April 27th, 2011
Delta lets you follow your baggage in real time
Brett Snyder writes: “You can now follow your checked bag on Delta just like you follow a package on FedEx. And that’s only a part of what the airline is doing to make things move more smoothly. In addition, Delta has brought the claim form into the 21st century. Until recently, once you reported your bag lost, you had to fill out a paper claim form for reimbursement. But now, you can do it online. Finally.”…
The Cranky Flier, Apr. 21
April 26th, 2011
A lot of attention has been focused on the way bookstores and publishing companies are managing the e-book revolution. The role of libraries has often been overlooked. But when HarperCollins Publishing Co. recently announced a new policy that would limit the number of times its e-books can be borrowed, it sparked a larger conversation about the future of libraries in the digital age.
Read more at NPR.org
April 19th, 2011
A rare look at the Vatican Library
Morley Safer and CBS’s 60 Minutes get a rare look (12:26) at the cultural and religious riches found within the Vatican Library. It’s the pope’s library, but it contains much more than just church documents. There are manuscripts going back nearly 2,000 years on music and math, warfare and exploration, even cookbooks and love letters. The library is closed to the public, as it is a place for scholars only. “There’s about two million printed books,” library curator Timothy Janz told Safer….
CBS News, Apr. 10
April 13th, 2011
Sixty-five percent of those polled said they had visited the library in the past year; women are significantly more likely than men (72 percent vs. 58 percent) to fall into this category, especially working women, working mothers and women aged 18-54. Overall, 58 percent of those surveyed said they had a library card, and the largest group was, again, women, especially working women and working mothers. College graduates and those with a household income of more than $100,000 were also well represented among card holders, according to the survey.
Thirty-one percent of adults rank the library at the top of their list of tax-supported services, and a study conducted in Philadelphia shows that their taxes are in fact well spent. The University of Pennsylvania’s Fels Institute of Government conducted an economic impact study of the Free Library of Philadelphia that provided bottom-line evidence that the return on investment in library service more than justifies the costs.
Read entire report here.
April 11th, 2011
“Create Your Story” Monday, April 10th 7:00 Rock Springs Library Ferrero Room All supplies provided! (Bring your own pictures)
Mai Larsen Workshop.
April 8th, 2011
Michelle Schutten is at the Rock Springs Library today demonstrating cake decorating. She will also be on hand for the Edible Cake contest, next Friday, April 15.
You can do it! Bring a cake in the represents a book and enter into the contest for prizes. There will also be a cake auction (voluntary, of course) for the public to bid on the confectionery creations. See you there!