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Key Ring Chronicles: Library Card.

“I work at a small liberal arts college in the Midwest, in a town of less than 8,000 people. It’s the kind of place where it’s very easy to run into friends, colleagues, students, former lovers, and that guy who walks around town wearing fishing waders. All the local businesses know your face, which can be convenient when running a tab at the one town bar but is also kind of a nightmare for someone with overdue library books. That’s me.” (via McSweeney’s)

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Libraries minister Ed Vaizey: Volunteers not replacing staff

“Volunteers are not being used as a replacement for paid staff in libraries, the minister overseeing them in England has said.Ed Vaizey said councils should invest in branches to save money, after a BBC investigation revealed almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have gone.He said the way people used libraries had changed but was not “doom and gloom”.Author Philip Pullman said libraries should not rely on volunteers.” (via BBC News)

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Libraries: The decline of a profession?

“Librarians are custodians to a world of information and ideas, performing an important democratic role, their supporters argue. But with 8.000 jobs in UK libraries disappearing in six years, is that status under threat?It was an inauspicious time to join the profession. Lauren Smith completed an MA in librarianship at the University of Sheffield in 2010, the same year Chancellor George Osborne unveiled the biggest UK spending cuts for decades.Since then, libraries have seen an influx of volunteer staff – from Doncaster to Dorset, from Gateshead to Gloucestershire – and a quarter of paid jobs have disappeared.” (via BBC News)

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Libraries lose a quarter of staff as hundreds close

“Almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared in six years, about a quarter of the overall total, an investigation by the BBC has revealed.Over the same period, some 15,500 volunteers have been recruited and 343 libraries have closed, leading to fears over the future of the profession.Children’s author Alan Gibbons said the public library service faced the “greatest crisis in its history”.The government said it funded the roll-out of wi-fi to help libraries adapt.” (via BBC News)

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Book lover found himself locked in library

“The classic “Twilight Zone” episode “Time Enough At Last” features a henpecked bank teller played by Burgess Meredith, described by narrator Rod Serling as “a bookish little man whose passion is the printed page.”Frustrated that his wife and his boss won’t give him time to read, Henry Bemis spends his lunch breaks in the bank vault with books and newspapers. That’s where he is when a nuclear attack destroys the city.” (via The Morning Call)

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