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Chairman quits after Arizona genealogy library’s changes

“There goes the researcher vote … The changes at the state Library, Archives and Public Records division are not going down well with the research community. After Secretary of State Michele Reagan, who oversees the division, announced “digital is our world,” a member of the state Library Advisory Board resigned. Then came four layoffs and the abrupt downsizing and move of the state genealogy collection. For Catherine May, who was the board’s first chairman, it was too much. “I just don’t want my name tied to Secretary Reagan,” May said. “I don’t trust what they’ve done.” (via Arizona Republic)

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Researchers lament Arizona genealogy library’s sudden downsizing, relocation

“Researchers see history disappearing before their eyes, as the state’s genealogical library is being packed up and only partially relocated to a new building. News of the pending Friday closure of the genealogy library inside the state Capitol has fueled a wave of complaints and concerns from researchers who fear they will have less to work with as they trace family history. On Monday, a small portion of the 20,000-item collection will open to the public at the Genealogy Center at the Polly Rosenbaum Archives and History Building, located a few blocks southwest of the Capitol.” (via Arizona Republic)

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Coming soon to your local library: guns?

“Will the fourth time be a charm? The Arizona Legislature appears headed once again to passing a bill that would allow Arizonans to carry concealed weapons into public buildings. Undaunted by Gov. Jan Brewer’s three – count ’em, three – vetoes, our leaders are trying once again to to pass a law that would allow most any Tom, Dick or Dirty Harry to come packing when they hit the local library – and I don’t mean books.” (via azcentral)

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Packing heat in your library bookbag

“This weekend, I plan to work up my nerve, push away my fear, toss caution to the wind and walk into one of those sinister spots where danger awaits around every corner, where catastrophe could strike at any moment. Yep, I’m going to the library. Every day all over Arizona, people take their lives into their own hands as they dare to take their books back to the library. That’s because in Arizona, you can’t take your AR-15, your AK-47 or your Sig Sauer P290 into the public library. Not so much as a Saturday night special can you sneak into the stacks.” (via azcentral.com)

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Arizona Librarians Warn That Libraries Would Be Hit Hard by Proposed Legislation

“Members of the state library association, county governments, and library districts around the state are warning about proposed legislation they say could gut library funding statewide. House Bill 2379, proposed by Republican Representative Justin Olson, would put a cap on the taxing capabilities of “special districts” around the state, which includes county library districts. Whereas counties have property-tax levy limits, the special districts don’t have similar caps, under state law. HB 2379 would make the special districts follow the same guidelines.” (via Phoenix New Times)

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