Libraries

Is it check-out time for libraries?

Now Magazine in Toronto has a Story on how libraries are dying due to increased pressure from book stores and coffee shops.

\"As circulation figures slide at Toronto\'s 98 library branches, critics complain that they\'re stuffy, outmoded and insensitive to T.O.\'s multicultural makeup. And now, far-seeing supporters of publicly supported reading are calling for big changes. \" -- Read More

Promoting the Library by E-Mail Alert Service

Shar
on Giles
writes:My colleague Jon Crossno
and I have recently published an article on our Library\'s
email alert service (University of Texas Southwestern
Medical Center at Dallas.) It\'s a weekly service that
alerts our users to new Library resouces and
biomedical sites and news on the Web. It\'s not just a
rehash of our printed newsletter.
\"Promoting the Library by E-Mail Alert Service\" was
published in the April/May 2000 issue of MLS: Marketing
Library Services, pgs.4-6. It\'s also online at Infotoday.com -- Read More

Library lends a visual effect to the landscape

Ron Force suggested
The Seattle Times has a neat Story on the use of library green space as a sculpture garden.

\"New experiences are possible on a walk through the Kirkland Library, where the latest art exhibition, \"Sculptural Discoveries,\" took three years to assemble.

The works, all of which are from Sun Valley, are in Kirkland because of the community\'s desire to make something more significant out of a patch of grass on the roof of the library parking garage. -- Read More

LOC to not digitize its book collection?

Kip DeGraaf writes \"James Billington, the Librarian of Congress gave a speech to the National Press Club (transcript available at http://www.loc.gov/today/transcripts/041400-npc.html on April 14th about the role of the LOC in the Information Age.

http://www.techlawjournal.com/educ/20000415.htm contains some tidbits from the question and answer session conducted after his address. \"

Public libraries learning to promote themselves

The Nando Times has yet another great library Story.This one on how in the past few years, libraries have become more aggressive about promoting themselves.

With publishers ever-nervous about the future of reading, libraries offer a large, dependable market. According to the most recent statistics available from the Book Industry Study Group, public libraries bought close to $700 million worth of books in 1997 and are projected to spend almost $900 million by 2002. And because libraries have a mission to buy books that are useful, and not just popular, they accept titles mainstream stores avoid.

\"Publishers depend on libraries for midlist titles,\" said Marcia Purcell, director of Random House\'s department of library promotion. \"The same is true with first-time novelists. Some bookstores are reluctant to take a chance on a first novel. Libraries are willing.\" -- Read More

Happy 200th to the LOC

The Nando Times has a nice look at the Library of Congress, in Washington, D.C.

\"On April 24, 1800, President John Adams approved an appropriation of $5,000 to purchase \"such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress.\"

Books - mostly on history, economics and law - were ordered from London. They arrived in 1801 and were shelved in the new U.S. Capitol. The collection consisted of just 740 volumes and three maps.

Next week, on April 24, millions of books and much history later, the Library of Congress celebrates its 200th anniversary as an institution that grew, in the words of one of its biographers, into \"a symbol of American democracy and faith in the power of learning.\" -- Read More

Libraries boom despite the Web

Finally a Story that admits the web is not going to shut down libraries.

\"It soon became clear that libraries are far from the tar pit - that, in fact, as both Reid and Keith Lance, director of Library Research Services for the Colorado State Library, noted: This idea so many people have, about libraries declining in the age of the Internet, is just wrong. Libraries, in fact, recognized the competition that technology presented and have offered it themselves. -- Read More

Net Library -Nyet

Thomas J. Hennen Jr. writes:


Only those of a certain age argue about whether it was Pogo or the Alligator that said: Younger demographic groups just look it up on the web. :-)


What a difference a few months can make in the looking glass world of e-texts! Five months ago, I lamenated that NetLibrary (tm) was marketing to gen-exers not boomers like myself. But now NetLibrary has cut off both exers as individuals and me at the virtual knees! And, it appears, librarians like myself must share the blame. -- Read More

LOC Commemorative Stamp

The Citizens\' Stamp Advisory Committee, a group of independent citizens appointed by the Postmaster General to review more than 40,000 suggestions for stamp subjects received by the United States Postal Service each year, recommended a commemorative stamp for issuance on the Library\'s Bicentennial date, April 24, 2000. Ethel Kessler, the designer of the breast cancer stamp issued on July 29, 1998 by First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton and Postmaster General William Henderson, has designed the Library\'s Bicentennial commemorative stamp, as pictured here on the Library of Congress Website -- Read More

1,000 Years at British Library

The AP Wire is carrying this story;

A 1,000-year-old book of riddles, a 15th-century love letter and a 20th-century bear named Pooh: All are strands in the rich history of English literature being celebrated this summer by the British Library.

This body of literature is ``the thing, above anything else, that Britain has given to the world in the course of the last millennium,\'\' government arts secretary Chris Smith says about the national library\'s major exhibit for the year 2000. -- Read More

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