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Care enough not to excuse bad behavior by street people

“For a city that was once known as “the city that knows how,” the streets of San Francisco have become a shameful, unhealthy place. The news report of the unacceptable conditions at the San Francisco Public Library is just one example of the city’s inability to tackle the pervasive problem of street people acting badly.” (via SFGate)

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SF library officials propose new rules to crack down on unruly behavior

“In response to Mayor Ed Lee’s call for zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior at the San Francisco Main Library, new rules are being added to the patron conduct code as well as stiffer suspensions for violating existing regulations that in some cases would ban offenders for up to three years. The proposed rules presented Thursday to the Library Commission were received favorably by the mayor-appointed board, but homeless advocates are critical of the increased penalties and rules they worry would unfairly target the poor and homeless (via San Francisco Examiner)

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SFPL Partners with Hoopla Digital During National Library Week to Give Patrons Online and Mobile Access to Free Movies, TV Shows, Music and Audiobooks

“San Francisco Public Library today announced public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital (hoopladigital.com). The announcement comes in the wake of National Library Week (April 13 – 19, 2014), a national observance, celebrating the contributions of libraries and librarians, while promoting library use and support.” (via SFPL News Releases)

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S.F. library proposes new code of conduct with penalties

“Just when you think there couldn’t possibly be another battle over the behavior of homeless people in San Francisco, along comes a new brouhaha among the stacks at the city’s Main Library. The Civic Center building has long been a bastion for transients, some of whom have forgone good old-fashioned reading for bathing in the bathroom sinks, dealing drugs and exposing themselves. Recent notable incidents include a man urinating on books and another breaking a computer with a hammer.” (via SFGate)

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San Francisco mayor wants to clean up main public library

“With Twitter in the neighborhood and a shopping mall in the works, San Francisco’s plan to clean-up a gritty part of mid-Market Street appears to be working, but there’s a new trouble spot emerging that’s not too far away. Police are paying special attention to the city’s main library branch near Civic Center.

When you move people from one place, they have to go someplace else. In this case, we’re talking about street people, the homeless, and those who cause trouble. The library has become a hangout for many of them and the mayor wants it stopped.” (via abc7news.com)

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Era ends: Liquidation sale at Berkeley’s Serendipity Books

“When Peter Howard, the owner of Serendipity Books, died in March 2011, he left behind more than one million books crammed into his two-level store on University Avenue in Berkeley with the oak barrel hanging out front.Howard’s collection of rare and antique books was considered one of the best in the country; he often sold books and manuscripts to places like the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley or the Lilly Library at Indiana University.The collection included so many amazing items that Bonham’s held six different auctions of his holdings, selling off early editions of John Steinbeck, a broadside by James Joyce, many modern first editions, early baseball memorabilia — even poet Carl Sandburg’s guitar.But there are still books left to sell. More than 100,000 books, in fact.” (via Berkeleyside)

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San Francisco Main Library trying to address bathroom cleanliness issues

“San Francisco Public Library officials are cracking down on bathroom conditions in the main branch in response to complaints amid an environment that over the years has led to partnering with police and employing an on-site social worker to handle troubled patrons. There won’t be full-time bathroom attendants or user fees at the Civic Center location, but there will be routine monitoring and overnight cleaning. “We are doubling down on making sure that we get hourly monitoring of the restrooms,” said Roberto Lombardi, director of facilities, adding that there also will be improved record-keeping of cleanup requests and cleanings.” (via San Francisco Examiner)

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Library Commission denies request for visuals at public comment

“San Franciscans have been known to say some pretty outrageous things during public comment at city meetings, and the Library Commission is no exception. For more than a year, one man has been kicking off every meeting by advising the commission to elect its president, Jewelle Gomez, “to the position of dictator-for-life, and then at least the rest of us would have the hope an assassination might result in a change of leadership.” Now, some of the regulars at public comment are making the case that the commission shouldn’t have to just hear everything the public has to say, but see it, too. Ray Hartz, who identifies himself as the director of San Francisco Open Government, is asking the commission to let the public show their own slides or audio and visual presentations during their three-minute comment period. “All I’m asking for is equal treatment,” he said at Thursday’s commission meeting. “Include my Microsoft PowerPoint slides just as you do for those of whom you approve.” (via City Insider | an SFGate.com blog)

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San Francisco’s library spending higher than average, report finds

“When it comes to spending money on libraries, San Francisco is leaving other cities in the dust. A new report from the city controller’s office shows that the library’s operating expenditures per capita are $100.17, or twice the average spending of libraries in other big cities like Los Angeles, Boston and Seattle. San Francisco also holds a  lead over other cities in staff members per borrower and circulation per borrower. “We spend a tremendous amount on our collections, both in the physical collections and in our e-books,” said Library spokeswoman Michelle Jeffers, who said the book allocation for next year is $10 million out of a $100 million budget. “It shows we have a robust amount of materials for our citizens in San Francisco.” (via City Insider)

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San Francisco Law Library suing over facility size

“Last week’s Board of Supervisors Budget and Finance Committee meeting was a doozy, and not just because each public speaker got two minutes to speak and Supervisor Mark Farrell spent three hours trying to get lawyers to stop talking after their time was up. The reason that 81 people showed up to speak — almost all of them lawyers who are solo practitioners or work for nonprofits — is because they want a larger public Law Library. And straight from the “completely predictable” file, the Law Library is suing to get a larger space.” (via San Francisco Examiner)

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