State Libraries

Ohio considering an overhaul of the state's regional library system

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."

Kay Shelton is new Alaska State Library Director

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.

RI State Library Agency Blog

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. We’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?"

Seeing-eye radio: Station helps the blind help themselves

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?"

State Library Expenditures on Federal Education Reform Initiatives

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."

Alaska State Library closed due to water damage

Daniel writes "Story in Juneau Empire 50210001.shtmlOfficial Department of Education & Early Development Press Release'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."

Alaska State Librarian retires on note of good budget news

George Smith, Acting Director of the Division of Libraries, Archives & Museums for the State of Alaska, announced his January 2005 retirement in his weekly Friday Bulletin to Alaskan libraries. Mr. Smith will be taking a new job as Associate Deputy Director of Library Programs in the Office of Library Services with the Institute of Museum and Library Services in Washington, DC.

In the same bulletin, Mr. Smith announced that Governor Frank Murkowski had proposed the best budget for the division since the early 1990s.

The full Friday Bulletin with these announcements should become available at the web site above in the next week or so.

All librarians in Alaska will miss George and wish him well in his new position.

Kansas Has New State Librarian

The Curmudgeony Librarian writes "The people of Kansas have a new State Librarian as Christie Brandau was appointed to the position this week. Kansas Governor Kathleen Sebelius made the announcement Tuesday December 8th.
Ms. Brandau was previously the state librarian of Michigan. She replaces Duane Johnson, who recently retired from the position. The Kansas State Library is located in Topeka and serves the citizens of the state."

South Dakota Appoints State Librarian

The Curmudgeony Librarian writes "The citizens of South Dakota have a new state librarian this week as Dorothy Liegl replaces Suzanne Miller. Ms. Miller left the post to become the state librarian of Minnesota. Ms. Liegl has been with the South Dakota State Library since 1972."

Hawaii State Library Bans Gay Web Surfer

On behalf of library web-surfer Carlos Hernandez, the ACLU of Hawaii has filed a lawsuit against the State of Hawaii--its governor and attorney general, for prohibiting Mr. Hernandez from reentering the library for one year.

Hernandez said he was using a computer at the Hawaii State Library on May 18 when a security guard issued a written warning telling him he was being banned for one year because he was viewing a pornographic Web site, according to the lawsuit. He said the Web site, Gay Hawaii, is a resource with information on events, travel, real estate and other services for the gay community.

Story at 365 Gay.

{UPDATE]...and more complete coverage from the ACLU (thanks AshtabulaGuy).


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