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A Librarian’s Response to ‘What’s a Library?’

“The paint on my worn out ol’ library soapbox is getting rather chipped these days, but I’m about to get back up on it, my friends. Brace yourselves. (The soapbox should probably brace itself too, poor thing.) There are two recent library-related articles on HuffPo to which I’d like to draw your attention. The first article, written by my friend and fellow ULU advocate Christian Zabriske, is an example of how one should write about libraries in the modern age. It’s passionate, it’s coherent, and it’s chock full of relevant and accurate information. (via Rita Meade)

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Library adopts policy on behavior, bills counties

“The Kilbourn Public Library Board of Trustees approved a public behavior policy and billing by the South Central Library System of four counties for $22,269 for use of the library at its monthly meeting May 9. The public behavior policy is to “preserve a reasonably quiet atmosphere where library patrons may use library services and materials without disturbance.” The policy provides that if someone is disturbing others and not responding to the needs of others, that person will be asked to leave and can be restricted from using the library.” (via Wisconsin Dells Events)

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The Library’s Future Is Not an Open Book

“Talk about imposing: the ceremonial stone stair leading to bronze gates and carved doors; the frieze of inspiring names and the vaulted hall that seems the very definition of hallowed. And the books, bound portals opening to anywhere imaginable, available to all comers. In cities across the nation, the central public library came into being when the country was young and striving to impress. Charles F. McKim’s Italianate palazzo-style library opened on Boston’s Copley Plaza in 1895; in 1921, Renaissance austerity suited Detroit’s Main Library designed by Cass Gilbert, while architect Bertram Grosvenor Goodhue chose Egyptian Deco for Los Angeles’s downtown Central Library of 1926. Architecturally grand, the central library was both beacon and monumental tribute to learning and civic pride; a people’s palace with knowledge freely available to all. But, really, when was the last time you spent any time there?” (via WSJ.com)

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Public Libraries, Corporate Publishers and eBooks

“Last week Simon & Schuster signed a deal with 3M and the NYPL to distribute eBooks into libraries. Now all of the “Big6? corporate publishers have some type of agreement selling eBooks into public libraries. Libraries are indispensable. Publishers agree on this. Eventually the business models will all align and every publisher will make available their entire list of digital to libraries.” (via Digital Book World)

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City Hall Protestors Rally Against Sale of Libraries

“John C. Liu, the city comptroller and a Democratic candidate for mayor, on Thursday spoke out against selling public libraries into private hands.“Our city libraries are civic treasures, and they should be treated as such,” Mr. Liu said in a statement released after his appearance at a rally on the steps of City Hall. ”Selling our libraries to private corporations trades a small, short-term gain for a big, permanent loss.” (via NYTimes.com)

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NH libraries say they’re busy in electronic age

“IF EVERYONE is using smart phones, e-readers and laptops for everything, do we still need public libraries? Actually, New Hampshire librarians say they’re busier than ever. State librarian Michael York noted library visits statewide were up 34 percent from 2006 to 2011, when more than 7.5 million visits were recorded.” (via Union Leader)

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In digital age, library finds difficulty attaching numbers to its value

“Librarians at the Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library have a problem unique to the modern age — attaching numbers to the myriad services the library provides across varied platforms. While library CEO Gina Millsap estimates that for every tax dollar provided to the library for operation, $4 in value is returned to the community in such terms as literacy and school achievement, she says that value is difficult to prove without numbers to back up those claims.” (CJOnline.com)

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Libraries to Become Community Publishing Portals

“Public libraries provide an essential community service by promoting literacy and a culture of reading. With the rise of ebooks, public libraries are at a crossroads. Some book publishers, fearful that library ebook lending will cannibalize retail sales of books, are reluctant to supply ebooks to libraries at the very time that library patrons are clamoring for greater access to such materials. Rather than standing idly by as publishers jeopardize their future, some libraries see an opportunity to take control by proactively cultivating a newer, more library-friendly source of ebooks. These libraries are developing community publishing initiatives in partnership with self-published ebook authors.” (via Huffington Post)

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Library nonprofit launches business membership drive

“In the wake of California’s ongoing economic recession, public agencies have been hit hard, and libraries are no exception. To help support the needs of the Sun City Library, the nonprofit that helps the facility has launched a new program that allows businesses to advertise on the window façade of the bookstore it maintains in exchange for an annual membership donation of $50. The membership also allows businesses to have their logos printed on the Friends of the Sun City Library’s newsletter and displayed during its four yearly booksales, as well as on the nonprofit’s Facebook page, said Linda Denver, president of the organization.”

via UT SanDiego

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Wake County libraries hope to turn the page on recession

“Since 2009, the Wake County Public Library system has put the construction of new facilities on hold, trimmed operating hours and slashed its book-buying budget. While the county was able to avoid closing any of its 20 branches during the economic downturn, three years of austerity have taken a toll: the number of books in the libraries’ collection is down more than a quarter of a million volumes from 2009.”

via News Observer

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