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School libraries hit hard by budget cuts

“The kids are back, but the media center at one of California’s largest high schools is quiet, even for a library. That’s because the 4,000 students at James Logan High School in Union City are starting the school year without access to the aisles of books and computers sitting in a darkened room, unused.

“Due to budget cuts, the library is closed,” read printed signs on the library doors. Carla Colburn, the school librarian for eight years and a teacher for 26, is the only person who goes in there now. For one period each day, she goes to the library and prepares book carts for English-language-learner classrooms or history classes working on research projects.”

via SFGate

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Pornography in Public Causes Some to Gasp, Others to Shrug

“On a recent morning at the main public library here, dozens of people sat and stood at computers, searching job-hunting sites, playing games, watching music videos. And some looked at naked pictures of men and women in full view of passers-by. The library has been stung by complaints about the content, including explicit pornography, that some people watch in front of others. To address the issue, the library over the last six weeks has installed 18 computer monitors with plastic hoods so that only the person using the computer can see what is on the screen.”

via NYTimes

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UCSF joins trend offering published research free

“UCSF has joined the growing ranks of academic institutions that are offering most, if not all, of their research free to the public, by requiring that all published scientific studies be added by their authors to a university repository accessible to everyone. The policy change at UCSF, which was announced last month, is part of a global shift toward “open access” – improving the exchange of scientific information by allowing free and widespread dissemination of research that has long been contained in subscription-only journals.”

via SF Chronicle

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E-readers grow; libraries can’t get many titles

San Francisco Chronicle – “The popularity of e-readers is soaring, but good luck finding that hot new title at your local library. Most large publishers refuse to sell critical portions of their digital catalogs for library lending, and those that do are imposing stiff fees and onerous rules.”

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S.F. mayor asked to remove Library Commission head

SF Chronicle – “The city’s Ethics Commission Tuesday sent a letter to Mayor Ed Lee, asking him to consider removing the president of the Library Commission for shouting down a member of the public during a meeting. Here’s the interesting part, though: It’s taken two years for the issue to be dealt with by the city’s Sunshine Ordinance Task Force and the Ethics Commission. It languished at the latter for 19 months.”

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Redding’s limits on leafleting at library blocked

SF Chronicle – “A spat over outdoor literature tables during Constitution Week led city officials in Redding to restrict leafleting outside the public library, an action that united a diverse set of opponents – local Tea Party groups and the American Civil Liberties Union. Now a judge has issued a ruling that could break new ground on free speech in civic plazas. “The library is an area dedicated to the free exchange of ideas,” Judge Monica Marlow of Shasta County Superior Court said Wednesday in an injunction halting enforcement of the restrictions that took effect in April.”

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13 Things You Pay For That Your Library Has For Free

SF Chronicle – “If it has been a few years or a few decades since you’ve ventured into your local library, you’re going to be very surprised by what you find. No longer are these dusty institutions of quiet corners, musty books and stern librarians, they are home to bestsellers, coffee carts, teen rooms, community, and civic gatherings. Libraries offer computer classes, babysitting workshops, tutoring programs and literacy programs, most of which are free, or are offered at a nominal fee. Not all services mentioned in this article are available at every library, but it’s worth finding out if your local library offers a similar option.”

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Librarians host a story hour to protest library cuts

SF Chronicle – “Cyclists at Ogawa Plaza got more than free pancakes, bike repairs and goodie bags at this year’s East Bay Bike to Work Day. Over a loudspeaker in front of City Hall, a couple of Oakland librarians had something else to share with them. “I went walking, what did you see? I saw a brown horse looking at me,” Amy Martin said as she stood in front of City Hall and read aloud from a giant children’s book.

Nearby, children sat in parents’ laps, clapping and reading along with the book, I Went Walking, and enjoying the impromptu session of story hour. But this story did not end with a happily ever after. Instead, after finishing the book for her young audience, Martin, a children’s librarian at Oakland’s main branch, delivered news of a public library system in peril — telling her listeners that 13 of the city’s 17 library branches may be closed come June. The audience booed and, following Martin’s lead, began to chant “No cuts to libraries!”

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Cocktails and fundraisers and libraries, oh my!

SF Chronicle – “As the city’s libraries complete their transformation into places for more than quiet reading, fundraisers thought it was about time some of their events got a modern makeover too. What did they come up with? Food (Ike’s Place sandwiches), drinks (alcoholic), music (soul and 60s) and a sassy librarian photo booth. When and where? Friday from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., at a library. That’s right, a library.

The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is holding its first-ever after-hours cocktail party, IMBIBE, at the renovated Eureka Valley/Harvey Milk Memorial branch, located at 1 Jose Sarria Court.”

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Libraries branch out into job-hunting centers

SF Gate – “Public libraries around the Bay Area and the country have emerged as vital resource centers for the growing hordes of job hunters. With free Internet access, tons of information online and in print, knowledgeable staffs and convenient locations, public libraries are attracting unemployed folks like never before.”

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