Public Libraries

Question man campaigns for libraries

According to Ron Force, the Spokane Spokesman-Review
tells us that \"Matthew Lesko, star of late-night infomercials, will campaign for Stevens Co, Washington Libraries. Tax limiters are attempting to close the libraries.
\'The library is a gateway to our information society and, if we start getting rid of libraries, then the average person loses the gateway to the information that is the lifeblood of our society now,\' Lesko said.\"

Cincinnati residents plead for library to remain open

From the Cincinnati Enquirer:

Dozens of speakers pleaded with library officials Tuesday night to keep the Greenhills branch of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County open . . .

Speakers ranged from 78-year-old Frederick Weissborn, a Greenhills resident since 1959, to 8-year-old Eric Reardon, who started going to the library before he could read . . .

A crowd of about 400 packed the Winton Woods Middle School auditorium for the last of those public hearings Tuesday night.

At Tuesday\'s hearing, the board also received more than 400 letters from Beechwoods Elementary School students who want the library to stay open.

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Censorship Issue boils up during library meeting

An Interesting Story from Johnson County, KS , where a Library Board member on Wednesday challenged the continued use of the Library Bill of Rights as a basis for the library\'s collections policy.
He says using that If the library is saying it will have information on acts of terrorism. This \"muddies up\" a libraries ability to develop a collection-development policy. The issue arose as the board considered the adoption of a revised collection-development policy placing greater emphasis on cultural programs and adapting to changes in the organizational structure and in technology, in line with the library\'s new strategic plan.

\"There is a legal element to this, as well,\" Library attorney Fred Logan said. \"The library cannot adopt restrictions on points of view. ... The library is a public forum, and you cannot make content-based decisions. Meeting and exhibit space also has to be made available (for all points of view).\"

Library bans all free publications

Here\'s A Bit More on all the trouble down at the Vidalia Public Library in GA.
the library director told him the publisher of The Gay Guardian he had to distribute somewhere else because people were complaining. The publisher claims they were singling him out because his views didn\'t conform with theirs.
So the library decided to ban all free publications except government publications.
Earlier this month, the ACLU filed a civil suit against the Ohoopee Regional Library System, which runs the Vidalia branch, and administration in federal district court on behalf of the newsletter.

The 10 best public libraries for genealogists

FamilyTreeMagazine has posted their The 10 best public libraries for genealogists. They weighed factors such as collection size, census records, special collections, accesibility, geographic coverage, special collections and services.

Librarians drawn into child protection work

Charles Davis writes \"One from
The Gauardian
that says
Librarians are the latest, and perhaps most surprising,professionals to be drawn into multi-disciplinary child protection
work.
All staff on the issue desks of Nottingham libraries are now trained in spotting potential victims of child abuse. They have
also learned how to offer a listening ear to members of the public worried that a child might be at risk. \"

A Look at The Ottawa Public Library

Although I believe we\'ve pointed to it before, Bob Cox reminds us of the great five-part series by the Ottawa Citizen\'s Maria Cook that looks at what went wrong in the past, and what will be done differently in the future at the The Ottawa Public Library which was praised and appreciated when opened in 1974, but is now considered a eyesore and functional disaster.

Bookstores Lacking, Libraries Busy

Tampa Bay Online Says residents of central and east Pasco County, FL, without a major bookstore chain, but have some nice libraries. Pasco library officials say patrons don't dwell on the absence of a bookstore chain in the county's east and central region.

``There is no first-class bookstore here. There is no bookstore, first-class or otherwise,'' he said. ``No reflection on the intellectual pursuits of the community. It's just a fact.''

DVD craze hits libraries

The Cleveland Plain Dealer has a Story that says a group of well-known public trusts is competing with major video retailers by offering free DVD rentals and late fees as low as a nickel a day.

"Many libraries offer the same kinds of DVDs as the Blockbusters of the world, but often for nothing more than a library card. In these tougher economic times, more movie fans are checking them out and shunning the businesses that charge more, levy stiffer late fees and in many instances allow shorter loan periods.

Controversy halts sale of tiles outside Redmond library

SomeOne writes "Library is gung-ho about fostering "intellectual freedom" in its fundraiser-related "public forum" until it gets content it doesn't like. It learns that a sidewalk brick fundraiser without content restrictions is a bad idea.
Here's the
The Full Story "

"Unfortunately, it turned into a real goofy deal," Ptacek said last week. "The last thing in the world we wanted to do was offend anyone. We never anticipated this sort of thing."

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