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Detroit News has a Sad Story on the growing trend of rare book theft from libraries. Demand for rare books and maps is skyrocketing, and the best place to find one is a library. Put it on eBay for a quick profit!Of course, rare books are not the only stuff stolen!
\"If you steal an atlas, and say there are 100 maps in there that you can sell for $50 each to a decorator, or a collector, it is very, very lucrative for thieves,\" said Detroit rare book dealer John K. King, who recently caught a seller trying to pass on an almanac lifted from the Detroit Public Library. \"Now people are stealing them, cutting them up and selling them on eBay.\"
Wired is Reporting The Library of Congress has finally met its ambitious goal of putting 5 million historical items online by the year 2000. There are fears that the library will focus on archiving print media instead of dealing with the new digital information. The National Research Council\'s report A Digital Strategy for the Library of Congress said that very thing.
A topic for everyone, but especially for those of us who either cannot or will not buy books in abundance. Besides, libraries are about the coolest places on Earth, yes? So, tell us what book(s) you checked out today! CDs, videos, records, etc etc are OK too!
Me, I took one on a 350 year old Native American Village in my backyard.
Lois Fundis writes \"The Washington Post, covering ALA Midwinter, interviews ALA President Nancy Kranich and explains that not only do libraries still count, \"Libraries may get hot\" -- not only because the incoming First Lady is a former librarian, but because \"Libraries are like the ultimate 3-D web sites.\" \"
From the story:
\"Good question. Whom do we ask? AltaVista? Google? Ask Jeeves.com? Nahhh. Let\'s ask a librarian.\"
This is the kind of story I just love to read! -- Read More
A couple months ago we ran This Story on the Peckham Library in London. It won the Stirling Prize for architecture.
Well, today I ran across This Story on the library. Now they say they need to close the building for five days and have a team of electricians change 300 light bulbs. The new bulbs are a \"gargantuan exercise\", they need to set up platforms, and even move books around to change the bulbs.
\"This means every six to seven months the building will be forced to close whilst staff remove the books, workmen move the shelves and erect the tower platforms and electricians come in to unscrew and replace the light bulbs.\"
Geoffrey Nunberg argues in this article that they certainly will, and he is hi tech enough to be a major researcher at the Xerox PARC lab (he is a linguist.) This article is a couple of years old but still feels fresh. It provides a nice bird\'s eye view of American libraries and how they fit into the whole contemporary \"information\" landscape. He addresses many of the problems that libraries are beginning to face in the current situation and has suggestions for how they can be dealt with.
Bob Cox sent in this Story from Salon on the coming $150 million Clinton Presidential Library. There should be some interesting exhibits... cigars, dresses, a dart board with Ken Star\'s picture on it?
Clinton said he wanted a building \"that was beautiful and architecturally significant, that people would want to walk in 100 years from now, but one that would also work for average citizens.\"
Randall B. Kemp writes \"In response to the ruckus caused by Nicholson Baker\'s New Yorker article on the destruction of newspapers in libraries, Richard J. Cox writes in First Monday on the need for preservation in the digital age. While Cox finds fault with Baker\'s arguments, he supports the ensuing public discussion. \"
David Suggested This Story from CNN. I\'m not sure if this is another example of American consumerism gone mad, or a nice donation. Coca-Cola Co. is donating all 20,000 of its TV commercials promoting the sweet soft drink for preservation at the library. It\'s part of Coke\'s celebration of the 50th anniversary of its first TV ads. Don\'t worry, the donation includes Miller Brewing Co.\'s \"Tastes Great -- Less Filling\" ads.