Libraries

Libraries

Innovative design aims to create showcase library

Things are changing in Wyoming. Read about it Here. From the The Grand Rapids Press.

But perhaps the biggest addition to the \"City of Vision and Progress\" came last week when city officials got
their first glimpse at plans for a $7.5 million library. The bold, unusual building is full of unconventional items.

At first glance, the innovative design seems uncharacteristic for Wyoming, a city with a no-frills,
working-class feel. But that\'s exactly what City Manager Don Mason is going for.

\"It kind of grabs you when you first look at it, but I think that\'s what it needs to do,\" Mason said. \"There isn\'t anything like this in West Michigan. People are going to Wyoming to see the library.\"

Topic: 

Good News for Disabled Individuals and Information

Bill Stark writes \"28,000,000 Americans have a hearing loss, and this sensory loss means that much informational and entertainment media is not accessible to them. The Captioned Media Program (CMP) at www.cfv.org is a free-loan open-captioned media program for these persons, their families, and the information professionals who serve them. Sponsored by the U. S. Department of Education, CMP has over 4,000 items available for loan to qualified users. \"

Topic: 

Library e-mails overdue notices

Alabama Live has a

Story on how one library system now can email overdue notices. An approache that may be used more often in the future.

About 7,000 local patrons receive library notices by e-mail, and Jefferson County library officials say theyhope more people will catch on and use the service in the future.

Topic: 

Libraries in a bind, and you might pay.

The NY Post has a story
HERE on
budget
problems in the New York Citiy Libraries.

Libraries should charge borrowers Blockbuster rates for
movie videos and CDs -- or come up with other money-raising
ideas -- to cover part of a $41million budget cut, the
mayor\'s new spending proposal says.

Topic: 

Library discovers huge deficit

From the Ann Arbor News.

The Ann Arbor District Library is blaming accounting errors
for a newfound budget deficit of nearly $1 million that has
forced the library to begin cutbacks and postpone major
building plans for two of its branches.

The library board of directors may also consider increasing
the levy it collects from taxpayers in the dist

Topic: 

Victory in campaign to halt library closures

This Is
London.

The controversial tide of library closures across London has
finally turned - following huge public pressure.

Many boroughs announced cost-cutting closures and reductions
to opening hours during the last few months. Today, after
an Evening Standard campaign and anger from library users, a
London-wide reprieve seems imm

Topic: 

Trouble Among the Stacks

The Cal Law Journal has a story on how and why librarians aren\'t getting rich.

\"Across the state, county law libraries are feeling the financial pinch. Cutbacks in the stacks have become commonplace and salaries are so stagnant that longtime government employees are looking elsewhere in search of better pay.\"


Stolen from The Rarin\' librarian

Topic: 

Return for gay family book in GB

THE Times UK has an promising report on the return of an old book on homosexuality.

Topic: 

Detained librarian admits stealing secrets, China says

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Detained librarian admits stealing secrets, China says

By Jennifer Lin
and Cynthia J. McGroarty

INQUIRER STAFF WRITERS
The Chinese government says a Dickinson College librarian \"confessed\" to stealing state secrets. His wife in Carlisle, Pa., says it can\'t be true.

Either way, the future of Yongyi Song, an unassuming scholar who has become an international cause celebre, hangs in the balance as his detention in China continues into its sixth month.

Story Here

Topic: 

Library won\'t use Internet porn filters

The Greenville County Library Board on Monday rejected the use of filters in its efforts to deal with patrons viewing obscene materials and placed a greater responsibility on parents when their kids access the Internet on library computers.

The board voted 8-0 to adopt a policy requiring parents to accompany children under age 12 when they access the Internet on computers in the countywide library system.
Story HERE

Topic: 

Library board tightens Internet rules

The Greenville County Library Board has voted to make it more difficult for children to access sexually explicit material on the Internet, but it stopped short of installing filters.
Story Here

Topic: 

Library patrons happy with facility

Appleton officials plan to increase lifelong learning
If you\'re a lifelong learner, the Appleton Public Library has a book on you.

The \"book\" is a plan that charts a course for library service for the next five years. Chances are you, a neighbor or someone else you know had a hand in preparing it, as nearly 1,500 people gave their views through in-library surveys, focus groups and interviews.

Topic: 

Glass panels will continue to fall from Montreal's Grande Bibliotheque

The Sky Is Falling! Going to the library could be dangerous to your health.

The $98-million Grande Bibliotheque - Quebec's main library and archive - has been falling apart a few pieces at a time. Glass panels have been slipping from the library's exterior but book lovers and pedestrians will be protected in a novel way - a proposed safety perimeter of gardens, trees and awnings, also the most affordable option.

The library, located in the downtown area near the bus station, opened with great fanfare in spring of 2005.
And you thought Seattle's new library was bad because you kept getting lost...

Topic: 

Board Member Rebuts Papers "Anti-Library" Campaign

Jay writes "'Rebutting the newspaper's anti-library campaign' is a letter submitted in response to a recent editorial about furnishings for the new library. The article, entitled: "To sit or not to sit: The $329,000 question," appeared in The Daily Dispatch on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2005.

It's a long article but shows a strong support for a new library renovation project by a member of the Board of Trustees of H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library H. Leslie Perry Memorial Library in Henderson, North Carolina.
Excerpts from the article:

"Another gauge of how important the library is to the community is the astounding level of donations the project has received from our community, again despite the bad press from the Dispatch. When funds were raised to build the YMCA in 1988, contributions totaled approximately $1,600,000."

"My own concerns for the library include that critical issue of jobs, but they cover more ground than that. First, the public library is the only institution I know of in any community that directly serves people of every age in the broadest circumstances. It serves people who are young and old, rich and poor, lying in a sick bed or out and about in the bloom of health, God-fearing or atheist, Democrat or Republican, employed or looking to find a job. Because the library serves people from so many different backgrounds and circumstances, it supports the missions of many other institutions in our community, particularly the schools."

Topic: 

Library Flasher Caught

A man accused of exposing himself to two young girls at Fairfax County (VA) libraries this past week, has been arrested after one of the girls alerted library staff. More here at ABC7 news. Also of interest are the comments that accompany the story.

Because of cell phones, it may be harder for flashers to get away with public activity. This guy's career is definitely over.

Topic: 

Labeling YA books

Suzanne writes "A library trustee in Guilderland, NY, wants to put labels on YA novels that have "racy" content. He says he doesn't object to the descriptions of sex, just that books containing the descriptions are available to young teens.
If all these attempts at library labeling and restrictions continue and are successful, I envision future libraries being made up of lots of little rooms, each with a bouncer at the door. More from the
Times Union. =366220&category=REGION&newsdate=6/2/2005"

Topic: 

Ohio Budget Bill Remains Pending

AshtabulaGuy writes "Ohio House Bill 66 currently weighs in at twenty megabytes which is a tall order to be viewed over dial-up. The bill remains in the Ohio Senate Finance and Financial Institutions Committee for now. A four megabyte doc
ument is available in Adobe Acrobat format that highlights differences between the Senate's present version and what the House passed
. These are primary documents that cannot be just ignored as we get closer to the Ohio state budget deadline of July 1."

Fancy sitting down with a good book? You'll be lucky

Anonymous Patron writes "Finding room to read at the British Library is no mean feat for established users, as seats are increasingly filled by twittering students fiddling with their phones, says John Sutherland @EducationGuardian.co.uk"

Topic: 

Pages

Subscribe to RSS - Libraries