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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: @ helenair.com and billingsgazette.net. Is this going to be the new trend?"
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?
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.
Darla writes "Here's the announcement from the State Library on the new format. The current regional library consortium configuration does
not cover the entire state. In the
areas not covered, ad hoc cooperative organizations have sprung up over the
years, providing some vendor discounts, etc."
An Alaska Department of Education and Early Development press release reports:
Education Commissioner Roger Sampson has named Kay Shelton Director of the Division of Libraries, Archives and Museums. The appointment also gives Shelton the title of Alaska State Librarian.
Kay Shelton is the first permanent director of the Alaska State Library since the departure of Karen Crane in December 2002. Kay had been in acting director status since February 2005.
The staff of the entire division cheered Kay's appointment when it was announced this morning and look forward to her continued leadership.
Daniel writes "According to the Rhodarian web site, it is:
An experiment in blogging brought to you by the staff of the Rhode Island Office of Library and Information Services. We are Rhode Island librarians and our mission is to post items that are of interest to the general RI library community, categorized so that you can find content in your area of interest. Weâ€™d like to make it interactive, so feel free to add comments to individual entries. We only ask that you stay on topic. If you have general comments or suggestions, send them to the LORI Webmaster.
Anyone know of other state library agencies doing a blog for their state?"
BC writes "What a great service! I know what Talking Books mean to many people but the State of Washington considers what else their users need:
Reports The Seattle Times
Let your eyes dance over the words. Maybe this is the first newspaper you've read today. Maybe it lingered on your coffee table for a day or two before you got to it. Maybe you read the sports first, took a peek at local news and then dove into the supermarket ads to see what was on sale.
But what if you couldn't see at all? What would you do then?"
Kathleen de la Pena McCook writes "State Library Agencies (StLA) Fiscal Year 2003 Supplemental Tables just released include details on monies spent by states for services to children in poverty (Table 35). Data are also provided for adult literacy, family literacy, and readiness for school in Table 36. The variation is quite amazing.
Daniel writes "Story in Juneau Empire http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/021005/loc_200 50210001.shtmlOfficial Department of Education & Early Development Press Releasehttp://www.eed.state.ak.us/lam/Newsflash.htmlDaniel's take: We finished boxing up the collection today so the carpet could be cleaned or removed to prevent mold. The whole staff was really great and worked very well together. Pictures were floating around the office. When we get them posted somewhere, I'll post a link to them.About 10 staff have been moved to temporary workstations while not involved in recovery efforts. We'll all be displaced for awhile, but me longest of all. The water pipe burst directly above my ceiling and pretty much destroyed my office, so the asbestos abatement people say. We were EXTREMELY FORTUNATE the pipe burst at 6am and not at 11pm when the building would be empty.People who've seen my office can't decide whether "toast" or "oatmeal" best describes the damage."