Libraries

Rising Sun

Bob Cox sent along This SmithsonianMag Story on the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.

Not much to this story, but the new library, meant to be an architectural signature like Australia\'s Sydney Opera House and Spain\'s Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, opens to the public April 23, 2002.

Library ship docks for two-week stay

Charles Davis writes \"This Story from dispatch.co.za on the world\'s largest floating library, the Doulos, that returned to East London for a stay of almost two weeks.

The Doulos, crewed entirely by volunteers, is
one of the oldest vessels still sailing the seas.

At 88 years, the ship is two years younger
than the Titanic.

The ship will be officially opened to the public
tomorrow by Eastern Cape Premier Makhenkesi
Stofile, Doulos information officer Ben Wyatt
said.

East London is the first port on the ship\'s
2002 tour of South African ports.

This is the Doulos\' fourth visit to East London,
where it was last in 1998.

The vessel boasts a library of more than 6000
books \"

Nixon daughters split over library

Charles Davis sent in this
Ananova.com Story that says The daughters of Richard Nixon have gone to court in a difference of opinion over the fate of a $12 million bequest
to their father\'s library.

The sisters are split over whether the Nixon Library and
Birthplace should be operated by the family or an
independent board of directors.

Library Love letter

Andrea writes \"This was shared with the PUBLIB listserv by A. Michael Deller, Director of The Library Network in Southgate, Michigan. Brian Dickerson of the Detroit Free Press thinks we\'re awesome. Sorta makes one feel better after all the UCLA business...\"

Camels help Provide Library Services in Kenya

Gary Price passed along This One on the Camel Mobile Libraries in Kenya. This service was launched in 1996 with 3 camels and had been expanded to 6 camels by the year 2001. It operates from a static branch of the Kenya National Library Service (KNLS) in Garissa, located in the North Eastern Province, mainly serving the geographically isolated pastoralists in these areas.

Queuing to get into library

Someone writes \"I think you\'ve had items about it before, but we\'ve now come to the end. Over 110,000 people visited the exhibition at the National Library of Australia which finally closed yesterday, but up until last day hundreds of people queued overnight in their sleeping bags to get their free entry tickets. Exhibits included original manuscripts from such people as Einstein, Dickens, Martin Luther King, Mozart, and rare items such as a Gutenberg Bible, ancient Oracle bones, a fragment of a Dead Sea Scroll - over 160 exhibits from around the world. The Library\'s staff volunteered their time enable the exhibition to stay open over 22 hours daily, and as the visitor in the story says, it was a surreal experience - visitors overjoyed to have seen the exhibition, even those coming in at 4am. Staff (I\'m one of them) are exhausted but elated! \"

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Circulation Statistics Up

Genie Tyburski writes \"I haven\'t seen this posted and it looks like an article of potential interest to your audience. Library Journal illustrates how library lending statistics are up and suggests why that is the case.

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They say average circulation, which dipped in 1999 and barely rose in 2000, has leapt up a robust 2.9 percent. Reasons? Increasing population, better book budgets, longer hours, the ease of reserving from home, better promotion, better programming, marketing and merchandising.

Library: the most powerful tool on the planet

Someone passed along This Fine Story from over at Kuroshin.

\"In short, I would like to say that perhaps I would be happier if I had never been to a public university with a proper library of 2 million volumes, with good databases and interlibrary loan. I would never know that I was missing anything, I would have no conception that the rich people in large cities have access to actual research facilities that the poor and the distant could only dream of. I would have no knowledge of the brutal and disgusting disparity between those who think it is OK for them to decide everything for the rest of us, who hoard the truth for thesmelves, and the poor schleps who must live with whatever goggle eyed elitist decisions they come up with, while we sit around blabbering with half baked ideas that we can only research so far before we run up against \'copyright: you cannot view this\' or \'this material is unavailable to you\'.

Bodleian urged to hand back holy manuscripts

Charles Davis writes \"
The Bodleian Library is the latest target of a group
campaigning for the return of treasures taken from
Ethiopia by the British Army in the 19th century.

The Association For the Return of the Maqdala
Ethiopian Treasures (Afromet) is calling for the
return of a number of holy manuscripts held by
the Oxford University library.

Afromet is lobbying the Government to return a
range of artefacts brought to Britain after a war in
Ethiopia in 1868.

The treasures include 34 illustrated ecclesiastical
manuscripts of particular importance to the
Ethiopian Orthodox Church, which are held at the
Bodleian.

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NYT Remembers Old Astor Library Building

Ryan writes:\"Here\'s a great article from the NYT about the original Astor library building in New York, now housing the Public Theater, in the bowels of which I\'ve heard that Christopher Walken can be seen gliding from light to cone of dusty light during the summer months.


The writer includes some wonderful recounting of the crochety library staff, who complained about the patrons, who \"read excellent books,\" said the original librarian, Joseph Green Cogswell, who went on: \"except the young fry, who employ all the hours they are out of school in reading the trashy, as Scott, Cooper, Dickens, Punch and The Illustrated News.\"


I\'d love to see something like this, perhaps in more detail, about the Cooper Union and its library, which are right up the street. Anyone know of something?
\"

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