Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Amazon seller lists book at $23,698,655.93 -- plus shipping - CNN.com

Librarians need an increase in their book budgets due to inflationary pressures such as these.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Improving literacy through school libraries - SignOnSanDiego.com

A terrific summation of what a quality school library can do for a school. Most notably, the author, Pam Munoz Ryan, articulates well the democratic mission of school libraries
When a library is staffed by a professional, it becomes the most far-reaching service in the school, nurturing the rich and poor, the literate and those learning to be literate, the athlete, the musician, the class clown and the class artist. The school library is often a gathering place and safe haven for students. It is a service for which every person on campus benefits.

Monday, April 18, 2011

A visit to the Vatican Library - 60 Minutes - CBS News

I suppose I'm sort of the DVR of the library news world: I still cover relevant library events or issues, just a little behind.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Crisis in Dairyland - Message for Teachers - The Daily Show with Jon Stewart - 02/28/11 - Video Clip | Comedy Central

Watched this at the time, but only now posting this classic commentary.

Out of print? Town considers bookless library - Books - Book News - TODAY.com

In response to technological trends and their own research on patron habits, the Newport Beach Public Library is considering a plan to strip its main branch of all physical materials, and instead, create a sort of community center, free from "fear of being shushed by a stern librarian." But now, the plan appears to be rebuffed by the City of Newport. Still, the key to this whole discussion of moving to close libraries in order to save money is the impact these decisions have on individuals and communities. British author Phillip Pullman, discussing the closing of 350 libraries in England said this trend 
“will gradually make us a less informed, less intelligent, less aware, less useful, less imaginative, less kindly people than we might have been."