Public Libraries

Bad News, Bad News

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.

Minneapolis wants to hire non-librarian, pay more

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....

Here\'s The Story \"

They say other large-city libraries hiring directors are offering salaries substantially above the state limit, as high as $200,000.

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.


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