Submitted by birdie on June 8, 2011 - 10:33am
From Yorkshire, the UK: COUNCIL bosses have cut the amount they spend on buying books and stock for North Yorkshire’s libraries by £300,000.
The reduction in funding for new titles, DVDs, newspapers and website subscriptions comes as North Yorkshire County Council looks for ways to cut its budget and involve communities in running the services without making sweeping closures.
The authority’s executive will decide next week whether to implement fresh proposals which would mean libraries in “key centres”, such as Selby, Malton and Norton, Pickering and Sherburn-in-Elmet staying open, but with fewer staff and reduced opening times.
Services in smaller towns, including Easingwold, Helmsley and Tadcaster, would be supported by the council but part-run by volunteers.
Submitted by birdie on June 3, 2011 - 11:56am
Submitted by birdie on June 1, 2011 - 12:36pm
Many librarians have encountered sleeping patrons...but this story from New Zealand draws the line at snoring while sleeping at the library.
"High power prices and heating restrictions imposed on homestay students are driving people to the library on cold winter days - to sleep.
Language school students Justina Liu and Dory Wang, who were seen napping at the New Lynn War Memorial Library last Saturday, say they go there if they want an afternoon nap, because their homestay parents won't let them use heaters at home during the day.
"It's nice and warm here, and the seats are really comfortable," said Miss Liu, who is from Hebei, China.
"Of course the best thing about it is that it's free and there's no one telling you to turn off the heater."
But it's not only homestay students needing a warm place to sleep.
Housewife Jan Togiola also said she went to "libraries with plush seats" to catch a nap in between reading the newspapers because high power prices had made it "impossible to afford" heating in her home.
Library user Catherine Jones said she found such behaviour "rude and inconsiderate" and had complained to staff at the Auckland Central library a couple of times in the past fortnight.
"It's not just the sleeping ... sometimes it's the snoring that I find irritating when you want to have a quiet read in the library," Mrs Jones said. "
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on April 28, 2011 - 5:32pm
<a href="http://pulowerek.pl">Pulowerek.pl</a> is the "different" Polish website for librarians....named after a characteristic part of stereotypical librarian uniform (cardigan-vest). Our idea is simple: bring maximum entertainment, maximum fun, maximum auto-irony to the dusty world of professional bookworms.
We publish new articles 6 times a week. News, reviews, comic strips, contests, online games, multimedia selections - always something new to cheer up and inspire librarians.
Submitted by Anonymous Patron (not verified) on April 27, 2011 - 8:58pm
27 members of <a href="http://lwb-online.org/"> Librarians Without Borders</a> (LWB) are currently on the ground on a service learning trip to Guatemala, from April 22 - May 3, 2011. This is part of a partnership with the <a href="http://www.asturiasacademy.org/">Miguel Angel Asturias Academy</a>, a non-profit private school founded in 1994 to eliminate education disparities through subsidized tuition and create informed, critically-thinking, socially conscious citizens through its curriculum.
The partnership between LWB and Asturias is focused on promoting literacy and libraries in Guatemala, and development and operation of the <a href="http://www.asturiasacademy.org/donate-now/community-library-readmore/">Asturias Community Library</a>. As part of this trip, the group will learn about Guatemalan culture and education, participate in community organizing and change making workshops, and complete a week of work at the Asturias Academy and Community Library.
Submitted by birdie on March 24, 2011 - 11:17am
It's Dutch Book Week, and the focus is on (auto)biographies. Ann Frank is shown above (pretty amazing!). From Behance.net:
Each year CPNB (Collective Promotion Dutch Literature) organises the Dutch Book Week to promote Dutch literature. And every year a specific genre is being profiled. This year the(auto) biography is featured. This is translated in the theme ‘GeschrevenPortretten’, which translates in Written Portraits’. Van Wanten Etcetera created the campaign, which show the different faces behind the (auto) biographies. Anne Frank, Vincent van Gogh, Louis van Gaal and Kader Abdollah (writer of the biographic Book Week give away). Souverein made the artwork and did an amazing job creating realistic images. Even original book pages were used for the text inside the portraits to get right structure for each portrait.
