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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
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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

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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.

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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.

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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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E-resource Pricing Models and Consortial Issues

Bernie Sloan has put together E-resource Pricing Models and Consortial Issues A Bibliography he put together for a presentation to a reference class at the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library and Information Science.

These items were intended to provide an overview of issues dealing with e-resource negotiations (both terms and conditions, and pricing), as well as issues centering on consortial brokering of e-resources.

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Pittsburgh Bookmobile Funding in Crisis

A suprisingly detailed article on the struggle to fund Pittsburgh\'s apparently much-loved bookmobiles, from a new favorite, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

When Rosemary Mahalchak began searching for a videotape of a film called \"Breathing Lessons,\" she expected to find it rather easily because it was made recently, had well-known stars and was filmed, in part, around Pittsburgh.

But after a five-month search through bookstores, libraries and video stores, Mahalchak gave up hope of finding the 1994 made-for-TV movie . . . Then, just as she does one Tuesday each month, Mahalchak walked over to the Bookmobile when it stopped at the Chartiers Senior Resource Center in Carnegie, a few blocks from her home.

\"When I saw it here, I almost fell on the floor,\" said Mahalchak, a youthful 77-year-old with a flair for the dramatic who was at the Bookmobile last week returning the tape. . .

Mahalchak, though, and other Bookmobile patrons now are worried that with Allegheny County eliminating its funding for the five mobile libraries . . .

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Library Audit Shows $3.3 Million Surplus

A recent audit of the Ann Arbor (MI) District Library resulted in the discovery of a $3.3 million surplus. Original calculations had projected only about $1 million in surplus money. The staff at the library has gone without a cost-of-living pay increase since 1996. more... from Michigan Live.

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NYC Library Budgets Cut by 15%

Library Journal is reporting that New York City libraries are facing budget cuts:

Along with nearly all other city agencies, New York City libraries are facing a 15 percent spending cut in the wake of the World Trade Center attack, which may cost the city $1 billion in lost revenue. Agencies \"can’t spend all the money they thought they could spend,\" said Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, noting that the city had lost significant revenue from hotel, restaurant, and retail sales taxes.

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Future of Bodleian Open to Interpretation

From The Times:

Fierce controversy has erupted over proposals to create a new £1,220,000 visitor facility in Oxford’s famous Bodleian Library. The proposals involve cutting a new entrance through the masonry of the Tower of the Five Orders of Architecture, introducing a permanent exhibition display with liquid crystal screens beneath the exquisite fan vault of the 15th-century Divinity School, and inserting barriers across the vista through the arch of Nicholas Hawksmoor’s Clarendon Building and the two arches of the Bodleian quadrangle to the great rotunda of James Gibbs’s Radclifffe Camera . . .

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