People of Color, Especially Children, Most Likely to be Asked to Leave Seattle Libraries

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 08/23/2018 - 18:37
African Americans, especially children, are far more likely to be kicked out of Seattle libraries than patrons of other races, according to data the South Seattle Emerald obtained from the Seattle Public Library (SPL) through a public disclosure request. Between January and July 2018, more than a third of patrons who received “exclusions” (notices, which can be verbal, that a patron cannot return to the library for a period ranging from a partial day to two years) were African American.

Technology hasn't killed public libraries – it's inspired them to transform and stay relevant

Submitted by Blake on Thu, 08/23/2018 - 18:36
Critically and most revealingly, libraries are evaluated based on traditional metrics, such as loan and membership numbers, capturing only a fraction of the full value they contribute to our individual and collective life.

A Running Tally of Items People Have Asked For At The Circ Desk

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 08/19/2018 - 10:40
Today someone handed me a Costco card. For what purpose? To check out books, of course! This is the fourth time in my illustrious library career that this has happened. In honor of this brave soul (who owes me 600 Costco-sized boxes of Kraft macaroni and cheese and a legit flight of boxed wines if they try this again), I present to you a collection of interesting items people have asked for at the circulation desk:
From Buddy, the Library Isn't a 7-Eleven | Literary Hub

Family claims win in high court challenge to library cuts

Submitted by Blake on Wed, 08/15/2018 - 09:14
A young girl and her family who took on Northamptonshire county council over its plans to close 21 libraries have claimed a win in the high court, after a judge ruled that the cash-strapped council would have to revisit its plans while “paying attention to its legal obligations”.
From Family claims win in high court challenge to Northants library cuts | Books | The Guardian

Book enthusiasts get literary-themed tattoos at the Denver Public Library

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 08/13/2018 - 11:51
Certified Tattoo Studios partnered with the Denver Public Library Friends Foundation to offer library- and literary-themed tattoos at the Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Branch Library on Sunday to raise money for the non-profit.
From PHOTOS: Book enthusiasts get literary-themed tattoos at the Denver Public Library — The Know

LGBTQ displays not allowed at any Washington County UT libraries

Submitted by Blake on Sat, 08/11/2018 - 14:44
Equality Utah met with Washington County Library officials for the roundtable discussion. There, the library director confirmed that LGBTQ displays have been banned at every one of Washington County's libraries. "If you put up a display that says LGBTQ, you're pushing away a segment of our society," said Joel Tucker, Washington County Library Director. "Have there every been displays on like, Black History Month, or something like that?" asked  Stephen Lambert, with Equality Utah.