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Pam Cooper is seeking at least 250 people Tuesday to help when she takes the fight to keep the Florida State Library in Tallahassee to the library headquarters itself.
Rob Thomson seems to be In Favour Of The Move, saying the lesson for future decision-makers is that it's much easier to start new government programs than to end old ones.
Meanwhile... Jeb Bush's plane was struck by lightning as it flew from Tallahassee to Orlando Thursday. I'll let you draw your own conclusions on that one, what is god trying to say?
Washington Is Still Trying to eliminate the state library. Gov. Gary Locke\'s 2003-05 budget proposes to severely cut the library, which took a big hit last year but avoided closure.
Meanwhile, Another Editorial says Gov. Jeb Bush\'s relocation plan for the Florida State Library \"says less about innovation than about his naked contempt for the capital\". A coalition of historians, librarians and genealogists from across Florida is banding together to seek a court order to stop Gov. Jeb Bush\'s plan to break up the century-old State Library in Tallahassee and donate most of its books to a private university in South Florida.
One More asks \"Is this some sort of bobblehead pastime where the kids on Jeb Bush\'s staff sit around trying to figure out the goofiest thing they can still say out loud with a straight face?\"
You really can\'t blame Jeb though, Saddam Made Him Do It. The good news is Governor could still lose in the state library fight.
Down In Australia, librarians at the Victorian State Library have cast off their conservative image, donning Ned Kelly helmets to demand a payrise.
"Already operating with fewer books, employees and dollars, the Washington State Library is facing more budget cuts — and this time, some valuable federal papers are at stake."
"Gov. Gary Locke's 2003-05 budget proposes to severely cut the library, which took a big hit last year but avoided closure. The Senate's adjustments to the current budget, the supplemental budget, call for cuts to the library before June 30." (from Seattle Times)
The Sun-Sentinel Says Gov. Jeb Bush, who has proclaimed reading a top priority, apparently is moving ahead with plans to break up the 150-year-old State Library and move much of the massive collection from the state capital to a private university in South Florida as a budget cutting move.
"I'm very angry," said Marti Boles, a semi-retired medical equipment researcher from Southwest Ranches. "They're going to all get destroyed in the humidity down here. We've got mold in all the schools."
The Ledger has one of the strongest worded Articles Yet on the closing of the Florida State Library.
They say the closing undermines years of careful work by professionals, is a display of contempt, it\'s bad for Florida and shows his total disdain for our state\'s rich history. They add, Bush has shown time and again an astonishing disregard for the state\'s cultural heritage.
Meanwhile, House Speaker Johnnie Byrd told Tallahasseeans on Thursday there is \"huge support\" in the Legislature for saving the State Library. Secret actions used against state archives, Genealogists, librarians, historians draw list of options to battle Bush\'s plan, and on the bright side of this, Vast collection could boost Nova library.
Oghma writes \"
It now appears that only the circulating part of the Florida State Library\'s collection is being moved.
Also, Kathleen de la Pena
McCook sent over Two Posts from the Florida Library
Association list, one from from Former State Librarian, Barratt Wilkins and one from current, Judith Ring.
Mr. Wilkins is clarifying statements by Ms. Ring.
Click below to read them.
Other stories include Library shenanigans, State Library\'s transfer to Nova being considered, Plan to shelve library causes flap, Deal in works for cash-strapped state to keep state library, What\'s needed: more than a few good ideas, and of course, The Petition for electronic signatures. -- Read More
The Orlando Sentinel Says despite mounting public opposition, including more than 7,000 petition signatures protesting a proposed breakup of the 150-year-old Florida State Library, a deal is quietly being negotiated that could move much of the library\'s massive collection from the state capital to a private university in South Florida.
Stronger Words From FloridaToday where they say Jeb Bush is making war on the state\'s history. They also say this is an \"obviously ill-conceived idea\", and it, \"shows he has no grasp of his position as a protector of the public trust\"
The Palm Beach Post Says 50 area librarians -- city, county, academic, legal and corporate -- have unanimously adopted a resolution calling on the governor to spare the institution, which was founded in 1845 when Florida became a state.
"No one believes money is the reason for this particular decision," Brownlee said, and Wednesday's meeting was spiced with fearful speculation from librarians who began by saying, "I don't want to sound like a conspiracy theorist, but... "
Steve Fesenmaier writes \"At the spring conference for librarians held each year in Flatwoods, \"Spring Fling,\" I will be presenting my most intense two hours ever. First WV filmmaker and BJ Gudmundsson will be talking about how public libraries can help local filmmakers make local history films. They have made two so far and are starting a third. Next, Jean Battlo, McDowell County author, playwright, and filmmaker will present \"Smilin Sid,\" discuss her new history of the county, and maybe show some of her 18-hour doc on the floods of 2001. Third, Mari-Lynn Evans, Braxton County native, will talk about her almost $2 million history of Appalachia that will air on PBS next fall. Finally, I will be premiering a new doc on \"The Library in Crisis,\" a new film by Canadian filmmaker Julian Samuel. ( I have been working with Samuel on pt.2 of this film, exploring the international and American angles on the crisis. The first mainly covers Canadian realities.) Also coming as a late addition is Bryson Vannostrand, the Buckhannon architect who has opened WV\'s first micro-cinema, the Lascaux Micro-Theater. If you want to come to the event, contact me at: 1-800-642-9021 X 2015 or e-mail me. I really believe that there is no reason why every county in the world cannot work with local filmmakers and create their own local history film projects.
They call the closing of the library a \"proposed act of cultural vandalism\", and crass.
\" It sounded like they just figured to grab a bunch of boxes at the liquor store, gather up the books and papers, throw them in the back of the SUV and leave them on the steps of Robert Manning Strozier Library for FSU to care for.\"