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This Fun Story on some territorial issues on Long Island. It seems people from Smithtown can now check out books from the Commack Public Library. In 1984, they were banned from checking out anything after the library appealed to the state that Smithtown residents were overusing its resources.
Meanwhile, tensions remain between neighbors. Huntington residents grumbled words such as \"fear\" and \"ludicrous\" yesterday, while those in Smithtown grunted ones such as \"prejudice\" and \"pathetic.\"
SomeOne writes \"For once a local newspaper has stood up to the grandiose plans of local country-clubbers who want a $40 million new library. The Charleston Gazette wrote a sensible editorial advocating using existing structures, and staying in the downtown. The editorial writer is familiar with the disaster in San Francisco, and knows that library boards have no concern for patrons or staffs - just building corporate monuments. Hopefully the board will be stopped from repeating the SFPL disaster.
Full Story \"
The Orlando Sentinel has a column by local columnist David Porter who says The poor patronage at some public library branches suggests that many people in Orlando\'s black community are not reading. He says, that\'s tragic. Reading is the foundation upon which education is built. Those who don\'t read, or don\'t value reading, are doomed to failure.
Mary Huntsman writes \"There are only two counties in Kentucky currently without public libraries- McLean and Carter. A tax levy in Carter county failed last year, so a group of citizens got together to start a library at the Adult Education Center. The _Lexington Herald Leader_ ran a story today about their efforts. The Story is Here.\"
Charles Davis points out Washington Post Story that says library hours throughout the
District might be cut during
weekdays, and all but one library
would be closed Saturdays under a
plan that cuts $905,000 from the library budget.
Things are worse in Cinci, where Five library branches will be closed and improvements at others will be put on hold because of cutbacks in state funding. The closings will save $1.5 million annually. They are a response to not getting $4.3 million in state funding expected as part of the system\'s $52.5 million annual budget.
Cleveland County Memorial will be laying off workers, cutting hours and it\'ll stop buying new books.
I hate it when I focus on just negative stories, but they all made it in this morning at about the same time.
Steve Fesenmaier writes \" The Minneapolis Library Board wants to hire a non-librarian and pay much more to them for heading their new downtown library system. This will require the City Council to amend the city charter requirement. Why is it that in the Information Age so many library boards want to hire non-librarians? I think it\'s the ultimate effects of COMPUTERISM....
They say other large-city libraries hiring directors are offering salaries substantially above the state limit, as high as $200,000.
The Star Tribune Says the \'burbs are becoming increasingly diverse as more immigrants move in. Public libraries are changing to welcome the new users.
\"Many of the diverse communities think of the library as a white institution. . . . It\'s an us-and-them mentality. There\'s a reluctance to go ask the white lady behind the counter.\"
SomeOne passed along a
Sad Story from Chicago, where Chicago Public Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey, looking for ways to deal with a million-dollar budget cut, plans to demote top librarians to lower classifications.
Many librarians in lower classifications also will be bumped down along with clerical workers, Dempsey said.
Bob Cox says Darwin Magazine has a story, Librarians at the Gate that takes a look at the cordial, if complicated, relationship shared by publishers and public libraries. Now, they say, technology has fouled the waters in
the form of e-books, which make it possible for a
library to lend a single book at one time to, say,
everyone in Manhattan. Big publishers, most of whom
live in Manhattan, are no longer happy with their relationship with libraries.
And they are particularly unhappy with e-publishers.