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Here\'s A Story out of CT that says the Litchfield Public Library is replacing the old ladder system of late fees at the library with a new honor system called the \'Conscience Box\', which allows patrons to pay late fees as they see fit.
They say they did a lot of research and they actually bring in just as much money with this system as they did with the mandatory fines.
Has anyone else tried this?
\"This is a wonderful new policy,\" Oliver Wolcott Library director Ann Marie White said. \"We first started tinkering with this last winter and it has worked beautifully so now it is library policy. We\'ll be doing it every day for an indefinite period of time.\"
Genie sent over This
One on A bill before the state\'s Assembly Local Government
Committee this week would force libraries to pick up the tab for
responsibilities that have been handled by county governments for the
past 111 years.
BBusch also posted this on WEB4LIB:\"San Diego County Public
Law Library fate is in the hands of the state
legislature, to learn more about the issues and answers please listen
Library Director, Charley Dyer, who will be on Tom Fudge\'s show,
Days,\" which airs at 9:00 am on Tuesday, May 7,
on 89.5 FM, KBPS. Mr. Dyer will debate the proposed State AB 2648,
which recommends stopping local County government funding of
and maintenance for the County Law Library program. Mr. Dyer will
debate with Jim Gross, who is the lobbyist for this
Bob Cox sent along This One from Detroit that says Michigan\'s bookish librarians suddenly morph into Charles Bronson, when it comes to supporting tough laws for traffic offenders,
because a large chunk of library funding comes from traffic fines, up to 90 percent for libraries in some small towns.
They call the Michigan Library Association aggressive in protecting their piece of the revenue pie because they pushed a bill that forbids judges from collecting money locally if they don\'t also impose state-recorded fines.
The measure was signed into law in December, a testament to the clout of librarians, and they vigorously opposed legislative efforts to raise money for other causes -- however worthy.
The director of the Pasco county (FL) library wants local legislators to impose an \"impact fee on homeowners in order to pay for improvements to the library. \"I realize that there are many services that are needed in Pasco County, and libraries are just one of them,\'\' Bonjour said during an earlier interview. But in order to meet these services, the residents have to decide: \'Am I willing to pay for them.\'\" More
The strike of some 180 unionized workers at the Regina Public Library is entering its third day today and there are no signs a settlement is near . . .
While conceding the strike is causing considerable inconvenience for people who use the library for recreational and research purposes, Library Director Sandy Cameron said there are no plans for library management to reopen the library without the services of the striking workers. \"We can\'t run the library without the staff,\'\' Cameron said. \"We wouldn\'t try to keep it open, this (the strike) is part of the negotiating process. . .\"
The predominately female workforce at the library believes it is underpaid, based on gender-based discrimination.
jen writes \"Faced with state budget cuts and a shortage of space, Johnson is trying
to carve out a future for the little-known state-owned repository for papers
and artifacts on black history and culture.
Alabama legislators voted to form the archives and museum in 1987 after
a push by a group of A&M alumni. It opened three years later in the
renovated, 91-year-old James Hembray Wilson Building on the A&M campus.
Full Story \"
This Story says we need to start yelling about something other than filtering, or we wil go bye-bye
\"Libraries do not have a vocal constituency,\" he said, explaining why Winnefox could be punished despite its model of cooperation. \"We talk to legislators. What they say is, ‘Nobody every tells us about libraries.’ So, being cost effective isn’t enough. You’ve got to be loud about it, too.\"
I post This One because I am suprised to learn overweight truck fines account for 15 percent of the Monroe County, MI Library System\'s budget. For some reason the fines fell last year to their lowest level since 1989.
Is this at all common, do other public libraries find funding from such sources?
No one knew that a Jerome, Idaho woman had become a millionaire until after her will was read and they discovered that she had left nearly $2 million to be spent on libraries. More
From the North Shore News:
In the past 18 years, Elizabeth Nash has listened to 4,000 audiobooks. \"I\'m a big user,\" she confides. \"My life depends on them.\"
The West Vancouver resident has only peripheral vision. \"I can\'t read a book or read my mail or write a cheque - but I listen to about six hours of tapes a day.\"
So Nash was less than impressed when the Liberals slashed the B.C. Library Services\' audiobooks program as part of their civil service cuts last week . . .