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In-Depth Exploration of Modern Library System of the University Of Louisville

The University of Louisville has a very advanced library system that has been branched out into 5 different repositories for the Art, Music, Health Sciences, and Law. While the hours of operation might vary each month the libraries are regularly giving out information online so that you can stay updated.

The Art Library has a lot of collections digital and in printed form so that you can make the best use of what’s out there in the art world. As an art student it is very important to learn history and understand what is your unique style by constant learning and exploration. The Art Library is stocked with thousands of books, collections, artist’ books, DVDs and Videos related to the field.

Some of the collections you can find at the Ekstrom Library are the African-American Collection, Sign Language videos, Bingham Poetry Collection, Current Periodicals, African Cinema, Oral History, Map Collections and many more. This library is also stocked with digitized collections, images, videos and multimedia to make your learning a much richer experience.

In case you are pursuing medical sciences then you should visit the Kornhauser Health Sciences Library. Library hours are from 7.30 am to 6 pm Mondays through Fridays. In case you wish to return books on weekends it opens at 10 am and closes at 6 pm. You will need to access the Minerva Catalog to understand the depth of collections and how you can best use the library as a resource.

There is a lot in store if you are a student learning music. The Music Library at the University is a treasure trove of things you can learn. You have the Grawemeyer Contemporary Music Collection, Sheet music collections and Jean Thomas Collection to help you in your quest.

The law library is to help students pursuing a course at the Louis D. Brandeis Law School. Here you will find the latest journals and law magazines to help you keep abreast with the latest that is happening.

Google’s Library Project – Cataloging the World’s Printed Words

Google has taken some imaginative steps towards becoming an online library. They have a Library Project underway with several major libraries to, in essence, reproduce their “card catalogues” that provide the essentials on books, authors, publishers and content.

They have developed a Google Book Search tool within their site that allows you to search for books with content that matches your search terms. At a minimum, that will get you an author, title and publisher along with some basic information about the book.

If the book is published or written by a member of Google’s newly established literary Partner Program, your search will also produce a few pages of text from that book. The pitch to publishers and authors for this feature is that Google can be an excellent marketing tool for new publications. Based on the experience that musicians have had with MySpace, they may have an excellent point. In any case, you’ll be provided with links to bookstores that stock the book. If the book is old enough to be out of copyright, the entire text will be available on Google.

The Functions

There are several useful functions built into Google’s new literary venture. If text from the book is available, you can browse through several pages to see if it’s what you’re looking for. You can also initiate a new search within the book. There is an option to search the web for reviews of the book, should there be any available online.

Although it does not appear to be activated yet, Google intends to have Library Links for as many books as possible in its catalogue. Clicking on that option – and presumably, entering a Zip Code or other local identification – will provide information on a local library that has the book on its shelves. You can also click a button that will provide more information on the publisher, the publisher’s website and additional titles from the company.

Public Domain

The books out of copyright, or in the “public domain,” generally include domestic works published before 1923. Titles that originated in other countries are available according to the copyright laws of that nation. Books that have been published and then reissued with new material are treated as being copyrighted at the later date. Google is taking a cautious approach to protecting the rights of authors and publishers. But for all of that, it is an audacious undertaking.

The goal is to provide an “enhanced card catalogue of the world’s books” online. Further, Google would like to make this a topical feature by providing introductory presentations on books written or published by its Partners. Finally, Google intends to provide the full text on books that are in the public domain. Just how they intend to get all that copy into their servers has not been made clear; there have been a fair collection of publications issued since Gutenberg created type. Nevertheless, you’ve got to admire the commitment of resources that the project requires. If they are successful in building the database of classics and out-of-print texts they will be providing a significant service to students, amateur historians and literary addicts of every persuasion.

A Public Library System Trashing Used Books

Recently, in February of this year in fact, a particular public library system was investigated and found guilty of tossing garbage bags full of used library books into their dumpsters. Several of these books were still in excellent condition and this was not just a one time occurrence either.

The Knox County public library system, which is sponsored by the taxes that are paid by that counties residents, was recently investigated by one of the local news channels within the state of Tennessee and their investigation infuriated several Knox County residents. Across the county there are at least twenty public libraries and eighty percent of the libraries were found guilty of throwing away many garbage bags of books each week. The books that were recovered ranged from books for children to textbooks to magazines, but the most shocking thing was that some of the books looked as if they had never been opened. All of these books had been stamped by the library with their withdrawn stamp, which indicated that it was no longer within their system.

Knox County residents have been outraged at the findings of this investigation because they feel that the books could have easily been dedicated to schools, day cares, boys and girls clubs, senior citizen centers, or they could have at least sold them to raised money for new books or computers for the libraries. Several of the books were taken to area retail book stores to determine what their value would be and the majority of the books would have at least gotten any where from seventy-five cents to a dollar. In fact, one text book was a biology book on endangered species and was worth twelve dollars, which was even more heartbreaking to take.

The director of the library was interviewed and a list of books that were recovered was presented to him and some of the books even surprised him. His only comment was that the library system had a set of procedures and policies that they had followed for several years and often times books had to be discarded due to their age, wear, and tear. He did say that he has began having each library sending him a discarded listing for approval prior to trashing the books.

The comments, procedures, and policies by the director and the Knox County Public Library System in general are alarming. I never thought that in a country that are given the freedom of speech and there are so many individuals who can not read and write that we would have a public library system selfishly throwing away books. If the library no longer wanted to the books and did not have the time to deal with, then why did they not just offer them to the individuals that come into the libraries on a daily basis? This is so barbaric! There are several large retail book stores that will give books away that they can no longer sell in order to make room for new books, but they have enough appreciation for them not to toss them in the dumpster!