December 19, 2014

San Francisco Library Commission Considers Extending SFPL Hours

From The San Francisco Chronicle: What would it cost to keep all 28 San Francisco Public Library branches open seven days a week? It adds up to about $3 million more per year for 31 more full-time employees, according to a budget proposal presented at a recent Library Commission meeting. [Clip] Tacking on about 116 […]

Public Libraries of New Zealand Release 2012 Statistics, Ebook Downloads Increase by 700%

Wow, quite a day for public library numbers. First, Pew Internet survey findings and then IMLS with a new report. Now, let’s move to New Zealand. From a PLNZ News Release: New Zealanders are increasingly using digital library services such as computer and Wi-Fi internet access, EBooks, and audio books, while use of traditional services […]

Oregon: “Hillsboro’s Next Great Gathering Spot Takes Shape as Main Library Expansion Nears Completion”

From The Oregonian:  Hillsboro’s Main Library expansion is “on time and under budget,” according to Library Director Mike Smith. Construction crews expect a May completion date for the first of Hillsboro’s two library renovation projects. The second floor expansion of the Main Library on Northeast Brookwood Parkway will add more than 38,000 square feet of […]

“The Vancouver Public Library: Thriving in a Digital Age”

From The Globe and Mail: It’s not news that the public library in the 21st century is a very different place from the days when stern librarians and cathedral silence presided over the great treasure house of books that dominated its services until the arrival of digital. Even so, at a time when the Internet […]

Louisiana: A New Orleans Weekly Says, “Save the Libraries” in New Editorial

From Gambit New Orleans: Last week, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, flanked by city officials and Charles Brown, city librarian and executive director of the New Orleans Public Library, reopened the Algiers Regional Library, which had been closed since Hurricane Katrina. It was the fifth library opened by the city in the last four months, the others […]

California: Saving Pomona Library May Prove Taxing

From the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: Here’s where matters stand with the Pomona Public Library: The library is likely to remain open through June 2013, but on an even more limited basis than today, and without most of its veteran employees. Meanwhile, there’s a strong chance Pomona voters will be asked to tax themselves to […]

Ohio: Champaign County Libraries Continue Multiple Disputes

From the Springfield News-Sun: The three public library systems in Champaign County continue to dispute the distribution of state money and library district boundaries. The Champaign County, St. Paris and Mechanicsburg libraries met Wednesday with the Champaign County Budget Commission to discuss the current plan for dividing state dollars and possible changes. The current distribution […]

Michigan Court of Appeals to Consider Legal Challenge to Lansing Library Weapons Ban

From Michigan Radio: The Capital Area District Library has a very simple policy: “All weapons are banned from Library premises by the fullest extent permitted by law” [Clip] Dean Greenblatt is the attorney for Michigan Open Carry. He says the library authority does not have the legal right under state law to ban weapons. Greenblatt […]

Public Libraries: Jacksonville (FL) Public Library Plans to Cut Hours and Eliminate 71 Full Time Jobs

From The Florida Times-Union/Florida.com: Faced with a requirement to cut $4.66 million from its budget, the Jacksonville Public Library board has proposed reducing library service hours by 264 hours a week. This 24 percent reduction will come along with the elimination of 71 full-time positions. That includes 41 vacancies and 30 filled jobs, including librarians […]

Nancy Tessman, Former Executive Director of Salt Lake City Public Library, Named New Director at Ft. Vancouver Public

Vancouver, Washington borders Portland, OR. From The Oregonian: The Fort Vancouver Regional Library District’s board of trustees has unanimously approved hiring Nancy Tessman, former executive director of Salt Lake City’s public library system, as the district’s new executive director. During a special meeting on June 25, the board approved a one-year contract, typical of small […]