Submitted by Blake on April 6, 2000 - 6:26pm
The AP Wire is carrying this story;
A 1,000-year-old book of riddles, a 15th-century love letter and a 20th-century bear named Pooh: All are strands in the rich history of English literature being celebrated this summer by the British Library.
This body of literature is ``the thing, above anything else, that Britain has given to the world in the course of the last millennium,\'\' government arts secretary Chris Smith says about the national library\'s major exhibit for the year 2000.
Submitted by Blake on April 4, 2000 - 10:54am
A special commission here in NY is calling for a rethinking of the way libraries across the state are paid for. New York should contribute far more state funds to local libraries and base the allocation on need, according to the Regents Commission on Library Services, which for the last 18 months has been looking at ways of improving the state\'s vast library system. Read the story at The Times Union, Albany.
Submitted by Blake on March 30, 2000 - 5:01pm
The Las Vegas Review-Journal has a report on troubling mold in the library at UNLV.
\"UNLV\'s troubled Lied Library has suffered another setback with the discovery of dangerous molds growing in the unfinished building.
Workers this week are trying to get rid of moldy materials that otherwise would pose a threat to the students, librarians and books that this summer are expected to fill the $53 million facility. \"
Submitted by Blake on March 29, 2000 - 6:38pm
La Grange Park and Lyons public libraries in Chicago are now sending out select chapters of books to their patrons by email. Check out The Chicago Sun Times for the full story.
\"We\'re trying to find a balance between books and computers,\" said Dixie Conkis, executive director of the La Grange Park Library. \"It\'s a marriage of the old and the new.\"
\"The American Library Association said this is the only service of its kind. About 30 libraries across the country have signed up, said Suzanne Beecher, founder of the Chapter-A-Day Internet site, which made its online book club available to libraries in January.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 29, 2000 - 8:58am
MySan Antonio.com has a report on a mischievious hacker that shut an OPAC down in San Antonio, TX.
I warn you before,\" it read in part. The hacker also left greetings for friends and signed himself as the \"Great Magoo.\" He blamed President Clinton for his actions.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 27, 2000 - 7:54pm
This Story from The Orlando Sentinel, has a great first line:
\"If you hate being shushed by librarians, brace yourself for something even worse: A collection agency may soon be calling about those long-overdue books. The Seminole County Public Library System is joining a handful of others in Florida taking advantage of a 1996 law allowing public libraries to use collection agencies to go after their worst offenders.\"
Of course they do arrest people for overdure books in FL too.
Submitted by Blake on March 23, 2000 - 2:03pm
Andover, NH (Not MA) is a town with two libraries, and The
doverlibraries.shtml\">Concord Monitor has an interesting
story on the goings on in this small town.
\". This is
a true tale of two libraries, after all. And truth, as it
turns out, is stranger and sweeter than fiction. So bring on
the happy ending.
It has all the makings of a best seller: a small-town drama
twined with courtroom suspense, a plot crammed with history
and mystery, a quirky little subplot sketching life in this
poetically named setting, a cast of characters that includes
good guys and good guys and . .
Submitted by Blake on March 22, 2000 - 10:11pm
Someone sent in this story from The Journal of Mundane Behavior that \"considers a practical example of practical conduct\", mainly, people searching in the library. It\'s a rather in-depth look at, well, the mundane behaviors that people go through when seraching in the library.
\"In observing the practical accomplishment of searching in the library it is manifestly and unquestionably clear that space and place do not simply \'contain\' activities, as it were, but are irredeemably implicated in the organisation and accomplishment of activities, and implicated in some rather interesting and largely ignored ways. \"
Submitted by Blake on March 22, 2000 - 2:12pm
This is London has this story on a 73 year old man in England, borrowed The Bulpington Of Blup by HG Wells from Clapton library in August 1939, and just returned it this week, the funny thing is he paid his fine!
At least he wasn\'t Arrested!
\"He noticed on the flyleaf that the fine for overdue books in 1939 had been a penny (1d) a week. He calculated he had kept the book for 3,145 weeks, which he converted to £13.25, before sending back the book with a cheque for the same amount. \"
Submitted by Blake on March 15, 2000 - 1:48pm
Excite News has A Story on the British Libraries plans to use an sound archive, which contains more than one million discs and 175,000 tapes covering music, speech and wildlife, had tended to only file audio recordings of major live and recorded events broadcast by the BBC. A full catalog of the 1990\'s radio.
Andy Lineham, pop music curator of the sound archive, said: \"The collection gives a great representation of 1990s independent radio programming.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 14, 2000 - 10:42am
Another library system has begun e-mailing an alert to patrons with overdue books and other materials. Read about it Here from The Record.
