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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!
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.\"
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.
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.\"
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?
Mark C. Rosenzweig writes:Here\'s an Associated
Press Story of residual Cold War thinking at the
Library of Congress.
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\".
Much More.... -- Read More
Holly Blosser writes \"Washington Gov. Gary Locke is proposing abolishing law libraries in correction facilities to save money. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has this article
about it. This would place all the burden on the Washington State Law Library, and they definitely don\'t have the resources to handle these requests. Doesn\'t make much sense to me, and I think there will be much opposition to this plan (or I hope so, at least).
\"If we truly believe that universal access is both a public good and a private right, though, we have to realize that the public interest in obtaining information won\'t be satisfied simply by providing everyone with access to a computer and modem, no more than the public interest in reading books was satisfied once Carnegie had provided buildings to house them.\"
Lee Hadden writes:\" The Winter 2001 issue of Occupational Outlook Quarterly (published as
a government document by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics) has a cover
story about the library profession. Entitled \"Librarians: Information
Experts for an Information Age,\" this 14 page article is available in PDF
format from their homepage at: bls.gov/opub/ooq/ooqhome.htm
This interesting article has information on library job growth
projections, future salaries in the profession (\"More jobs, more money\"),
and some idea of where the field is going. Not only does it ask (and
answer) the question, \"Why be a librarian?\", the article also suggests what
other things a graduate can do with a library degree. A good recruiting
Cool. And free.
Gov. Gary Locke wants to save money by eliminating
prison law libraries, which some say blocks
reasonable access to the courts, which some also say
will cause a flurry of lawsuits. Full Story from Seattle P-I.
\"It\'s wholesome activity,\" Alexander said. \"It\'s not
like we\'re setting up a motorcycle club for