Tag Archives: Public Libraries

Boulder libraries to allow permit holders to carry guns

“A rule change that will allow concealed-weapon permit holders to bring their guns into Boulder’s public libraries received unanimous approval from the city’s library commission Wednesday night. The Boulder Public Library Commission discussed a new set of rules of conduct last month but heard several questions about rule No. 5, banning weapons inside library facilities. Assistant City Attorney Sandra Llanes then took another look at the rules, according to commission documents.”

via Boulder Daily Camera

Comments Off on Boulder libraries to allow permit holders to carry guns

Turns Out Dallasites Love Their Libraries. If Only City Hall Didn’t Hate Them

“There’s a briefing for council today on whether or not our public library system sucks. Looks like the verdict will be that it does not totally suck, but it should, because we do. The briefing is based on a nationwide bench-marking system Dallas participates in with most other second-tier cities in the country, along with some third-tiers and some downright damn suburbs. The survey shows that we care about our libraries, visit them and use them at above average rates.Our visitation per capita, for example, is ahead of Phoenix, San Antonio and Miami-Dade but behind Austin and … no, c’mon. Arlington? They gotta mean Arlington, Virginia. I’ll have to watch. Maybe some sharp councilperson will raise that question. If Arlington, Texas goes to the library more than Dallas, Texas, then just shoot us.”

via Unfair Park

Comments Off on Turns Out Dallasites Love Their Libraries. If Only City Hall Didn’t Hate Them

Santa Clara Libraries Rewire for Online Era – WSJ.com

“Silicon Valley is among the most-wired places in the country. But residents aren’t abandoning their public libraries. “Kids are still coming to the library to do homework and people are still checking out books,” says Nancy Howe, acting county librarian for the Santa Clara County Library District. She adds, though: “One thing about being in Silicon Valley is that it challenges us to adapt more quickly to technology.”

via WSJ

Comments Off on Santa Clara Libraries Rewire for Online Era – WSJ.com

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

Comments Off on Director sees library’s role as creation hub

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

Comments Off on Providence libraries to close for a week in Sept.

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

Leave a Comment

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

Comments Off on Public libraries to lead initiative to ensure public access

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

Comments Off on Library Book-Vending Machines Losing Ground to eBooks

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.”

Comments Off on The New York Public Library: The Personal Side of Public Libraries

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.”

Leave a Comment

© Copyright 2016, Information Today, Inc., All rights reserved.