State Libraries

Public Gains Direct Borrow Rights to NY State Library Treasures

The general public may now directly borrow from the NY State Library's massive resources, which include congressional documents, details of the inner workings of Albany, and how to grow better tomatoes. The new program expands borrowing that has long been reserved for state officials, lawyers, physicians and government historians only. Under a six-month pilot program, New Yorkers may borrow from the library's extensive collection, instead of taking the lengthy route of borrowing through local libraries. Read More.

Arnold Schwarzenegger Names New State Librarian

Nothing against Arnold, the state of California or the state librarian, but this just plain reads funny, for obvious reasons. Who'd have ever thought...?

"Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger on Thursday named a new state librarian to replace Kevin Starr, who stepped down April 1 to become state librarian emeritus after 10 years.

Susan Hildreth has more than 30 years' experience as a librarian, most recently as chief librarian for the City and County of San Francisco, managing 650 employees and a $59 million budget. She currently is president of the California Library Association.

Schwarzenegger, in his announcement, said Hildreth, 53, "shares my commitment to education and to preserving our state's rich cultural heritage and I know she will use her tremendous experience as a librarian to enhance and strengthen California's public libraries." Read all about it.

Michigan e-library delivers data with personal touch

Bob Cox sends " this story from the Detroit Free Press about MeL--Michigan's State eLibrary. State Librarian Christie Pearson Brandau hopes that MeL will become a "full-featured online library, including librarian-selected Internet resources, commercial databases, statewide library catalog and borrowing services and digitized resources." A group of 12 librarians continues to develop the gateway."

Kaiyamo 'Shocked' By Old Library Stock submitted:

The high number of outdated books found in libraries across the country is a shocking state of affairs, says the Chairperson of the Namibia Library and Information Council, Elia Kaiyamo.

Speaking at the official opening of an American Corner in the Walvis Bay public library, Kaiyamo - who is a Swapo MP - said a countrywide tour of libraries by members of the council had found books dating as far back as 1948.

Kaiyamo said that the Minister for Basic Education, Sport and Culture, John Mutorwa, had pleaded a shortage of Budget funds to replace all these books.

"That is why we need to demand more money for books," Kaiyamo told the gathering. Read some more on this here.

FL State Library Will Remain Open

Governor Jeb Bush's attempt to move the contents of the state library from Tallahassee to a private university in Broward County have failed. The contract with Nova Southeastern University didn't go through, as the State Legislature did not approve the five million dollar appropriation for the move. Story here from the Orlando Sentinal.

Transfer of Florida Library still on the books until contract is voided

News From FL says Just when it seemed the battle to keep the Florida State Library and Archives in the R.A. Gray Building in Tallahassee was over, there are indications that the plan to send the valued and historic collection to Nova Southeastern University is still alive. Even though the Legislature has refused to fund the transfer of the books, tapes, photos and historic records, people working for Gov. Jeb Bush appear to be raising money privately to pay for the transfer.

West Virginia Librarians to Rally For Reading

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.

State Library of Florida Closes Stacks

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

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.

State Library will end book browsing

Susan Dillinger noticed This 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.


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