Public Libraries

Shhh, it\'s a *silent* alarm...

The Belfast Telegraph reports that panic buttons are to be installed in branches which have recently had security problems.

The board\'s Library Service has revealed that there were 67 reported incidents between September 1999 and September 2000.

These include 20 cases of abusive behaviour, nine attacks on staff and public, two \'sectarian problems\', 30 cases of damage to property and one alcohol related incident.

The bulk of the incidents involved abusive behaviour encountered by staff from teenagers.

Does Shopping Online Cheat Your Library

Jen Fritz writes:

\"Yesterday, PC World posted an Article titled \"Does Shopping Online Cheat
Your Library\"
. While the only appearance of the word \"library\" occurs in
the title, the article is smattered with the concept of public services
being slashed based on the lack of revenues achieved by taxation.


\"New figures showing roaring online retail sales spell trouble ahead for
the sales tax revenues that help fund vital local services like police,
firefighters, and school teachers, advocates for U.S. state and local
governments say.\"

\"He said only five states without any sales tax are unaffected by the
explosion in Internet commerce.\"

\"Shafroth cites a study showing states would sacrifice a total $13 billion
in sales taxes by the year 2004.\"

\"\'That\'s a lot of policemen and firemen and teachers and classrooms,\'
Shafroth adds.\"


...and librarians.

We ain\'t needin no libary

The ALA estimates only 3 percent of communities are without library services, Grayson, Kentucky is one of them. This is a farming community where half the working-age people are either functionally illiterate or have minimal reading skills, and yet they wouldn\'t pay an extra $30 a year to open a library. CNN has the Full Story

\"It was pretty unbelievable,\" said Mindy Woods, a mother of two who collected 2,200 signatures supporting the measure. \"Their attitude was, \'We\'ve made up our minds. Don\'t confuse us with the facts.\' \"

More Ghost Stories

Where was this one from Oregon Live 3 weeks ago during halloween?\"She\'s described as a loving woman who liked to dress in blue. Nobody knows much about her, except that she was a dedicated librarian in Snohomish in the 1920s and \'30s.

So dedicated that some think she\'s still there.\" -- Read More

Everybody is Getting Library Cards

The Star-Telegram has this story on kids getting everyone and their grandmother to sign up for a library card.

\"Students at Carter Park Elementary surpassed themselves in a drive to put Fort Worth Public Library cards in the hands of more students.

A whopping 104 percent of the student body now has library privileges. The school has 775 students but was responsible for adding 818 library cards by also signing up parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and friends.\" -- Read More

Video News Report on Public Libraries

NewsNet5 has a video report on libraries that focuses on the typical problems. This story is quite a slam on public libraries.

Check it out here, you\'ll need real player.

This story does not paint a very pretty picture of todays public libraries. If I didn\'t know any better I\'d think the AFA wrote this one.

Your neighborhood library is less like a church and more like a bus station...\"

Public Library wins Architecture prize

Charles Davis writes \"RIBA Awards 2000
Peckham Library, London wins the
Stirling Prize
see
http://www.internettrash.com/users/archidose/071700.html
and
http://www.channel4.com/nextstep/boy/main.html?pulled=frameset \"

You really need to take a peek at this library, there are three different pics on Internettrash.com


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The Impacts of the Internet on Public Library Use

Here are the findings from the Urban Libraries Council Study on internet in libraries. The research study, The Impacts of the Internet on Public Library Use, consisted of a national random telephone survey of 3,097 adults conducted during the spring of 2000.


75.2% of Internet users also used the library and 60.3% of library users also used the Internet.


Use of the library and use of the Internet were inversely related to age.


Use of the library was not significantly related to race/Hispanic ancestry.


Use of the library and use of the Internet were positively related to educational attainment.

California still robbing coffers

Michael Lambert Ssuggested this
Story from S.F. Gate
entitled \"The Big, Greedy Monster\" by Deborah Wilder the mayor of Foster City. She says the Educational Revenue Augmentation Fund is ripping off libraries in CA. $2 million would go back to the San Mateo County Library and nearly $7 million to the Santa Clara County Library, if they stop.

ACLU Vs. The \"genre\" stickers in a public library

Susan Hill writes:


Okay, I\'ve tried to hold my tongue, but I simply cannot remain quiet now. I
have just read October 30 American Libraries Online
specifically \"Kansas Library Stops Marking
Books as Suitable for Christians\". I am appalled and outraged that the ACLU
has taken on the battle of \"genre\" stickers in a public library. The labels
had been brought to the ACLU\'s attention by a library user, the Associated
Press reported October 21. A LIBRARY USER? ONE LIBRARY USER? Where are the
voices of all the library users who want those stickers on the books? -- Read More

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