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Now, more than ever, librarians are serving the public as employment counselors, helping patrons write resumes and research job opportunities.
Earlier this week, the Mooresville NC Public Library hosted a "Job Search Workshop" conducted by the State Library of North Carolina. It's purpose was to educate regional librarians on how to better assist people who use their libraries' resources to look for employment.
"This is one of the ways we felt we could respond to this economic crisis, the joblessness, the kind of panic that people feel when they're searching for a job and maybe haven't done that for a decade or more," said Mooresville Library Director John Pritchard.
Pam Jaskot, a library consultant with the State Library, said librarians from across North Carolina have been completely overwhelmed by the amount of people coming in to use their facilities, especially those using their computers to search for employment.
Has your State Library or your library system offered programs of this nature? Please let us know.
Times are tough. Library funding is down, library use is up, and people are asking more and more questions demanding more and more time from their public library staff. In response to these increasing demands on library resources, Library Development staff at the Washington State Library have been compiling resources and trying to find ways to help their libraries cope in Washington State. The result: resource pages for library users and library staff.
"Resources for library users collects helpful web sites dealing with employment resources, job-hunting, resumes and skills-building, economic information, and technological training. Resources for library staff includes grant and stimulus information, specific databases for consideration, promotion and advocacy information aimed at the services libraries provide in tough economic times.
Some of the resources listed are Washington State specific, but there is plenty there for everyone. Libraries are encouraged to copy the lists or parts of the lists as they like, and provide feedback on the blog if there are any resources they feel are missing.
New York State will soon have a new Librarian, a rather well-known one who's crossed the Massachusetts border...Bernie Margolis.
Margolis begins his new job after 11 years as president of the Boston Public Library, the nation's oldest. He was ousted in June after a political dust-up with Mayor Thomas M. Menino. Margolis defied the mayor's order to filter Internet content on the library's public computers after concerns were raised that patrons, including teenagers, could view pornographic sites. The two men also fought over library funding, how much to focus on technology improvements and expansions at branch libraries.
"Conflicts between library directors and mayors in Boston go back to 1878," he said. "History repeats itself every 20 years or so. Unfortunately, my timing was bad."
The denouement of their long-running battles came when Margolis likened Menino to a dictator and denounced the mayor's "anti-intellectual bent." More from the Albany Times-Union.
California State Librarian Susan Hildreth likes the idea of putting a school inside a new downtown San Diego central library, which may bode well for the city's effort to keep a $20 million state grant.
But downtown San Diego parents aren't sure they need a high school, as is being proposed in a new plan to save the $185 million library project that has fallen short of its fundraising goal.
Hildreth will be leaving her position as the CA State Librarian to become Director of the Seattle Public Library. She will assume her new post early next year.
Florida Sen. Ronda Storms [R-Valrico] railed against the book-cataloging system during a budget hearing on state library aid, calling the Dewey Decimal System “anachronistic,” costly and just plain frustrating.
More at Librarian.
With 125,000 users in fewer than two years, an online chat called "Ask Here PA" is the fastest-growing digital reference service in the country, state officials said today.
"In less than two years, the program is on target to compete for that coveted title -- most used virtual reference program in the nation," said Mary Clare Zales, Pennsylvania's state librarian and deputy secretary for libraries.
Pittsburgh Tribune Review has the story.
Illinois Secretary of State and State Librarian Jesse White is urging families in Illinois to spend time together reading on the evening of Thursday, November 20th to celebrate the Secretary of State's annual Family Reading Night.
"This special event is a night when parents and children are encouraged to turn off the television, computers, video games and other forms of entertainment and spend time reading together," White said. "Studies have shown that reading together makes families stronger, creates a positive learning environment, and helps children develop a love for reading that can last a lifetime." QC Online.
Alaska Department of Education Commissioner Larry Ledoux announced Thursday he has appointed Linda Thibodeau to be state librarian and director of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums. She replaces Kay Shelton, who retired.
The division operates the Alaska State Library and Historical Collections , the Alaska State Archives, the Alaska State Museum in Juneau and the Sheldon Jackson Museum in Sitka.
It appears the State Librarian is not appointed (or unappointed) by the Governor.
The bomb squad has determined that a suspicious package discovered at the Chico High School library contained a book.
The school was placed under a lockdown at 12:36 p.m., followed by the evacuation of all students beginning at 1:50 p.m. The investigation was being centered around the school's library where staff had discovered the package.
(No, this isn't from The Onion)
What substance does not mix well with books?
Water, and unfortunately, plenty of it has been seeping into the library of the Florida Supreme Court in Tallahassee for the last few years.
Now, safety fences are being built around the Florida Supreme Court Building as work begins to stop water seepage into the basement that destroyed more than 11,000 library books. By 2006, the water intrusion forced the library to discard 11,646 library books worth about $37,000 that had suffered enough damage that they no longer were usable. Court staff had to clear out areas of the basement, install dehumidifiers, and use water vacuum cleaners whenever there was a heavy rain.
Wonder if Katherine Harris was affected by the humidity there during her tenure as Secretary of State?