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Ten years after near closures, libraries ‘booming’

“It was April 2004.

Darryl Lucke was attending his first meeting as a member of the Regina Public Library (RPL) board, and the stakes could hardly have been higher. Since November 2003 — 10 years ago this week — debate and controversy had swirled over the board’s abrupt decision to close three branches of the library, along with the Dunlop Art Gallery and Prairie History Room. “I was the new guy and it was a four-four deadlock, and I was the swing vote that decided to keep everything open,” Lucke recalled. The rest, as they say, is history.” (via Leader Post)

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Miami-Dade County will no longer close any public libraries

“Nearly six weeks after cautioning it could shutter 22 public libraries, Miami-Dade County has found a way to keep all 49 facilities open at least some of the time, offering stripped-down services. In all, 169 library workers — more than a third of the department’s 461 employees — would lose their jobs by Oct. 1, and libraries would begin to operate about three-quarters of the hours they do now, Mayor Carlos Gimenez informed county commissioners late Friday.” (via Miami Herald)

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Miami-Dade reduces number of libraries on chopping block to four

“Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who last month warned that 22 of the county’s 49 public libraries could be shut down this fall due to deep budget cuts, announced Thursday that his administration now expects to shutter only four. The dramatic reduction, while welcome news to library supporters who have campaigned to keep the facilities open, still comes with plenty of pain. Libraries across the board will likely shorten their hours and be staffed by fewer librarians.” (via MiamiHerald.com)

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Two more Miami-Dade libraries could be spared from closure

“Two more Miami-Dade public libraries could be spared the ax, according to an updated plan of proposed county budget cuts. The North Shore and Virrick Park branches, in Miami Beach and Coconut Grove, respectively, would remain open under the latest version of the plan, which administrators have been tweaking over the past few weeks to bring down the number of libraries slated for closure beginning Oct. 1.” (via MiamiHerald.com)

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Providence libraries to close for a week in Sept.

“The Providence Community Library System will close its branches for a week in September to make up for a $205,000 cut in city funding. The library system announced it will close Monday, Sept. 10, through Saturday, Sept. 15. Regular hours will resume on Monday, Sept. 17. Officials say employees agreed to forego the library’s normal 401(k) contribution, preventing further cuts in service for patrons.”

via Boston Globe

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RI library group to give layoff notices to workers

AP – “The nonprofit group that manages Providence’s neighborhood libraries plans to issue layoff notices to workers amid uncertainty about whether it can stay at seven of its nine branches. Since 2009, the Providence Community Library has paid the city $1 annually to lease each branch. But that agreement ends June 30, and workers must receive 30 days notice of potential job loss. Providence Community Library leaders say the problem is with the Providence Public Library organization. The city leases the buildings from that group before it subleases them to Providence Community Library.”

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Pint of bitter and a juicy murder story, please, librarian

Independent – “As libraries close, their books may be moved into pubs, shops, and even doctors’ surgeries.”

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UCSD Begins Closing Libraries, America Suffers

Prospect Blog – “UCSD, facing an unprecedented budget shortfall, has announced that it will close four of the six major campus libraries. Administrators justified the necessity of the closure in a mass email sent out this morning:

“Earlier this year, we communicated to the campus community that significant and continuing budget cuts could lead to the closure of four of the Libraries’ facilities.

While we have not yet received our final budget allocation, we have been informed that the Libraries will need to absorb at least a $3 million cut for 2011/2012, which leaves us no choice but to move forward with these closures and consolidations.”

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W.Va. high court to close regional law libraries

AP – “The West Virginia Supreme Court is closing its regional law libraries because few people are using them.
The court already has closed one library in Huntington and is in the process of closing another one in Wheeling. The others are in Parkersburg, Beckley, Clarksburg and Martinsburg. The main library in Charleston will remain open.
Supreme Court administrator Steve Canterbury said most law case books are now available on the Internet. Most law firms have personal law libraries and use Internet-based services to read case laws online.
“They’re a victim of technology,” Canterbury told The Intelligencer. “Originally they were established to be a great equalizer for one-lawyer shops. … They wouldn’t be outgunned if they didn’t have the materials.”

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