The Ann Arbor District Library has a super-cool new music tools collection, and so I checked out a Korg Monotron Delay from the library today and was making frog and cricket and space-age noises tonight. They check out for a week. Fun!
The Rock n Roll Public Library is Mick Jones’s (The Clash, B.A.D, Carbon Silicon) direct artistic challenge to the likes of the corporate 02 British Music Experience. Rather than let his creative legacy atrophy Jones is ’transforming’ his own archive of near 10.000 artefacts into one unique ‘guerrilla-library.’ Set under the Westway motorway in 3000 sq.ft of former office space, Jones’s five-week civic endeavour will also encourage visitors to enrol, interact with the archive-exhibition (Jones began collecting well before he formed The Clash in 1976 to eventual international success, as such it forms an invaluable guide to the influences that informed Jones as a pop-artist). Also uniquely by request users will be able to scan (courtesy Genus, U.K distributor of the Book2net Kiosk) certain objectsand via memory stick carry them away. Please note visitors to the world’s first, resolutely alternative, Rock n Roll Public Library shouldn’t expect peace and quiet.
Note the scanning process for taking things away; would that more organizations had that as part of their mission, and not as something to be tacked on as an afterthought.
From the NYPL weblog entry by Jamie Niehof, Intern, Correctional Services Program:
Getting books back from the prisoners and letting them pick out new ones is a bit of controlled chaos. We stood outside the iron door to the house with our cart and had two prisoners come out at one time, check off their returned book, and pick out a new one. Each prisoner is allowed one book and one magazine. The most popular books are by far James Patterson's novels, so popular in fact that we have to lock them up after book service because they tend to disappear. I wonder if James Patterson has any idea. National Geographic is the magazine of choice, and there is an entire box of them to choose from, some as far back as the early 80's. Urban magazines and books were in high demand, with almost no supply.
A Danish initiative to discourage prejudice has had a global impact. The Living Library, in Copenhagen, allows "readers" to borrow "human books." Among the titles at the biggest such library to date: tales of an ex-stripper, a refugee who lived in a shipping container and a policeman working the city's roughest beat.
as noted on READ20-L, the New York
Mercantile Library is facing major changes, reinventing itself as the Mercantile
Library Center for Fiction and seeking a new home after selling its building on East 47th St.
"The Mercantile Library, in many ways, never fully made the
transition from an age of mercantilism to the information age.
In the 19th century, it operated as a significant cultural
institution with 13,000 members. It was the fourth-largest
library in the country, with three locations in Manhattan and
10 regional branches. Books were delivered by horse cart after
being requested by mail in envelopes posted with a Mercantile
Library stamp, much like an early version of Netflix.
"Even until the day it closed, the library relied on a card
catalogue to find books that were then retrieved and hand-
delivered by librarians from the dusty stacks holding a
collection of 75,000 fiction titles from the last 100 years.
An additional 10,000 titles from the 19th century are kept in
climate-controlled storage in New Jersey.
"Founded before the introduction of the Dewey Decimal System,
the library arranged its collection alphabetically — by title
for fiction and by author for nonfiction. This was overhauled
when the library opened some of its stacks to allow members to
browse for their own books. "
If you go back to the Times from 1892 you get some sense for the
delivery mechanisms of the day:
"The Mercantile Library of New York has an up-town and a
down-town branch. To each of these branches two daily deliveries of books
are made from the main library. In addition to this, the library has a system
of delivering books at member's residences. For 5 cents members can purchase
orders ready for mailing. By this plan books may be ordered
through the mails. Without additional charge, messengers deliver
the books ordered at the member's residence and take back
the books which are to be returned to the library."
Thanks to a report from 103bees I get a snapshot overview of the week's search queries. Here's what people are finding on Superpatron.
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> how a librarian can run for office
Any answers or more feedback to any of these welcomed.
