Salinas to cut library hours

Hrere's A New SPin on the ongoing Salinas Saga. Salinas officials are cutting library hours starting next week because so many employees have resigned in anticipation of library closures.

Beginning Tuesday, John Steinbeck Library, the city's largest branch, and the Cesar Chavez branch in East Salinas will be open four days a week, for 18 hours a week at each site. El Gabilan Library, the city's smallest branch, will be open three days a week for a total of 13 hours. Each branch is currently open 32 hours a week.

"I know this is difficult for the public and this is difficult for the staff too," said Jan Neal, manager of the Steinbeck Library. "We really have squeezed as much public service out of the staff as we can without being unrealistic as far as our staffing works."


Reader finds large sum of money in library book

An AP Wire Piece from Mississippi reports a former employee at Armstrong Library pulled a mystery novel off a shelf and noticed a bulge in its dust jacket. She opened the book and discovered what library officials termed was a "substantial" sum of money.

"I felt something in there, and from my time working here, I just had to straighten it out and felt in there and pulled it out," Armstrong said. "I thought, `Whoa, wait a minute.'"


New York's J. Pierpont Morgan Library Gets a Makeover

gsandler writes "

is a story from the New York Times about changes at the Morgan Library. "For those accustomed to the neo-Renaissance grandeur of the Pierpont Morgan Library, the crisp new steel-and-glass-paneled building taking shape on East 37th Street may be a bit startling. But a year from now, when the Morgan reopens after a $102 million expansion and renovation, it will not only have undergone a physical metamorphosis; it is hoping that its public persona will have changed, too."



Hot plate(s)

mdoneil writes "Recently there was an article about a license plate to benefit libraries. Many states have vanity license plates ( I have one, but Florida does not have a library plate) . Nevada is not the only state to have plates that benefit libraries.

Texas’s library plate can be seen here

New York will soon have one available. You can view it here or see the who shebang if you like.

I’m sure other states have them too. Please add yours if it does. If it does not then agitate your elected officials until they make one."


License plate to support libraries

News Out Of Nevada Says A chance to drive in support of Nevada libraries' summer reading programs and educational opportunities for librarians was unveiled Tuesday at the Legislature.

The plate's unveiling was held in conjunction with Nevada Library Legislative Day in front of the Northeastern Nevada Regional Bookmobile parked on the Legislative Mall.


LII Survey Closes Sunday Night

K.G. Schneider writes "Last call! Please take two or three minutes to fill out the annual user survey for Librarians' Index to the Internet, which offers a publicly-funded, free web portal and weekly newsletter (and yes, we have a terrific RSS feed, with thousands of subscribers). Last year over 4,000 people helped us justify continued funding, fine-tune our offerings, and develop new services. We will roll out a new website in mid-June, and your feedback will be invaluable as we go the last mile toward this goal.

Thanks again for taking time to fill out the 2005 LII user survey. The survey will be available until 11:59 p.m. Sunday, April 24, 2005."


Porn replaces Disney from county library

News From Florida: When Shirley White-Satcher's 12-year-old son sat down Sunday night to watch what she thought was a Disney movie checked out from the library, what he saw instead horrified her.
The movie, "Home on the Range," ended up being a graphic porno flick that came from the Alachua County Headquarters Library at 401 E. University Ave. in downtown Gainesville.
"I stepped out of the room for 30 seconds after the movie started playing and he ran in and said, 'Mommy, there's nasty stuff on the TV,' " White-Satcher told The Sun Wednesday evening.


Ohio Library protest

The Cincinnati Post Reports on a rally held Wednesday at Fountain Square to support the public library, in an attempt to convince state senators to halt library funding cuts.
Republican Gov. Bob Taft's proposed 2005-2006 budget would cut funding for libraries five percent in 2006, resulting in a $2.5 million reduction for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, said Kim Fender, executive director of the library."It's hard to believe that in the information age financial support for libraries would even be an issue," said Carla Makela, of Walnut Hills, a literary specialist with Cincinnati Public Schools who said she regularly relies on library resources. "At a time when we have CVS, Krogers, ATM and restaurants available to us almost 24-7, it's almost uncivilized to be proposing less access to libraries."


National Library of Singapore Ready To Go

News from Singapore, where After a three-and-a-half year wait, the new National Library will open at Victoria Street in late July. The National Library Board (NLB) has set its sights on the 16-storey building, located a stone's throw from the Singapore Management University, Singapore Art Museum and the proposed LaSalle-SIA building, becoming a premier stop for research on Singapore and Asia for scholars, professionals and students.


Libraries much more than books

Anonymous Patron writes "Australian IT Has This to say about libraries: The public library, once the sole keeper of knowledge - collections of books, art, papers and journals - has undergone radical changes in the new, Google world.
They focus on the British Library, but it's a good read. Lynne Brindley said although her career straddled technology, libraries and knowledge management she preferred to be known as a librarian.

"Essentially, that's what we still are ... I think librarian is a noble label.""



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