“When Damaris Triana, then 8, lost several “Little Critter” books that she had borrowed for her sister, the library here fined her $101 — including $40 in processing fees — a bill that was eventually turned over to an agency to collect from her parents.The $101 is a small part of a whopping $6.8 million in unpaid fines at the San Jose Public Library, an amount that exceeds unpaid fees at some larger cities around the country.” (via The New York Times)
“Around 9 p.m. on March 8 a woman — mid-50s, no affiliation with San Jose State University — was washing her hands in a restroom on the second floor of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library on campus. Another woman, who officials said was also unaffiliated and hiding in that bathroom, attempted to attack her. The woman who was attacked screamed and, with the help of a third library patron, chased the attacker away. The university’s police made an arrest almost immediately.” (via Inside Higher Ed)
“Five years after San Jose officials rejected calls to block pornographic imagery from the city libraries’ computers citing the slippery slope of censorship, the city’s new chief librarian has quietly been revisiting the idea.City librarian Jill Bourne said she generally does not favor censorship of the Internet on public computers, except when it comes to complying with state laws that protect children from pornography.”To me this is not a political issue,” she said. “It’s an operational issue.” (via ContraCostaTimes.com)
“San Jose State University on Wednesday quietly released the full research report on the for-credit online courses it offered this spring through the online education company Udacity. The report, marked by delays and procedural setbacks, suggests it may be difficult for the university to deliver online education in this format to the students who need it most.” (via Inside Higher Ed)
“In recent years, four newly built but mothballed branch libraries stood as stark evidence of San Jose’s budget mess, built with bond proceeds voters approved more than a decade ago by a city that could no longer afford to staff them. On Saturday, the first of those four new branch libraries, Seven Trees, is set to finally celebrate its grand opening.
“People have been waiting a long time for it to open,” said Anne Cain, San Jose’s interim library director. “It will make a huge difference in this community.” The city’s original Seven Trees library opened in 1967. It was closed in 2008 and demolished to make way for the new version, which occupies the upper floor of a new Seven Trees Community Center that opened in September 2011.”
LibrarianInBlack – “I am jubilant to report that last night, near midnight after 4 hours of debate, the San Jose City Council voted 8-3 against implementing filters in the public libraries.Â In addition, the proposal voted for requires that before filters should be considered in the libraries, other child safety budget priorities must be met first (such as fully funding crossing guards as well as police sexual exploitation and crimes units, and restoring the libraries' open hours to their 2000 levels).”
John Woolfolk – “Porn star and former California gubernatorial candidate Mary Carey gets blocked. So do circumcision critics. But a pantyless Britney Spears? Not always.”
California is going through some rough times these days. I wonder if Arnold’s old shenanigans gets blocked too.
Scott Herhold – “Second-hand porn will linger”