\"The way Marian De Caterina, head of Newburgh\'s automated services, sees it, the new system saves the library and its patrons money by getting notices out faster and cheaper. And with Newburgh charging 10 cents a day for books and 25 cents a day for videos, it adds up.\"
Submitted by Blake on March 7, 2000 - 1:21pm
This story from NJ on an angry library board. This is interesting because they are talking about hiring a private company now.
Frustrated with the rapid decline of its library system, the board of trustees has ousted its longtime director and may hire a private company to run day-to-day operations.
The board voted last week to fire Library Director Kwaku Amoabeng as of today following a board-commissioned study that called the overall library service \"pathetic\" and suggested that only a complete overhaul would save the once-proud institution.
Submitted by Blake on February 22, 2000 - 9:34am
Benton Foundation, at the request of the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, published Buildings, books, and bytes in November 1996. The report reveals what library leaders and the public have to say about the future of libraries in the digital age. Follow this link to read the HTML version of the report. A PDF version will be available soon for downloading.
Christian writes \"It jumps out from the recent
publication, Buildings, Books, and Bytes,Libraries and
Communities in the Digital Age by the Benton Foundation,
urgent, demanding a response. From one focus group which
made up much of this report
\"They..sanctioned the notion that trained professional
librarians could be replaced with community volunteers, such
As we try to push our \"information literacy\" services on our
publics they also said
\"they preered to acquire new computer skills from \'somebody
they know\', not from their local librarians.\"
Retirees as volunteers.....
Submitted by Steve on February 17, 2000 - 3:27pm
Read this story Here. From the Register-Guard
Architects have finished designing the new Eugene Public Library,nailing down the size at 127,000 square feet and the expected cost at $32.2 million.
The ground floor will feature an indoor garden and coffee bar near the front entrance, a section for new and popular books, an area for young adults, the compact disc collection, the children\'s center and a 200-seat meeting room that can be split in two.
Submitted by Blake on February 16, 2000 - 3:29pm
Good News from jsonline.com.
A public library building boom, fueled in part by the robust economy, is being felt in the Milwaukee area, where more than a dozen communities are constructing or considering new or expanded libraries.
From Cudahy to Port Washington and Whitefish Bay to Pewaukee, supporters are pushing to improve their libraries.
\"There\'s a greater sense than I\'ve ever seen in my career that we can get things done now,\" said Anders Dahlgren, a Madison-based library consultant, who works with communities in Wisconsin and across the country to assess their library needs.
Submitted by Blake on February 14, 2000 - 4:35pm
MSNBC had this short report.
Charges have been dropped against a man who was last month arrested for having overdue library books.
Jeremy Christian Soder, 29, was arrested Jan. 7 during a traffic stop in Fort Myers. A check of his records showed a Pinellas County warrant for failing to appear in court for overdue library material.
Soder said at the time he wanted to learn Spanish for a 1998 trip to Costa Rica, so he checked out about $80 worth of books and tapes from the Clearwater Public Library.
Submitted by Blake on February 11, 2000 - 11:04am
The Times UK has a short Report on library closures in the UK, and the growing protests against these moves.
Nearly 80 per cent of the nation\'s local authorities have cut library
services to save money, rather than because they were being under-used.
Yet the expenditure (the public library service costs 26p per person per
week, the price of a first-class stamp) was minuscule against the benefits,
The novelist Margaret Drabble was among celebrities who denounced
yesterday the closure of local libraries around the country as nothing less
Submitted by Blake on February 10, 2000 - 11:37am
The LATimes has a story on the fight over weeding the stacks at Topeka Drive Elementary School.
A team of district librarians and clerks clashed Tuesday with parents and the librarian at Topeka Drive Elementary School over the removal of hundreds of old books from library shelves.
The Northridge school had paid the Los Angeles Unified School district\'s library services division $500 to spend a day weeding the library of obsolete books, but parents asked the team to leave after a heated hourlong debate over which books should go.
Submitted by Blake on February 10, 2000 - 11:12am
Infodude writes \"On Jan. 24, the National Library of France ( www.bnf.fr ) became the largest single library
available online. While other major libraries are also moving to the Internet, the BNF is the only
national library so far to put entire books online.
The British and German national libraries offer only samples of texts on the Net, while other public libraries such as the U.S. Library of Congress and the National Australia Library primarily post images and documents.
French officials, flush with their coup, predict it will take other libraries around five years to catch up. In French, of course. Story at http://www.businessweek.com/bwdaily/dnflash/feb2000/nf00208b.htm \"
Submitted by Blake on February 7, 2000 - 2:10pm
Thursday, February 3, 2000; Page B02
The director of Prince George\'s County\'s library system has been placed on
paid administrative leave while library officials investigate his job
performance and whether he made a racially insensitive remark last month,
sources with knowledge of the probe said yesterday.
For full story:
The Washington Post