I Love Libraries
Libraries are an important resource for our youth. Don't let them be without libraries! Watch the related video here.
The Lumberjack's Boxcar Library
The problem of getting books into the hands of readers has been solved in many ways over the centuries. Of course, one of my favorites is the bookmobile. A classic, and staple of rural life in the 20th Century. But in 1919, there was something else in the works to get books into the hands of the lumbermen in the employ of the Anaconda Copper Mining Co. The Anaconda company is one of those "too big to fail" sorts in the history of Montana-- it's name was apt. But that's not to say this wasn't a great idea.
Literary Landmark: Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum
Partners: Missouri Humanities Council, ReadMOre Missouri, Hannibal Free Public Library
The Literary Landmark dedication of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum featured a performance by Dr. George Frein, distinguished scholar and living presenter who, as Mark Twain, talked about his life as a Mississippi River pilot. Dr. Frein also fielded questions from the audience afterwards, again as Twain.
Celebrate Hug Your Librarian Day
March 1st may or may not have been International Hug a Librarian Day. There’s some confusion online but librarians are too busy to keep up with fan clubs anyway. They don’t just find information, they also review, organize, assess, explain, figure out, calm small children, put up displays, run programs, read aloud, expand collections, apply laser-like focus to advance other people’s knowledge, and much more. Why limit librarian love to one day?
I have a chronic library habit myself. There are at least ten reasons to adore libraries and the professionals who make these places adoration-worthy, so we probably need a more than just a Hug A Librarian Day. Perhaps a commemorative week or month. I’m thinking year round.
ALA Philippines Library Relief Fund
The Philippines face a long path to recovery in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, on November 8, 2013. Libraries were not spared the wrath of the storm.The American Library Association is accepting donations from the United States for libraries in the Philippines. The Philippines Library Relief Fund will help to rebuild libraries and archives in the Philippines that were destroyed or damaged. Please make a tax deductible donation to help rebuild libraries in the Philippines.
Mobile Commons allows ALA to send text messages to a mobile list. From there, advocates can connect directly to their legislators simply by responding to the text. Mobile Commons also enables ALA to post click-to-call alerts on our webpages. The alert connects advocates, whether they're on the mobile list or not, to their legislator's office simply by entering their phone number on our page and clicking "call." Read more...
Community pulls together to help library
Faced with an ever-shrinking budget, Terri Gallagher, director of the Rochester Public Library, resorts to creative thinking to offset the losses in her attempt to keep the doors open.
Sometimes, she feels like a huckster peddling purses and jewelry, selling raffle tickets to Steelers' games, conducting paranormal investigations of the Civil War era building, and hosting Victorian teas or champagne poetry nights with Robert Frost.
Though a firm believer that library programs should be free, Gallagher realizes that additional income must be generated to continue existing programs, buy books and computers, pay staff and maintain the building on Adams Street.
Since she took over as director seven years ago, Gallagher said the Rochester library has lost about half its government funding, now operating on a $60, 000 annual budget, because of cuts at the state level and an eroding local tax base.
"That's huge," she said. "That's huge. Trying to make that up is so difficult."
The situation, however, is not unique to the Rochester library.
The Maryland Historical Society in Baltimore has finished recovering all the historical documents that were stolen in 2012. Librarian Patricia Anderson (right) has cataloged hundreds of historic documents believed to be stolen by Barry Landau, a collector of presidential memorabilia. Last year he and another man pled guilty to stealing thousands of historic documents from several East Coast museums, including the historical society, which lost 140 items in the heist....
WBFF-TV, Baltimore, Dec. 4
Strapped for cash to keep its airplanes in the sky, the US Air Force has slashed funding for its on-base libraries. Four of them across the country—including the Thomas S. Power Library at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska—were closed October 1. Two others have suspended operations until they can be restructured, and 13 more have reduced their hours. The closure at Offutt cost Library Director Becky Sims and five other employees their jobs, but will save the 55th Force Support Squadron $217,000....
