Tag Archives: Libraries

Biblioracle: Libraries a haven on earth

“Water is wet.” There’s as much news in that statement as there is in a recent Pew Internet survey that revealed that people value their public libraries. How much do we love our libraries? When asked what impact closing the public library would have on their community, 90 percent said it would have at least a “minor” impact. Sixty-three percent believed it would have a “major impact.” (via chicagotribune.com)

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Libraries want better Internet as they eye new tech

“Libraries say they need better Internet services as they provide new technologies to patrons, pointing to a recent announcement from the Obama administration to increase broadband funding for educational institutions. Earlier this week, President Obama and Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced changes to the agency’s E-Rate program, which provides discounts to connect American education institutions to high-speed Internet. On Tuesday, Obama said that tech and telecom companies — including Apple, Microsoft, Verizon, AT&T and Sprint — are giving $750 million to the program in services and equipment” (via TheHill)

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Big crowds at new Billings library produce new phenomena – empty shelves

“Don’t go searching for Clifford the Big Red Dog at the Billings Public Library. The popular children’s books by Norman Bridwell are all checked out. All 50 copies of them. All of the Berenstain Bear books are gone too, along with every one of Jeff Kinney’s “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” What’s going on over there at the new library? “It’s amazing,” said children’s librarian Cindy Patterson. “I don’t even know what else to say. We have complete authors that are just gone. We’ve never really had that happen before.” (via missoulian.com)

See also Billings Public Library dedicated weeks after ‘soft’ open.

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BOSNIA OPENS LIBRARY TO HOUSE ANCIENT MANUSCRIPTS

“During Bosnia’s war and the siege of Sarajevo, residents moved a collection of ancient books and manuscripts to eight different locations to save them from destruction. On Wednesday, thanks to a $9 million donation from Qatar, Bosnia’s president and a Qatar minister opened a new library in the heart of the Ottoman-era Old Town section of Sarajevo to house those books and more than 100,000 manuscripts. The oldest is a handwritten Islamic encyclopedia that was written in Arabic in 1105.” (via The Associated Press)

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D.C. schools get thousands of new library books, musical instruments, computers

“D.C. Public Schools announced Thursday that it has purchased 85,000 new books for school libraries around the city, an investment that comes after years of pressure from parents and activists. Schools also have received 4,000 new musical instruments, 2,000 desktop computers and more than 1,300 laptops and tablets, as well as art supplies and science lab equipment.” (via The Washington Post)

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An Oyster, Filled With Books, to Open on Staten Island – NYTimes.com

“No one has to tell Mohammed Iddrisu that a public library branch is long overdue in his neighborhood, Mariners Harbor, on the north shore of Staten Island. Mr. Iddrisu, 61, raised three school-age children on South Avenue. When they went to the library — and Mr. Iddrisu said he made sure they did so regularly — they had to travel two and a half miles to the Port Richmond branch. Including the wait for a bus, the trip could take an hour or so.” (via NYTimes.com)

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How Americans Value Public Libraries in Their Communities

“Americans strongly value the role of public libraries in their communities, both for providing access to materials and resources and for promoting literacy and improving the overall quality of life. Most Americans say they have only had positive experiences at public libraries, and value a range of library resources and services.” (via Pew Internet Libraries)

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Supersized Cartoon Library Welcomes ‘All Geeks And Dorks’

“Comic book lovers have a new paradise. It’s not the Batcave or the Fortress of Solitude; it’s a new cartoon library and museum, tucked into a nondescript building on the Ohio State University campus. Jenny Robb loves comics and cartoons; it’s in her job description. She’s the curator of the new Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum, named after the famed Columbus Dispatch cartoonist. With millions of pages of material in this free collection, Robb is in charge of geek heaven. “I do think I have a pretty cool job, and we welcome all geeks and dorks,” she says, laughing. “They’re sort of taking over the world. I mean the movies, film, literature … A lot of people are looking to the geeks and the dorks for guidance. So they’re welcome here.” (via NPR)

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Libraries fear ‘ravenous’ NSA

“The nation’s libraries are backing legislation that would curb the powers of the National Security Agency. Revelations about NSA surveillance have created a “climate of concern” for libraries, which are seeking to defend the freedom to read and research away from the government’s prying eyes. “You need to have some freedom to learn about what you think is important without worrying about whether it ends up in some FBI file,” said Alan Inouye, director of the Office for Information Technology Policy at the American Library Association (ALA).” (via TheHill)

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Va library-turned-museum gives life to history

“When the front door of 804 South Street first opened in the segregated world of 1945, it offered black citizens access to a library. When that door opens this month, today’s generation will revisit that time and understand what it meant for Portsmouth’s black community. The Portsmouth Colored Community Library Museum, 10 years in the making, opens Dec. 22 with an exhibit titled “Forever Free: Portsmouth Stories of African-American Strivings and Successes.” The library-turned-museum could be one of those stories — as could the woman who headed up its creation.” (>via AP)

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