Money Issues

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.

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

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.

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.

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: -- Read More

Library District Disappears, Like Magic

In hopes that support for the Magic Sage Library District project would come to fruition, an Idaho organization, through a federal grant created a \"demonstration\" organization in order to expand library services to some communities outside the cities of Burley and Rupert. When it came to securing precious tax dollars to provide ongoing support for the District, the measure was defeated. The board dissolved the district and is returning the unused portion of the federal funds. Residents outside the city limits, who were able to use free library cards as part of the \"demonstration,\" will have to purchase
non-resident library cards. More

Libraries May be Going Out of Business

Two Indiana libraries may be forced to shut their doors due to a loss of funding. Tax money collected from a local steel mill has provided about half of the libraries\' operating funds, up until now. Attempts are being made to secure emergency funds through the state. Apprently, cutting staff, hours and programs isn\'t enough. \"The library froze hiring, ceased purchasing new materials and cancelled a number of standing orders. Officials have resorted to making copies on the back sides of already used copy paper.\" More

Pay Equity Under Scrutiny in Australia

From the Sydney Morning Herald:

A pay claim being launched today by librarians will test the water for thousands of women who say their work is undervalued because they are female.

The case, in the Industrial Relations Commission, seeking an average 14 per cent pay rise for librarians and similar workers, is the first to test the new principle of gender pay equity, established by the commission last year.

The Public Service Association, representing librarians, library technicians and archivists, will compare their skills, responsibilities and working conditions with other Public Service professions dominated by men.

More.

Voters Love Libraries

Owing a debt of gratitude to local voters, Cleveland (OH) Area libraries will see a generous increase in funding as the result of a 6-0 vote for a proposed $25 million bond issue for improvement of libraries. Other agencies weren\'t so fortunate. more from The Cleveland Plain Dealer.

Library Considers Conservation of Materials a Luxury - Cuts Preservation Staff

The State Library of Victoria (AU) is cutting its conservaton staff because, according to a report by senior management \"the systemic conservation of library collections is becoming a luxury.\" more...

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