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Williams Township couple honors cousin with mobile library gift to Good ShepherdBy Veronica Torrejón OF THE MORNING CALL READ MORE
Privacy today is all about choice, tradeoffs, and control. When asked what concerns them most when it comes to protecting privacy, people respond with a variety of issues: READ MORE
When jobs go away, Americans turn to their libraries to find information about future employment or educational opportunities. This library usage trend and others are detailed in the 2010 State of America’s Libraries report, released today by the American Library Association. The report shows that Americans have turned to their libraries in larger numbers in recent years.Since the recession took hold in December 2007, the local library, a traditional source of free access to books, magazines, CDs, and DVDs, has become a lifeline, offering technology training and workshops on topics that ranged from résumé-writing to job-interview skills. READ MORE
During the spring 2008 Vermont Library Conference, I laughed hysterically at Bill Barnes & Gene Ambaum when they shared their Unshelved Comics (http://www.unshelved.com/) with us. I knew at that moment I wanted humor to exist in my library, not just in book form, but LIVE. So when the idea of forming a comedy club for my library came to me, I turned to Josie Leavitt at the Flying Pig Bookstore in Charlotte. She was not only willing to help me get the laughs rolling, but also gave me the starting point to comedy...write every day and write about your struggles.  READ MORE
Celebrate the start of the 2010 Baseball Season and Step Up to the Plate @ your library by showing off your knowledge of baseball trivia. You may win a trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. People of all ages are encouraged to use the print and electronic resources available at their library to answer a series of trivia questions designed for their age group (10 and under, 11-13, 14-17 and 18 and over) and inspired by exhibits at the Baseball Hall of Fame. Questions are available in both English and Spanish. READ MORE
With its collaborative, statewide focus, the Colorado Historic Newspaper Collection serves as an example of a unique and “virtual” special collection. This online archive represents 66 cities and 41 counties in the state. An open, freely-accessible web site, CHNC currently contains more than 430,000 digitized pages and offers readers online access to more than 115 local and regional newspapers published between 1859 and 1923. It is expected to eventually hold more than 2.5 million pages from more than 275 newspapers READ MORE
Recognizing the critical role libraries play in preservation, the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services (ALCTS), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will sponsor the first national Preservation Week, May 9-15, 2010. Preservation Week intends to raise awareness of libraries’ role in connecting the general public to preservation information and expertise.  Events sponsored by libraries will increase preservation awareness by emphasizing the close relationships among personal, family, community, and public collections and their preservatio READ MORE
Like any Special Collections librarian, I am charged with preserving local history. The most difficult thing to preserve is, to my mind, also the most interesting: the undocumented nature of people’s everyday lives. How people dressed before photography, how people spoke before audio recordings, how people danced before video recordings. We have no technology to record taste, no way of knowing exactly what people ate, but restaurant and event menus can help us figure it out.Colorado College has about 300 menus from the 19th and 20th centuries, plus an additional 200 or so from the 21st. (This is a modest collection by national standards: there are collections of thousands of menus at Cornell University, the City College of San Francisco, the New York Public Library, and elsewhere. The Denver Public Library also has a small menu collection.) The kernel of our collection, about two dozen late-19th-century Denver restaurant menus, was a gift to the library from the founder of Colorado College, Thomas Nelson Haskell. Later in his life, he served one term as Colorado State Librarian – perhaps his librarianish tendencies are what led him to collect ephemeral material such as restaurant menus. READ MORE
The Ernest Hemingway Home & Museum in Key West, Fla., was designated a Literary Landmark on March 14 by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).The dedication of the Literary Landmark was the finale of “One Island One Book,” a program created by the Monroe County Library’s Key West Branch. The program focused on To Have and Have Not, the novel Hemingway wrote in Key West and set on the island. It is his only novel set in the United States. READ MORE
Nearly 30 years ago, in 1980, the College of William & Mary opened its original 36,500-squarefoot library. By the mid-1990s, shelf space, work space, and seating were in short supply. The library looked dated and offered little support for today’s technology—only a small portion of the library’s carrels and tables had access to power outlets, its computer lab was carved out of former stack space, and its tiny “typing rooms” had long outlived their usefulness. During the sabbatical inspections that took place in 1995 and 2002, the American Bar Association (ABA) and Association of American Law Schools (AALS) both pointed to the library’s physical facilities as a serious weakness for the school. READ MORE

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