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Steve Fesenmaier writes "The West Virginia Library Association will be sponsoring its second "Rally for Reading" at noon on Monday, November 17th, on the state capitol steps in Charleston. Last year more than 100 librarians and supporters listened to speakers including Congresswoman Shelley Moore Capitol talk about their support for libraries. -- Read More
Susan Dillinger writes "From the Tallahassee Democrat: "No browsing is the new rule as of today for the State Library's circulating collection. Closing the stacks of the circulating collection, and making its 350,000 books and other materials accessible only through librarians, will help
boost usage, said Judith Ring, Florida's director of library and information services."
Plans for this were mentioned earlier, as part of the continuing brew-ha-ha over Governor Bush's failed proposal to move the collection to Fort Lauderdale. I can see closed stacks discouraging theft, but am dubious about the director's belief that it increases usage.
Borders and the public library is a short piece out of Hawaii that asks: "Do booksellers regard the public library as competition, a pre-technological analog to pre-lawsuit Napster, or as a feeder network that develops a consumer appetite for purchased books?"
They say Borders must take the latter view, since it facilitated fund raising for the library system. As the Hawaii State Library begins its 90th anniversary celebration this weekend, Borders Books Music & Cafe and its budget sister Waldenbooks are making donations to the public library system.
Susan Dillinger noticed This Tallahasse.com Story that says it soon won't be possible to stroll through the stacks of the State Library's circulating collection in Florida.
The new policy will take effect in a few months. Users will be required to go to a single service desk and ask for the items in the circulating collection they want to check out.
The politically charged atmosphere surrounding the State Library ever since Gov. Jeb Bush tried and failed this year to persuade the Legislature to move the circulating collection to private Nova Southeastern University in Broward County has others questioning the motives of this development.
Thanks to Susan Dillinger for This One on Gov. Jeb Bush's ill-fated plans to streamline the Florida State
They say in the end, the biggest casualty was the myth of the shy and retiring
"As long as the public light is shining, it should be all right for now,"
He says As a Florida historian, he was deeply concerned when he heard the news that Governor Bush recommended the closing of the Florida State Library and the transfer of the state archives, state museum, and Bureau of Historic Preservation to other departments within the government. His proposed actions stemmed from a disagreement with Florida voters in the 2002 election. Although Bush won reelection, voters in Florida voiced their disapproval of his educational policies when they approved a statewide amendment to reduce public school class sizes within the next ten years. On the campaign trail, the governor had actually attacked the amendment as irresponsible and too costly for the fragile state budget, declaring that he had a "devious" plan to subvert it.
Susan Dillinger writes "According to the latest news, Sec. of State Hood plans on soliciting private donors in order to move the State Library Collection to Nova University, ignoring the vote of the Florida Legislature and the citizens of Florida.
Hood also indicated Tuesday she may keep pushing to move a major chunk of
the State Library out of Tallahassee, raising fears among opponents of the
move that their fight may not be over."
Susan Dillinger sent in News That the Florida House and Senate agree: Keep state library in Tallahassee.
The House sent a message to Gov. Jeb Bush by agreeing with the Senate that
the State Library should stay in Tallahassee. One of the handful of
amendments to the House appropriations bill approved today retains the
current staffing for the library and cuts the $2 million that would have
been used this year to move the $10 million collection to Nova Southeastern
University in Fort Lauderdale.
The transfer was one of Bush's budget priorities, but it encountered stiff
opposition from library lovers statewide. Because the action matches what's
in the Senate budget, it takes the issue off the table during upcoming
"We'll be sending a message that we heard the many voices of the people of
the state of Florida," said Rep. Loranne Ausley, D-Tallahassee, who
co-sponsored an amendment keeping the library along with Rep. Bev Kilmer,
"State lawmakers on Friday killed Gov. Jeb Bush's controversial plan to move the State Library's circulating collection to Nova Southeastern University, ending a quest that would have vastly enhanced the Broward school's research collection with one stroke."
"House members, without objection, approved a budget amendment from Rep. Bev Kilmer, R-Marianna, that stripped any funding from the House budget proposal for 2003-04 to move the library."
"So ends a proposal that would have made the NSU library a top destination for government researchers and academia. The Davie campus was poised to acquire a unique 350,000-volume collection rich with books that serve the needs of government and social science." (from The Maimi Herald)
An OP-ED piece from The Honoluluadvertiser, By Nick Huddleston, President of Friends of the Library of Hawai'i, says he is disturbed by criticism of State Librarian Virginia Lowell by legislators and others who have implied she is not doing what she can to maintain library hours and respond to the desires of the Legislature and the public.