Libraries

Shelter Closes - Homeless Flock to Library

After a Tacoma, WA, homeless shelter was demolished in order to make room for a convention center, those who used the facility began flocking to the library. Library Director, Susan Odencrantz doesn\'t want to throw the homeless people out, but they seem to be taking over the building. According to Odencrantz, since the shelter closed, the library has seen a significant increase in drug trafficking in the men\'s room and prostitution in the ladies room. More

Libraries of the Future

\"Even though forecasting change is a highly questionable enterprise, this chapter is devoted to imaginations regarding possible futures of a smokestack information system (McKenzie, 1993) we once called \"libraries.\" What are we going to find when we visit in 2005? Will we still have library media specialists working in schools? Will they still work in spaces which students visit once each week in order to provide prep time for classroom teachers? Will there be even more feet of shelving to hold books? Will there still be books?\"


Libraries of the Future is a neat look forward from November, 1993, by Jamie McKenzie.

Merchandising @ Your Library

jen writes \"In Conversation with: Schlafly Library Regional Branch Manager Judy Bruce

This rebuilt library is supposed to be more like a bookstore - coffee shop, faced out books, lots of bestsellers, etc.

Judy Bruce says:\"We\'re doing a thing that we call \'merchandising\'. The appearance of the branch is much like you would see in Barnes and Noble or Borders. We have a lot of face-out displays. You\'ll notice all around the library there is a big window or a face out display; we don\'t have any just plain wall space. Even on the shelving and the ends of the bookcases were trying to display books, so people can see the covers, it\'s more attractive. If people pick up [a book], they take it. We really put a focus on displays. We try to make it all more visually appealing. There\'s also a focus on providing popular best sellers.\"

Good idea, or evil corporate influences sneaking into our libraries?

Legislature holds fate of library in its hands

Brynn passed along The Latest Word on the WA State library.

Gov. Gary Locke wants to shut it down in October as part of his plan to balance the state budget, which faces a $1.25 billion shortfall. And if the Legislature goes along with that proposal, as many as 134 full-time or part-time librarians could lose their jobs in a move that would save $5.5 million.

New British Library Improving With Age

. . . or so reports The Times\' Derwent May:

When it opened in November 1997, the exterior seemed rather disappointing. There were long, bare, pink brick walls, very dull, variegated only by pointless blank portholes and plum-jam- coloured surrounds. I do not think they have improved much with time. The real beneficiary of these outer walls has been St Pancras station, whose pinnacles loom up behind them, far more romantic for the contrast.

But the grandiose courtyard that is flanked by these walls has begun to work its magic . . .

More.

The Library - Coming to a Mall Near You

There\'s a new library in town and it\'s at the mall. The city of Bellevue, WA has opened The Library Connection in order to better serve an increasingly diverse population. People view this new fangled approach to the library as positive. The Library COnnection at the mall is even credited with bringing down the local crime rate. More

Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography

Charles W. Bailey, Jr writes :\"Version 40 of the Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography is now available. This selective bibliography presents over 1,500 articles, books, and other printed and electronic sources that are useful in understanding scholarly electronic publishing
efforts on the Internet.
Available in:
HTML
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Word Doc -- Read More

PROJECT NEXT GENERATION UPDATE

From the Decatur, IL Tribune, an update on Project
Next
Generation, a program of qualified mentors who teach students
how to use state of the art computers, the Internet, modems,
scanners, and digital cameras at public libraries. The equipment is
supplied through a grant.

Full
Story

Petitioners Seek to Dissolve Library

Some Washington residents are petitioning to have their library district dissolved, or else have its funding slashed from $25 per capita down to $6. The reason being cited by the petitioners is that the library has \"too much fat in its budget.\" More

National Library of Australia 100 years

Aaron writes \"The National Library of Australia is celebrating its 100 years, and has gathered treasures from some the world\'s greatest libraries and institutions at it\'s Web Site.\"

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