Omaha World-Herald, Dec. 9
Commissioners have fired Debbie Benedict, director of the Meagher County City Library (right) in White Sulphur Springs, Montana, following two months of conflict over air quality within the building. At a December 5 commission meeting, Benedict was presented with a termination letter charging her with insubordination. The dispute centered around Benedict’s concerns about contaminants in the library, her refusal to work in the building until tests of the air quality were performed, and the county’s refusal to perform the requested tests....
Great Falls (Mont.) Tribune, Dec. 10
SFPL’s alleged peeing vandal (beware puns)
Max A. Cherney writes: “Don’t tinkle on his parade. An alleged repeeing-offender accused of causing $3,030.79 in damage to San Francisco Public Library books is now a wanted fugitive, on the run from the law, according to law enforcement officials. Aton Joni Cole was charged with one count of vandalism, but whizzed away from his scheduled arraignment on October 31. Information flowing from law enforcement suggests that the alleged scoundrel urinated on 109 books at San Francisco’s Main Library, across three shelves.”...
San Francisco Appeal, Dec. 10
The San Francisco Public Library hopes to start a new chapter in its troubled story as it ramps up investment in custodian and security personnel following a string of complaints and unsavory incidents that renewed the focus on patron behavior. In early December, library officials unveiled increases to both security and custodian staffing as an interim solution and asked the City Controller’s Office to audit both functions, which is expected to lead to more sweeping reform....
San Francisco Examiner, Dec. 9
Many Dallas Public Library patrons are homeless, and now the library staff has started to welcome them in a new way. Coffee and Conversations, a one-hour session that caters to homeless people, is the brainchild of Jo Giudice, who became library director in 2012. Two sessions have been held since early November, and the next is set for December 19. Attendance has doubled to more than 70. The next step is to develop targeted programs for the homeless customers....
Dallas Morning News, Dec. 6
After being asked to leave the Sprague branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library because of his lack of hygiene, a Utah man is suing the library for $25,000, and he wants his library card reactivated. According to a lawsuit filed in 3rd District Court December 4, the man wrote that over the summer, he was banned from the branch by a staff member “who said that I smelled and I was unclean.”...
Salt Lake Tribune, Dec. 5
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United for Libraries to host webinar on "Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success
For Immediate Release
April 15, 2013
Contact: Jillian Kalonick
PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present the free webinar “Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success” from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 30.
This webinar will be led by Jeffrey Smith, director of public affairs for Humanim and president of the Foundation for Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library (BCPL). Participants will learn the basics of government/legislative advocacy and understand the 12 steps necessary to be an effective advocate for library issues when meeting with key decision-makers. Additionally, a case study in successful advocacy for library related funding will be presented. The webinar is geared toward trustees, friends, foundation members and staff members. This webinar is co-sponsored by ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy.
Jeffrey Smith is a member of the Baltimore County Board of Library Trustees and the Board of Directors of Citizens for Maryland Libraries. He secured two separate $250,000 state appropriations in support of BCPL’s nationally-recognized “Storyville” children’s libraries. He writes a monthly column focused on advocacy and messaging for libraries that appears in Library Journal. Additionally, he writes a biweekly column covering general library issues for Public Libraries Online. He presently serves United for Libraries as division liaison to ASCLA and as a member of the Newsletter & Web Advisory Committee. He also serves on ALA’s Legislation Assembly.
The webinar is free; registration is limited to 100. This webinar will be presented with Internet audio only. You will need a computer with speakers or headphones as well as Internet access. United for Libraries members can access a recording of the webinar after April 30. For more information and to register, visit http://ala.adobeconnect.com/advocacy-state/event/registration.html.
United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) supports the efforts of advocates seeking to improve libraries of all types by developing resources, a peer-to-peer advocacy network, and training for advocates at the local, state and national level. In order to achieve this goal, OLA works closely with the Public Information Office, the Chapter Relations Office, the Office for Government Relations, and other ALA units involved in advocacy on behalf of particular types of libraries or particular issues, in order to help better integrate these efforts into the overall advocacy planning and strategies of the association. OLA also works to cultivate future leadership in order to sustain the advocacy efforts of the association.