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Pound Ridge Library director accused of inflating stats

“In this tranquil corner of Westchester County, a noisy controversy is coming from, of all places, the public library.Director Marilyn Tinter, who has worked for 40 years at the library in the town of 5,000-plus residents, has been suspended with pay for what is a $97,237-per-year position.The Library Board of Trustees made several allegations — the subject of an ongoing hearing — including that Tinter allegedly inflated circulation statistics by having an employee or employees check books out of and back into the library.” (via LoHud)

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The Delicate Task Of Restoring One Of The World’s Oldest Libraries

“The copper craft makers in Seffarin Square in the historic district of Fez, Morocco, bang out designs on platters and shape copper pots to a rhythm. Called the medina, neighborhood streets lined with domes and archways take you back through the history of the dynasties and occupiers that ruled Morocco from the 9th century on. At the center of the square is the Qarawiyyin Library, founded more than a millennium ago.” (via KUOW)

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The baffling mystery and curious case of the abandoned or lost library

“What happened to the Fairview Branch Library? When will it open? Libraries have been susceptible to destruction by invading armies and barbarian hordes throughout history. Sometimes these venerable centers of learning and accumulated knowledge just disappear – pouf! (via SMDP)

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In Hartford Seminary Library, Immigrant Finds Haven To Overcome Challenges

“Shortly before 9 a.m., Claudia Mazzucco slips out of her Putnam Street apartment and begins her daily 40-minute walk.She routinely carries a bag filled with a few books and DVDs to the Hartford Seminary library, where she goes every Monday through Friday, and sometimes Saturday, from 9:30 a.m. to as late as 8 p.m., before she walks home to watch “All in the Family.”Mazzucco, a 49-year-old Argentine native, is an aspiring writer and editor but doesn’t have internet access at home, doesn’t own a cellphone, and doesn’t drive. Her lifeline to her life’s work is at the seminary, which has become her second home and a place where she’s both edited a book — just published this year — and met some of her first local friends.” (via Hartford Courant)

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Get thee to a library: It’s more important than ever

“In the wake of the provincial government’s decision to close almost half the public libraries in Newfoundland, politicians have offered up a number of justifications. The most prevalent – and specious – argument is that technology has rendered libraries obsolete, and that libraries are now relics of the predigital age. This couldn’t be further from the truth.” (via Globe & Mail)

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Truro public library shuts down after 48 years, prepares to move

“Thousands of books have come and gone through the doors of the Regional Centennial Memorial Library building in Truro, N.S. since it opened in 1968. Today the last books will be lent out from the building on Prince Street before it is shut down for good and eventually demolished.Janet Pelley has spent much of her life at the library. She’s worked in the building for 39 and a half years. She’s now the library director. “The building that we’re closing today was only eight years old when I joined. I’m very fond of it, and its been my home away from home for three decades and more,” said Pelley.” (via CBC News)

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Libraries aren’t “dead in the water” – but some have given up

“Having spent 15 years researching public libraries and trying to emphasise their contribution to education and society as a whole, you might expect that I’d be delighted at the good news that our public libraries are finally receiving the media attention and recognition they deserve. Sadly, I’m not.The recent boon in media interest is of course linked to a large-scale BBC investigation into the “real” picture of library closures, staff redundancies and budget cuts which have taken place since 2010, the year in which UK Chancellor George Osborne “unveiled the biggest UK spending cuts for decades” (via CityMetric)

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Key Ring Chronicles: Library Card.

“I work at a small liberal arts college in the Midwest, in a town of less than 8,000 people. It’s the kind of place where it’s very easy to run into friends, colleagues, students, former lovers, and that guy who walks around town wearing fishing waders. All the local businesses know your face, which can be convenient when running a tab at the one town bar but is also kind of a nightmare for someone with overdue library books. That’s me.” (via McSweeney’s)

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Libraries minister Ed Vaizey: Volunteers not replacing staff

“Volunteers are not being used as a replacement for paid staff in libraries, the minister overseeing them in England has said.Ed Vaizey said councils should invest in branches to save money, after a BBC investigation revealed almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have gone.He said the way people used libraries had changed but was not “doom and gloom”.Author Philip Pullman said libraries should not rely on volunteers.” (via BBC News)

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Libraries: The decline of a profession?

“Librarians are custodians to a world of information and ideas, performing an important democratic role, their supporters argue. But with 8.000 jobs in UK libraries disappearing in six years, is that status under threat?It was an inauspicious time to join the profession. Lauren Smith completed an MA in librarianship at the University of Sheffield in 2010, the same year Chancellor George Osborne unveiled the biggest UK spending cuts for decades.Since then, libraries have seen an influx of volunteer staff – from Doncaster to Dorset, from Gateshead to Gloucestershire – and a quarter of paid jobs have disappeared.” (via BBC News)

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