Submitted by StephenK on March 18, 2011 - 12:59pm
The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals has a press release out noting that the legal duty for local authorities to maintain libraries in the United Kingdom may be under threat. This was brought about by a deregulatory push by the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition government's Department of Communities and Local Governments to seek comment on the over one thousand mandates by central government upon local authorities in the UK. CILIP President Brian Hall is urging members of that organization to contribute their views to the review being undertaken by the department.
Submitted by birdie on March 16, 2011 - 10:52am
Submitted by birdie on March 11, 2011 - 9:40am
From PC World: Taiwan's international airport has opened what it calls the world's first in-transit e-library, offering 400 e-book titles to ease waiting-hall boredom while showcasing the island's high-tech capabilities. More info on the library's offerings at China Post.
The e-library at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport allows passengers to consult the Chinese and English-language books, and around 2,000 books on paper, in a special waiting area in the larger of the airport's two terminals. The terminal commonly handles stopovers between North America and Southeast Asia.
The e-books are stored on around 30 devices, a mix of iPads and e-readers with e-ink screens. The e-books are stored in the ePub and Zinio formats. The airport is loaning out the devices on a first come first served basis. Passengers can't download the books to their own e-reader, limiting the usefulness of the service.
The duty-free shop manages the library, which was proposed by Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou. The shop worked with Taiwan's government-funded Institute for Information Industry and the project cost more than NT$3 million (US$102,000).
Submitted by Bibliophile Adv... on March 2, 2011 - 9:42am
Always interesting reading....
The British Library has launched its new strategy, setting out how it plans to develop its collections and services over the next four years.
Growing Knowledge: The British Library’s Strategy 2011-2015 outlines the UK national library’s key objectives and strategic priorities to the middle of the decade, and emphasizes the need to deliver more for less in a challenging economic climate.
Submitted by birdie on February 24, 2011 - 9:33am
Story from NPR about the reopening of the Library of Alexandria. It was closed for the last few weeks during the demonstrations, both to protect it from vandalism, and to protest the army's curfew.
And the library's director, Ismail Serageldin says that in all the protests, not a stone was thrown at the library, and not a pane of glass was broken.
"What happened was pure magic," he says. "People from within the demonstrations broke out of the demonstrations and simply linked hands, and they said 'This is our library. Don't touch it.'"
The ancient library has been destroyed several times by vandals and conquerors — most notably by a fire, several centuries ago.
Submitted by birdie on February 10, 2011 - 11:26am
Interesting (cheeky even!) concept in New Zealand:
Queenstown librarians are playing matchmaker again this Valentine's Day as the library gets set to repeat last year's Blind Date with a Book literary liaisons.
Monday's event pairs borrowers with specially wrapped mystery books, chosen by library staff as being particularly deserving of a hook-up with a willing reader, Queenstown library manager Robyn Robertson said.
"We are choosing books we personally enjoyed or feel passionate about. The books are all gift-wrapped, with only a barcode on the outside, so it really is a blind date with a book and there's no telling what you might get.
"There's a cheeky mix of fiction and non-fiction, with a nod towards the day that inspired the whole initiative. There's bound to be some romance in there - it is Valentine's Day after all - but there's also a real mix of other genres."
Submitted by StephenK on February 7, 2011 - 11:53am
Submitted by Great Western Dragon on February 4, 2011 - 7:36am
Google has done search, email, documents, video, and now...
From the Alte Nationalgalerie of Berlin to the Metropolitan in New York to the National Gallery of London, Google has taken extremely high resolution images of some of the most famous artwork and put it online. View the artwork online and create your own gallery of favourites.
Learn more at the Google Art Project.
Submitted by birdie on February 2, 2011 - 7:37pm
Submitted by StephenK on February 1, 2011 - 9:16pm