Public Library News Roundup
The New $10.2 Million, 25,000-Square-Foot Madison Public Library Prepares to Open (via AL.com) ||| Direct to Library Website
Escondido, “Library Saga Continues With Eliminating Director of Library (via The Coast News Group)
Governor Brown’s Budget Proposal Provides $9.5 Million for Public Libraries (via California State Library)
- New Chart and Report Creators – create suites of charts in seconds
- Statewide Statistical Trends in Public Libraries – see changes in important statistics since 2001
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Athens Regional Library Awarded Georgia’s Public Library of the Year for 2017 (via RedandBlack.com)
Idaho’s State Librarian Reports Increased Use of Public Libraries, Program Attendance Up 30% Since 2012 (via Spokesman-Review)
Suburban Chicago Public Libraries Working to be More Accommodating to the Homeless (via Chicago Tribune/Aurora Beacon-News)On a Related Note…Australia: How Canberra Libraries are Helping the City’s Homeless
Allen County Public Library to Maintain Resources For Nonprofits At Main Library In Downtown Fort Wayne (via News-Sentinel)
Fort Wayne: Loss of Funding Forces Allen County Public Library’s Non-Profit Resource Center to Close (via The Journal Gazette)
Governor’s Proposed Cuts Could Close Some Rural Kentucky Libraries (via WKMS)
Anne Arundel County Public Library Plans to Open Branch Inside an Annapolis Mall
Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Public Library Announces Extended Operating Hours
Starting January 8, all neighborhood branches will move to a universal schedule opening at 10am six days a week, rather than the staggered schedule currently in place.
The Southeast Anchor and Pennsylvania Avenue libraries will serve as community anchors on the East and West sides of the city, with added evening hours. The Central Library, open 7 days a week, will also increase evening hours.
he Pratt Bookmobile, Book Buggy and Mobile Job Center will spend more time on the roads serving the community.
The state has committed $3 million each year for five years to increase library operating hours. The city has pledged $750,000 annually over that time period to help the library hire additional staff.
East Brunswick Public Library Cuts Operating Hours, Service Cuts Also Possible (via MyCentralJersey.com)
Nutley Public Library About to Begin Lending Turntables, Vinyl Record Collection is Also Expanding (via TAPinto)
“Dartmouth ‘Blazing a Trail’ with New Outdoor Library (via CBC)
“First outdoor library space in Canada”
A Culture Change at the Midland Public Library Has Led to ‘Mind-Blowing’ Success (via Simcoe.com)
Tiny Toronto Library is Getting a Big Upgrade, Facility Will Triple in Size as Part of New Mixed Use Building (via BlogTo)
Commissioners Vote To Provide Building For Library Services to City Of Roseburg (via KCBY)
Texas Library Evaluates Policy After Criticism of LGBT-Themed Display (via National Coalition Against Censorship)
Note: Post includes letter signed by Jamie LaRue, Executive Director, ALA’s Office of Intellectual Freedom ||| Background: Residents Divided Over LGBT Display at Temple Public Library (via Temple Daily Telegram; October 17, 2017)
Oculus Donates 50 Headsets to State Washington State Library
Seattle Public Library Retiring SPL Mobile App in Favor of Newer Responsive Website (via GeekWire) ||| Official SPL Announcement
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About Gary Price
Gary Price (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. He earned his MLIS degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Price has won several awards including the SLA Innovations in Technology Award and Alumnus of the Year from the Wayne St. University Library and Information Science Program. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com.