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San Diego Public Library

TEST DRIVING SAN DIEGO

Four hundred computing devices and 1,250,598 volumes. Snazzy 3-D printers and vintage opera librettos. An eye-popping video wall and bound copies of Good Housekeeping magazine. From 1885.

In addition to being huge, the new San Diego Central Library at Joan and Irwin Jacobs Common is all-encompassing. Whether you are a gadget fiend or a dead-tree hugging Luddite, the library probably has what you want. Even if all you want is a cushy chair and killer view.

Our $196.7 million library opened for business on Monday. Here is a little chapter and verse on what I found when I dropped in earlier this week.

Read more about it at:
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2013/oct/04/san-diego-central-library-visiting/

A Sly Cutter in Oak Grove

Someone is cutting random pages out of books at the Oak Lodge Library in Oak Grove, OR.

Clackamas County deputies say the vandal has targeted 122 books so far, costing taxpayers more than $2,700.
Over the past few weeks, library employees noticed pages had been torn and/or cut out of numerous books, mainly from the mystery and science fiction collections, deputies said.

Library employees conducted an internal investigation by viewing who had been checking out the vandalized books. They believe the damage was done while the books were still in the library, deputies said. Only the center pages are being ripped or torn out.

The mystery and science fiction books are in an area that is far away from the main desk and more difficult to monitor by staff.

Anyone with information concerning this crime is encouraged to contact the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office's confidential tip line by telephone at 503-723-4949.

The Hulk draws a crowd at Northlake Library

One doesn't usually see library related stories at Comic Book Resources, but here you go:
The Northlake Public Library in suburban Chicago unveiled its Hulk statue earlier this month to a crowd of more than 300. Trustee Tom Mukite, who joined the board specifically to spearhead the statue campaign, called the event the “largest turnout at the library ever.”

The Franklin Park Herald-Journal also covered the story,
"The lobby filled with local residents such as Amanda Efta, who carried her nephew Aiden Kolanizios. A library trustee offered green cupcakes to visitors.
“This is the biggest crowd the library’s seen in a while,” Northlake Mayor Jeff Sherwin said.
As the sheet was removed from the statue, people applauded, cameras clicked and little kids gazed up or rubbed the big toe — about the size of a grapefruit."

WI Board calls for closing library

Yet another library closes! The La Crosse Library Board has recommended the South Community Library be closed as a cost-cutting move, the city’s mayor said Thursday.

The board voted Thursday to propose shutting down the branch library, open since 1922 and at its 1307 S. 16th St. site for more than 60 years, when the city’s Board of Estimates begins meeting Monday on the 2014 budget.

[I'm kidding about the "yet another", I know the research has been done :-)]

Mentor Public Library Adds Streaming Media Opportunity For Patrons

Mentor Public Library in Ohio has contracted with Hoopla to provide streaming rich media to patrons in addition to other electronic content on offer from Zinio, Overdrive, and other vendors.

Wealthy Virginia Suburbs Poised to Cut Library Services

From the Falls Church, VA News Press: Mark September 11, 2013 on your calendars. That is the date the Fairfax County Public Libraries (FCPL) Board of Trustees will meet and vote on the FCPL Administration’s “BETA Project” to “streamline” services at all county libraries. If approved the “BETA Project” is scheduled to go into effect initially at Reston Regional Library, the system’s largest, and Burke Centre Community Library. The changes include, but are not limited to:

• Drastically reducing the number of staff available to serve library patrons

• Eliminating the requirement for ANY staff member to have a Masters of Library Science (MLS) Degree

• Eliminating children/youth services librarians

Reduction in Staff– At Reston, the model for regional libraries like Tysons-Pimmit, the staff will be reduced from 20.5 to 13.5 positions and at Burke Centre, the model for community libraries like Thomas Jefferson, it will be reduced from 9.5 to 7 positions.

Elimination of MLS– Not only will the staff be reduced, but so will their pay grades and salaries. FCPL will be the only library system in the regional consortium of libraries not requiring any staff member to have an MLS. Librarian positions will no longer exist, because under Virginia law, librarians must have an MLS/advanced certification for any political subdivision with a population of at least 15,000.

At Library of Congress, changes are afoot in technology as well as in physical space

From The Washington Post: "The Library of Congress no longer needs the computer room that visitors once used to search its electronic card catalogue. These days the entire library has a wireless Internet connection, so workers this summer put a collection of old microfilm machines in that room instead. Meanwhile, the library’s old-school physical catalogues, the kind filled with carefully penned index cards, have long since been relegated to cool basement hallways where schoolchildren marvel at their obscurity. “I told them, ‘Before Google, this is what we used to do,’ ” said Fenella France, the library’s chief of preservation research. “They had never seen [card catalogues] before. Then I was teaching children another day, and I said, ‘Let’s go clockwise,’ and they just looked at me. I said, ‘Oh, no. Didn’t you learn analog?’” These are some of the several quiet moves that hint at much larger changes underway at the Library of Congress." Full Story

Cape Town Central Library, South Africa, Break World Record for longest book domino chain previously held by Seattle Public Library

Hi
Could you please door a story on the following:
The City of Cape Town Central Library, in Cape Town, South Africa, broke the World Record for longest book domino chain previously held Seattle Public Library. Here is a link to the a report on the event.
http://bookslive.co.za/blog/2013/08/27/open-book-and-cape-town-central-library-break-world-r...

Thank you

Rudi Wicomb
Librarian
City of Cape Town

A Summer Reading Program and Its Discontents

Via Gawker a librarian who is sick to death of the same kid always having read the greatest number of books at the summer reading program.

Nine-year old Tyler Weaver calls himself “the king of the reading club” at Hudson Falls Public Library. But now it seems Hudson Falls (NY) Public Library Director Marie Gandron wants to end his five-year reign and have him dethroned. Tyler won the six-week-long “Dig into Reading” event by completing 63 books from June 24 to Aug. 3, averaging more than 10 a week.

He has consistently been the top reader since kindergarten, devouring a total of 373 books over the five contests, according to his mother, Katie.

“It feels great,” said Tyler, an intermediate scholar student at Hudson Falls School. “I think that was actually a record-breaking streak.”

Everyone is so proud of him. Everybody, it seems, but Gandron, who was surprised to learn Katie (his mom) notified a Post-Star reporter about her son being a longtime winner. During a phone call Tuesday to Gandron, the library director said Tyler “hogs” the contest every year and he should “step aside.” “Other kids quit because they can’t keep up,” Gandron said.

Gandron further told the reporter she planned to change the rules of the contest so that instead of giving prizes to the children who read the most books, she would draw names out of a hat and declare winners that way. She said she can’t now because Katie has come forward to the newspaper.

Gandron said she has an “attitude” about the contest because several years ago a little girl came in claiming she had read more than 200 books. Her mother backed her up, but it was discovered the girl was lying.

Librarians + Beastie Boys =

From the New York Public Library Tumblr.

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