tradional romance... Why are more people using chat lines in the library to meet a mate?
Do you think any librarians out there are getting paid a matchmaker\'s fee? I don\'t think so.
Submitted by Steven on July 13, 2000 - 12:44am
Kathy Leeds writes in about Innovative Internet Applications in Libraries.
Intended primarily for the library community, Innovative Internet Applications in Libraries is a sampling of new and interesting uses of the Web by public, corporate, academic, and school libraries. The project (begun in 1995 by Ken Middleton) has sought to provide best practice models of both traditional and non-traditional library service provision using Internet technology.
Suggestions for new links are welcomed in categories from interactive readers advisory to personalized interfaces to virtual reference and local database creation and access. Innovations may involve either form or content or both.
Submitted by Steven on July 12, 2000 - 6:13pm
Here is an interesting column out of Excite news. I agree with the topic, but check out the first paragraph...Is it me or does this make no sense at all?\"Widespread use of the Internet in educational applications has made the public library all but obsolete. Although the Internet is accessible virtually everywhere, there is a problem with relying solely on cyberspace to educate the masses.\"If Public Libraries cease to exist, who will help in \"educating the masses\"?
Submitted by Blake on July 12, 2000 - 9:39am
A Story on the new National Library in Lebanon. The newly reconstructed library will contain 250,000 books, reconstruction of the National Museum cost $5 million. The first library was damaged during the civil war.
“Without a National Library, a cultural pillar, Lebanon will lose the intellectual heritage that we’re so proud of,”, said Youssef Beydoun, Education Minister
Submitted by Steven on July 9, 2000 - 9:20am
Building a new library these days involves a lot of decisions...how many computers, how many internet terminals, and, oh yeah, how many shelves for books. A new library in Seattle has decided to put more emphasis on books. From the Seattle Times\"Before designing a $159 million building - a hall to honor books, learning and the story of the human condition - it was worth finding out whether the future could make all of that a bit quaint. Would books, as we know them, cease to exist? Would e-books and Web TV rule the day? Should new libraries trim the space given to bookshelves?\"
Submitted by Blake on July 7, 2000 - 11:15am
National Geographic has a nice Story on The Library of Alexandria in Egypt. The Great Library was destroyed, 1,400 or more years ago and has now been rebuilt. This time it cost 180 million US Dollars. No word on how many papyrus scrolls they have to lend this time. The New version has \"he world\'s most advanced
cataloguing system, computerised book transport,
CD-roms, microfilms, internet connections and a fire
prevention system to ensure it doesn\'t suffer the same
fate as its predecessor. \"
Submitted by Steven on July 5, 2000 - 11:57pm
For those of you who couldn\'t sleep at night awaiting a decision about whether or not those chairs in Newton, PA would be sold, the wait is over. Here is a follow-up story from Mcall.com.
\"We\'ve had many sleepless nights over these chairs,\" library President Philip Hagan said Monday night. \"Most library members are passionate about keeping them. We just want people to realize that the history of this library exceeds that of the chairs.\"
Submitted by Steven on July 2, 2000 - 12:15am
Here is an interesting story out of Philly.com. It seems that a library wants to auction off chairs that once were owned by William Penn and were donated to them in the early 19th Century. But will people in the town take news sitting down? Nope. They may want the chair to stay in the town.\"people in Newtown are also interested in history, said Hains, and they, too, would be willing to spend the money to help the library and to keep the chairs in town. Hains said that the board should consider other fund-raising options - benefit dinners and concerts, for example - before they sell the chairs.\"
Submitted by Steven on June 28, 2000 - 1:30pm
Michigan Live has an article on fine collecting at libraries. Should we be so dependant on fines for our budget?\"Fewer Ogemaw County court cases mean fewer fines from law violators. Shrinking penal fines, in turn, are slicing about $52,000 from the library\'s budget this year and last. That\'s a deeper cut than the 95-year-old institution can stomach.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 26, 2000 - 10:14pm
I wasn\'t sure whether or not to put this under
Mary Musgrave writes : \"this article that was in
Saturday\'s Dallas Morning
News. Haltom City is a
suburb of Ft. Worth.\"
\"Ms. Deaton and former
Haltom City librarian Laura Cleveland remembered
putting the time capsule in an area west of the library.
Ms. Cleveland, now the children\'s librarian in Watauga,
said while digging at the initial location they hit
something, but it turned out to be the sprinkler system.
After digging 10 or 12 more holes - and using a metal
probe to search them - they conceded their time
capsule was gone.
Submitted by Blake on June 22, 2000 - 1:19pm
Someone suggested this sad Story from In_Forum.com on the terrible flooding up in ND. There was a big flood, and fire that just caused all sorts of trouble in the library. Quite sad really.
“It’ll be years before we’re back to normal,” library director Richard Bovard said.
Submitted by Blake on June 22, 2000 - 11:14am
R Hadden Writes : Librarians and researchers have come together to protest high prices for journals at the website, \"Create Change\" at: The ARL
CREATE CHANGE is sponsored by the Association of Research libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association), and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). Funding for this project has been provided by the three organizations and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
Submitted by Blake on June 12, 2000 - 4:00pm
A really cool Story from The Dailyherald in Chicago, on moving the Des Plaines Public Library. They had an old-fashioned bucket brigade with 1,000 people, and just handed the books down the line. Sounds like fun to me!
\"In all, 1,000 books were passed from resident to resident, in slightly more than 40 minutes. Mayor Tony Arredia passed the first book, \"Baby\'s First Book\" by Sam Williams, to start the brigade.\"
Submitted by Steven on June 12, 2000 - 8:56am
The Chicago Sun Times has this article about a small library attached to a main one, which gives customers quick access to new books.
\"Called CPL Express, it\'s a ground-floor room with its own door onto State Street that offers the growing Loop and South Loop residential population and people who work and shop nearby quick access to the latest fiction and nonfiction.\"
Submitted by Steven on June 9, 2000 - 11:18am
Here\'s an interesting concept. Holding an auction (online and off) for a library building. The article from the Chicago Sun Times says that this may have been the first time a library building was auctioned live and over the Internet.
\"The winning bid of $238,000 came from ophthalmologist Ken Melchionna of Lake in the Hills, who bid on the property the traditional way, by flashing a marker in front of the auctioneer. He plans to open an eye care center on the site.\"
Submitted by Blake on June 9, 2000 - 9:52am
The LA Times has a neat Story on The Capital Library a 22-story library in Beijing.To keep abreast of the times, the Chinese library recently added computer rooms for Internet use and access to its electronic holdings nlc.gov.cn. Though the library must overcome a reputation for user-unfriendliness that \"is legendary,\" according to China\'s own state-run news agency. Of course all the libraries here in the US are known for their legendary user-friendliness!