Libraries

library can\'t find time capsule it buried

I wasn\'t sure whether or not to put this under
humor.
Mary Musgrave writes : \"this article that was in
Saturday\'s Dallas Morning
News
. Haltom City is a
suburb of Ft. Worth.\"

\"Ms. Deaton and former
Haltom City librarian Laura Cleveland remembered
putting the time capsule in an area west of the library.

Ms. Cleveland, now the children\'s librarian in Watauga,
said while digging at the initial location they hit
something, but it turned out to be the sprinkler system.

After digging 10 or 12 more holes - and using a metal
probe to search them - they conceded their time
capsule was gone. -- Read More

Fargo Flooding Hurts North Dakota State University

Someone suggested this sad Story from In_Forum.com on the terrible flooding up in ND. There was a big flood, and fire that just caused all sorts of trouble in the library. Quite sad really.

“It’ll be years before we’re back to normal,” library director Richard Bovard said. -- Read More

Protest High Journal Prices

R Hadden Writes : Librarians and researchers have come together to protest high prices for journals at the website, \"Create Change\" at: The ARL

CREATE CHANGE is sponsored by the Association of Research libraries, the Association of College and Research Libraries (a division of the American Library Association), and SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition). Funding for this project has been provided by the three organizations and the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation. -- Read More

Book brigade transfers library

A really cool Story from The Dailyherald in Chicago, on moving the Des Plaines Public Library. They had an old-fashioned bucket brigade with 1,000 people, and just handed the books down the line. Sounds like fun to me!

\"In all, 1,000 books were passed from resident to resident, in slightly more than 40 minutes. Mayor Tony Arredia passed the first book, \"Baby\'s First Book\" by Sam Williams, to start the brigade.\" -- Read More

Novel Service May Draw Library Patrons

The Chicago Sun Times has this article about a small library attached to a main one, which gives customers quick access to new books.
\"Called CPL Express, it\'s a ground-floor room with its own door onto State Street that offers the growing Loop and South Loop residential population and people who work and shop nearby quick access to the latest fiction and nonfiction.\" -- Read More

Library auction is new chapter

Here\'s an interesting concept. Holding an auction (online and off) for a library building. The article from the Chicago Sun Times says that this may have been the first time a library building was auctioned live and over the Internet.
\"The winning bid of $238,000 came from ophthalmologist Ken Melchionna of Lake in the Hills, who bid on the property the traditional way, by flashing a marker in front of the auctioneer. He plans to open an eye care center on the site.\" -- Read More

Chinese library keeping up

The LA Times has a neat Story on The Capital Library a 22-story library in Beijing.To keep abreast of the times, the Chinese library recently added computer rooms for Internet use and access to its electronic holdings nlc.gov.cn. Though the library must overcome a reputation for user-unfriendliness that \"is legendary,\" according to China\'s own state-run news agency. Of course all the libraries here in the US are known for their legendary user-friendliness! -- Read More

Library\'s air taking toll on staffers

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer has this article on a library that is making people sick.\"So far this year, 10 of the library\'s 35 staff members have missed a combined 225 work hours because of air-quality related health problems, Enerson said. Among them is Susan Skaggs, who wears a filtered breathing mask to work and maintains a \"Sick Building Log\" with entries from November 1998 through February 1999\" -- Read More

LivePerson: Keeping Reference Alive and Clicking

I just finished reading the article by Thomas regarding the small hardware store and talking to a real librarian, and it reminded me of an article that appeared in E-Content about live reference service via chat, using Live Person.
\"To increase users\' communication options, Lippincott Library added online chat to its reference service in September 1999. Now, in addition to contacting Lippincott by phone, email, fax, or (dare we suggest it) coming to the Library in person, students, faculty, and staff can ask questions through chat and get an immediate response.\"

Real hardware store, real library?

I was busy Saturday, so my wife went to the hardware store for me. She was going to get this special wrench I needed but couldn\'t name, so I described it for her. She went to one of those mega stores, you know, a Barnes and Noble for tools. She came back and said, they didn\'t have the wrench I wanted- or at least the kid who tried to help didn\'t think so. She guessed that I would have to go to a REAL HARDWARE STORE. Unfortunately the REAL Hardware Store in our neighborhood closed down and the only other one in town is all the way across town.

A real hardware store has more than just tools and hardware, of course. It is a source of expertise and advice on all those household projects that we weekend warriors attempt. They don\'t have unknowledgeble clerks with Metallica t-shirts that know more about MP-3s than socket sets. They have people who can help you with getting that plumbing project right or finding the right size carriage bolt. That type of hardware store seems to be quickly fading as the mega stores take over and few will mind when they get amazonned, I would guess. -- Read More

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