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Saving Schools and Libraries by Giving Up the Land They Sit On

“The Brooklyn Heights library is neither the oldest nor the most dilapidated branch of the Brooklyn Public Library system. But the 52-year-old limestone building is nonetheless ripe for demolition. It sits on land that developers crave, in a fashionable neighborhood where housing is in high demand. And so the library system, desperate for money to pay for $230 million in long-deferred repairs for its 60 branches, has embraced a novel financing model that is increasingly being used around New York City as a way to pay for government services.” (via NYTimes.com)

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Official says Massachusetts libraries seeing little in new state support

“While libraries in Massachusetts are grappling with different demands from users and new technologies such as electronic books, state funding for the libraries is at the same level it was in 1994, Board of Library Commissioners Director Robert Maier told lawmakers Thursday. “The funding is way down,” Maier told the House and Senate Ways and Means committees gathered who held a budget hearing in the library of Everett High School.”

via Holbrook Sun

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Fairfax County Libraries Prepared for Cuts if Necessary

“Fairfax County Public Libraries are ready to reduce some book availability at the Tysons-Pimmit Regional Library, along with other branches, if cuts in the county’s proposed FY 2014 budget are approved in April, officials say. In his advertised $7 billion budget package presented to the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, County Executive Ed Long proposed removing $374,000 from the library’s collections budget, which it uses to buy books and stock the shelves”

via Tysons Corner, VA Patch

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Wake County libraries hope to turn the page on recession

“Since 2009, the Wake County Public Library system has put the construction of new facilities on hold, trimmed operating hours and slashed its book-buying budget. While the county was able to avoid closing any of its 20 branches during the economic downturn, three years of austerity have taken a toll: the number of books in the libraries’ collection is down more than a quarter of a million volumes from 2009.”

via News Observer

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LA Law Library To Introduce Self-Service Research Model at County Courthouses

“In support of the pending reorganization and realignment of the Los Angeles County Superior Court, LA Law Library will be shifting its focus at some branch locations from a brick and mortar presence to one based on self-service, and expanding hours at other existing locations.  As a result of the reorganization of the courts, the spaces currently occupied by the Norwalk, Pomona and Santa Monica branches of the LA Law Library are needed to fulfill other functions.”

via Press Release

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San Jose to open first of four new libraries mothballed by budget cuts

“In recent years, four newly built but mothballed branch libraries stood as stark evidence of San Jose’s budget mess, built with bond proceeds voters approved more than a decade ago by a city that could no longer afford to staff them. On Saturday, the first of those four new branch libraries, Seven Trees, is set to finally celebrate its grand opening.

“People have been waiting a long time for it to open,” said Anne Cain, San Jose’s interim library director. “It will make a huge difference in this community.” The city’s original Seven Trees library opened in 1967. It was closed in 2008 and demolished to make way for the new version, which occupies the upper floor of a new Seven Trees Community Center that opened in September 2011.”

via Contra Costa Times

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Residents decry librarian cuts in Vermont

“Library supporters in the town of St. Johnsbury, Vt., are rallying around the town athenaeum staff, which was dismissed as part of a restructuring. About 200 people surrounded the athenaeum on Saturday, calling on the library’s trustees to rethink their decision last month to reduce the staff from 14 full- and part-time employees to five-full time employees. The librarians were dismissed and told they could reapply.”

via AP

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After $1M Cut to Gwinnett Libraries, Commissioners Urge New Model

“After another million-dollar budget cut to the Gwinnett County library system, county leaders think it’s time for that organization to change its approach. “I would encourage the library to look at a new business model,” Gwinnett District 2 Commissioner Lynette Howard said Thursday (Jan. 3) as the county’s elected leaders passed the 2013 budget. Amid a still-tight revenue situation, commissioners cut $1 million in materials from the library’s budget, the latest of several large reductions to that system.”

via Gwinnett, GA Patch

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Library-goers say expanding hours would increase use

“The public clamor for expanded hours at the San Francisco Public Library may be louder than library staff and stakeholders presume, according to a new survey. Sixty-four percent of the nearly 2,500 people surveyed by the library said they would use their branch more if it was open longer. Only 45 percent of library staff and 44 percent of groups associated with the library felt a significantly higher number of patrons would use it, though about a quarter of both groups admitted they didn’t know what effect more hours would have.”

via City Insider

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Charge Amazon, Starbucks and Google unpaid tax to fund libraries, says Winterson

“A fiery Jeanette Winterson has called for the hundreds of millions of pounds of profit which Amazon, Starbucks and Google were last week accused of diverting from the UK to be used to save Britain’s beleaguered public libraries. In an impassioned speech at the British Library this evening, the award-winning author of Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit said: “Libraries cost about a billion a year to run right now. Make it two billion and charge Google, Amazon and Starbucks all that back tax on their profits here. Or if they want to go on paying fancy lawyers to legally avoid their moral duties, then perhaps those companies could do an Andrew Carnegie and build us new kinds of libraries for a new kind of future in a fairer and better world?”

via The Guardian

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