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Reference Question - President doing research for child in school

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.

In the morning the Secretary of State has the thick detailed report on the President's desk. The president realizes that he should have clarified what the assignment was about and explains research was for school report for his child.

Questions:

1) Did this happen?
2) If so, what President?
3) What country was being researched?
4) Citation to verifiable source?

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Choosing a Book...by Its Cover

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

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.

Library One-Liners from Pub-Lib (and more)

...here. Included are the classics: "I need a photograph of Jesus Christ." Submissions are wanted!

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

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…

“Picture This!” aims to do just that. Using Carnegie’s "umbrella"
position—supporting multiple organizations, ranging from universities, to the NEA, the National Council on Teacher Quality, Public Impact, Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, and more—we’ve created a far-reaching collaboration to call on students, parents, teachers, administrators, and anyone who’s witnessed great teaching, to upload pictures to our photo-sharing site Great Teaching that “visually” answer one of these questions:

When I picture great teaching I see ________.

When my teaching is inspired I ________.

My teacher inspires me when ________.

Plus, the person who submits the most inspiring photo (pic and description) can win $3500 for a K-12 public school of his or her choice! The site is live, so please take a look (and upload a photo!). Thanks for your help spreading the word. Finally, the project also integrates with Instagram through the hashtag #GreatTeaching.

Thanks,

Deanna Lee
Chief Communications and Digital Strategies Officer Carnegie Corporation of New York

Where Would We Be Without Blake??

Happy birthday to Blake Carver, our fearless leader!! Please join me in wishing him all the best.
smiling Blake
pensive Blake

Found in the Comments

This was originally found lurking in the comments today attached to a story dating from November:

Books for International Goodwill has donated over 5.7 miillion books to libraries in the U.S. and overseas. We have 150,000 news and used books in our warehosue at any one time. We would be happy to provide books to libraries damaged by hurricane Sandy, but do not have a contact. We will cover the cost of transportation (and even cover the cost of a librariian to come to our site in Annapolis, MD to pick books, if tht is feasible). If anyone has a contact to help us get this off the ground, it would be appreciated.

Steve Frantzich---President Books for Interntional Goodwill 410 721 7344

As a general matter of good practices, it is best not to leave comments on stories over 45 days old as they might not be seen by most users. If anybody wishes to contact Mr. Frantzich in this matter his contact details are shown above.

What Are You Doing About DVD Thefts in Public Libraries?

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...

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).

Here's an article from The Guardian UK about the project.

Do it...share your shelf!

***News Flash*** now on Facebook too!

Question from a Librarian

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.

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Cafes, Food Service in Libraries: Take the Survey

From PUBLIB:

Primary Research Group (www.PrimaryResearch.com), publisher of research reports and surveys about libraries and the information industry, is conducting a survey of library cafes and other library food service practices of public, academic, special and other libraries.

Survey participants receive a free PDF copy of the report generated from the survey data. Participant institutions are listed but data is confidential. To take the survey follow this link .

Just How Many Libraries Have Closed? Ask LISNews

Following up on comments on a recent story, I'd like to ask the LISNews community: Are there any credible published reports of the number of US library closures in the past year/two years/five years, etc? Also welcome are findings for other countries.

  • Do you--does anyone--have any actual data on actual library system closings? Not branches, not temporary shutdowns, but public libraries that actually disappear--or, let's say, shut down for at least three years?

    Has it been 1% over the last 10 years? 0.5%? 0.1%?

    Have there been more public libraries (again, not branches--those are inherently more temporary) closed or opened over the last decade?

  • Please contribute your findings and attribution in a comment below, thanks.

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    Library Consultants and Social Networking

    I originally posted this on my blog <a href="http://billthelibrarian.com/2011/08/library-consultants-and-social-networking/">Bill the Librarian</a> and on Google Plus as well as Facebook and Twitter.<p> In an effort to build up my own consulting, I have been contacting companies and individuals that do library consulting. I have heard from many people in this effort. I am trying to find those that participate in and also consult with libraries in the use of social networking and social media.

    Nancy Pearl to Write "Check It Out" Column for PW

    Award-winning author and NPR commentator Nancy Pearl will begin writing a new monthly library-themed column for Publishers Weekly called “Check It Out” later this month. The first column will run in the May 30 issue of PW, the magazine's pre-ALA issue, as well as online at Publishers Weekly.

    PW is now actively soliciting questions and comments for the “Check It Out” with Nancy Pearl column. “If you care about libraries, if you care about books, we want to hear to hear from you” said PW features editor Andrew Richard Albanese. Questions, comments and ideas may be sent via e-mail to [email protected] or by regular mail to “Check It Out” with Nancy Pearl, Publishers Weekly, 71 West 23rd Street, Suite 1608, New York, NY 10010.

    Sounding Off

    The Air Staff at Erie Looking Productions invites readers and listeners to call in their reactions to two recent posts floating around in the realm of the Internet. The first is a post to LISNews talking about CNET Editor-at-Large Brian Cooley's view of libraries. The second is a post at National Review Online's The Corner where Christian Schneider takes a fairly dim view of modern public libraries in the United States. The voicemail inbox is powered by Google Voice so clicking the widget below will facilitate easy access: You can also call 702-714-0397 from your own phone. The deadline for receiving voicemails in reaction to either or both of those posts is Sunday, May 1, 2011 at 01:00:00 UTC/Zulu. Clicking on the date/time mention will bring up a converter to place such in your local time context. The best messages received may be played on-air during the next episode of LISTen: An LISNews.org Program. Remember to keep it under a minute and to give a quick mention of who you are when you call.

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    Sounding Off by Stephen Michael Kellat is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

    What's On the Agenda for National Library Week?

    It starts this Sunday, April 10. Fill us in, what are you planning @ your library?

    Fine amnesty? Special activities for children? For adults? Honoring volunteers? Author visits? Contests? Extended hours? Comment below.

    What's Still Broken On LISNews.org?

    I did an upgrade recently and I'm still trying to get things pieced back together again. If you spot something missing or broken, please do let me know!

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    Join "Oprah, Libraries Need You!" on Facebook

    On facebook? Please join our campaign to get the top pop culture book-loving maven of our time to PROMOTE LIBRARIES by joining "Oprah, Libraries Need You!".

    The group, created as the result of a dream that Marilyn Johnson (author of 'This Book is Overdue') had in which she spoke to Oprah about libraries and Oprah agreed that they needed support (vivid dreaming MJ!) is ONE WEEK OLD and already has close to 1,000 members.

    Please add your name to the ranks and invite all your friends. It won't cost you a penny and who knows, maybe it'll result in an overwhelming wash of love and money from Oprah's coffers.

    If you have a story about your library that will help to support the cause, please post it on the wall and keep posting. Don't be shy. Thank you!!

    Next Week Is Banned Books Week...What Is Your Library Planning?

    BANNED BOOKS WEEK September 25 - October 2, 2010.

    Banned Books Week is the only national celebration of the freedom to read. It was launched in 1982 in response to a sudden surge in the number of challenges to books in schools, bookstores and libraries. More than a thousand books have been challenged since 1982. The challenges have occurred in every state and in hundreds of communities. Click here to see a map of book bans and challenges in the US from 2007 to 2009.

    Post your plans & or activities in a comment below please.

    LISNews In the Forefront of Journalism

    Saw "How to Open a New Book" in Boing Boing today...

    http://www.boingboing.net/2010/09/06/how-to-open-a-new-bo.html?utm_source=feedburner&utm_med...

    via the "submitterater"

    Link: http://lisnews.org/how_open_new_book (posted here on September 1; I found this on a facebook post by the Dusty Bookshelf)

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