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Couple gives $1.6 million to MU libraries, scholarships

“A $1.5 million estate gift will add to the University of Missouri libraries endowment for rare books and special collections. Columbia residents Jan and William Trogdon also pledged to give the university $100,000 for scholarships in the MU School of Health Professions. MU held a news conference at Ellis Library on Friday to discuss the Trogdons’ donation. “Books are important artifacts in our culture,” William Trogdon, an author and MU alumnus, said in a written statement. “My love for books — their look, feel and even their smell — is something inherent within me. This passion that exists for Jan and me, as well as our love for Ellis Library, has made this a very easy decision.” (via Columbia Daily Tribune)

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Missouri libraries facing funding crisis

“With less funding and increased costs, Missouri libraries face a major challenge. Libraries across the state are already experiencing funding cuts, which could potentially worsen with Gov. Jay Nixon’s proposed budget for 2016 that includes nearly $6 million less in funds, or an estimated 80 percent reduction, for libraries statewide. The governor’s decision to withhold state aid for libraries is currently creating a revenue shortfall for Mid-Continent Public Library of about $400,000, said Mid-Continent President and CEO Steve Potter. With Nixon’s proposed budget for next year, the shortfall could be as much as another $200,000.” (via Examiner)

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Rift opens over destruction of moldy books

“The destruction of almost 190,000 books, journals and documents has created a rift between a University of Missouri faculty committee and the school’s director of libraries. Committee members contend Jim Cogswell, director of libraries, did not inform them of the destruction of about 188,000 books, despite assurances they would be updated as efforts to save the books and documents continue. Cogswell admits communication should have been better but maintains he acted correctly.” (via Columbia Daily Tribune)

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Missouri libraries struggle to stay open

“Could public libraries be a thing of the past in Missouri?    Lawmakers are battling whether or not to with hold more than $6 million from the public library budget, and local libraries are already seeing an impact. Canton Library officials say roughly 60 people come into the library every day, mostly for the free internet access.  Because of state cuts, internet costs rose almost 600 percent for the Canton library, which is forcing the library to consider all its options.” (via WGEM)

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Woman leaves $8M gift to Missouri library

“A former library director has left an $8 million gift to Livingston County Library in Chillicothe, which as an annual budget of about $500,000. The memorial gift from Lillian DesMarias will be used to establish the Livingston County Library Charitable Trust. Funds from the trust will support library services and programs the county cannot afford to fund, The Chillicothe Constitution-Tribune reported.” (via KMBC)

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Librarians protest cuts to Missouri State Library staff

“The Missouri Library Association has sent a letter to Secretary of State Jason Kander, who last week announced he would cut 13 positions from the Missouri State Library. The letter says the cuts represent a 55 percent and 43 percent decrease of the workforce within the library’s reference and library development divisions. The cuts will take effect July 1.” (via Stltoday.com)

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Judge: Library can’t block website content

“A federal judge has ordered a small library in southern Missouri to stop blocking access to websites related to Wicca and other minority religions, calling it a violation of patrons’ First Amendment rights. U.S. District Judge E. Richard Webber issued the ruling Tuesday in St. Louis in a case involving the Salem Public Library. “Even libraries that are required by federal law to install filtering software to block certain sexually explicit content should never use software to prevent patrons from learning about different cultures,” Tony Rothert, an attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Eastern Missouri, said in a statement Wednesday.” (via AP)

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Campus library to reopen after suspected arson

AP – “A University of Missouri library in Columbia is reopening after a weekend fire caused smoke and water damage. The small fire broke out at 3:30 a.m. Saturday in Ellis Library’s first floor and was contained by the building’s sprinkler system before firefighters arrived. The library was set to reopen Tuesday morning.”

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