Fewer books borrowed as library visits increase in the UK

A Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Report shows a 4.3% increase in visits to UK public libraries in 2003/04 – up to almost 337 million visits – but a 6.5% decline in active borrowers for the same period. Book borrowing rates fell 5.5% to 341 million in 2003/04.
The data suggests an increase in users using libraries for non-traditional reasons, such as internet use, emailing sessions and audio borrowing. In 2003/04, book stocks decreased by 3.7 million (3.3%) to 110.5 million books, but audio, visual, electronic and other stocks increased by 2.2% to 9.0 million. At the same time, book additions remained stable, but the survey shows a 6.3% increase in stocks other than books.


Library Cat in Need of Good Home

Jimmy, the resident cat of the Stayton (OR) Public Library is looking for a new home, at the "very strong suggestion" of the library's insurer and the city's safety committee.

Jimmy is between 11 and 12 years old and came to Stayton in 1993 from Iraklion Air Station in Crete, Greece. He belonged to a military family who couldn't keep him, and Sharon Russell, who was the librarian at the time, took him home. Her cat didn't tolerate having another cat in the house, so Russell brought him to the library, where he has lived ever since.

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MI Archivists seek ways to save electronic records

The Grand Rapids Press reports on e-mail and other electronic records generated by city's elected officials and bureaucrats -- today's equivalent of the letters, memos and other documents that currently fill archive shelves -- are not being kept. Finding ways to gather, cull and preserve electronic records was on the minds of several archivists in Grand Rapids last week for the annual meeting of the Michigan Archival Association.


The Right Person for the Job

Steven M. Cohen writes "From the Washington Post:

The job candidate interviewing to be a terrorism research analyst at the Library of Congress seemed to have exceptional qualifications: a 25-year Army veteran and former Special Forces commander who spent a career hunting terrorists and often personally briefed the vice president, defense secretary or Joint Chiefs of Staff on sensitive operations.

The interviews and salary talks went well for David Schroer. A job offer followed, and he accepted. Then the new employee brought up one last item: Once work began, the name would be Diane, not David."


Boca Raton Students Donate Books to Small IL Library

While visiting his grandparents in Illinois, Mitchell Froelich wasn’t able to finish his summer reading list.

Combing through the bookshelves at one of the small town’s libraries, the 16-year-old said he couldn’t find the well-known novel he needed to read for his class – or many other books for that matter.

When Froelich returned home to Florida, he enlisted his high school's Key Club to collect and donate books to the Divernon Township Library. More from


Bat worries push library land grab

Steven M. Cohen writes "From the Mansfield News Journal:

Mayor John Finley says alleged concerns about bats in the branch library here are "a cheap and pathetic excuse" by the Mansfield/Richland County Library to buy a lot across the street.

But Director Joe Palmer contends the library doesn't want to move its Lucas branch. It bought the property, he said, "just in case."


Library board restores "Bill of Rights" to policy appendix

Steven M. Cohen writes "From The Johnson City Sun:

"A standing-room-only crowd of supporters for the American Library Association's Bill of Rights filled the Central Resource Library Meeting Room last week when the Library Board voted 5-1 to restore the bill to the Collection Development Policy Appendix."

"The board in April voted 4-3 to remove the bill from the appendix to the Library Collection Policy and related references within the policy.""


"Ohio libraries are too valuable to the education of all Ohio residents..."

AshtabulaGuy writes "The Editorial Board of The Post (the student newspaper of Ohio University in Athens) published an editorial this week decrying budget cuts to Ohio's libraries. The case made is necessary for review by librarians of all types as shown by this quote: "With Gov. Taft continually promoting the need for Ohio to compete in high-tech industries, the decision to cut library funding seems not only to contradict these economic goals, but also make them nearly impossible.""

British Tabloids Beat Libraries

Anonymous Patron writes "Guardian Unlimited Books Reports: Much of the British public goes to the source it trusts least - tabloid newspapers - for its most crucial everyday information on politics and society, according to a study.
This is because the sources the public trusts most, notably public libraries, are closed when it most needs them. The study follows official figures showing that only a tiny number of libraries and other archives are open as long as shops."


Do new library ads just borrow trouble?

Anonymous Patron writes "What do Mao Zedong, J. Edgar Hoover, Batgirl and Casanova have to do with the new Minneapolis Central Library?

They're part of an edgy new ad campaign from the Friends of the Minneapolis Public Library -- edgier than the organization even expected. It has generated heated e-mails from as far away as Taiwan, and the campaign hasn't even been formally launched.

Critics say that promoting the library with images of Mao and Hoover is inappropriate and offensive. But the creators say that misinformation spread through Web logs produced confusion about the ads' true content.
The Star Tribune Has More"



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