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MORE ARRESTS FAIL TO STOP LIBRARY
Despite a flurry of repressive actions by the Cuban
government in recent months, it appears likely that the
fiftieth independent library will soon open its doors in
the island nation. -- Read More
Wired News has this interesting article on Stephen King\'s new adventure. He is asking his readers if he should place a book on his web site. Read King\'s letter and vote on his web site.
\"King explains that he has been intrigued by the success of Riding the Bullet -- his e-book novella released early this spring which sold over 500,000 copies.\" -- Read More
A really cool Story from The Dailyherald in Chicago, on moving the Des Plaines Public Library. They had an old-fashioned bucket brigade with 1,000 people, and just handed the books down the line. Sounds like fun to me!
\"In all, 1,000 books were passed from resident to resident, in slightly more than 40 minutes. Mayor Tony Arredia passed the first book, \"Baby\'s First Book\" by Sam Williams, to start the brigade.\" -- Read More
The Chicago Sun Times has this article about a small library attached to a main one, which gives customers quick access to new books.
\"Called CPL Express, it\'s a ground-floor room with its own door onto State Street that offers the growing Loop and South Loop residential population and people who work and shop nearby quick access to the latest fiction and nonfiction.\" -- Read More
RHadden sent in this strong story:
the headlines of the Wall Street Journal,
Goldfarb, a reference librarian in an Atlanta public
library, has posted a
site that names, perhaps, some of the residents of
Cobb County who were
involved in a 1915 lynching of Leo Frank. See his web
site at: leofranklynchers.c
It is a courageous stand, since many of the names
are well known in
today\'s Marietta community, and their descendents are
uneasy at this
spotlight on their county\'s past.
For news information about this historic incident in
Georgia, see the
Cobb Online news at: cobbo
The Wall Street Journal requires an account to see
online. The printed news story is by Carrick
Mollenkamp, \"An Internet
Posting Raises the Ghosts of a Notorious Crime: A
Librarian Names Names in
the Leo Frank Murder; The List in a Family Bible.\"
Friday, June 9, 2000,
page A1 and A12. -- Read More
\"\"If he would have left us some
money to do it, we would have followed his rules,\" said
Carnegie Mayor Bob Heinrich, an ex-officio member of
the library board. -- Read More
The Los Angeles Times has this interesting article on books on tape. Its critics say that they are \"mind-candy\" which does not assist in making better readers.
\"That\'s the feeling of Willy Ackerman, an English teacher at Kennedy High School in Granada Hills. Although she may read a few passages of a book out loud to her students, Ackerman said the best way to master reading is to read. \"Difficult reading helps us to become better readers,\" she said. \"Easy reading helps us to become faster readers. That\'s how you improve.\"
The article also discusses audio books in schools. -- Read More
\"Some books on space travel in the city
school libraries pre-date the 1969 historic Apollo 11
mission by a decade, More than half of the schools lack
certified librarians, and those who run the so-called
learning centers have been hesitant to get rid of
Last time I think this
same story came from Philly. -- Read More
The Chicago Sun Times has an Almost funny Story on some unfair seating troubles at The Wheeling High School Library. The librarians are really cracking down, and some of the students are none to happy.
\"It\'s ridiculous,\" said Chris Schiel, 17, of Wheeling, who\'s on Wheeling\'s track and cross-country teams. \"I\'ve been kicked out for discussing that day\'s classwork.\" Student athletes who are allowed to study in the library instead of attending gym class are required to sit facing south, in the direction of the circulation desk. -- Read More
The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum has commissioned the New York firm Asymptote Architects to design and implement a new Guggenheim Museum in cyberspace. The first phase of the Guggenheim Virtual Museum will be launched at the end of 1999 as part of a three-year initiative to construct an entirely new museum facility. The structure will be an ongoing work in process, with new sections added as older sections are renovated. The project will consist of navigable three-dimensional spatial entities accessible on the Internet as well as real-time interactive components installed at the various Guggenheim locations. Check it out at guggenheim.org
Here\'s an interesting concept. Holding an auction (online and off) for a library building. The article from the Chicago Sun Times says that this may have been the first time a library building was auctioned live and over the Internet.
\"The winning bid of $238,000 came from ophthalmologist Ken Melchionna of Lake in the Hills, who bid on the property the traditional way, by flashing a marker in front of the auctioneer. He plans to open an eye care center on the site.\" -- Read More
The LA Times has a neat Story on The Capital Library a 22-story library in Beijing.To keep abreast of the times, the Chinese library recently added computer rooms for Internet use and access to its electronic holdings nlc.gov.cn. Though the library must overcome a reputation for user-unfriendliness that \"is legendary,\" according to China\'s own state-run news agency. Of course all the libraries here in the US are known for their legendary user-friendliness! -- Read More
Here are the Friday updates for this past week. Stories included: e-book news galore, less room for the library in a school, 10 pounds for no words, students are told where to sit, and much more... Enjoy!! -- Read More
Someone wrote in with this \"The National Library of Medicine has funded a Website that provides a distance learning opportunity for public librarians (and other information providers) who need to answer health-related questions. Is this an approach that makes sense? \"
I checked out the site, and it\'s pretty cool. They have several nice Pathfinders and other nifty health related stuff. A nice Reference Interview Resources provides information on, well, you can guess what.So....Does it make sense?
Desertnews.com has a fairily lengthy story on how The Salt Lake County Library Board has appointed a subcommittee of librarians to study electronic books. They predict they will have electronic books within five years. Why sit and study it, while other libraries move forward and do something about it? Earlier this year, the Patchogue-Medford Library in Patchogue New York started circulating Nuvomedia Rocket eBook readers. Check out that story.
\"\"As e-books become more popular, they will probably become available in the city\'s libraries. If e-books become materials that our patrons request, then we will explore that option,\"says community relations manager Dana Tumpowsky\" -- Read More
Infotoday cleared up the May 23 announcement from Web directory service LookSmart who said they signed an exclusive agreement with Gale Group. According to the release, they are going to make business and premium magazine and periodical content available for free. You may find the quantity of material actually delivered through the service to be, at least initially, a lot less than the press release leads one to believe. -- Read More
\"Our latest protagonists in this Internet soap opera are the giants of book publishing, those stuffy New York types accustomed to being masters of their own plots. This may be the first drama where they control neither the rights to the story nor the basic story line--you know, the familiar one where everyone gives away everything for free and nobody has a clue how to make money. -- Read More
The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has this article on a library that is making people sick.\"So far this year, 10 of the library\'s 35 staff members have missed a combined 225 work hours because of air-quality related health problems, Enerson said. Among them is Susan Skaggs, who wears a filtered breathing mask to work and maintains a \"Sick Building Log\" with entries from November 1998 through February 1999\" -- Read More
Phillynews.com has this article about a town in PA that changed its name from Library to South Park. Does anyone else see the symbolism here?
\"Library, a town of 3,600 tucked in South Park Township about 12 miles south of downtown Pittsburgh, never was incorporated into a governing body. The town last week became South Park, to the liking of some and the chagrin of others.\" -- Read More
I just finished reading the article by Thomas regarding the small hardware store and talking to a real librarian, and it reminded me of an article that appeared in E-Content about live reference service via chat, using Live Person.
\"To increase users\' communication options, Lippincott Library added online chat to its reference service in September 1999. Now, in addition to contacting Lippincott by phone, email, fax, or (dare we suggest it) coming to the Library in person, students, faculty, and staff can ask questions through chat and get an immediate response.\"