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Portland council gives library staffers power to expel unruly patrons

“The City Council voted Monday night to give Portland Public Library staff members the power to issue no trespassing orders to problem patrons, despite concerns that those powers would target the poor and minorities. Currently, library staff must call police when a patron is causing a disturbance. Library Director Stephen Podgajny said giving constable powers to private security guards hired by the library would be a more efficient way to ensure it is a welcoming and safe place for everyone.” (via The Portland Press Herald)

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F.C.C. Chief Aims to Bolster Internet for Schools

“With a goal of fiber-optic lines reaching to every school and a Wi-Fi connection in every classroom, Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, is expected on Monday to propose a 62 percent increase in the amount of money the agency spends annually to wire schools and libraries with high-speed Internet connection” (via NYTimes.com)

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RLUK and OCLC partner for shared collection management and visibility goals

“OCLC and Research Libraries UK (RLUK), a consortium of the largest research organisations in the UK and Ireland, today announced an expanded partnership that will help RLUK achieve key strategic objectives for shared collection management and resource discovery. Building on existing OCLC cataloguing arrangements, the new agreement offers RLUK members the opportunity to load their bibliographic metadata into WorldCat, the most comprehensive global network of data about library holdings and services. This data will then be used to facilitate better understanding and visibility of these resources for both RLUK as a group, and for individual members of the consortium.” (via OCLC)

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5 reasons the corporate workplace needs librarians

“Huge numbers of library and information professionals work in the corporate sector. Instead of supplying information services to students, children or the general public, we use our skills to help office workers, lawyers, bankers, civil servants and charity workers to find the information they need to do their jobs. Technology and changing attitudes towards information have affected us in the same ways as they have in other sectors, but we have had the additional burden of always being seen as an adjunct to the main business, an overhead rather than a source of income.” (via CILIP)

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Two St. Paul libraries reopen with bigger, brighter look

“After nearly a year of renovation work, St. Paul is reopening two of its anchor libraries with expanded areas for kids, more community meeting space and a lot more windows. On Sunday, the newly dubbed Highland Park Community Center will open its renovated library and recreational facilities to the public with a program featuring speeches, music, presentations by the architects and refreshments. A similar ceremony kicked off the reopening last weekend of the Sun Ray branch library on the city’s East Side. The cost of the two projects was $13.5 million, with $7 million coming from the city.” (via Star Tribune)

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A new read on Salt Lake City library: It’s now a great place to work

“Three years after its embattled director resigned amid an employee uprising, the Salt Lake City Public Library now ranks as one of the best places to work along the Wasatch Front. So, too, does the Salt Lake County Library System, according to a survey by Philadelphia-based WorkplaceDynamics. When former Salt Lake City Library Director Beth Elder stepped down in October 2011, staffers were both rebellious and demoralized. But this past summer’s employee survey lists the city library system 15th among midsize companies of any stripe — whether public, private, nonprofit or governmental.” (via The Salt Lake Tribune)

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Allen: African American Museum and Library materials now available online

“Starting this month many of the treasures from the collection of Oakland’s African American Museum and Library will be available online. Utilizing funds from a California State Library grant, the library staff has digitized more than 8,000 pages of manuscripts and 200-plus photographs related to civil rights, women’s history, Negro baseball leagues and the Brotherhood of Sleeping Car Porters.” (via San Jose Mercury News)

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Highland Park library adds ukuleles

“Passers-by may begin to hear the gentle plinking of ukulele strings from the Highland Park Public Library. Beginning this month, library cardholders can check out the petite string instruments that commonly evoke Hawaiian beach bonfires and crashing waves. Patrons 8 and older can borrow the instrument and accompanying training materials for a couple of weeks, no lei or experience necessary.” (via Chicago Tribune)

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NC library donates Nazi photos to Holocaust Museum

“A collection of photographs of Nazi Germany during World War II now belongs to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., after spending decades in North Carolina. The Perquimans County Library donated three volumes that depict Germany in 1939-41, The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported. The volumes have a German title that translates as “Greater Germany in the Affairs of the World.” Most of the photo albums were prepared as gifts for Nazi party leaders and contained photographs of German cities, official construction projects, art works, and Nazi activities, according to research by the Library of Congress.” (via AP)

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Public libraries a dying service?

“It’s about books, not bookkeeping – or at least it used to be. “That’s not part of what you learned about when you went to school to be a librarian years ago,” said Sue Erdman, Executive Director at the Joseph T. Simpson Library in Mechanicsburg. In many ways, Erdman has become a full-time fund raiser, the library itself is responsible for 26 percent of their own budget.

“It was just like, well you wont get your second payment this year, and that was it,” said Joy Hamsher, director of the New Cumberland Public Library.” (via WHTM Harrisburg, Pa.)

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