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Reference Question - President doing research for child in school

Submitted by Bibliofuture on Tue, 09/24/2013 - 13:20
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Trying to verify a story.

Synopsis: President of United States with school age child is asked for help doing school report on a country. President calls Secretary of State (maybe another position but think it was SOS) and says "I need to know about country X." Secretary of State does not know why question is being asked. Secretary gathers staff and they work all night compiling detailed dossier on the country.

Choosing a Book...by Its Cover

Submitted by birdie on Tue, 08/27/2013 - 14:33

According to a few distinguished members of the library community, they don't tell you in library school that you WILL occasionally choose a book by its cover, despite what the song says.

If you've had that experience, either choosing a book to read for your TBR pile or a book to add to your library's collection BASED ON ITS COVER, please let us know in the comments below. Thanks!

Weird Stuff You Can Check Out @ Your Library

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 06/26/2013 - 16:27

From NPR (doesn't that make me sound like Carl Kasell): weird stuff that can be borrowed from different public libraries.

Items include fishing poles, snow shoes, garden seeds, pictures for your walls and bridal magazines. Anyone out there in LISNews-land lend other non-book items? If so, please comment below.

Carnegie Corporation Asks Us to Picture This: What is Great Teaching? (Prize Money...check it out!)

Submitted by birdie on Thu, 05/02/2013 - 14:38

LISNews received the following letter from the Carnegie Corporation of New York; please read and take part (if you wish...):

I am writing from Carnegie Corporation of New York, where we've created a web photo project together with dozens of education nonprofits to support national Teacher Appreciation Week, which starts Monday. I'm hoping you'll help spread the word to people at schools (which could, if public, have the opportunity to win $3500), and anyone interested in inspired learning and education, and/or photography…

What Are You Doing About DVD Thefts in Public Libraries?

Submitted by Blake Carver (not verified) on Thu, 10/04/2012 - 13:08

My library has experienced an extremely high rate of DVD thefts in the past 6 months and are looking into solutions to the problem. Some of the thefts, we beleive, are drug related.

Have public libraries experienced a spike in DVD thefts this year?

What are some of the reasons for this?

What are public libraries doing about the situation? What solutions are they looking into? What have they tried?

We also experience a high rate of periodical thefts as well.

Have You Shared Your Shelf?? Please do...

Submitted by birdie on Wed, 09/12/2012 - 19:22

http://shareyourshelf.tumblr.com

You have bookshelves. People want to see them. That's what happens here.

Please check out this amazing tumblr and ADD YOUR SHELVES (at work, at home, at school...whatever). They've gotten so many respondents that they're a bit behind in posting, but have patience says creator and fellow Brooklynite Peter Knox (@peterknox and @ShareYrShelf at twitter).

Question from a Librarian

Submitted by birdie on Mon, 08/20/2012 - 11:36
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Found on Pub-Lib, an inquiry from a CT librarian:

"What has been worrying me lately with the possible replacement of the ebook over the print is, what happens when they go 'out of print?' Are they lost forever?

Being a very modest book collector, what, exactly will there be for me to collect?"

What do you think/imagine/suspect? Please comment below.