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Here\'s an entertaining commentary on the pros-and-cons of
Oxford University\'s somewhat archaic but venerable Bodleian Library:
I should mention that the library takes four to five hours to \"fetch\" a book from its stacks. Readers are advised to order what they need in the morning so they\'ll have it by afternoon. An all-morning wait should be enough to force a person into careful consideration. So why I ordered Universalis Arithmetica is a puzzler. This book is a ridiculously valuable first edition of a massively important work, true. Newton was still at Cambridge in 1707 when the Bodleian\'s edition was printed. . .
Seventy-one percent of middle school and high school students with Internet access said they relied on the electronic technology the most in completing a project, according to a survey conducted by the Pew Internet and American Life Project. That compares to 24 percent who said they relied on libraries the most, according to the survey. . .
Richard Feldman writes: \"Thought you might want to pick up the story on Santa Fe, NM main library\'s being closed for up to 4 months because of mold infestation. The local paper currently has a story. I don\'t know how long that link will continue to work.\"
Is there a plague of killer molds sweeping the nation I don\'t know about? I think this is mold story #4.
Kathy Wilson has written an article over at Salon, in which she describes her library experience...Ah, the public library circa 1982. The workhorse institution of the community, a perpetually underfunded repository of stuffy reference books, underpaid librarians, used book sales, tax forms, broken microfiche readers -- and pornography.\" more...
Although the idea of using landfill money to help fund the building of the new Freeport (IL) library has been well received by council members, there is still enough opposition to cause people to be gaurdedly optimistic. The $2.5 million funding commitment is far from the amount they need to secure. Some want the issue to go on a referendum to be voted upon by citizens. One of the issues is whether to build a one-story facility at the cost of $7 million or add a shell for a second story for $8 million. more...
For the Christian Science Monitor, Marilyn Gardner writes..
\"To a dedicated book lover, a library is a wondrous place. Walk through the door, and the pleasant, nose-tingling smell of paper and glue offers a silent welcome, a promise of the literary gold inside, waiting to be mined. So many books and magazines! So many words filling printed pages and dancing across computer screens! So many ideas, waiting to inspire thought and provoke discussion! No wonder those three little words, free public library, remain among the sweetest in the language - not only in English, but in any language.\" more...
Simmy writes \"There is a vrey short story at ashlandwi.com on a conference of Tribal librarians and others in Oanaha, WI. The first-of-its-kind conference brought together the Tribal Library Consortium of Bad River, Red Cliff, Lac du Flambeau and La Courte O\'reilles. Meeting at the Waverly Beach Roundhouse on the Bad River Reservation, the group discussed multicultural storytelling, the Ojibwa Language program and documenting traditional customs. \"
Board members of the Sacramento Public Library don\'t know yet whether they should filter or not. The issue \"requires more study.\" Rather than force librarians to police internet use, patrons, including children would decide. All computers would be filtered, allowing for that option. According to the article, \"Children would have to use the filters if their parents were present to monitor their use or if they followed parental instructions to that effect.\" more... from Sacbee.
After being forced to close in 1997 due to structural damage caused from decades of neglect, the Carnegie Library in Savannah, GA will again resume operations, but not without a heated controversy. The libary will name a wing after Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. The decision came after a considerable donation was made by a friend of Thomas\'. more... from The Savannah Morning News.
Some folks in Coeur d\'Alene, Idaho are battling it out over the proposed location of a new library building. An attorney is complaining that the location of the new building will ruin her view (life should be so tough) and cause the firm to lose money. The firm is also saying that construction of the controversial building may force them to move their offices. When the mayor asked the attorney why she never attended any of the other four public forums which had been held previously for citizens to voice their opinions, her response was, \"I\'m here now.\" I wonder if this means she won\'t be applying for a library card? more... from The Spokesman Review.