July 1, 2015

Goodbye, State Funding for California Libraries

From KALW Radio: The bad news is that state funding for California libraries has been completely eliminated. There’s not really any good news about that except that it was expected. This past July, state library funding was sliced in half, and there was a trigger amendment attached to the budget that would eliminate state funding […]

Article: "Seattle Libraries: No Sleeping or Eating Allowed, But Porn-Watching OK"

From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer The Seattle Public Library has a long list of rules on things you can’t do in the library, to ensure the “comfort and safety” of staff and patrons. You can’t eat, sleep, look like you’re sleeping, be barefoot, be too stinky, talk too loudly, have a ringing cell phone, or make […]

Cincinnati: Public Library Use Reached an All-Time High in 2011

From the Cincinnati Enquirer: By any measure, 2011 was “one for the books” at the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County. [Clip] Overall, Library customers borrowed more than 17.6 million items from the Library in 2011, putting total circulation for the year nearly 8 percent ahead of 2010. E-books, e-audiobooks, and other downloadable materials […]

Four Libraries (3 Public, 1 School) Win ALA's Cutting Edge Library Services Award

Winners were selected by the The American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) and the Library Information Technology Association (LITA) From an ALA Announcement: “This year’s winners represent thoughtful and creative engagement with technology trends, including QR codes, open-source software, social media, GIS, and mobile applications,” said Christine Lind Hage, director, Rochester […]

UK: Digital Standards Agreed for Public Libraries

From The Guardian: The heads of more than 4,000 public libraries across the UK have agreed to national digital standards, which include providing free internet access in every library, and the ability to join a library and renew and reserve items online. The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) said that National Digital Promise will set […]

Toronto: World's Busiest Urban Public Library System Gets Busier

From The Globe and Mail: As city councillors spend the next week mulling reductions to branch hours, libraries across the city have just tallied up their busiest year ever New user stats released to the Globe and Mail show that the Toronto Public Library system circulated 33 million books, e-books, DVDs and other items in […]

Some South Jersey Municipalities Want to Move Libraries Off Beachfront, Put Land on Tax Rolls

From the Press of Atlantic City: The Wildwood Crest branch of the Cape May County Library sits in a prized location, right on the beachfront at Ocean Avenue — and that’s why the borough is moving it two blocks away. Having such prime beachfront real estate used for a public library might seem like a […]

Canada: Calgary Library System Launches Three-Year Strategic Plan

From the Calgary Herald: Calgary’s public library is taking a bold approach ahead of its centennial year — one that includes tackling proposals for a new central library, opening a Saddletowne branch and launching its three-year strategic plan. In its annual direct mail campaign, which solicits donations from card holders, officials ask Calgarians online and […]

San Jose City Councilman Proposes Replacing Retiring Library Workers with Volunteers

From the Mercury News: In an effort to preserve the cash-strapped city’s budget, a San Jose councilman wants to replace retiring city library workers with community volunteers or face the more serious alternative of outsourcing the libraries altogether. “We have beautiful libraries, and if we allow volunteers to augment current city staff, our libraries would […]

Public Libraries: Palo Alto Library Foundation Donates $1.9M For Furnishings at Renovated Library

From the Palo Alto Daily News: When construction wraps up at the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center next year, its contents will be just as new. The Palo Alto Library Foundation presented the city council with a $1.9 million check Monday night to fill the renovated facility with brand-new “furnishings, fixtures and equipment.” “I […]