March 23, 2018

Georgia: Many Public Libraries Won’t Carry “50 Shades Of Grey”

From Georgia Public Broadcasting: Of the 51 public libraries that participate in Georgia’s online library service, only 6 have decided to make the books available. Janet Florence, the public information officer for the DeKalb County library system says they are not carrying the books. The Dekalb County Library selection committee determined that the trilogy was […]

Kansas: “Plan for Wichita’s New Central Library Gets Scaled Back”

From The Wichita Eagle: Wichita’s library board has a new, leaner plan for the proposed central library on the southwest corner of Second and McLean: Start smaller, serve targeted needs and grow the facility as needed. Today, that board will ask the Wichita City Council to pursue a scaled-down new library building to replace the […]

Indianapolis Public Library Hours Restored As State Approves $150,000 For Operating Budget

From WRTV: The Indianapolis Public Library will restore longer operating hours beginning this week.For the last 18 months, the library board and the City-County Council have been working to find a better funding method and had considered reducing library operating hours due to budgets cuts, but the possible changes sparked protests from community groups.In March, […]

Messages to the Library Director: “Public Weighs In On Florida County’s Decision To Ban “Fifty Shades of Grey” From Its Libraries”

From The Smoking Gun: A Florida county’s decision to ban the “Fifty Shades of Grey” trilogy from its public libraries has prompted a variety of handwritten notes, phone messages, and e-mails from individuals either ridiculing the move or offering earnest support. In response to an open records request, Brevard County officials released correspondence sent and […]

Salman Rushdie Joins Writers Protesting New York Library Revamp

From The Guardian: Major literary names including Salman Rushdie, Art Spiegelman and Mario Vargas Llosa are protesting the planned $300m restructuring of the iconic Fifth Avenue branch of the New York Public Library, saying it is “a misplaced use of funds in a time of great scarcity”. A letter signed by more than 700 writers, […]

California: Escondido Public Library Adds Information Producers: YOU

From the San Diego Union-Tribune: The Escondido Public Library is adding to its collection in a very modern way. A new program called LibraryYOU — the first of its kind anywhere — lets community members share expertise and local knowledge through videos and podcasts. The digital documents are cataloged like any other material in the […]

UK: Just Released: “A New Chapter – Public Library Services in the 21st Century”

A new report released by the Carnegie UK Trust. From the News Release The Trust argues that public libraries can’t stand still in a changing world. Library services and buildings need to respond to the challenges and opportunities of reduced public spending, the digital age, and changes in lifestyles. Primary Materials Full Text Report (72 […]

Florida: Brevard County Libraries Remove Erotic Best-Seller ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’

UPDATE (May 10, 2012): ’50 Shades of Grey’ won’t be coming to some libraries (via CSM) UPDATE (May 10, 2012) How Libraries in Wisconsin, Georgia and Florida are Dealing With 50 Shades of Grey; Comments from Random House, the Book’s Publisher (via AP) UPDATE (May 10, 2012): ALA’s Office Of Intellectual Freedom Issues Statement on […]

National Federation of the Blind Assists in Litigation Against Free Library of Philadelphia

From an NFB News Release: With the assistance of the National Federation of the Blind, four blind patrons of the Free Library of Philadelphia—Denice Brown, Karen Comorato, Patricia Grebloski, and Antoinette Whaley—have filed suit [complaint and exhibits embedded below) against the library because they cannot access one of the library’s programs for which they are […]

Buffalo & Erie County Public Library Debuts RFID Self-Checkout System

From RFIDNews: The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library, New York has started using a self-checkout system that makes use of RFID technology, according to a local news report. In the past, if patrons wanted to check out a book or CD, they had to wait for a librarian to do it for them. With […]