Libraries

National Library of Lebanon

A Story on the new National Library in Lebanon. The newly reconstructed library will contain 250,000 books, reconstruction of the National Museum cost $5 million. The first library was damaged during the civil war.

“Without a National Library, a cultural pillar, Lebanon will lose the intellectual heritage that we’re so proud of,”, said Youssef Beydoun, Education Minister -- Read More

High-tech design of Seattle\'s new library will honor tradition

Building a new library these days involves a lot of decisions...how many computers, how many internet terminals, and, oh yeah, how many shelves for books. A new library in Seattle has decided to put more emphasis on books. From the Seattle Times\"Before designing a $159 million building - a hall to honor books, learning and the story of the human condition - it was worth finding out whether the future could make all of that a bit quaint. Would books, as we know them, cease to exist? Would e-books and Web TV rule the day? Should new libraries trim the space given to bookshelves?\" -- Read More

Library of Alexandria open again

National Geographic has a nice Story on The Library of Alexandria in Egypt. The Great Library was destroyed, 1,400 or more years ago and has now been rebuilt. This time it cost 180 million US Dollars. No word on how many papyrus scrolls they have to lend this time. The New version has \"he world\'s most advanced
cataloguing system, computerised book transport,
CD-roms, microfilms, internet connections and a fire
prevention system to ensure it doesn\'t suffer the same
fate as its predecessor. \" -- Read More

Sale of Chairs Delayed

For those of you who couldn\'t sleep at night awaiting a decision about whether or not those chairs in Newton, PA would be sold, the wait is over. Here is a follow-up story from Mcall.com.
\"We\'ve had many sleepless nights over these chairs,\" library President Philip Hagan said Monday night. \"Most library members are passionate about keeping them. We just want people to realize that the history of this library exceeds that of the chairs.\" -- Read More

Hey bub, that is William Penns Chair Your Sitting On

Here is an interesting story out of Philly.com. It seems that a library wants to auction off chairs that once were owned by William Penn and were donated to them in the early 19th Century. But will people in the town take news sitting down? Nope. They may want the chair to stay in the town.\"people in Newtown are also interested in history, said Hains, and they, too, would be willing to spend the money to help the library and to keep the chairs in town. Hains said that the board should consider other fund-raising options - benefit dinners and concerts, for example - before they sell the chairs.\" -- Read More

Crime is down...bad for the library

Michigan Live has an article on fine collecting at libraries. Should we be so dependant on fines for our budget?\"Fewer Ogemaw County court cases mean fewer fines from law violators. Shrinking penal fines, in turn, are slicing about $52,000 from the library\'s budget this year and last. That\'s a deeper cut than the 95-year-old institution can stomach.\" -- Read More

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

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