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Seattle libraries close doors to save money

Charles Davis writes \"The first of two weeklong library closures begins in a few weeks, as
the Seattle Public Library tries to reduce spending by $1.8 million to
help the city balance its budget next year.
All libraries in the city will shut down from Aug. 26 to Sept 1. That
means residents will not have access to catalogs, book drops,
computers, Web site, mobile services or even the automated
telephone line. Employees will not be paid.
More at
The Post Int. \"


Budget Cuts Force More Library Closures

The public library system of Cincinnati & Hamilton county in Ohio is shutting the doors on five of its forty-one branches on September 1. The library has lost over $4 million in state funding. Soma patrons intend to contact the governor\'s office. Read More.


Budget Cuts Force Seattle Public Library Closure

Book drops closed, no access to catalog, web site shut down, computers not available, no programs, no telephone service, etc. This is all for just one week in August and one in December, but yikes, what happens next time? Read the press release.


Ohio Governor Orders $375 Million in Budget Cuts

With Ohio\'s slumping economy, cuts to state funding for some agencies is necessary to fill a $1 billion gap. According to Governor Taft, \"In these tough times we have to tighten our belts, while giving priority to basic education support and programs affecting seniors and the health and safety of our citizens.\" Others criticize the move, saying that the cuts will jeopardize some citizens. The Columbus Dispatch has More Here.


Library\'s journals come with hefty prices

Gary Price, from the VAS&ND, sent over This One from Canada, on journal prices.

They repeat what we most likely already know, Libraries at research institutions,
including the University of
Guelph, have been struggling
with higher material prices for
two decades, and one of the
most prominent problems is the
skyrocketing price of prestigious,
high-end journals professors
want. The price of journals increased 226 per cent between 1986 and 2000, while
the cost of monographs (books) increased 66 per cent.

\"Libraries are being starved for funds. What is most seriously happening is the
price of materials is going up, and libraries are less able to purchase them. It
is most acute with journals,\" said Chris Dennis, chair of the Canadian
Association of University Teachers librarians committee.

\"What\'s causing the problem is the increased commercialization of the
industry. Academics need to know articles have been scrutinized by their
colleagues,\" Dennis said. \"


Minnesota cuts Library Development Services

Gregg Martinson writes \"Minnesota has closed it\'s professional resource library, severely reduced the capacity of the services in the state library for the blind and reduced it\'s professional support system for school libraries across the state. The uproar in the library community has been severe, and the commissioner for the state has responded in a curt fashion. Don\'t expect a response from Jessie \"the Mind\" Ventura. Its a sad time for librarians, especially school librarians in Minnesota. \"


Laura Bush Foundation for Libraries Off To Strong Start

Gary D. Price, The Virtual Acquisition Shelf and News Desk Guy, sent over This AP Story that says One year after launching a foundation to buy books for
America\'s libraries, first lady Laura Bush said Tuesday that she\'s off to a $5
million start -- with help from her mother-in-law.

Mrs. Bush said the donations will help expand the collections of neglected
libraries ``from fact and fiction to periodicals and prize-winning books.\'\'

``... And the wonderful thing is, once a child learns to use a library, the
doors to learning are always open.\'\'


Selling ALA Posters on eBay

ALA Celebrity \"READ\" posters seem to do pretty well on
eBay -- \"extremely rare\" Yoda posters selling for over $15, Ani DiFranco posters regularly topping $20 or even $25. That\'s a markup of 150%-200% over regular prices, not including a discount for membership or buying more than four posters at a time.

\"Hmm, my salary is low
because people are stupid and like to go to the Internet instead of
asking a librarian... my salary is low... there are stupid people on the
Internet... my salary is low... there are stupid people on the
Internet... by Dewey, I think I\'ve got it!\"


Library eliminating overdue late fees

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.\"


California law libraries fear budget Bill

Genie sent over This
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



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