Public Libraries

Despite Investment, Little Use of Malaysian Public Libraries

From the Malaysian National News Agency:

Only some 15 per cent of the country\'s population utilise the public libraries despite the huge amount spent by the federal and state governments to develop this facility. Education Minister Tan Sri Musa said the federal government had spend over RM92 million . . . to develop the public libraries . . .


Pete Hamill speaks out for public libraries

Someone writes \"
Pete Hamill has a great Column on what public libraries did for him and are still doing for the public today. \"

Quite a nice story on what public libraries do for those who can\'t afford much to learn by.

Barefoot patron suing library

Robert Neinast sued the Columbus Metropolitan Library, saying that the ban on going barefoot blocks a healthy lifestyle and his First Amendment rights. Luckily, Judge Algenon Marbley told Neinast that he might not let the case go to trial.
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Without book menders, library would be in a bind

A Nice Story on some swell ladies who spend their afternoons at the library mending damaged books. The most common books that come to Haggard for repairs are Harry Potter books and Curious George books. They aren\'t sure sure if it was because of poor manufacturing or because the books are so popular.

\"The program, established more than five years ago, saves the library more than $1,000 each month, Baumbach said. \"When you consider the staff time it would take to do it ourselves and the cost of replacing these books, it well exceeds $1,000,\" she said.\"

Queens, NY Public Libraries Face Deep Cuts

From the New York Daily News:

Queens Library will need to reduce its staff by 200 full-time positions and cut hours at most of its branches, its executive director warned yesterday.

Under the city\'s preliminary budget for fiscal year 2003, the library is facing \"the single largest funding reduction ever in the history of the Queens Library,\" Gary Strong said at a hearing of the Queens Borough Board on the budget . . .


Child pornography found, library computers seized

Found out about this one from Library Stuff:

After printouts of child pornography were found in a garbage can, police seized 26 computers from a library in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. A police spokesman said the authorities also grabbed a library security videotape and "a list of those who returned or checked out items."

Story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Who is responsible for Children In The Library

uible writes \"
For the last six months Adena Wilson\'s 15-year-old son has been going to the Westerville Public Library. She thought he was improving his mind. Then she found the porn pictures he had dowloaded while using the library computers. According to his mother, \"[he] had never seen pictures like that until he was here.\"

Westerville Public Library\'s Don Barlow explained that the filter used by the library is site specific, in order not to wholesale block sites. Barlow also pointed out that parents have the responsibility of policing their children, not the library. The mother contends that at the library, the library is responsible (she claims responsibility when he is home).

There is also a survey on the same page about who is responsible for keeping children away from pornography on the Internet - parents, librarians, filters, or combination of the three. At this point the run-away favorite is parents, then combination of the three. Librarians - 0%! \"
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Michigan Library Explores User Fees

From Michigan Live:

The Hudsonville Library Board has adopted a schedule of user fees to be imposed on patrons who live outside the city limits.

Commissioner Arlen Dykema, who serves on the Library Board, told the City Commission last week the Library Board expects to begin a system of user fees by July 1 \"to give us time to look it over and adjust it a little bit.\"

The board began investigating user fees last fall when Library Director Melissa Huisman noted that nearly half the library\'s circulation was to non-residents, primarily Georgetown Township residents. While Hudsonville residents pay $1 million for library operations, no funds are received from neighboring municipalities whose residents use the library.


In the Wonderland of Libraries Are Cats Like Alis

Gary Price passed along This LATimes Story on library cats, this one named Alis, she died this week, after 15 years in the library. This is the longest story on library cats I\'ve seen.

The story also has information on The Library Cat Society.

The society has a threefold mission: \"To encourage the establishment of a cat or cats in a library environment; to improve the well-being and image of the library cat; and to promote camaraderie among library staffs who have cats, or hope to, and with those persons not in libraries who advocate library cats.\"

Police check out books to protest library program

Police in South Bend, Indiana, protested an upcoming library program on "What To Do When Stopped By the Police" by visiting the library daily to check out all books put out in a promotional display. "I don\'t care if they\'re really reading them, but this borders on a form of censorship," says the library director. Story in the South Bend Tribune.


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