The follow-up question, typically, is whether or not we have current openings for librarians. We usually send people to www.google.com/jobs, where they can access the comprehensive list of Google job openings. However, I recently learned from a colleague in Google's new Public Sector Content Partnerships team that they're looking for a librarian to help the team navigate the world of public sector and government information, so I thought I'd send this on directly to you.
Google is seeking an information professional to serve as the domain expert and analyst for a Public Sector Content Partnerships team. The candidate must have demonstrated background and skills in conducting quantitative and qualitative analyses of government and public sector information sources in support of strategic and tactical planning. The ideal candidate will be passionate about uncovering, interpreting, and helping to improve access to public sector information.
The relevant and active long-standing email list (which has been around since the early 90s when I first ran into it) is GOVDOC-L,
GOVDOC-L is a LISTSERV-based discussion forum about government information and the Federal Depository Library program. Many subscribers are librarians in and out of government, although private and public information producers are represented as well. GOVDOC-L gratefully acknowledges Pennsylvania State University's and Duke University's computing support as well as the hosting services of LISHost.
GOVDOC-L was started in January 1990 by UIUC grad Diane Kovacs - if you search for both our names on the google you get back results from 1992 and 1993.
For a new Democratic Congress facing big environmental issues from global warming to dwindling fisheries, the first step may be keeping the nation's top environmental libraries from closing - and saving their myriad tomes from ending up as recycled cardboard.
To meet a proposed 2007 budget cut, the Environmental Protection Agency has in recent months shuttered regional branches in Chicago, Dallas, and Kansas City, Mo., serving 15 states, and has cut hours and restricted access to four other regional libraries, affecting 16 states. Two additional libraries in the EPA's Washington headquarters closed in October.
Until these closures, the EPA had 26 libraries, brimming with a trove of environmental science in 500,000 books, 25,000 maps, thousands of studies and decades of research - much of it irreplaceable, experts say.
EPA officials say the closures are part of a plan "to modernize and improve" services while trimming $2 million from its budget. Under the plan, "unique" library documents would be "digitized" as part of a shift to online retrieval.
The library is part of an extensive network of libraries scheduled to close in the coming months. The Region 5 library has an annual budget of under $100,000, excluding salaries. The EPA’s yearly expenses for its libraries, including the main branch at EPA headquarters, are approximately $2.5 million a year. However, the president’s fiscal year 2007 budget would close many of the 27 EPA libraries, including the headquarters library, six of the ten regional and several of the laboratory branches, including Chicago’s Region 5 library, leaving only $500,000 for all EPA libraries. This $2,000,000 savings is equivalent to a tiny percentage of the approximately $35 billion spent per year on the Iraq war and would pay for only approximately a half hour of current military action.
While the 7,000 research materials unique to the Chicago EPA library will be likely be shipped to another EPA library that will remain open, an important Chicago-based public resource will be gone. And while the Chicago-based employees are doing their best to continue to keep information available in the future, the ways in which EPA information will be available to EPA employees and the public are unknown. According to Patricia Krause, Library Manager, the EPA plans to on digitizing all EPA documents and putting them on the Internet, as an example of “responsible dispersal.”
The ever-helpful AADL Research Blog notes that the library has a maps collection - and it circulates. Van writes:
When I go on vacation I need maps, maps of cities I will be visiting and maps of states I will be driving through.
I borrow the maps from the library’s map files on the Second Floor of the Downtown Library. The library has maps for Michigan cities and regions, for states, for most major cities in the United States, and for foreign countries and cities. The maps circulate for four weeks.
During a recent trip up north I found where I was going with the aid of street maps of Mackinaw City, Mackinac Island, Harbor Springs, Petoskey, Charlevoix, and Traverse City and a regional Michigan map of the Northern Tip of Michigan.
In the past year the map files helped with maps of San Francisco, Napa and Sonoma counties, Chicago, Boston, Greenville (S.C.), Chapel Hill (N.C.), and Ithaca (N.Y.)
I'd be happy to highlight other libraries with good circulating current map collections - anyone have a favorite? (Google is utterly unhelpful in answering this question.)