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Interesting essay by Robert Klose in the Christian Science Monitor about the elimination of circulation cards with borrowers names and addresses.
The author laments their passing (for privacy reasons) as they once were the source of a short but interesting correspondence for him on the subject of early European migration.
Anonymous Patron writes "Book lending falls 30% as libraries turn to technology says The number of books borrowed by Scots from the nationâ€™s libraries has plummeted by 30% in less than a decade â€“ a situation that experts claim is the inevitable consequence of spending scarce funds on computers instead of new titles.I kept reading about higher circ. numbers in the States, not true elsewhere?"
The Oakland Tribune reminds residents of East Bay that in addition to books and tapes, their local library can lend them tools...over 2,000 in fact. In addition to stud sensors and orbital sanders, a listing of what's available (and what is not) is here at their website.
One branch per month in the Santa Cruz library system is systematically weeded of excess books. Besides being unable to purchase additional shelving and insufficient space for the books, librarians discard those books that don't measure up.
In this article from the Santa Cruz Sentinal , the acronym MUSTIE is used to determine which books will go...the FOL always get first dibs.
Fang-Face writes "A quivering administrator in Fairfax County, Virginia, has banned the film 1776 from middle school civics curricula. The reason for this censorship is sexual innuendo due to Jefferson saying he "burns" for his wife, whom he has not seen in six months. I had to do a search through Google to find an article with enough information to build a context (in most cases the article had been abstracted down to the first four paragraphs only) and finally found this report at WashingtonPost.com. This article also mentions how Fairfax has been the subject, for some time, of a trend towards stipping classrooms and libraries of materials."
Unshelved ran a week about overdue books in April. "
She\'s the 12-year-old that appeared Thursday in Littleton Municipal Court, charged with unlawful retention of library materials.
The judge accepted a guilty plea and sentenced the seventh-grader to 90 days of probation.
\"Marisa is scared to check out books,\" Norma Gohr said. \"This whole situation is ridiculous.\"
The National Library Board in Singapore receives 200 suggestions a month. However, they liked one patron\'s suggestion so much, they developed the idea and patented it. The idea was a book drop that uses radio frequencies to detect returned books.The story doesn\'t say if the patron will receive any money from the patent, which has interested libraries from New Zealand, Australia, and Scandinavian countries. Definitely \"good value for money,\" as is the new Public Service slogan.
Librarians, teachers, and book stores say a notable increase has occurred in reading interest among children. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, 75 percent of fourth-graders report reading for fun at least once a week. Of that group, 43 percent say they read every day. [more...] from Salon.