More iPads Than Any Library in the Country

The Stow-Munroe Falls Public Library(OH) displayed its collection of new equipment at a technology open house mid-month.

Library Director Doug Dotterer said the new hardware includes 51 touch-screen desktop computers and 10 iPads that were covered by a $106,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation plus an additional $6,000 provided by the Ohio Library Foundation.

"We were very fortunate that we were one of 20 libraries in the entire country out of hundreds to be awarded this presidential technology grant," Dotterer said. "It's very prestigious."

Dotterer said they needed special permission from the Apple company to order such a large volume of iPads because of demand. He said that as far as they know, their library has more iPads than any other library in the country.

"Part of the reason it's a big deal," Ohio Library Foundation president Julie Gedeon said, "is they get a lot of people who apply, and they don't award very many of those."

Gedeon explained that the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation was responding to the idea supported by President Obama that people need wider access to technology and a means to learn how to use it.

Ann Malthaner, head of public relations for the library, said, "These libraries change lives. "It's two-fold," she said, explaining how the new technology will benefit everyone. "It'll help the people who are currently coming in, plus it could help new users," Malthaner said. I don't really see anything but benefits from this."

MLK Jr. Papers to Be Permanently Housed at Morehouse College

In the years since the city of Atlanta acquired more than 10,000 of Dr. Martin Luther King's personal papers, the collection has been pored over by researchers and used in groundbreaking history courses at Morehouse College. Come February, the writings of Dr. King will be fully available to the public at the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center. Atlanta Journal Constitution has the story.

UT librarian Built Renowned Jewish Collection

Austin Statesman: Nathan Snyder worked as a bibliographer and cataloguer at the Perry-Castañeda Library, the main library on the U. of Texas campus. The Schusterman Center for Jewish Studies at UT dedicated a library to him in May — the Nathan I. Snyder Library. Snyder created an endowment of his personal collection of books and documents, worth between $15,000 and $20,000, which is at the center.

Snyder died of a brain tumor Sunday. He was 65.

Ask a Librarian: Marry a Librarian!

Paula Bagwell, a librarian from St. Petersburg College was proposed to on Ask a Librarian! In her own words:

“My boyfriend of two years, Josh, just proposed to me via AskaLibrarian!!! Today is our two year anniversary (and also the autumnal equinox). I was covering virtual chat and he signed on and asked me to marry him. Then I learned he was actually at the Clearwater library and was using a computer in the lab...”

Gearing Up For Its Opening in 2013, Bush Wants to Display Saddam's Gun @ His Library

From the NY Times: When the library for George W. Bush opens in 2013 on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, visitors will most likely get to see one of the former President's most treasured items: Saddam Hussein’s pistol.

Rare books at KU’s Watson Library targeted by vandals

Thieves are ripping off Kansas University’s Watson Library, tearing apart books filled with old and expensive artwork, taking what’s valuable and leaving destruction behind.

Thousands of dollars worth of expensive pages have been cut apart and stolen from rare books dating to the early 1800s, their bindings and remnants left sprinkled in unusual spaces throughout the library.

Publishers Face Pressure From Libraries to Freeze Prices and Cut Deals

From the Chronicle of Higher Education comes an article about possible price freezing for libraries.

"LET'S MAKE A DEAL (MAYBE): The publishers' hall at the recent Association of College and Research Libraries conference, held in Seattle in mid-March, was a study in give-and-take: how much publishers such as Elsevier and Oxford University Press will give in this lousy economy, and how much budget-strapped librarians can take."