NJ Librarians Are Mad as Hell And They're Not Going to Take It Anymore

WAYNE NJ — Hundreds gathered at the State House Annex in Trenton recently to oppose Gov. Chris Christie's proposal to cut 74 percent of funding for the state library system, an action many believe will be nothing less than devastating.

Library patrons from across New Jersey voiced their concerns over the proposed cuts via 60,000 orange postcards hand delivered the day of the rally including 5,000 from the Wayne Public Library and its Preakness branch. Employees from the Valley Road location joined forces with over 650 people who filled the annex courtyard to help spread the message that "libraries matter."

"I feel we needed to do our part because these cuts being proposed would be disastrous," said Doreen Shoba, head of the reference department at the Wayne Public Library.

Included in the cuts would be the elimination of all statewide library programs and services. New Jersey stands to lose roughly $4.5 million in federal funding leaving clientele severely impacted. Amongst the biggest losses will be access to electronic databases such as RefUSA and EBSCO, as well as the statewide interlibrary loan and delivery service. Many libraries including Wayne could also lose access to the Internet as well.

Would Kagan Ban Books?

The NY Sun's air tight legal analysis says books no, but, pamphlets yes... "Let us just say that these columns have been covering the courts since 1933, and it’s hard to recall an exchange before the high bench more unsettling in respect of our basic liberty to conduct a free and robust election debate."

Librarians Protest Budget Cuts, Crowding Hollywood Intersection During Rush Hour

About 50 librarians and book supporters gathered on all four corners of a busy Hollywood intersection last Friday evening during rush hour, earning honks in support of saving L.A.'s dwindling library system. This year, it has already faced major cuts--for one, libraries are no longer open seven days a week--and now faces even heavier ones in Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa's proposed budget, which will take affect July 1st when libraries could go from six to five days of open doors.

Hawai'i Has Hopes for An Obama Library

If state lawmakers and the University of Hawai'i have their way, the 50th State could soon be known as the home of the Barack Obama presidential library, in addition to sea, sun and surf.

A measure urging the president to choose his home state as the site of his presidential library passed the Senate Transportation, International and Intergovernmental Affairs committee yesterday and will go to the full Senate for a vote.

The measure also has the support of the state House. "I think we're one of the top contenders," said Sen. J. Kalani English, D-6th (E. Maui, Moloka'i, L?na'i). "It can be anywhere in Hawai'i." Honolulu Advertiser.

Politics @ The Public Library

Galveston Daily News/ LA MARQUE TX — Kathy Nixie still is the librarian in La Marque. At least for now.

Nixie supporters claim the four-year veteran head of the La Marque Library was told by city administrators she had to resign Wednesday or be fired but was given no reason why she was being forced out.

That turmoil came less than a month after Nixie reported to a city council member that Councilwoman Connie Trube had demanded records about an overdue book fine owed by Mayor Pro Tem Keith Bell’s wife.

Nixie refused to talk about discussions she had with City Manager Eric Gage or finance Director Karen Cooper, except to say she had not been fired or forced to resign.

Asked why supporters thought she was being forced out, Nixie said: “I think it would get me in more trouble if I talked to you.”

But Barbara Sheppard, a critic of Gage and a Nixie supporter, said earlier in the day Wednesday Nixie told her Gage and Cooper had called in members of the library staff one by one to question them about Nixie’s performance.

“They then told (Nixie) that she obviously wasn’t happy working for the city of La Marque and that she had a choice, resign or be fired by 4:30 that afternoon,” Sheppard said.

Hawaii a natural place for Obama library site

Hawaii a natural place for Obama library site
Hawaii legislators are poised to urge President Barack Obama to choose the state where he was born and raised as the site of his presidential library. While Hawaii may be an underdog to Chicago for the selection, lawmakers should be satisfied if Obama rejects the traditional library in a way that could embrace both applicants.

Romney, In the Des Moines Library, With a Book

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, widely considered to be a likely Republican candidate for president in 2012, will hold two events in Central Iowa Monday as part of his latest book tour.

Mitt Romney’s nationwide tour in support of “No Apology: The Case for American Greatness” will take him to 19 states, the District of Columbia and Canada. Monday at noon, he will discuss the book and sign copies at the Des Moines Central Library, 1000 Grand Avenue

Later that night Romney will travel to Ames to speak in the Memorial Union Great Hall at Iowa State University. His presentation, which is co-sponsored by the campus’ College Republicans and the Committee on Lectures, will begin at 7 p.m. Iowa Independent reports.

The 2010 American Broadcast/Cable Consolidation

The FCC has released a Public Notice in PDF format relative to the Comcast/GE/NBC Universal transactions. The Commission is referring to the situation as one of broad public policy interest due to the breadth of the holdings involved. Comments are due to the Commission via its Electronic Comment Filing System before May 3, 2010.


Piercing Curtains

Women's History Month Library Thoughts

Women's History Month resources for the Delaware library community, with apologies for being so late to mark the observance! Full article here: http://library.blogs.delaware.gov/2010/03/15/womens-history-month/



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