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Budget cuts threaten goals of black archives

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.

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Libraries get Loud

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.\"

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Overweight truck fines And Libraries

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?

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Woman\'s Well-kept Secret is Libraries\' Million-$ Gift

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

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Budget Cuts Silence Audio Book Program in British Columbia

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 . . .

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Millions, Dilemma Left to Library

Bob Cox and Gary Price both passed along This One on a library in MA that was left $3 million from the estate of a retired letter carrier.

The will stipulated that the remaining money should go to the libraries in Hopkinton and Boston to buy books. Trouble is they are out of room.

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City Council Says Library Staff are Too Well Paid, Cuts Budget

City council members in Passaic, NJ feel that the library staff are too well paid. The director has resigned, citing politics as the reason. Members of the city council want the board of trustees to follow her lead. More

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That Darn Cat

Bob Cox sent along 2 stories (One and Two) on that guy whose assistance dog was attacked last year by a library cat that served as the Escondido library\'s mascot filed a $1.5 million lawsuit Tuesday against the city of Escondido.

He alleges the city violated state civil rights laws, including laws designed specifically to protect the rights of the disabled, by denying him full access to the library with his assistance dog. He also alleges that a library administrator and a patron chastised him for ignoring the sign and bringing Kimba into the library and that police did not promptly respond to his call for assistance.
Charles Davis added One More Story, as well.

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Barnes & Noble to Try to Squeeze Better Publisher Deals

For The New York Times, David Kirkpatrick writes...

\"Even though Barnes & Noble is the biggest bookstore chain in the country, company chairman, Leonard Riggio has recently complained that publishers offer better wholesale deals to other kinds of retailers, like warehouse or specialty stores. In a recent conference call with Wall Street analysts, Mr. Riggio made what sounded like a threat: that Barnes & Noble might take unspecified \'decisive actions\' to \'persuade our suppliers to be fair to us,\' possibly as soon as early next year.\" More Free subscription required. Get yours Here.

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ALA Urging Libraries to Apply for E-Rate

ALAWON: American Library Association Washington Office Newsline, Volume 10, Number 82, November 20, 2001

\"It has come to our attention that many libraries are deciding not to apply for the E-rate in Year 5. Many of these decisions are being made because of the requirements of the Children\'s Internet Protection Act (CIPA). The following are points of information that, taken together, illustrate why this may be a premature decision for these libraries:

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