Public Libraries

Librarians try to compete

The Baltimore Sun has this article on what librarians are doing to try to get teenagers to read, as they continue to fight with other media for their attention.
\"A teen-ager\'s summer schedule can be a librarian\'s nightmare. It\'s tough to compete with social engagements, outdoor activities and a long-awaited respite from the classroom.\" -- Read More

Concern over small libraries is circulating

This article from Morning Call discusses what small libraries are doing if they can\'t afford to compete technologically with other libraries...and the concern that goes along with it.
\"Many of these community libraries are waiting to see if finding their niche -- tailoring a collection to users\' tastes and remembering each person by name -- will be enough to survive. It\'s a growing concern as educational products become increasingly digital and networked, arguably removing the need for publishers and libraries.\" -- Read More

Volunteer-run library source of pride in Thornhil

Marva Chung writes : The June 10,2000 issue of the
Globe and Mail (page A23)reports the following
story, titled, \"Volunteer-run library source of pride in
Thornhill\"

The Vaughan Library Board ordered the Gallanough
Library closed becasue a
large library was built in the neighbourhood, however,
the residents fought
to keep it open. The Gallanough Resource Centre (it
can\'t be called a
library), is now up and running thanks to the residents
and a wealthy
resident who bequeathed the building to be used as a
library. It is now a
privately run charitable organization with 75 volunteers
and one part-time
employee. Memberships cost $10.00 per family and
$5.00 for singles.

This reminds us of the adage \"the more things change
the more they stay the
same\" -- libraries being operated on members\'
subscriptions.

Librarians protest to demand equal pay

The Bergen Record has this article about the staff at one library who are picketing in demand of salary increases.
\"We\'ve had several patrons say they never thought they would see librarians picketing,\" said Jane Tarantino, the children\'s librarian. \"It\'s keeping people aware that the situation hasn\'t been resolved. The librarians should be paid their worth.\" -- Read More

24 Hour Public Libraries

Brian writes \"Here\'s one of the most insulting and sad things I\'ve read in a while. An economist is quoted in a Chicago Tribune column on the need for a \"family-friendly economy\" as saying:

\"If a 7-Eleven can be open 24 hours, why not a public library?\"

Check out
chicagotribune.com for the complete story. I did read it, and I don\'t quite understand why having 24 hour libraries equals family friendly living. Certainly not friendly for the librarians families!

Tiny Library Thrives by Being Independent

The Sun Sentinel has this article about a library that stayed out of its county system, saved its taxpayers money, and is very content.
\"Some might say that 10 donated books and $100 wouldn\'t amount to much. But in Highland Beach, that combination equaled a nifty way to dodge taxes that later laid the foundation for a sophisticated library.\" -- Read More

Library to resume mailing overdue notices

A story from Michigan on the Ann Arbor District Library. They had stopped mailing overdue book notices in favor of e-mail, but received too many complaints.On April 3, the library stopped mailing overdue notices in an attempt to save $20,000 a year, mostly in postage. -- Read More

Fight over Newspapers!!

I just got a kick out of reading this article from the Telegraph, obviously not from the racial remarks, but from the reason why they were said.
\"Robert Birchall, 69, believed that Mungai Mbaya, 60, had broken an unwritten rule in Cambridge Central Library by having two newspapers at once. He ended up having a tug-of-war over the International Herald Tribune with Kenyan-born Mr Mbaya, a Labour councillor, a former magistrate and a British citizen.\" -- Read More

Guide Dog Causes Stress in Library

The Toledo Blade has this article about a guide dog that apparently caused some problems in a library for doing what he was trained to do.
\"Mr. Loesser, 36, said he went to the library recently to check out several books on tape when a girl started to pet Thunder. Mr. Loesser said he asked the girl to stop because the German shepherd was on duty.

Shortly afterward, Mr. Loesser said a librarian approached him and told him no dogs are allowed in the library. The librarian then allegedly grabbed his elbow, causing Thunder to bark, Mr. Loesser said.\" -- Read More

Profiling Library Users

Cleveland.com
has a Story that caught my eye. The
Lakewood Public Library in Ohio, has begun using a
customer profile system to revamp its selection and
rearrange its books. They say that it keeps books
relevant in an Internet age.

With the rise of the
Internet, we need to keep the book alive,\" said Ken
Warren, executive director of the Lakewood Public
Library. \"We’ve started marketing nonfiction.\"

It\'s
good to see librarians being so aggressive. -- Read More

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