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Internet sweepstakes winner donates library to Brentwood

Joe writes: \"How\'s This For A Great Patron? Pensacola, FL, resident Linda Enfinger won the opportunity through Coca-Cola to donate one of 10 new libraries to the elementary school of her choice - Brentwood Elementary Magnet School of Communications and Technology.
Have a coke and a book!\"

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New \"Uncle Frank the Librarian\" column at New Pages

In an article entitled, \"Who Needs Librarians? Let\'s get Some Trained Monkeys!\" the inimitable Uncle Frank holds forth on Orange County, FL\'s replacement of librarians with clerical staff. He has a great rant going here, but I\'m betting he\'ll get some unhappy letters from support staffers.

At the root of this crummy business lies the traditional under valuation of “women’s work.” Professions that have been dominated in numbers by female practitioners—teaching, librarianship, nursing—have always been grossly underpaid in relation to the education required to master them, and the skill and judgment their members have been expected to exercise.

Through history, women have come cheap (through no fault of their own), and the libraries of the world have not hesitated to take advantage of the fact. If they can take advantage by paying highly-educated practitioners humble wages, all to the good of the institutional economy; if they can persuade their clientele that they don’t really need these well-trained practitioners, that a clerk with a high school diploma and a year’s experience can do “just as well,” then why keep those “expensive” librarians on the job? Dump ‘em, and fill their places with even-worse-paid clerks expected to function at levels of responsibility far beyond their training and education.

See an archive of Uncle Frank\'s previous articles here. On a personal note, \"Uncle Frank\" is really Grant Burns, an academic librarian in Flint, Michigan. I just finished reading his 1998 book Librarians in Fiction, and I highly recommend it as a spur to new reading.

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Public library funding

Ender passed along This National Center for Education Statistics Page that answers the old question, From what sources are public libraries funded?.
Most income was from state sources (84.6 percent), followed by federal sources (13.7 percent) and other sources (1.8 percent). State library agency income from state sources totaled $872.9 million, with over two-thirds ($592.4 million) designated for state aid to libraries (table 18). In 10 states, over 75 percent of the state library agency income from state sources was designated for state aid to libraries, with Massachusetts having the largest percentage (96.8 percent). Six states (Hawaii, Idaho, New Hampshire, South Dakota, Vermont, and Wyoming) and the District of Columbia targeted no state funds for aid to libraries.
Note: Page includes links to a google of other interesting numbers as well.

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Council Considers Replacing Tacoma Libraries with Mail-order Model

A Tacmoa, WA councilman wants to eliminate libraries, or rather, make one, all-serving library, which means the result would be the same; no libraries. To him, libraries are relics. Dinosaurs. Totally irrelevant. \"To Councilman Phelps, the growth of the Internet and the home computer means libraries needn\'t be places, but systems. Fewer libraries could manage data and deliver books via the mail. Poor people who want to visit could be given bus passes. He envisions just one library - a fancy new model downtown that might even attract tourists.\" Read More.

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Saskatoon librarians serve strike notice

From The Saskatoon StarPhoenix:

Saskatoon public library workers gave 48-hour strike notice Monday and will start job action Wednesday with a noon-hour rally at City Hall.

The move came after members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees rejected the library board\'s offer of four per cent increases for each year in a two-year contract, said union local president Gwen Thomson . . .

The union is demanding a pay equity plan to eliminate gender-based wage discrimination, Thomson said.

Complete article.

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Library Director Should Share the Wealth

The following is a letter to the editor that appeared in the Akron (OH) Beacon Journal. It\'s about the library Board\'s desire to \"keep\" the current director in place, rather than see him go away. They offered him a huge raise (he earns well over six figures) and they guaranteed him a 5% raise each year for the next several years in addition to a $72K retirement bonus. The staff, it appears weren\'t so lucky. They\'ve had their raises slashed, their benefit costs increased and have no retirement or guarantee of an annual raise. The board\'s decision doesn\'t seem to be a real popular one. It\'s all the buzz around the state listservs. Read It.

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Historic books \'sold to plug budget gaps\'

The Great And Powerful Steven M Cohen sent on over This One From Australia that says The NSW Parliament is being accused of using money raised from the sale of almost 3500 historic books to plug gaps in its budget rather than spend it on preserving rare books and documents.
The Parliamentary librarian faces possible disciplinary action over \"alleged irregularities\" in the sale, but claims he is the target of a personal vendetta and has done nothing wrong.

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The Crumbling Intellectual Foundation

Bob writes \"This article at the Chronicle of Higher Education talks about the real effects of lack of funding in academe.

\"The campus is going to have to help us decide what they want in a library. We won\'t be able to serve everyone.\"
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You\'ll need a subscription to read this one, be sure to get your hands on a copy and read this!

\"We tend to not honor scholars right now,\" he says. \"We honor people who risk their lives or make enormous profits or invent gadgets that are useful. ... But for whatever reason, knowledge for knowledge\'s sake doesn\'t have much currency.\"

From Section: Special Report
Volume 49, Issue 4, Page A10

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UIS denies ‘looting’ budget of library/museum

An Interesting Story from Illinois that says Chicago Sun-Times columnist Steve Neal wrote that the UIS appropriation is part of a scheme by Robert Newtson, chief of staff to Gov. George Ryan, to “plunder the library’s ... operating funds” for Newtson’s benefit.
A university spokeswoman said those charges are unfounded.

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Spend Your Moneys Well

SomeOne writes \"A Story From Liverpool says hundreds of complaints were made against Liverpool\'s libraries last year despite massive investment, And although £1.3m was invested in 2000/01, an increase of £700,000 on 1998/99, the number of books has dropped.

There are now 240 fewer books per 1,000 people than four years ago.

But recent research from the Liverpool Citizen\'s Panel showed that only 44% of people wanted computers and the Internet in the city\'s libraries, compared to 86% who thought books were more important.\"

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