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The New York Review of Books has published a long essay by Robert Darnton entitled, The Library in the New Age:

“Students today still respect their libraries, but reading rooms are nearly empty on some campuses. In order to entice the students back, some librarians offer them armchairs for lounging and chatting, even drinks and snacks, never mind about the crumbs. Modern or postmodern students do most of their research at computers in their rooms. To them, knowledge comes online, not in libraries. They know that libraries could never contain it all within their walls, because information is endless, extending everywhere on the Internet, and to find it one needs a search engine, not a card catalog. But this, too, may be a grand illusion—or, to put it positively, there is something to be said for both visions, the library as a citadel and the Internet as open space. We have come to the problems posed by Google Book Search.”

Well worth a read.

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I am quickly becoming addicted to perusing library websites. This time I went to New England and had a look at the website of Salve Regina University in Rhode Island. Do you know the difference between a labyrinth and a maze? I didn’t, until I discovered a most delightful page of past library exhibits called, Library on Display. There are a wonderful variety to suit (or pique) every interest and most feature books, directly related to the subject, that are linked to the records for them in the catalog. From the display featuring labyrinths, I learned the difference between a labyrinth and a maze. As if that weren’t enought, I also now know where to find labyrinths just about anywhere in the world, thanks to their link to the World-wide Labyrinth Locator.

 UPDATE: I don’t know why I didn’t think to do this yesterday but I put Alabama in the Labyrinth locator and found that there are at least 17 in Alabama, most in Birmingham.

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Another find via Library Link of the Day; a very funny item about a book published by Princeton University Press and withdrawn because of numerous grammatical and spelling errors.

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Google Book Search

Book Search has the support of many publishers, authors and librarians, including Cambridge University Press and Wisdom Publications. But some publishers and authors have sued, claiming the service violates their copyrights. Google says Book Search is aboveboard because Web surfers can retrieve only snippets of copyright material through the service.”– an interesting article from CNN.com/Technology via Library Link of the Day.

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