Tag Archives: Public Libraries

Director sees library’s role as creation hub

“It may seem odd that when new library director Brad Allen talks about the forthcoming $19 million expansion of the Lawrence Public Library, he often gets most excited about the basement. After all, there will be plenty of other places that are more likely to catch the eye: a new children’s area, an expanded auditorium, an outdoor plaza area, just to name a few. But still, when Allen starts pointing at the stack of blueprints that often are spread out in his office, there’s a decent chance he’ll first point to the basement level.”

via LJWorld.com

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Providence libraries to close for a week in Sept.

“The Providence Community Library System will close its branches for a week in September to make up for a $205,000 cut in city funding. The library system announced it will close Monday, Sept. 10, through Saturday, Sept. 15. Regular hours will resume on Monday, Sept. 17. Officials say employees agreed to forego the library’s normal 401(k) contribution, preventing further cuts in service for patrons.”

via Boston Globe

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Newport libraries can remove anyone who ‘lounges’ or smells bad

“City library employees will now be able to ask people to leave if they interfere with other customers, hang out too long on the sofa or even smell bad. A new policy, approved Tuesday night by a unanimous City Council with Leslie Daigle absent, also has rules against bikes being parked or locked anywhere other than bike racks. The regulations were prompted by concerns about customers who continually misuse the library facilities, argue with staff when confronted about sleeping or lounging on the furniture and parking bikes and shopping carts in front of entrances.”

via The Orange County Register

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Public libraries to lead initiative to ensure public access

“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) has awarded a $99,957 grant to OCLC for a new initiative, “The Big Shift: Advancing Public Library Participation in Our Digital Future.” The purpose of the grant is to more fully understand the challenges that U.S. public libraries face in providing e-book content to borrowers, as they ensure that all Americans continue to have access to commercially produced content through their local public libraries, even as formats change. OCLC will partner with the American Library Association (ALA) and the Public Library Association (PLA) to review the e-book landscape and jointly develop recommendations for managing the e-book environment, in order to ensure adequate public access to these emerging resources.”

via OCLC

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Library Book-Vending Machines Losing Ground to eBooks

“The Contra Costa County Library’s book-dispensing machine at the del Norte BART station in El Cerrito was a hit when introduced three years ago, but usage of the Library-a-Go-Go system has fallen sharply with the rise of eBooks.”

via El Cerrito, CA Patch

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The New York Public Library: The Personal Side of Public Libraries

WSJ – “Passions are being roiled around the city by what some see as the nefarious actions of the trustees of the New York Public Library. The story to date: to consolidate its holdings, update its infrastructure and strengthen its endowment, the NYPL intends to sell two large mid-town branches, and to oust seven stories of closed stacks in the main research library on 42nd and Fifth to make room for a lending library, and maybe a coffee shop. There are good reasons to deplore certain aspects of this plan, as NYPL trustee Robert Darnton notes in his measured essay in the June 7 issue of The New York Review of Books. Chief among these is the loss of storage space – according to Darnton, approximately half of the books now stored in the stacks will be moved to the ReCAP facility in Princeton, requiring researchers to order them twenty-four hours in advance.”

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City of San Diego libraries open on a Monday for first time since 2007

760kfmb – “The city of San Diego’s 35 branch libraries opened on a Monday for the first time today in five years. Mayor Jerry Sanders’ office used part of a $17.8 million budget surplus in the current fiscal year to add to library hours, along with the amount of time recreation centers stay open. Those hours are set to expand further when the new fiscal year begins July 1. “For a lot of people, the library is a window to the world,” Sanders said. “With these additional hours, more residents will have more opportunities to study, learn and expand their horizons.”

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Libraries manage to avoid deep cuts despite economy

NorthJersey.com – “While tough economic times have forced towns to make tough decisions about what services to provide, but when it comes to the local library the ax thus far is stayed. The Norwood Public Library is one such institution set to see improvements. In April, the Norwood mayor and council approved expansion plans that include a new reading room for adults, 3,200 square feet of usable space and a revamped lavatory. A bulk of the work is funded with an inheritance grant of $750,000 from the late Barbara Shaw, a Norwood resident, and the work is slated to be completed in five or six years.”

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Changes Planned at N.Y. Public Library Are Assailed

NY Times – “The New York Public Library came under fire Tuesday night during a panel discussion held to debate its $300 million plan to remake its flagship Fifth Avenue branch. We’re being told that the only way to save the library is to rip out its innards,” said David Nasaw, a panelist and a history professor at the City University Graduate Center, who called the plan “fatally flawed.” “It might be best to start over again,” he said. “This boat doesn’t float.”

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‘Fifty Shades of Grey,’ by E. L. James, in Demand at Libraries

NY Times. – “It did not escape the notice of Tim Cole, the collections manager for the Greensboro Public Library in North Carolina, that “Fifty Shades of Grey” was “of mixed literary merit,” as he put it with a heavy helping of Southern politeness. He ordered 21 copies anyway.”

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