“Seattle is a great book town. And also a great biking town. So it should comes as little surprise that Seattle now given us a mobile, people-powered public library that’s wheeled about town by pedaling librarians. “Librarians on bicycles are traveling to several outdoor events across the city with a custom-built book trailer that can carry 500 pounds of materials and display 75 books at a time,” Library Journal reports this week. Last month, Mayor Mike McGinn helped inaugurate the summer pilot program by biking from the city’s Central Library to an elementary school with books and a team of librarians in tow.” (via latimes.com)
“It’s no exaggeration to say that a library saved my life. As a child seeking refuge from a difficult family, I found solace at the Parkman Branch Library in Detroit, thanks to a children’s librarian named Miss Frances Whitehead. Through the books she shared with me, and the kindness she showed, she opened my world well beyond the world that I knew. By the time I was 10 years old, I knew I wanted to be a librarian when I grew up, so that I could do for other people what Miss Whitehead did for me: Inspire them with books that would feed their souls, help them satisfy their curiosity about whatever interested them and make the world a better place.”
via Nancy Pearl
KIng5 – “With no computer at home, Marilyn Niles depends on the public library access to look for work. “It’s a lifeline. I wouldn’t be able to find a job probably,” she said. Upgraded technology and more library workers are promised as part of the library levy. Also, after four years of budget cuts, with closings and furloughs, the levy will restore some library hours. It will add Sunday hours at 15 branches and restore seven-day-a-week service at the Columbia and Northgate branches.”
AP – “The King County Library System is removing security cameras from its libraries, worried that supplying security video to law-enforcement agencies could compromise patron privacy.
“We decided the cameras were not serving a purpose and were a point of contention with law enforcement,” said Bill Ptacek, who as director of the county library system has the final say. “We don’t want to be in an adversarial relationship. We believe intellectual freedom is the important part, so we got out of the camera business.”
Seattle Times – “Eleven branches will be open 60 hours a week, seven days a week. For those branches, that’s an increase of 5 hours a week, a move to provide services to library-goers at branches where hours are being reduced. The council, in its budget negotiations, made a big priority of saving library hours. Members ended up restoring about $860,000 in cuts proposed by the mayor. Beginning Wednesday, the majority of library branches will be open just five days a week and will have reduced hours the days they are open. Currently, most are open six or seven days a week.”
Michael Lieberman – “Is there a downside to Seattle’s anointment as one of the most influential cities in the publishing world?”