“Northwest Arkansas’ public libraries largely survived last year’s $1 million cut in state money with minimal hardship, but library directors said others across the state have been more deeply harmed.The decrease can’t continue another year without bigger consequences, they added.Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s proposed $5.3 billion state budget for the coming fiscal year holds library aid at $4.6 million. The money was cut to that level during the 2015 General Assembly, down from about $5.7 million during the 2014-15 fiscal year.” (via NWADG)
“App designer Jay Collins loves his free office space. The building features fireplaces, hardwood floors, oversize windows and oak bookcases. The Wi-Fi is excellent. The research facilities, superb. The location? Staten Island’s Port Richmond Library. “I usually find myself in the teen room, because no one’s ever in there,” says Mr. Collins. The 32-year-old, who schleps his laptop and iPad to the library four days a week, says he has tried other options, “but once I found the library, I didn’t have to stay home being lazy, or at Starbucks getting fat.” (via Metro Money: Growing Number of New Yorkers Are Using the Library for Office Space – WSJ.
“Forget what you know about the library of the 20th century. You know, those dark places with clunky microform machines fossilizing in the basement and with rows of encyclopedias standing, perfectly alphabetized, in denial of their obsolescence. Forget all of that: The library as a warehouse of information is an outdated concept. The library of the 21st century is a community workshop, a hub filled with the tools of the knowledge economy. “If we can’t shine in this environment, in this economy, shame on us,” says Corinne Hill, the director of library system in Chattanooga, Tenn.—a system that has thoroughly migrated into the current era.” (via National Journal)
“The School of Information Studies’ (iSchool) community blog, Information Space, surpassed one million page views in 2013, and reached its highest page views in a single day at 6,218 views recently. “I’m very proud of the work that our team has done to get to this point. This is really a team effort and everyone involved should be proud of his or her contributions,” said Kelly Lux, director of social media and adjunct professor at the iSchool.” (via The School of Information Studies – Syracuse University)