Libraries

Shake Rattle and Roll

Pat Liao sent along an interesting page from The U-Dub Engineering Library. They got all shaken up in the big earthquake in Seattle last week.


Check out the Earthquake Damage to the Engineering Library page, to see how things look.
Like Pat said, Some of them will
make you feel like you\'re in slanted room in a circus funhouse!

I hope no one had any books fall on them!

Library of Congress is Unsafe

Someone pointed out Salon has picked up This Stoy about the fire saftey troubles at LOC.

They say the Library of Congress will not be able to fix all fire safety violations for another two years, and there seem to be more than a few problems. They were issued seven citations for violations.

\"The Library is strongly committed to correcting all these deficiencies and already corrected 76 percent of those that are the Library\'s responsibility,\"

Lincoln Presidential Library

John writes
\"My hometown paper has this
story
about the new Lincoln Presidential Library in
Springfield, Il. The public library in town is also named
Lincoln Library after its favorite son. \"


Folks at Springfield\'s Lincoln Library are already
running into trouble with names. The Lincoln
Presidential Library and Museum isn\'t expected to be
done till late 2002, and already someone sent a
$50,ooo check to the wrong place.

The Eagle has flown

Charles Davis writes \"From \"The Times\" 6 February 2001

Historic copies of comics, including The Beano, The Dandy and The Eagle, are believed to have been stolen from the British Library.


library spokesman said: \'We are bringing in external security consultants this week to advise and look at security measures.\' He added: \'This
couldn’t happen at the St Pancras Reading Room because of the type of security we’ve got there.\' \"

Library Round Ups

Now that More Than Half of The US population is online maybe libraries are more important than ever. What percentage of people get online at a library? Brian wrote \"The General Accounting Office has found that the e-rate program has $1.3 billion in unspent funds. Somehow, I don\'t think CIPA will help put the money to use.Story in Wired News\"

Of course for the kids (in the UK) there is the special toy libraries under a £6 million scheme launched by the Government and for the adults there is the Tool Library at the Grosse Pointe Central Branch Library in MI.
Not to be outdone, CA Senate bill would provide funds for libraries, an additional $66 million!

Church Library Makeover

Here\'s a great Story from christianitytoday.com on the often over looked Church Library. They say the church libray can be a vital resource for the congregation. Lois Ward, president of the Church & Synagogue Library Association in Portland, Oregon, recommends that a committee of two or three people from your church work together, with the endorsement of the pastor and education board, to establish or upgrade a library.

\"It is a huge waste to have a room called a library with a whole lot of extremely good stuff with nice labels that will stay on the shelves forever,\" says Carolyn Hardin Engelhardt, director of the Vieth Resource Center at the Yale Divinity School in New Haven, Connecticut. \"If you don\'t do publicity, hospitality, and outreach, you can waste your time.\"

What, Me Worry?

So, now that even book clubs are Going Online, it seems Privacy is even more important than ever
But really, what do we need to worry about, many school libraries are in a state of neglect, Filters and the First Amendment, Electric Paper or maybe eBooks putting us out of a job, our Children\'s Online Lives, or Charging Our Patrons Trillions of dollars in late fees?Maybe we should just see What\'s in the stacks and stop worrying all together.

Internet Pornography Use Common in many Libraries

Bob Cox sent in This Story from christianitytoday.com. It talks about a nationwide survey done by librarian David Burt, which found the viewing of pornography on the Internet by adults and minors is common in many of the country\'s public libraries. It\'s kind of an old story, seems worth a look though.
No kind words about the ALA.

\"Not only has it failed to acknowledge the extent of the problem, but it has established a party line which categorically discourages consideration of any kind or extent of filtering as a solution. Rather than facilitating an open and inclusive forum for discussion, the ALA has circled the wagons, thus disenfranchising thousands of librarians who do not agree with the official stance.\"

The ToyBrary

CNN has a short transcript on toy library in Los Angeles where kids can check out toys. An auction is being planned for later this year of a Shirley Temple Red Cross doll, it could bring in a million dollars.Can you just imagine how much fun it would be to be a ToyBrarian?

Cold War thinking at the Library of Congress

Mark C. Rosenzweig writes:Here\'s an Associated
Press Story
of residual Cold War thinking at the
Library of Congress.


My Response:


Open Letter to James Billington, Librarian of Congress

Dear Mr. Billington,

As the Chief Librarian and Archivist of the Reference
Center for Marxist Studies in New York City, an
independent educational institution with custodianship
of the library, documentation and records of the
Communist Party USA, it is of great interest to me how
the historical papers of the CPUSA, sent to the USSR
for safe-keeping during a turbulent period, have
become the property of the principals involved in the
recent announcement from your office \"Library of
Congress Opens to Researchers the Records of the
Communist Party, USA\".

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