Happier days for libraries in San Francisco California

The San Francisco Chronicle reports all is well. The library is ready to unveil a number of new and renovated branches, and the goal is to stock them with "opening-day collections'' that have up-to- date books, and in many cases, more of them.

"These are opportunities to build and improve our collections,'' said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

One of the biggest beneficiaries will be the new Mission Bay branch, set to open next summer. The opening-day collection of about 25,000 books will be worth about $600,000.


2 From The Culture War Front Lines

Anonymous Patron writes "Group sues library over meeting rulesA Florida organization led by a lawyer who has taken on gay marriage across the nation said it is suing a library district near Colorado Springs for denying the use of a room to discuss its opposition to same-sex marriage.

Attorney Mathew Staver, president of Liberty Counsel, which provides pro bono legal representation for religious liberty, anti-abortion and pro-family issues, said he sued the Rampart Library District Board of Trustees on Thursday in Colorado U.S. District Court.

Iorio challenges county after ban on gay pride. Tampa is a city that embraces diversity, including people who are gay, Mayor Pam Iorio said Thursday.

"Gays and lesbians are part of our diversity and deserve our respect. That is a value that I hold dear," Iorio said at a breakfast organized to promote public art in Tampa. "We should build on tolerance, not intolerance."

Iorio made her remarks the day after the Hillsborough County Commission voted 5-1 for a policy that bans county government from acknowledging, promoting or participating in gay pride recognition and events."

...and...Another Scoop from Fayetteville Arkansas!

Big goings-on in FAYETTEVILLE today!

The Fayetteville (AR) Public Library has been announced as the 2005 winner of the prestigious Thomson Gale/LIBRARY JOURNAL Library of the Year award.

Here's the buzz from PR Newswire.


Fewer books borrowed as library visits increase in the UK

A Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) Report shows a 4.3% increase in visits to UK public libraries in 2003/04 – up to almost 337 million visits – but a 6.5% decline in active borrowers for the same period. Book borrowing rates fell 5.5% to 341 million in 2003/04.
The data suggests an increase in users using libraries for non-traditional reasons, such as internet use, emailing sessions and audio borrowing. In 2003/04, book stocks decreased by 3.7 million (3.3%) to 110.5 million books, but audio, visual, electronic and other stocks increased by 2.2% to 9.0 million. At the same time, book additions remained stable, but the survey shows a 6.3% increase in stocks other than books.


Library Cat in Need of Good Home

Jimmy, the resident cat of the Stayton (OR) Public Library is looking for a new home, at the "very strong suggestion" of the library's insurer and the city's safety committee.

Jimmy is between 11 and 12 years old and came to Stayton in 1993 from Iraklion Air Station in Crete, Greece. He belonged to a military family who couldn't keep him, and Sharon Russell, who was the librarian at the time, took him home. Her cat didn't tolerate having another cat in the house, so Russell brought him to the library, where he has lived ever since.

More from the Statesman Journal.


MI Archivists seek ways to save electronic records

The Grand Rapids Press reports on e-mail and other electronic records generated by city's elected officials and bureaucrats -- today's equivalent of the letters, memos and other documents that currently fill archive shelves -- are not being kept. Finding ways to gather, cull and preserve electronic records was on the minds of several archivists in Grand Rapids last week for the annual meeting of the Michigan Archival Association.


The Right Person for the Job

Steven M. Cohen writes "From the Washington Post:

The job candidate interviewing to be a terrorism research analyst at the Library of Congress seemed to have exceptional qualifications: a 25-year Army veteran and former Special Forces commander who spent a career hunting terrorists and often personally briefed the vice president, defense secretary or Joint Chiefs of Staff on sensitive operations.

The interviews and salary talks went well for David Schroer. A job offer followed, and he accepted. Then the new employee brought up one last item: Once work began, the name would be Diane, not David."


Boca Raton Students Donate Books to Small IL Library

While visiting his grandparents in Illinois, Mitchell Froelich wasn’t able to finish his summer reading list.

Combing through the bookshelves at one of the small town’s libraries, the 16-year-old said he couldn’t find the well-known novel he needed to read for his class – or many other books for that matter.

When Froelich returned home to Florida, he enlisted his high school's Key Club to collect and donate books to the Divernon Township Library. More from


Bat worries push library land grab

Steven M. Cohen writes "From the Mansfield News Journal:

Mayor John Finley says alleged concerns about bats in the branch library here are "a cheap and pathetic excuse" by the Mansfield/Richland County Library to buy a lot across the street.

But Director Joe Palmer contends the library doesn't want to move its Lucas branch. It bought the property, he said, "just in case."


Library board restores "Bill of Rights" to policy appendix

Steven M. Cohen writes "From The Johnson City Sun:

"A standing-room-only crowd of supporters for the American Library Association's Bill of Rights filled the Central Resource Library Meeting Room last week when the Library Board voted 5-1 to restore the bill to the Collection Development Policy Appendix."

"The board in April voted 4-3 to remove the bill from the appendix to the Library Collection Policy and related references within the policy.""



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