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Library News Roundup: Week of September 14, 2015

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I’m kinda light on library articles this week. There were an overwhelming amount focused on the presidential debate and the Reagan Library. I did manage to find a few to share this week though.

Washington Township library launches Netflix-like service for movies, e-books

Another library entering the digital age. I love how they lead this story with “Netflix-like service”. I think that is a brilliant way of bringing more people to the library. Additionally, the library states that this feature “expands what the library currently offers” and that they don’t foresee a decline in visitors. I know I’m biased, but I think libraries, more so than almost any other entity, realize the importance of integrating new technology with the traditional. Their goals are to reach more people in their community with services that enrich lives and libraries know how to do so in ways that bolster their relevancy. Again, I know I have a biased opinion, lol.

Keep the Library, Lose the Books

And on the other side of the coin…First of all, this article references a Pew Research study again and again, but doesn’t provide a link or even cite it in any way. I, for one, like to read such studies for myself and make sure that the referencing person isn’t interpreting the data in a way that benefits their story. This is lazy reporting, in my opinion.

Secondly, this assumption, “Overall, perhaps people aren’t visiting libraries as much because their relationship to the printed word, still a library’s core offering, is dramatically changing,” ticks me off. I am a reader. I am able to appreciate literature in all its forms, as most people are able to do. eBooks have their place, but to make the assumption that the printed word is going the way of the dinosaur is, well, presumptuous. And scary. Who wants to live in an entirely digitized world???

The article goes on and on, as could I, lol. I invite you to read it and interpret it for yourself. The comments were pretty interesting too.

Driver’s License Kiosks Expand to Iowa Libraries

On a more positive note…This is fantastic! This is an excellent example of integration and providing community resources. People use the library as a resource for studying for their driver’s license test or use the library’s Internet access to renew their licenses. It just makes sense that the library would be a perfect placement for these kiosks.

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Library News Roundup: Week of August 31, 2015

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The 10 Most Beautiful Private Libraries on the Market in NYC

Have a few million dollars to spare? That’s all it takes to own the private libraries featured in this article.

Berkeley Library Chief Quits Amid Furor Over Book ‘Weeding’

Who doesn’t love a good controversial story? Any library has a finite amount of space making weeding a necessary function of a library. The removal of books occurs for several reason, including an excess of needed copies, a title not circulating, or a title is damaged beyond readability to name a few. Most, if not all, libraries have a weeding policy that governs the process. It hurts my heart to think that Jeff Scott may have abused that policy and unnecessarily weeded 39,000 books out of the Berkeley Public Library’s collection.

Denver Library brews a month of craft beer, coffee and tea events

This is MY kind of library!! Seriously though, this is the type of event that allows the public to see that a library isn’t just for checking out books. Libraries educate and serve the public in all sorts of innovated, creative, and inclusive ways.

Little Free Library shaped like the TARDIS from ‘Doctor Who’, right in a Minnesota park

I absolutely love reading about Little Free Libraries. It tickles me how they are popping up in neighborhoods everywhere. I especially enjoy seeing the creativity that people put into the design of their LFL. Please, share with me any pictures or stories that you might have that are local to where you live.

La Jolla library opens biotech lab

This is so cool! You can go into this library and geek out on science. Some of the things this level 1 lab offers are DNA copying machines (and what the heck is that?!?!) and a 3D printer (really would like to get my hands on one of those). Again, this is such an awesome offering to the public and it’s FREE and such great PR for libraries.

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Library News Roundup: Week of August 24rd

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I have a couple stories about libraries to share this week:

British Library will lend world’s oldest bible to British Museum

I don’t know what it is, but when artifacts and such are loaned between institutions, the story always grabs my attention. I guess this is why being a museum studies student suits me, lol. Here, the British Library is loaning the Codex Sinaiticus to the British Museum for a special exhibition. This, ladies and gentlemen, is the oldest bible in the world. The world! How amazing is that? The codex is part of an exhibition by the British Museum to study Christian, Muslim, and Jewish communities throughout a 1,200 year period. The codex will be displayed along with other artifacts as well as two other religious texts, also loaned to the museum by libraries. The power and importance of libraries…

How the New York Public Library digitizes its vast map collection

This project is being funded by a $380,000 grant and will include the digitizing of 435,000 maps. These are just of New York City. Wow!! According to the article, not only will this project make these maps more accessible to the public, but it will also help preserve part of NYC’s history. I wonder what the storage looks like for 435,000 maps too? This is a huge project and thus far, only 33,000 maps in the collection have been digitized. The NYPL has quite a ways to go before they can call this finished.

What you can do with your library card (other than check out books)

I love news, people, informational, anything and anybody that promotes libraries. So many people have the misconception that the only thing you can do at a library is check out books. Your local library is a community resource! This article from MPR News out of Minnesota highlights some of the things you can do with a library card. Granted, this might not be true of all libraries, some might off more or less resources or have different programs, but it still gives you an idea of the varied things a library has to offer. Items mentioned here are get homework help, utilize a notary public, attend storytime, or learn a language. Some programs my local library offers are genealogy assistance and read to dogs. You should check out your library and see what programs and services they offer to your community.

SLC’s downtown main library could be 1st in nation to try 24/7 schedule

I am jealous! Our library doesn’t even have the funding to open seven days a week and they close early two days a week. Salt Lake City, however, is currently putting the plan together for their main library to remain open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That’s phenomenal. The article says that these extended hours appeal most to students. As a student, and especially an adult student, I can see the appeal. This project is on a two year trial period and I would love to see the results at the end. What was attendance like? Did they have safety issues? How did their budget handle it?