Public Libraries

Asbestos closes library

A sad story on library
closings due to asbestos in a Long Island
library.

\"I feel for the patrons because they\'re
getting hit the hardest by this,\" Guadagno said. \"But we
just have to make do and keep moving forward.\" But a
permanent resolution is nowhere in sight.\"

Library issues tickets

Ron Force writes \"Employees at Multnomah County libraries now have more clout when it comes to disciplining unruly patrons.

Staffers can issue visitors who break any 21 of the library\'s 23 rules with carbon-copied tickets. The slips, which ban offenders from the building for a period of time, are the library\'s answer to an increase in behavior problems.

spokane.net has The Story\"

What do you think? Would you write up bad patrons?

After Hours Library Service

A colleague and I have this running joke that our library should be turned into a disco at night to raise money. I think this \"after hours\" reference service is a good idea too. From the Daily SouthTown\"So many people have questions (they) come up with in the middle of the night and nobody is there\" to provide answers, said Sara McCambridge, Homer Township reference librarian. Even while watching a game show such as \"Who Wants to Be a Millionaire,\" if residents want to check on answers, they can call Night Owl, she said.\"

Libraries draw readers, communities together

Story from The State in SC on how great Public Libraries are. A lengthy glowing article on how the new libraries have changed life in this community.

\"This is something I think the Irmo community has been waiting for, for years, and I think it was long overdue,\" said Irmo branch director Charlie Band. \"It\'s more than just the library. This is the kind of community where the library and the schools are just everything.\"

Security in Libraries

Security guards in libraries. The News Gazette has an article about a library dealing with the issue. My take on it, keep the customers safe, hire the guard.\"Staff members have been lobbying for heightened security for more than a year. Sparking the recent call for more security was a March 30 incident in which a patron lost control, threatened librarians, threw a book and eventually had to be subdued by police in the parking lot.\"

Library gets tough on Patrons

Jacksonville.com has this article about a library that has doubled its overdue fines from a nickel to a dime. Yeah, that will make them bring back the materials on time.
\"Clay County libraries are cracking down on delinquent book-returners. From a nickel to a dime per day late, the overdue book fine doubled on June 1.\"

To Fee or not to Fee

Should public libraries charge for services to not district residents? According to this article from Michican Live, one library district in Michigan may not have a choice.
\"If the county system closes, Grand Rapids most likely would become inundated. And possibly, those new users would deprive city residents, who pay a 2.15-mil tax, use of a large number of materials.\"

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.\"

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.\"

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.

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