Public Libraries

Dunedin Drops Library Meeting Rules To End Suit

Susan Dillinger points us to This Story that says to settle a lawsuit,
Dunedin, Florida, no longer will try to bar groups from expressing
or political views during meetings held in the community rooms at
Dunedin Public Library.
In January, Orlando-based Liberty Counsel asked a U.S.
District Court judge in Tampa to bar the city from enforcing the
restrictions on what can be discussed at the municipal library.

Library Board agrees on $115,000 salary for director

A follow up on This One, The Star Tribune Says The new Minneapolis Library Director Kit Hadley will be paid $115,000 annually under a contract approved last week by the Library Board. She started work this week. Her contract limits her to a salary of no more than $130,000 during its five-year life.
It also provides Hadley up to $7,500 annually for travel, parking and educational expenses, plus a library-paid downtown parking spot. She will start with 25 vacation days and 11 holidays.
Until recently Kit was the commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, and has no background in library management.
Meanwhile... The new Minneapolis library, proposed as a civic centerpiece, could be postponed or even canceled as city leaders look for budget-slicing options.

Creating life long readers

A Nice One From The Orange Bulletin says a public library is more than its building. It is a reflection of a community's commitment to ideas. The staff and members of the public who tend a library shape its collection and arrange its cultural events in accordance with the mandate of the community.
The story takes a look at many of the things most people don't know about libraries.

"I like to think we are fostering life-long readers," Meryl Farber, Director of the Orange Public Library, says "It's a team effort here."

DC Libraries Begin Cutting Hours

"The District's public libraries are now asking visitors to come less often."

"Starting Monday, all public libraries will be begin cutting their hours. The cuts come as the city struggles to close its budget gap."

"Library branches will now be open five days a week, instead of six. Twenty-one of the 27 libraries will also reduce their hours by about four hours per week." (from Yahoo News)

All city library branches will close on March 13

"The Denver Public Library will close the entire system for one day in March for a giant staff meeting."

"City Librarian Rick Ashton will gather 503 employees at an off-site location on March 13 to talk about issues ranging from the budget crisis to customer service and employee motivation training."

"Customers can still drop off books at the 22 branch libraries or use online services. But none of the buildings will be open that day." (from The Denver Post)

Librarians offer reference chat

"The Seattle Public Library, faced with an ongoing decline in its walk-in reference business, has installed an online "chat" service its patrons can use to get real-time help from library staff using computers at home, school or work."

"The service, called Live Help, was created as part of a three-way partnership among the library system, the University of Washington Health Sciences Libraries and the King County Law Library. Its launch was paid for with a $30,000 grant awarded through the1996 federal Library Services and Technology Act, which funds special projects in libraries." (from Federal Computer Weekly)


Eugene sends word about the new access cards from the New York Public Library. From the 'about' page:"The New York Public Library Research Libraries are expanding the functionality of the online catalog, CATNYP, through the introduction of the ACCESS card and new software modules. The ACCESS card allows researchers to request and use materials from the Research Libraries’ closed stacks. The collections, as always, will be available free of charge, for use on site only."

"ACCESS cards and the CATNYP circulation system provide the Library with tools to improve collection security. An overriding principle of our Research Libraries is that materials in their collections should be cared for and made accessible in perpetuity. The ACCESS card and the circulation system will ensure greater accountability when researchers use library materials."

"With the data from the Research Libraries circulation system, the Library will be able to manage and develop its collections more efficiently and in order to meet current and future research needs. Over the past several decades, the Research Libraries’ collections have grown rapidly in size and complexity, and we need to take advantage of the latest technology to track and manage the 40 million items in them. All major research libraries, including the Library of Congress, Harvard's Widener Library, and the British Library, already have similar systems in place."

Library's DVDs become hot property for thieves

Someone sent along This One From Oregon where the Multnomah County Library's DVD collection is so good that the library is having a hard time keeping thieves away from the latest releases as they wait on the reserve shelves.

Imagination liberates the library

"Toronto's libraries have turned a page; the temple of books has become a community oasis."

"The imposing classical structures that housed the printed word in the 19th century have been replaced by modern, light-filled facilities as casual and cosy as your living room."

"Though no one expected the electronic age would be kind to books, let alone libraries, the fact is that this city is in the midst of a bibliophilic renaissance. Despite decades of cutbacks and the continuing assault on the public realm in all its forms, intellectual and physical, the library has emerged as one community asset that actually means something to people." (from The Toronto Star)

Attorney hired as library director

"The Minneapolis Public Library Board on Thursday chose a former state official with no background in library management to be its new director."

"Katherine G. "Kit" Hadley, until recently the commissioner of the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, was offered the library job and has agreed to take it, a library official said."

"The offer came after the board conducted final interviews with Hadley and the other top candidate, William Gordon, retired head of the American Library Association and a career librarian." (from Pioneer Press)


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