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Kathleene passed along This tallahassee.com story that says Librarians from across Florida urged legislators Monday to allow a little "weeding" of unneeded books, rather than uprooting the State Library from Tallahassee as Gov. Jeb Bush has proposed in his budget.
"I fear that by breaking up the collection, we'll become more forgetful than we already are," he said. "Florida is a state of newcomers; we lack a cultural memory. Our real historic resources are in that building and to the extent that we scatter them, we may as well be throwing out our own heritage, our own consciousness, up in the air."
"Librarian of Virginia Nolan T. Yelich and the state library board were honored Monday for their efforts to get former Gov. Jim Gilmore's records placed in the state achives for use by historians and researchers."
"Yelich and the board received the Freedom of Information Award given by the Virginia Coalition for Open Government, a group founded in 1996 to promote public access to government."
"Gilmore and the state library reached a mediated agreement last November to have 236 additional boxes of records sent to the library, ending a six-month impasse." (from The Daily Press)
Oghma writes "
Cecil Beach, a former State Librarian questions the wisdom of spending millions to save millions and points out the difficulty of trying to convert a building built specifically as a library into state office space.
Kathleene passed along this email from Barratt Wilkins, former state librarian, on the Florida State Library mess.
"Everyone interested in the State Library issue ought
to read the Executive Office of the Governor's newsletter entitled IN THE NEWS, v. 5, Issue 10, March 7, 2003 in which a "State Library Clarification" is printed as a part of "Message from Governor Bush".
First the newsletter indicates that the "circulating collection" is not "permanent". Only the permanent collections of the State Library are remaining in the Gray Building. -- Read More
Ray Ferrero Jr. , president of Nova Southeastern University, has
an OP-ED in the Tallahassee Democrat.
He says he is pleased that Nova has been chosen for this
task and stands willing to implement this policy decision with the
state while making sure this value-added asset will not adversely
impact the existing joint-use agreement with Broward County.
The Orlando Sentinel has some
interesting news on The Florida State Library.
They say officials admit that, if the move is
approved by state lawmakers, no one would have
access to most of the books and records for a year or
longer. And even then, only Broward County residents
could go to the Nova library and check them out.
Jeb had argued that giving away part of the State
Library to Nova Southeastern University would make
the books and other materials more accessible to
more people in heavily populated South Florida.
Others warn that under terms of the state's
contract, the university would legally own the books and
could throw them away by 2007 if they are not used
"Gov. Jeb Bush and Secretary of State Glenda Hood have argued that giving away part of the State Library to Nova Southeastern University would make the books and other materials more accessible to more people in heavily populated South Florida."
"But now officials concede that, if the move is approved by state legislators, no one would have access to most of the books and records for a year or longer. And even then, only Broward County residents could go to the Nova library and check them out."
"If the state donates the $10 million collection to the university, many of the more than 600,000 books, videos and other items would first have to be renumbered and relabeled, which would keep them from the public for many months." (from Sun-Sentinel)
Kathleene sent over 2 stories on the Hands around state library protest down in Florida.
The St. Petersburg Times says Hundreds of protesters formed a human chain around the state library Tuesday to protest Gov. Jeb Bush\'s plan to fire 42 state library workers and transfer hundreds of thousands of books to the private Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale.
The crowd, which included librarians, historians and scholars, shouted down Florida\'s new secretary of state, Glenda Hood, when she tried to discuss the move.
There\'s a similar story at The Herald-Tribune, and Tallahassee.com.
Bob Cox shared Questions abound for State Library, a nice look at the situation.
"Angrily reacting to accusations that he's turning Florida into the Big Top Flea Market of the union, Gov. Jeb Bush today blamed Poland for the state's financial woes."
``Well, it can't possibly be me!'' the governor protested, striking a ``Blue Boy''-like pose."
"As everybody knows, I'm omniscient,'' he continued. ``If only the Poles had bought more orange juice, we wouldn't be in this $4 billion barrel of red ink." (from The Tampa Tribune - Columnist)
The Tallahassee Democrat Says while Gov. Jeb Bush is making his \"State of the State\" speech to the Legislature on Tuesday, librarians and book lovers from across Florida will be assembling for a silent protest against his plan to move the State Library to Nova Southeastern University. They will gather about 10 a.m., and after the opening session, the protesters plan an \"arms around the Gray Building\" demonstration.
Pamela Cooper, supervisor of the Indian River County main library has set up an e-mail drop - SaveFLStateLib@bellsouth.net - for people to just write \"Save the Florida State Library\" in the subject line of a message.
Miamia.com has more on Jeb\'s thoughts.
More, including a schedule, below -- Read More