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Posted by gaelicnotes on December 15, 2010

ALA Library Fact Sheet Number 22  –

The Nation’s Largest Libraries: A Listing By Volumes Held (and other library-oriented fact sheets)

The American Library Association (ALA) has just placed online an updated fact sheet listing the 100 largest libraries in the U.S. by volumes held.

Here are the Top Five:

1. The Library of Congress 32,818,014 Volumes Held

2. Harvard University 16,250,117 Volumes Held

3. Boston Public Library 16,141,095 Volumes Held

4. Yale University Library 12,519,514 Volumes Held

5. University of Illinois – Urbana-Champaign 11,686,060 Volumes Held    Access the Complete List.

See other ALA Library Fact Sheets here :

Some examples include

with thanks to Gary Price …. Resource Shelf


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Library Trivia Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on October 19, 2010



Virginia librarians create a YouTube hit
American Librarians make a point on YouTube….(4:44) of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive,”  Take a look>>> WRC-TV, Washington, D.C., Sept. 22; YouTube, Sept. 11

Library-scented perfume
Brooklyn perfumery I Hate Perfume has a scent called “In the Library,” a “warm blend of English novel, Russian and M

oroccan leather bindings, worn cloth and a hint of wood polish.” These scents mean excitement, adventure, discovery, enlightenment, and knowledge.”… what next…..
I Hate Perfum

A British pub library
A pub in Hudswell, in the U.K.’s Yorkshire Dales, that doubles as a library may be a glimpse of the future for some communities. Villagers purchased a pub to save it from closing and set up a five-shelf library outlet inside, organized by a volunteer but kept supplied with books from the nearby Richmond library. Residents sign a register to check out a book….
BBC News, Aug. 23    Cheers!!

You know you’re a 21st-century librarian when…
Some fun for us… So how do you know you’re a 21st-century librarian? When: 1. You have to remind kindergarteners to turn off their cell phones before the story starts.” And 19 more indicators….
The Blue Skunk Blog, Aug. 8

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Take Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on September 23, 2010

Online graduation for online degree: The first virtual graduation took place at the Florida State University on May 1st as the avatars of six students attended their Second Life Graduation Ceremony. These distance education students at the College of Communication and Information not only earned their degrees online but also graduated online. Watch the video of this  virtual graduation (9:09).

A man dubbed the “Tome Raider” after he stole rare books valued at £1m is sent back to jail for taking 13 antique volumes from a London library.  Read more about the theft of valuable horticultural books here>>>>>

Best anti-plagiarism video ever
The University Library of Bergen, Norway, created a Dickensian tale (5:13) about the dangers of copyright violation. Hit the CC button for English subtitles…. YouTube, May 27

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Take Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 18, 2010

Five Tips For Successful Webinars Good webinars need to have a relevant topic and a great presenter, Read up on tips to help you achieve this>>>

Digital Cameras in the Reading Room’. This “Capture and Release” report presents practical suggestions on best practices for allowing digital cameras in special collections reading rooms. From OCLC >>>

10 Simple Google Search Tricks by Simon Mackie Read more from the New York Times

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Library Trivia Notes

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 18, 2010

Tips for using old catalogue card drawers Read about 11 uses for repurposed card catalogs and see them transformed into coffee tables and bookcases.
(Poetic Home Living in Vintage Poetry, Apr. 6–7)

Don’t show this one to the fine arts students this one…. How Brian Dettmer makes sculptures out of books by By Charlie Burton Have a look>>>>

According to the Library World Records by Godfrey Oswald, the earliest university library was probably the Buddhist Takshila (Takshashila or Taxila) University, established around 600 B.C.  Read more>>>>

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Posted by gaelicnotes on June 11, 2010

69 of the best web applications from 2009. See how many you know

SCONUL (Society of College, National and University Libraries). Read the latest Focus newsletter online. No 45 is a special Subject Librarians issue

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Take Note

Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

Information surfing of another kind!  Bondi beach bookshelves offer sunbathers    and surfers the ultimate in holiday reading. Read more: (with thanks to Cilip)

Phishing problems? : takes a humorous look at How to outsmart the Phishers Read the article>>>

    Costly mistakes

    Penguin Group Australia had to pulp and reprint 7000 copies of its pasta cook-book when it listed an ingredient as “salt and freshly ground black people” instead of black pepper. Oops! Read more

    • George Washington owes $300 000 on library books which are 220 years overdue. Read more

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    Library Trivia Notes

    Posted by gaelicnotes on June 7, 2010

    10 best songs about libraries and librarians & Top 10 books written by librarians

    The most amazing libraries in the world (With thanks American Libraries ( 21) Jan 2010)

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