Jeremy Johannesen and his son Jack plan to visit 50 New York libraries in 10 days. It’s not exactly the top vacation trip for most families, but it is the perfect adventure for Johannesen, a Bethlehem resident who is executive director of the New York State Library Association based in Guilderland. First, it gives him the chance to visit some of the state’s 756 public libraries. Second, he gets to spend time with his 11-year-old son. And third, he wanted to put his 1978 Volkswagen camper on the road after 10 years in storage.” (via Times Union)
“New York state library advocates from Niagara Falls to Montauk Point are not happy with Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s 4.7 percent cut to library aid for the 2014-15 fiscal year. This proposal is particularly troublesome, highlighted by the fact that he is also proposing significant new tax cuts for wealthy New Yorkers and at the same time, boasting about New York state operating at a surplus.No explanation was provided by the governor’s office for this undeserved reduction in library aid.” (via Democrat and Chronicle)
“A Southeast Steuben County Library trustee recently stepped down from the position after criticizing the library for promoting objectionable material in a letter posted on the official website of the Town of Caton, where she serves as assessor. In the letter, Ann Balch said her Christian beliefs do not allow her to support:
• The viewing of pornography on library computers.
• The promotion of homosexuality, especially in the children’s department.
• The promotion of witchcraft in the young adult’s section.
• The promotion of the Muslim religion without also promoting Christianity as an alternative.
via The Corning Leader)
“Back in the 1990s, the Supreme Court said that while prisoners have the right to pursue a legal claim, they don’t have “an abstract, freestanding right to a law library.”For years after the ruling, even though it no longer had to, New York required its county jails to maintain a supply of legal reference materials, such as various chapters of New York State Consolidated Laws and case law digests.But as times of plenty have faded, New York has decided that the law library is an unaffordable luxury. After finding that the mandate imposed a “significant cost upon each county,” New York’s prison commission is proposing to relax the regulation and allow prisons to shutter their libraries. (via WSJ)
“Rochester’s InfoPreserve Inc. has reached an agreement with the New York State Unified Court System and the Buffalo Law Library to provide a private cloud solution for a New York Codes, Rules and Regulations digital archive. The deal will make the NYCRR’s archives, which includes all of the state’s regulatory history from 1945 to 2001, available online to the public for the first time. InfoPreserve, which provides clouds solutions for document management, will scan documents, creating a free, web-based system that is fully searchable.” (via Rochester Business Journal)