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Subject: Score One for the Libraries
Date Posted: 2/28/2008 4:50 PM ET
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Very off-topic, here, but I just had to share this short story.

My son's in college and he calls me this afternoon, wanting to know how long the library in our home town is open. I'm at my PC, so while I'm looking up the hours, I ask what he has to do there.

He tells me his teacher told the class to go to Borders to review art history books. He's a graphics design major, so they have to look at the way these books are designed and then come up with a design of their own.

But my kid's smart. He knows he can do this at the library without spending a nickel.

Why didn't the teacher think of that?

I read a study/survey a month or two ago that said this generation (current college age) makes more use of libraries than older generations. Cool, huh? :)

Date Posted: 2/28/2008 7:40 PM ET
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Libraries are a wonderful resource.  I have a college literature class called the American Novel next month.  The college bookstore wants to charge $35 for all the books required.  I'm either borrowing these books from friends or getting them from the library.

Date Posted: 2/28/2008 7:51 PM ET
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Sounds like a cool class. Many moons ago, when I was in college, I took a literature course in terror. It covered more than books. We talked about Alfred Hitchcock movies for one thing. But it was a great course. Stayed with me.

I hope you enjoy the class!

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 12:05 AM ET
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That sounds like a great class.

I used to LOVE the library and would find any excuse to go there. I was addicted to the pamphlet files. They just intrigued me. I would browse through them and find all these interesting places I wanted to eventually go. I think that's why I've had unsatiable case of wanderlust my entire life. I don't even know if libraries do that anymore?

 

 

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 6:37 AM ET
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Marci,

Lots of paper pamphlet files are still maintained. But nowadays people expect everything to be online, so libraries focus on developing electronic collections. Also, there's a huge movement to convert paper to electronic format; hence, the partnerships with ventures such as Google Book and the Internet Archive.

Another thing I think is cool is, when I looked up the library hours, I saw that I could search the library's catalog. And not just the catalog of the local library, but the catalogs of all available libraries in the county. I could then request that the library hold the books I want. Of course, this has been available for awhile. But being as I'm ancient, I still think it's cool. :)

Genie

Date Posted: 2/29/2008 11:31 PM ET
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Genie, until I found PBS I used that  order/hold function constantly - LOL!

Date Posted: 3/1/2008 9:48 AM ET
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I just worked at the elementary school book fair.  The kids come in and make a wish list of everything they want.  Then they go home to mom and dad, show them the list, and if they are lucky, come back with enough money to buy everything on the list.  Of course, the money the school makes puts new books in the school's library, and that's a good thing.  But some of these kids are so pitiful!  One of them came up to me and said "I am not making a list....my mom already told me that she doesn't have any money to give me for books."  I told her "You know what sweetie?  You make that list anyway.  Then you take it to the library and you borrow the books you want to read.  It won't cost you a thing."  I told the kids that only had enough money for one book and wanted two or three the same thing....buy the one you want the most, then borrow the other ones from the library.  They may not want me working the book fair next year, since I didn't have them begging mom and dad for more money!