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SF public school libraries don’t go by the book

“If you asked San Francisco teacher-librarian Lisa Bishop, she could write a book on the importance of public schools staffing full-time librarians. Though considered by many to be a staple in a child’s education, full-time librarians are being hired by fewer and fewer public schools in California each year for at least the past decade. In fact, California has the worst ratio of teacher-librarians to students in the U.S., including Puerto Rico, said Rachelle Resnick, the San Francisco Unified School District’s program administrator for library services.” (via San Francisco Examiner)

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Brown’s state librarian appointment isn’t by the book

“Librarians aren’t known for being loud, but Gov. Jerry Brown may hear some raised voices from that scholarly crowd over his decision Tuesday to appoint a politically connected journalist as the state librarian. Greg Lucas, 55, is a former political reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle. Since 2011, he has been a senior editor for the Sacramento website Capitol Weekly, which covers California politics, and he writes and edits California’s Capitol, a website he created that also delves into politics.” (via latimes.com)

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Agreement between California Digital Library and EBSCO Information Services Adds More Than 30,000 Publications to EBSCO Discovery Service

“The eScholarship collection from California Digital Library is now searchable via EBSCO Discovery Service™ (EDS) from EBSCO Information Services. EBSCO Discovery Service users may search the full text of more than 30,000 publications from eScholarship’s robust collection. EBSCO continues to add a variety of sources to EDS providing users with the most comprehensive collection of content. The eScholarship collection contains a variety of publications that will benefit EDS users looking for original scholarly works. eScholarship was first launched in 2002 as a means to disseminate scholarship created or sponsored by University of California faculty or divisions. The collection offers a robust alternative to traditional scholarly publishing channels and supports the digital publication and dissemination of UC research at all stages of the scholarly lifecycle including: journals, books, articles & working papers, conference proceedings, seminar/paper series and previously published articles or “postprints” (via EBSCO)

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GOVERNOR BROWN RELEASES 2014-15 BUDGET PROPOSAL – $3.3 Million for CLA’s major library broadband proposal is included

“This morning Governor Jerry Brown released his much anticipated January 2014-15 Budget proposal at a press conference at the State Capitol. The Governor was previously scheduled to release the Budget tomorrow, January 10th, but the Budget document was inadvertently leaked to a member of the press around 5 p.m. last night and that development prompted the Governor to accelerate the release of his 2014-15 spending plan. The Governor called the Budget “very good news” and said it represents “fiscal responsibility.” But he also noted that “wisdom and prudence is the order of the day,” referencing the need to exercise fiscal discipline as the state continues to pay down its long-standing financial debt and liabilities.” (via California Library Association)

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Announcing “EveryLibrary California”

“EveryLibrary works to support local library communities as they campaign for new or renewed funding at the ballot box.  But California libraries have an extra hurdle to clear when talking to voters.  It takes 66.7% of the voters to vote YES for them to win.  As a library going out for a renewal of your Parcel Tax – basic funding – you can loose in California with 50% + 1, with 60%, or even 66.6% of the vote!  The California Library Association has been working hard to fix that.  We’ve talked about SCA-7, the proposed state Constitutional Amendment that would lower the threshold from 66% down to 55% for passage.  CLA is lobbying in Sacramento to get SCA-7 passed and out to the voters as a Proposition.  When it does, we will be there to help in a new and effective way.” (via EveryLibrary)

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