Cornell Chronicle – “In an era of shrinking budgets, how can academic libraries provide the best possible information for their communities? Together. A new borrowing program between Cornell University Library and Columbia University Libraries allows users at both schools to take out materials from both libraries — meaning that a Cornell student or faculty member in New York City can register for a library card at Columbia and check out books, and vice versa for Columbia students and faculty at Cornell’s Ithaca campus.
LJ – “Incoming freshman at Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut, don’t have to go on a guided tour to learn more about their school’s library services. Instead the staff at the DiMenna-Nyselius Library can point their patrons toward another instructive resource – a videogame. Inspired by Scene it, a series of popular DVD games that has players watch video clips to answer trivia questions, Library Scene: Fairfield Edition is a web-based game developed by the University’s Media Center and reference librarians that follows four students as they travel through key areas of the school’s DiMenna-Nyselius library to complete a 10-page research paper assignment.”
Campus Technology – “The debate over electronic textbooks and ever-increasing costs for traditional textbooks continues to rage. Part of these Web-era dilemmas ironically involves the willingness to face contradictions from the university’s past.
Reliance on textbooks is the rub. It can be understood as a legacy of the post-WWII GI bill. Schools needed industrial-strength solutions to handle the unprecedented waves of new students. Publishers stepped to the fore to offer a commoditized solution, albeit with the best of intentions. They would work with a select group of faculty to produce a wide variety of textbooks, they would entice other instructors with free review copies, and students would incur reasonable shipping and costs. “
Mercury News – “Police and a woman they arrested in the Los Medanos College library this week are providing differing accounts of what led to a struggle in which she struck her head.
Contra Costa Community College District police say the 18-year-old Pittsburg woman, Raychelle Williams, ignored commands to leave the Los Medanos library after speaking on her cell phone Monday, but Williams and a witness disputed the allegations. An officer “grabbed my arm and he threw me into a bookshelf,” Williams said. Williams said she had bruises on her head and arms from the struggle.”
USATODAY – “The difference between the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Applied Engineering and Technology Library and other science-focused libraries is not that its on-site collection is also available electronically. It is that its on-site collection is only available electronically.”
San Antonio Express – “In a sign of changing times at academic libraries, Trinity University is offering buyout packages to prompt seven employees to leave its Coates Library. With the digitization of books, journals, newspapers and other materials, there simply isn’t enough work shelving and cataloging to keep all 19 classified staff members busy, said Dennis Ahlburg, Trinity’s president. “The library is not just a place for books anymore, it is a place for information,” Ahlburg said. “In terms of running the university, we want to use students’ money and donors’ money responsibly … rather than have people sit around with nothing to do.”
LSU Reveille – “Six electronic databases have been cut by the LSU Library after the Louisiana Board of Regents eliminated funding for electronic resources accessible through LOUIS, the Louisiana Library Network. The Board of Regents has served as a major financial component of LOUIS for the past 15 years, supplying two-thirds of its annual budget, but the board announced June 30 it would provide $500,000 to last for two months and then cease.”
Trib Star – “Except for some scratches, no one was seriously hurt Wednesday when a few rows of bookshelves came tumbling down, domino-style, on the second floor of Indiana State University’s Cunningham Memorial Library. But the incident resulted in the closure of the library for the remainder of Wednesday and Thursday, and now 25,000 books need to be put back in order and reshelved.”
Mercury News – “Protesting budget cuts that have led to shorter library hours and fewer resources, UC Santa Cruz students will reportedly continue a two-day sit-in at the Science and Engineering Library tonight. It will be the third day of what some have called a “study-in,” continuing to work even after scheduled closing. Monday’s protest, of between 75 and 150 students, lasted two hours beyond the library’s closing time of 10 p.m., leading library officials to call in extra workers and university police.”