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FL Supreme Court Begins Construction to Stop Damage

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?

Job Posting: Alaska State Library - Outreach Librarian

Application and full listing available at

- Are you PASSIONATE about libraries?
- Have you ever told someone you barely know that they ought to use a proprietary database or other library resource?
- Would you like to design and implement a distance education program?
- Are you a self-starter who thrives in a collegial atmosphere?
- If you answered "yes" to more than one question, then apply to be the Alaska State Library's newly designated Outreach Librarian!

Help raise awareness of core library services to state employees. Help us get our program of distance instruction and web tutorials from dreams to reality. Meet people from around the state and from every region of planet Earth.

What does an Outreach Librarian do?

Generally speaking:

- Promotes awareness of State Library services to state agency employees through direct contacts by mail, phone and physical visits,
- Coordinates and supports library educational and other outreach activities for State employees and others, and
- Provides reference and bibliographic services to selected state agencies and to the public. As part of reference, the successful candidate will spend between 8-10 hours a week on our public reference desk.

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Montana Library delays digital switch

The Montana State Library is going to slow down its transition to a digital library, but it still aims to phase out the type of walk-in access it now has, the library commission was told Wednesday.

The library says its mission can best be met with a digital library, and only a few ancillary walk-in services used by very few people - such as access to print newspapers - will be lost. Detractors say the library is moving too fast and isn't ready for the switch.

You've Got Homework? They've Got Help.

Newark Mayor Cory Booker, along with the New Jersey Library Association , are pleased to announce the arrival of help when you need it; Homework Help via Internet for students in grades 4 to 12 from 3pm to 8pm each weeknight. The program was subsidized by PSE&'s the story from the sponsor's press release.

Students who live in one of the seven designated towns can connect to a "Homework Help NJ" tutor through their local libraries, or from their home PC or Mac, with their library card number. The program Web site is can be accessed here. In addition, students enrolled in NJ After 3 can access "Homework Help NJ" at local program sites. NJ After 3 nonprofit partner sites include Boys & Girls Clubs, faith-based groups, museums, universities, community development corporations, YW/YMCAs, and others.

PA library denies parents' request to pull homosexual book

Eileen Issa says she was "sick" when she saw the illustration of the newlywed men kissing. Despite her sickness, objections and 40 signatures from other residents The Lower Macungie Township Library board is refusing for a second time to remove the book ``King & King.'' Library Director Kathee Rhode says the library seeks to offer a variety of views and ways of life. She says library officials want parents to decide on subject matter for their own children, but not one parent to decide for all children.

Always remember, if you don't like it, it's no good for anyone!

AZ Library Board says 'no' to removing materials

There will be no book bans in Chandler libraries this year. The Library Board voted unanimously Thursday to leave four items on the shelves over complaints from residents who wanted them moved or removed. Objections were to the Phoenix New Times, comedian George Carlin's audio book, When Will Jesus Bring the Pork Chops?, Where Willy Went, a children's book about racing sperm, and The Faerie Tale Theater DVD narrated by Robin Williams.

State Library of Montana closing to walk-in users

Kelly writes "WOW — the State Library of Montana will be closing its doors to walk-in users as of Jan. 1, 2008! It will focus exclusively on serving patrons through its website. Two articles about this are: @ and Is this going to be the new trend?"

New Virginia State Librarian Will Receive MLS in August

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports: It may seem a little out of order.

But Sandra Treadway became Virginia's state librarian July 1 before she ever had a library degree. Treadway learned about library operations the old-fashioned way -- climbing the ladder to the top one rung at a time.

She'll pick up a master's degree in information and library sciences from the University of Tennessee in August. Her master's thesis, "State Libraries in the United States: Identifying and Meeting the Challenges of the Twenty-first Century," also gave her an opportunity to examine what will be required for state libraries to survive and prosper.

In recent years, state libraries in Florida, Washington and Minnesota came under severe threat of being eliminated. The Minnesota State Library closed but subsequently reopened. How's the health of your state library?

South Carolina State Library Board Names New Director

David S. Goble has been named South Carolina State Librarian. He will begin his tenure with the South Carolina State Library on March 19, 2007.

LA State Library to Serve as Rebuilding Clearinghouse

Louisiana Rebirth: Restoring the Soul of America is the name of the initiative to drive the rebuilding of Louisiana's tourism and cultural industry.

To help accomplish these goals, Landrieu and Davis designated the State Library to serve as a clearing house, offering people a gateway to information that will put them in contact with resources available to rebuild their lives;

Story at the Baton Rouge Advocate.


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