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From The Scotsman:
Restrictive opening times of Edinburgh’s public libraries have been slated in a comprehensive survey.
Current rules which see most libraries closed in the evenings and only open for Saturday mornings at the weekends mean thousands of workers don’t have enough opportunity to use them, residents believe.
A majority of library users in the Capital who took part in a questionnaire are now calling for all-day opening on Saturday and restricted Sunday opening to take more account of the pace of modern life . . .
But council members and officials have warned any increase in opening hours would mean stretching already constrained budgets . . .
From the Cincinnati Post:
People in Greater Cincinnati are using the library in unprecedented numbers. They checked out a record 13.8 million items from the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County last year, up 3.6 percent from 2000, which also was a new high.
A third of those were something besides traditional books - videos, CDs, DVDs, or books on tape.
That doesn\'t count the 28 million hits on the Hamilton County library\'s Web site or research done on the library\'s 201 computer terminals, a number that will triple this year . . .
Bob Cox points out, A nine year old got a letter from a collection agency saying her account had been turned over to it and she was expected to pay the fine immediately. Her mother refused to pay the fine or to let her daughter pay it with her own money.
She said she is outraged that the Bethel Park library would sic a collection agency on a child and she believes the fine - based on Bethel Park\'s $2-per-day late fee on audio visual material - is excessive. She said she told library officials the only way she would pay the fine was if she got to keep the CD, an offer they refused.
\"People think that taking library books and not returning them is no big deal. But libraries are paid for with taxpayer money. They belong to the taxpayers,\" said Marilyn Jenkins, director of the Allegheny County Library Association.
From the Delhi Newsline:
Delhi\'s oldest library, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi’s library commonly known as Hardayal Library, recently inaugurated an entire section for Indian freedom fighters . . .
On the occasion, the library exhibited some of its oldest and rarest books. However, what came to light was its declining popularity with both corporators and bureaucrats . . .
The white-and-yellow domed Victorian building is known to house over 1.7 lakh books in Hindi, English, Urdu, Arabic, Persian and Sanskrit. This collection is formed by, among other things, 8,000 rare books and 3,123 Gazettes of India and Delhi gazettes and 386 manuscripts belonging to Mughal Emperor Humayun and five volumes of Sir Walter Raleigh’s travelogues.
But the library’s impressive wealth of books has been unable to draw the attention of corporators sitting in Town Hall right next door . . .
From the Montreal Gazette:
When Gayle Stein wanted to borrow a book from the CÙte St. Luc library, she used to have to get her mother, who lived there, to do it for her. But since the island of Montreal became one big city on Jan. 1, Stein and hundreds of others have become full-fledged members of the Cavendish Blvd. institution, borrowing books, videos and tapes that used to be reserved only for CÙte St. Luc residents.
\"For us the merger is very good with respect to the services because we don\'t have any,\" said Stein, of Hampstead . . .
Montrealers have been flocking to suburban libraries since Jan. 1, thrilling some library-lovers, but worrying politicians who fear the quality of service at some libraries will diminish as they try to serve more people . . .
From the Raleigh, NC News & Observer:
The city library may add a videotape produced by the Ku Klux Klan to its collection if the tape doesn\'t violate copyright law. Klan members also mailed the tape to libraries in High Point, Winston-Salem and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, saying it was a protest against the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.
Skip Alston, the president of the state NAACP and a Guilford County commissioner, said adding the tape to any collection would insult blacks . . .
\"It\'s our whole mission to provide free and equal access to information,\" Library Director Sandy Neerman said. The city\'s policy on library materials says that items shouldn\'t be banned just because they might be unpopular or controversial.
They say now that we all have coffee, there is a new emphasis on upgrading technology at the nation’s 16,000 public libraries.
“Computers have always been one of the most popular things at the library,” says Liz Lancaster, director of Howard County Central Library in Columbia, Md. “Everyone was afraid when the Internet was introduced that people would stop coming to the library, but that hasn’t happened.”
The top ten reasons why the Internet still will not replace the public library by Andy Barnett says don’t plan on closing your doors anytime soon. He gives ten reasons why the public library is here to stay.
The business of the Internet is entertainment, Increasingly, quality content will cost, and Text on paper has some widely ignored advantages are just a few.