March 24, 2018

Public Library News Roundup


Decatur Public Library to Cut Hours, Cites Declining TVA Funds and Commission Funding Cuts (via The Decatur Daily)


Anchorage Public Library to Reduce Loussac Library Hours in 2018, Reductions to Materials Spending and Technology Also Planned  (Alaska Native News)


Fayetteville Public Library-Redo Plan is Shared (via ArkanasaOnline)

British Columbia

Okanagan Regional Library Strengthens Security Following ‘Sharp Increase’ in Incidents (via CBC)


Alameda County Library Still Doesn’t Know How How Many Patrons Were Hacked (via East Bay Times)

Escondido Sued Over Plan to Privatize Public Library, First to Be Outsourced in County (via Times of San Diego)

LA County Library System in a Growing Financial Hole (via KPCC)

Los Angeles Government Officials Vows to Rid Libraries of Sex and Drugs (via
Note: I-Team report referenced in the article above is available here.

SF Public Library Hires Bill Collector to Track Down Patrons with Large Overdue Fines (via SF Examiner)

Santa Barbara County Libraries Will Get Additional Funds to Maintain Hours, Services (via Santa Ynez Valley News)


CT’s Public Libraries: A Statistical Profile, 2016-2017 (.xlsx Document, Preliminary Version)

District of Columbia

Inside West End’s New Library (via Curbed)


Evanston: Dispute Over 8.6 Percent Hike To Library Tax Levy Delays Budget (via Evanston Patch)


Walker Memorial Library in Westbrook “Wants to Add Cameras to Discourage ‘Sexually Deviant Behavior'” (via Journal & Morning Sentinel)


A Visit to the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at the Minneapolis Central Library (via Minnesota Public Radio)


Lewis & Clark Library Takes Pride in Rural Service (via KRTV/KXLH)


Toledo Lucas County Public Library Trustees Approve Raises (via The Blade)


Douglas County: One Year After Voters Rejected Countywide District, Here’s How Libraries are Coping (via News-Review)

New Jersey


Libraries Ready to Put New State Grants to Work (via

Where Did The Library-Bond Issue Garner The Least Support? (via NJ Spotlight)


New York

Weeding Project: Yonkers Library Clears Reference Shelves Because of Online Searching (via

Nova Scotia

Libraries Walk a Financial ‘Tightrope,’ Hope For Lifeline From Province (via CBC)


Cincinnati Library Could Pay $40,000 For Strategy Firm Leading Public Meetings (via Cincinnati Enquirer)


Library Card Registration Up 20 Percent at Kitchener Public Library (via CBC)

Ottawa: City Risks Closing Book On 2017 With A Stalled Library Project (via Ottawa Citizen)

Ottawa Public Library Cancels Anti-Islam Film Screening (via CBC)

Ottawa Public Library to Lower Late Fees (via CBC)

Toronto Public Library Bars Hate Groups From Renting Space (via The Star)

Toronto Public Library Looks at Barring Hate Groups From Renting Space (via The Star)


Four Philly Libraries Unveil their Stunning Makeovers (via Curbed Philadelphia)

Heroin’s Latest Victim: York County Libraries Set to Lose $300,000 (via York Daily Record)  & York County Commissioners ReducePublic Library Funding to (via York Dispatch)


Saskatoon Public Library to Cut Compensation While Adding Employees in 2018 (via The StarPhoenix)

Saskatoon: $10K University Training Program and $1,300 Bonus OK’d for Saskatoon Library CEO (via CBC)

South Carolina

Myrtle Beach:  Future Of Superblock Library in Doubt as Search for Architect Suspended ( via Myrtle Beach Online/The Sun News)


Austin’s New Library is an Example of the Library of the Future (via UT News)
Note: Op/Ed by Lorraine Haricombe, Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at U. of Texas at Austin


Audio: The Changing Role Of Libraries In Virginia (VA Public Radio)


First Inmate Released to Spokane with Library Card in Hand (Spokane Public Library and Washington State Library Partnership) (via KXLY)

Lisa G. Rosenblum Selected as New King County Library System Director

Sno-Isle Libraries Will Ask Voters to Maintain Funding With a Ballot Measure in April, 2018 |||| Sno-Isle Libraries Will Have to Make Cuts Or Go to Voters (via Everett Herald)


On the Road: Bridges Library System Will Use Roadside Billboards During Upcoming Libraries Transform Campaign (via Daily Jefferson County Union)


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