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Dionne Mack-Harvin Is Out @ Brooklyn Public Library

The New York Daily News reports that "there's a scandal in the stacks at the Brooklyn Public Library."

The head of the system abruptly quit last week after a plan to lay off 13 employees backfired and ended in a very public embarrassment. Insiders said the firing fiasco was the last strike against Dionne Mack-Harvin. "The board was not happy with her," a source said. It wasn't supposed to end this way. Mack-Harvin took the post with great fanfare and a fabulous back story - the African-American daughter of a sharecropper who loved books and rose to her dream job.

Buy One Get One Free, and Help these California Libraries

The used-book store, at the Carlsbad (CA) Public Library’s Dove Lane branch, is a treasure trove for bibliophiles looking for bargains. Shelves are lined with donated books that include classics, recent best-sellers, romance novels, mysteries, biographies, cookbooks and guides to self-improvement.

All the money from sales goes toward funding children’s programs and new acquisitions at the library and the annual Carlsbad Reads Together program. The store makes $100,000 to $120,000 a year, said manager Taffy Cannon.

Sign on San Diego also has reports from the Friends of the Escondido Library and the Vista Library. Each of the three FOLs has a bookstore.

Does your library have an active FOL or a bookstore?

Young Potter Fan Raises Money for Hull Library

HULL, MA - Calliope Pina Parker is a sixth-grader who reads as many as 10 books a week and favors Harry Potter. She dresses as Potter characters for Halloween, plays Potter trivia with friends, and regularly revisits the series - all seven books and 4,167 pages.

Calliope is also an avid user of libraries, borrowing from across the region and frequenting branches throughout the South Shore on her way to and from school, ballet, and karate practice. So it came as a particular blow when budget cuts in Hull not only sheared the local library’s funding and hours but also cost the town its state certification last month.

“Now people from Hull can’t go to any other library,’’ said Calliope, whose card is no longer welcome at many other certified libraries.

Wanting to do something about it, the 11-year-old organized an all-day reading of the J.K. Rowling book that started it all, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.’’ Yesterday’s readathon and bake sale, with wizardly cupcakes and “magic wand’’ frosted pretzel rods, raised awareness about the library’s circumstances and collected money for the nonprofit Friends of the Hull Public Library.

Amazon Fires Its Colorado Associates

This article in O'Reilly Radar asks the hypothetical question: When all of the states have passed e-fairness laws, who will be left for Amazon to fire?

Three Dollars a Month Is...Too Much

It's the classic story...the community wants the library and all it has to offer, but it doesn't want to pay .

When a technology lab bus from the OH state library system parked itself at the Amherst Public Library for a week to offer a variety of computer classes, library officials knew they had struck the right nerve.

“We had over 20 classes and they all had waiting lists,” library director Robin Woods said. “We had over 250 people taking classes in Excel, Facebook for adults, genealogy and resume-writing.”

Since the bus visit was a response to community surveys and feedback that told library officials that residents wanted this kind of service and others, Tuesday’s rejection of an $11 million bond issue to finance a 24,000-square-foot addition to the library is more than a bit puzzling.

The 1.17-mill, 28-year issue, which would have cost $3 a month for owners of homes valued at $100,000, was defeated by 933 to 809, according to unofficial election results. Chronicle Telegram.

Woman's stock donation to library grows

Woman's stock donation to library grows
A donation of stock shares to the Loveland Public Library has now grown large enough to build the library's poetry section and start on an expansion.

Lula Colwell donated 3,200 shares of Proctor & Gamble stock worth less than $9 each in the late 1980s.

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13 Ways (and 147 Tools) to Help Your Library Save Money on Technology

13 Ways (and 147 Tools) to Help Your Library Save Money on Technology
This list has come out of a few different presentations I’ve given for public libraries recently, from Hawaii to Iowa. Take a look, see what you want to try, and let me know how it works. The list is not exhaustive, so I invite all of you to comment on this post and add your own favorite free web tools, software, and open source awesomeness.

Lax About Collections? State Controller Might Call on You

...as was the case with the Niagara Falls (NY) Public Library.

New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli's latest audit questions practices at the Niagara Falls Public Library. The audit says the board failed to provide proper stewardship of library operations, set an example to staff, or fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities. That includes auditing and approving claims before payment.

The report says library management agreed with the comptroller's recommendations and are planning to make changes. Additionally, they have hired a collections agency to try to get recover lost income.

More from WGRZ and The Niagara Gazette.

Bye Bye Bookstore and Bye Bye Bookstore Cat

We are all suffering from the closing of independent bookstores, but Linda the bookstore cat is going to have a particularly hard time of it when NYC indie Skyline Books closes later this month.

Here's the story, from Gothamist.

Salinas cuts pit library against paramedics

Salinas cuts pit library against paramedics
Which is worse: for Salinas libraries to cut back from a seven-day to a six-day schedule, or for the city to eliminate its paramedic program and rely on the county for emergency medical response?

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