Public Libraries

Suburban libraries changing to reflect diversity

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.\"

Library boss plans mass demotions

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.

Librarians at the Gate

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.

Newest library checks out fine

Ron Force writes \"The Seattle Times has a Story
on the opening of the new West Seattle Branch, which included low-income housing. Don\'t miss the pictures. \"

They also have a Web Site, with a bit more info.

Library patron, 12, due in court

Bob Cox sent over This Denver Post Story on a 12-year-old seventh-grader who has been summoned to Littleton Municipal Court on a charge of unlawful retention of library materials: She had an overdue library book. Her mom says \"It\'s appalling that we can\'t even send a child to the library without having to worry about something like this.\" While library director Margery Smith says \"We do everything we can to get books back before getting to the point of sending them to court,\"

Let us play: library set to lend out toys

This One says a toy library has been launched in Pinehurst People\'s Centre [UK] to give youngsters the chance to play and learn.
After an annual membership of £3, parents pay just 25 pence a week per toy, providing it is returned in good condition.

Books and Net getting along fine, thank you

Bob Cox sent over This Nice One that says the Internet was supposed to make libraries obsolete. Instead, two studies released by the American Library Association in April show that circulation from March 2001 to March 2002 increased 8.3 percent and that 75 percent of Internet users also used the library.

\"The library is a public building and everyone is welcome to use the facilities, but we do have rules of conduct that we intend to enforce,\" she says. \"The homeless can use the computers here and we are putting in five computers in the Pine Street homeless shelter.\"

Controversy bruises Atlanta Central Library image

AccessAtlanta has A Story on The years of controversy and a racial discrimination case against the Atlanta-Fulton County Library. They say an article in the June 1 edition of Library Journal painted a picture of a dysfunctional system riven by politics and a micromanaging library board.

Library fire declared arson

As a follow up on This One, the fire at the Stark County District Library’s Perry Heights branch has been declared arson.
The blaze which wiped out the 8,050-square-foot building, was set on the structure’s south side, investigators said.

To compensate for the loss of the Perry Heights branch, county library officials will have a Bookmobile at the branch parking lot today. The Bookmobile is a short-term method to provide library service in the township.

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An Open Letter to Minnesotans

Madeline Douglass writes \"Roger Sween on the Minnesota State Library Smackdown
June 4, 2002

The Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning (CFL)
has among its statutory requirements the responsibility for state level
library services and development. As with its predecessor, the
Minnesota Department of Education, such responsibility has been
delegated to and administered by a unit in the department for nearly 100
years. Currently this unit is called Library Development and Services
(LDS). Every state has a state library agency such as LDS, that is
until now. In three weeks, LDS will be gone. How then will CFL address
the following: -- Read More

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