“The Ames Public Library is closed today because most of its staff members called in sick. Spokeswoman Susan Gwiasda said 22 staff members, including the director, are ill. She said officials are looking into the possibility that they ate tainted food during a staff meeting on Monday, when the library was closed for Presidents’ Day. Gwiasda said there have been numerous other illnesses locally in recent weeks. Most of it, she said, “is typical midwinter, people being inside and passing things back and forth.” (via The Des Moines Register)
“A little more than a year ago, the Iowa City Public Library launched an ambitious project: collecting music from a wide variety of local bands and make the songs available online, free to download for library users. “We at the library are constantly watching formats … and people want a downloadable product,” said Jason Paulios, a senior librarian in adult services at the library. Paulios took over the position of senior librarian from John Hiett last year. Hiett started the program, called the Local Music Project, in June 2012 with the goal of offering local music to library patrons in a digital, downloadable setting.” (via The Daily Iowan)
“Calves head hash, dandelion wine, election cake, and West Indies-dressed turtle are just a few of the recipes from the University of Iowa Libraries’ new Szathmary Culinary Manuscripts and Cookbooks digital collection: http://digital.lib.uiowa.edu/cookbooks. Containing thousands of pages and spanning the 1600s through the 1960s, the handwritten cookbooks document culinary history in America and Europe, and how tastes have changed over the years. The do-it-yourself spirit of the housewives, cooks, winemakers, and Girl Scouts who wrote out and compiled the recipes makes the Szathmary collection an appropriate choice to help launch DIY History – http://diyhistory.lib.uiowa.edu – the Libraries’ new initiative that lets users contribute to the historical record by transcribing and tagging primary source documents online.”
Sioux City Journal – “A clarification of the rules of conduct in Sioux City’s public libraries makes it clear that sleeping is prohibited. During a regular review of the library’s policies Wednesday, the Library Board of Trustees clarified what the “inappropriate use of furniture and equipment” means. The board added an example that states “including sleeping or using tables as foot rests,” library Director Betsy Thompson said.”
AP – “Legislation to require library computers to use filtering software to block content deemed offensive to minors has cleared the Idaho Legislature.
The Idaho House voted 69-0 to approve the bill on Tuesday, sending it to the governor’s desk.”
DesMoine Register – “Thousands of dollars in operating and administrative costs could be saved if more public library services in the Des Moines metro area were consolidated, backers of the idea say.
Polk County has more than a dozen public library systems with annual budgets that total more than $17 million. The directors of those libraries earn nearly $915,000 combined.
But a recent report on the Des Moines area’s public libraries has yet to spark major action – although service sharing ideas are being tested in Iowa and around the nation as many public libraries confront shrinking budgets despite growing demand.”
Iowa Library News – “Last week, The Iowa Digital Library’s collection for the UI Museum of Art was named ALA’s Digital Library of the Week!”
Omaha World Herald – “The Omaha Public Library celebrated its new logo and Web site Saturday with parties at all 12 library locations.”
AP – “Davenport’s old Carnegie library fell to the wrecking ball long ago, but a cherished piece of that building has returned home.”
The Daily Iowan – At the Main Library, checkout-desk employees said theyâ€™ve seen people come in with bags, suitcases, and boxes stuffed with books to renew. â€œIâ€™ve had people bring in, literally, more than 100 at once to renew,â€ said UI senior Jessi Phillips, who works at the circulation desk. But for some, 100 books is nothing.”