Library Week
is being celebrated this week (April 10-16, 2005) with
a little help from Google
with a gif linking
to news
about National Library Week
. As a promotion (for themselves as
much as the libraries), Gale
is allowing libraries to offer "patrons free, unlimited access to 30 diverse
databases during National Library Week" and LexisNexis
has a National Library Week "Toolkit" with a "partnership" theme.
Hermit :-)


MPOWER: opening a new chapter

The Baltimore Sun is covering the spiffy new MPOWER Card. It's like the superhero of library cards: flashy and vibrant in appearance, and able to leap over county borders in a single bound. The Maryland statewide public library card will be one card that can be used to register with any county public library system in the State.


Fire at Homewood Library

Bibliotrope writes "There was a four-alarm fire early this morning at the historic Homewood branch of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh. Flames were seen 'shooting from the roof.'

No word yet on the extent of damage or the cause, but firefighters 'used tarps to help cover computers, books and other library resources to prevent water damage,' according to the story from WTAE Channel 4."


Vietnamese students avoid inconvenient libraries

Anonymous Patron writes "Inconvenient hours and time-consuming borrowing procedures have caused many Vietnamese students to shy away from libraries as an ideal studying place for exams and term papers.

More at THe Thanh Nien Daily"


The New Jersey State Library – a state treasure

The New Jersey State Library – a state treasure is from The Sentinel in New Jersey. They say: Located in downtown Trenton is one of New Jersey’s biggest treasures — the New Jersey State Library (NJSL). Yet, many people in the state have not heard about the state library and have never visited it.

Still, the New Jersey State Library has a tremendous impact on library services all over the state. So, what kind of library is the NJSL? Why is it so critical to the residents of New Jersey and to the quality of library service of New Jersey residents?


Librarians Speak up at Salinas Rally

Here's a blog post from Lincoln Cushing, talking about library community involvement in the 24-hour Save Salinas Library read-a-thon. Cushing attended with members of the Progressive Librarians Guild and addressed the audience, giving a librarian's perspective and concerns about the Salinas closure.

Thanks to Michael McGrorty for the tip.


The Seattle Times: King County Library System director case goes to PDC

The Seattle Times Reports The state Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) this morning will consider whether to dismiss the case against King County Library System Director Bill Ptacek over illegal use of public funds to promote a $172 million bond issue last year.

An investigation by the PDC concluded Ptacek did illegally use the funds, and PDC staff advised the commission in a Jan. 19 report that the violations were so serious that they should be referred to the state Attorney General's Office, which has authority to ask for larger fines than the PDC can impose.


Community Rallies for Philly Libraries

Community leaders and members showed their support for the Holmesburg Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia last week. Holmesburg is one of 10 express libraries already in Philadelphia with no accredited librarians and four-hour days.

"What does is say about our state and our city if we put funding libraries way down on our priorities list?" Stack asked. "Sometimes there is just no place where a kid can get the kind of focus and study and the resources and the learning ability that can happen in the libraries."

More here from the News Gleaner. Another rally is scheduled for today.


After 55 years, the "cutting librarian" is retiring

Stephanie sends this "charming story in which a UK journalist mourns the retirement of Edda Tasiemka, a librarian who has taken the vertical file to high art.

The news that Edda Tasiemka is planning to retire and sell her cuttings library had many journalists, including me, sobbing into our laptops. How could any of us survive without Edda and her cuttings? Whizzy management types are fond of telling us that nowadays you can find everything on the internet, but actually it is rare to find any newspaper stories over five years old or any magazine articles at all, whereas one quick phone call to an elderly German widow in the suburbs can provide precisely what you need.

The "Carnegie" Carnegie Receives Funds

The Post Gazette has an article about one of the many Carnegie libraries that has received funding for restoration...but this is not just any Carnegie library, it's the Carnegie Carnegie, built originally in Carnegie, PA. Of the more than 2,500 Carnegie libraries in the world associated with Andrew Carnegie, the "Carnegie Carnegie" is the only library bearing Carnegie's first name. For additional information, check out this site on the history of Andrew Carnegie and Carnegie libraries.



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