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Queens president: Trustees must nix money-flush library head’s $2M exit deal

Queens president: Trustees must nix money-flush library head’s $2M exit deal

Melinda Katz has asked Queens Library trustees to get rid of Thomas Galante’s golden parachute, the news of which comes after revelations about his secret job, $392,000 salary and private smoking deck that cost the taxpayer-funded library system $26,000.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/queens-president-trustees-nix-money-flush-library...

Director of Queens (NYC) Library Under Fire for Spending on Office Decor & Having a Side Gig Too

Sen. Tony Avella (D-Queens) said spendthrift Thomas Galante’s undisclosed side gig — which paid $287,100 in less than two years — as a business consultant to a Long Island school district was the last straw. Galante also spent $140,000 in library funds on renovations to his executive offices. ‘I urge you to consider the interests of the library and its patrons and resign,’ Avella wrote.

The excessive spending was previously reported on LISNews .

Last year, Queens Library President Thomas Galante was paid more than the mayor or the MTA chairman, and spent $140,000 to renovate his offices at the Central Library. Meanwhile, Galante eliminated nearly 130 library jobs through layoffs and attrition over the past five years.

Story from The NY Daily News.

Library cuts trigger fears of Canadian knowledge drain

http://www.ottawacitizen.com/news/Library+cuts+trigger+fears+knowledge+drain/9432991/story.html
“With libraries closing, there’s content … that’s no longer available to the users be they researchers, members of the public, people who are developing policy in government departments and that’s always worrying,” said Marie DeYoung, president of the Canadian Library Association and librarian at Saint Mary’s University in Halifax.

A New Library for Bethlehem NH

From New Hampshire Public Radio. A sweet story of a sister, a brother and a mystery donation.

Library Lovers League Holds Flash Mob at NYPL

Yesterday here in New York City, the Library Lovers League protested changes at the New York Public Library, specifically speaking out against a proposal that would move many items in the New York Public Library collection to a storage unit in New Jersey.

Bibliophiles who took part in this “street theater flash mob” wore sandwich signs featuring book covers in front of the iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

Follow this link to view a news clip from Pix 11 .

Ashtabula County District Library Keeps Extremely Narrow Levy Win

The Star Beacon reports that embattled Ashtabula County District Library will keep its levy win in northeast Ohio. The margin of victory, the difference between votes in favor and votes against, moved from what was previously discussed in LISTen #261 of being only 60 votes to being 94 votes. This will be the first recent locally-derived tax money to fund library operations in lieu of Ohio's state-administered Libraries & Local Government Fund.

Extremely Narrow Levy Vote Win For Library Not Yet Official

The Star Beacon reports that Ashtabula County District Library won their levy election Tuesday by 60 votes according to unofficial results. With 170 provisional ballots still to be checked plus absentee ballots bearing postmarks no later than November 4th having until November 15th to arrive potentially numbering over 200, there remains a chance of the slim victory being wiped out. The official canvas of results is due by November 26th from the Ashtabula County Board of Elections.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #258

This week's episode talks about "leadership failure" & "command failure" in the first essay to air in a while, public service announcements from the United States Department of Agriculture and the Census Bureau are featured, and as ever the news miscellany rolls ever onward.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #254

This week we focus on a very particular part of the potential fall-out of the currently brewing fiscal emergency for the federal government in the United States. The Library of Congress contingency advisory for a government shut down announces shuttering of their websites and Cyrus Farivar at Ars Technica reports that they're not the only agency planning to go dark online. The President's Weekly Address and the Republican Response are both replayed to help provide context as to the struggle leading up to the possible lapse in federal spending authority on October 1st at midnight.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #253

This week: THE BRAZIL INCIDENT

Yes, the repercussions from the NSA spying revelations continue. Now we are seeing looming growth in the fracturing of the Internet with the imposition of national boundaries. Even OCLC may be impacted by this. We take a few minutes to discuss the situation and its implications.

A brief news miscellany is also presented.

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Jeff Bezos To Buy Washington Post

Unexpected breaking news on a late Monday afternoon right before markets close in New York City:

An Unexpected Price War Is Making Amazon Book Prices Lower Than Ever

Amazon appears to have slashed the prices of its books, thanks to an Overstock.com promo in which it priced all of its books at least 10 percent below Amazon.

The aggressive pricing strategy has been enough to see Bezos & Co. cut the prices of hardcover book by between 50 percent and 65 percent compared to the usual cover price. Those kinds of discounts have never been seen on Amazon before; typically, it knocks around 40 to 50 percent off as a maximum.
http://gizmodo.com/an-unexpected-price-war-is-making-amazon-book-prices-lo-948777676

LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #248

In this special episode we talk about a new issue in public policy that may create trickle-down issues for public libraries. This is an exception to the on-going hiatus which otherwise remains in effect. The next regular episode remains scheduled for release on Monday, September 2, 2013.

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LISTen: An LISNews.org Program -- Episode #246

This week's episode brings a brief essay, retransmission of an excerpt of a program from US government external broadcaster Voice of America concerning the cyber-snooping situation, and a news miscellany.

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NYC Librarian Uses "Tilda Swinton In A Box" Method To Raise Awareness

Kristy will be behind the glass tonight, and tomorrow afternoon, and plans to return whenever she is able to.

NYC Librarian Uses "Tilda Swinton In A Box" Method To Raise Awareness

Bring the Hulk to the Northlake Public Library

Help the Northlake Public Library get a 9-foot-tall Incredible Hulk statue, graphic novels and a creation station featuring:
•iMac with a drawing pad
•Editing software
•Cintiq interactive pen display
•3D printer
•Artograph Light Tracer Elite

Libraries are constantly changing and evolving beyond just a place to do school work and use the internet. Today’s libraries are celebrating creativity, entertainment and life long learning, and they are doing it with technology and popular materials including graphic novels. The problem is that many people still think of libraries in the old way. We want to smash that stuffy reputation with a 9 foot tall Incredible Hulk Statue.

Crowdfunding the Library

Since Kickstarter launched in 2009, everyone from indie bands to technology developers to non-profit organizations has asked themselves, “Will crowdfunding work for me?” Libraries, which often turn to more civic-minded crowdfunding sites like Indiegogo and Fundly, are no exception. But the question remains: does it work?

Cassandra Elton got the idea to establish the Antelope Lending Library in a well-traversed mall on the Southeast side of Iowa City while she was working at an after-school program in a local elementary school. Elton found that her students—primarily from low-income and immigrant families—did not have access to the literary culture for which the city is known.

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Scott Turow: The Slow Death of the American Author

New York Times Op-Ed on how new legislation on imported copies of American authors works affects issues of copyright.

LAST month, the Supreme Court decided to allow the importation and resale of foreign editions of American works, which are often cheaper than domestic editions. Until now, courts have forbidden such activity as a violation of copyright. Not only does this ruling open the gates to a surge in cheap imports, but since they will be sold in a secondary market, authors won’t get royalties.

This may sound like a minor problem; authors already contend with an enormous domestic market for secondhand books. But it is the latest example of how the global electronic marketplace is rapidly depleting authors’ income streams. It seems almost every player — publishers, search engines, libraries, pirates and even some scholars — is vying for position at authors’ expense.

West Virginia auditor blasts Cisco, state for "oversized" router buy

West Virginia could have saved almost $8 million had the scope of the purchase been scaled to the requirements of the state's libraries, schools and state police, the report states. Smaller, less expensive routers could have been used in the state's 172 libraries, resulting in a savings of $2.8 million; in state police facilities, for a savings of $1 million to $1.4 million; and in 368 schools with enrollments of less than 500, for a savings of $3.68 million.

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