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Sunspot.net has a Sad Story on a decision to spend $250,000 to build a family sports complex on in Baltimore, MD. The sports complex will be located three blocks from the old Pimlico branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library. That library branch was shut down just weeks ago. The city said it did not have the $290,000 budgeted to keep it open.
\"A library branch that was a community bulwark for 40 years is shut down for lack of money; and, just three blocks away, similar money is approved for a sports center to keep kids\' bodies occupied while their minds are regarded as afterthoughts.\"
If a West Virginia legislator has his way, libraries in that state will soon be reaping the rewards of a lottery. According to the lawmaker, \"It\'s the wave of the future in funding public projects.\" The scratch-off tickets would fund libraries in the same manner they are used in other states to pay for services for senior citizens, veterans and other human services programs. more... from The Daily News.
Ananova reports that authors are auctioning off parts in their new novels. This reminds me of a book of Mother Goose I had as a kid where my name had been printed in as the main characters\'. Apparently this is no joke, with Margaret Atwood, Terry Pratchett, Ken Follett, and Pat Barker signed on to participate. The auction is October 16th and proceeds go to charity. Reminds me of some of the more strange items auctioned on ebay.
For The Tennessean, Bonna de la Cruz writes...
\"The Tennessee state legislature plans to withhold at least 25% of several state grants and eliminate many others that will affect local public television stations, libraries, school safety programs and incentive pay to firefighters and police. The total loss to those four departments totals $31 million. As for the libraries themselves, according to state librarian Edwin Gleaves, \'The state\'s four largest cities share $1.1 million of a $1.5 million grant. Nashville\'s share is about $284,174. None of the grant money will be distributed until his office gets a clearer picture of its financial situation.\' \" more...
New home buyers in one Florida county may be paying an \"impact\" fee to fund public libraries. According to the article, \"Local governments charge impact fees to offset some costs of growth. They\'re usually calculated by consultants based on how many road miles, fire engines and police calls are demanded, on average, by the people in each new house. If the cost of providing services exceeds the taxes paid by the homeowners within a few years, government tries to make up the difference with a fee... To guarantee the same number of books and space per person, each new resident would have to pay about $91. Multiplied by the average number of people in a single family home, that comes to about $224.\" One wonders how widely accepted such a move would be by local homeowners. more... from Florida Today.
British supermarket giant Tesco is among the corporations
lining up to endow curatorships and (possibly) profit from
the privatization of services at the British Library:
The British Library is planning a huge injection of private money that could see curators being sponsored by Tesco and services run for profit by big business. The Independent on Sunday can reveal that barely four years after its £520m London home was finally completed, the library is to undergo a radical commercial makeover to attract more funds.
Sponsorship ideas being floated by library directors include creating posts that might include a \"Tesco curator for cookery\" or an anthropology librarian funded by Endemol, producers of reality TV show Big Brother. . . Private bidders may also be asked to pay the salaries of new specialists in other \"fashionable areas\" such as gardening, sport and DIY. The libraryis also considering plans to invite private investors to build and run new facilities. . .
The Independent has this story on possible new funding sources for the British Library. Possibilities include corporate sponsorship of individual posts, like a university endowed chair. Other ideas include postcards, a \"Railtrack wing\", and inviting, \"private investors to build and run new facilities.\"
It\'s sad to think, in this day and age, that there are many professionals out there who not only go to work every day for a salary that is just about the same as the poverty level, but many also have no benefits. Some librarians at the Clermont County Library (FL) have decided to try to change that. Recently they set out to gather signatures on a petition. Although they gained quite a few, some folks were less than receptive to the cause. more... from The Orlando Sentinel.
Nothing gets people\'s suspicion up any more than monetary discrepencies and misappropriation of funds. Nothing gets people on the defense more than trying to justify them. [more...] from Macomb Daily.
For years, residents of Joliet, IL have been paying double library taxes because of some geographical issues. Now, in proper American fashion, a lawsuit is filed. According to The Chicago Tribune, \"Because both libraries belong to the Heritage Trail Library System, users of either library have full borrowing privileges at the other. By double-taxing residents for the same service, the lawsuit alleges, both the City of Joliet and the Plainfield Public Library District are violating the Illinois Local Library Act.\" [more...]