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NYC libraries plagued by leaky roofs, poor electrical systems, report says

“A report set to be released by the three city library systems Monday highlights some of the worst conditions at branches across the boroughs and expresses hope the city will provide some relief.The 15-page report, “Time to Renew,” says despite a $300 million capital infusion from the recent budget, several branches in the New York, Brooklyn and Queens public library systems are still suffering severe infrastructure problems.” (via am New York)

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A Better Way to Get Kids in Libraries: Stop Fining Them

“Over a million kids in New York City have public library cards. But about a fifth of them have blocked accounts due to fines.It’s not so hard to get blocked. Your card gets suspended if you hit $15 in fines. At the New York Public Library, children under 18 years old are fined 10 cents a day per book (that’s a 25 cent fine for adults). And all media, like DVDs and tapes, will cost you $3 for every late day. For many kids, they’re too intimidated to either talk to their parents or librarians about it, so they just stop going.” (via WNYC)

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[Harvard] Libraries to Extend Loan Periods, Eliminate Standard Late Fees

“Harvard libraries will no longer charge 50 cent per day fees on overdue books. The change, one of several detailed in a post on the Harvard Library system’s website, went into effect on April 1. Though standard fees have been eliminated, fees for overdue recalled material have been raised from two dollars a day to three dollars a day, with a 45 dollar maximum. “The goals of these changes are to improve the student experience and embrace a ‘One Harvard’ approach for borrowing material across Harvard Library,” wrote Steven Beardsley, Harvard’s associate director for access services administrative operations and special projects, in an email. (via The Crimson)

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In long Camden County library contract dispute, hint of a breakthrough

“Amber Pallante recalls when a woman came into the South County Regional Branch of the Camden County Library System dressed up in finery, as if for a wedding. She was seeking internet access so she could watch a family wedding abroad through Skype, as she was unable to attend.Pallante, the principal librarians’ assistant at the branch in Atco, called it one of her most gratifying days at work.At the Nilsa I. Cruz-Perez Downtown Branch in Camden, manager Julie Tozer tells of recently helping a patron who had health issues and complicated medical bills that prevented timely submission of a tax-filing extension.” (via Philly.com)

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Here’s how libraries in Fairmont City and Ferguson are redefining what it means to be a library

“The concept of a library is over 5,000 years old, but that doesn’t mean these community institutions are stuck in the Stone Age. On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, we heard from librarians from two different communities in the region, in Ferguson, Mo., and Fairmont City, Ill., and how they are innovating exactly what the concept of a library is.” (via St. Louis Public Radio)

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