Public Libraries

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:

Bookmobile will fill in for library branch after fire

Bob Cox sent in This One that says Bookmobile service will be established in the parking lot of the Stark County District Library branch that burned to the ground early Saturday. The Library Web Site seems to be down as well.

“I had to explain to them that sprinkler systems and libraries with books are not compatible,” she said. “I know most of the library systems, at least in Ohio, do not have sprinklers.

Follow Up.

\'We\'re going to make it more like a bookstore.\'

An interesting profile of Herb Elish, the new director of The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh:

Sounding more like a for-profit CEO than a nonprofit executive, Herb Elish, director of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, said, \"You have to start with who is the customer and what does the customer want and need . . .\"

\"Until 10 years ago, libraries had a monopoly. If you wanted information, the library had it, and you had to come here to get it,\" Elish noted. Having a monopolistic, iron grip on the market caused libraries to lose focus on their users\' needs . . .

To restore their usefulness to the community, the Carnegie Library hired Elish, a seasoned veteran of transition management. Before to joining the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, he served as chief executive officer at Weirton Steel.

Full Article (from the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.)

Wider and Wiser Units

\"An article entitled \"Are Wider Units Wiser?\" by Thomas J. Hennen Jr. appeared in the June/July 2002 issue of American Libraries. It asks the question - what form of public library organization delivers the best library service? For many years library leaders have told us that “wider units of service” will produce better library services. The article examines some of the issues, using national data. Although far more study is needed, the national data suggest to the author that, in most cases, wider units of library service are, indeed, wiser.

We cannot compare how well a library may have fared had its planners chosen a different road in the past. We can only compare the results for the roads taken by other libraries in different areas of the country, hoping that the comparisons will help library planners choose wisely in the future.\"

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