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It’s hard to say where in the Dewey Decimal System the story of the Warren County Public Library’s (KY) recent history would fall.  Maybe the public finance section, where a narrative about how forming a local taxing district has allowed the library to improve its financial position.Or perhaps it belongs in the political science section alongside examples of how local governments respond to demands from constituents.No doubt, Lisa Rice would like to see it in the literature section as a feel-good story suitable for reading by the fireplace or viewing on the Hallmark Channel.“Becoming a taxing district made the line item on our budget secure,” said Rice, who became library director in 2008. “It has allowed us to expand and do some work on roofing and HVAC projects and also modernize our elevator.”Rice was the library’s assistant director when the taxing district was established in 2008 with a property tax rate of 4.3 cents per $100 of valuation.That action, which passed Warren County Fiscal Court by a 4-3 vote (with Judge-Executive Mike Buchanon casting the tie-breaking vote), meant the library would no longer operate as Bowling Green Public Library. READ MORE
The sesquicentennial of the driving of the Golden Spike is still more than four months out, but folks from the Utah State University library are getting a jumpstart on the momentous anniversary.Staffers from USU’s Merrill-Cazier Library and the Utah Division of State History will soon open a new transcontinental railroad exhibit on the fourth floor of the Utah State Capitol building in Salt lake City.Titled, “A World Transformed: The Transcontinental Railroad and Utah,” the exhibit opened this month and remain on display through June 2019.  The exhibit highlights the impact of the first transcontinental railroad across the United States, which was completed in Northern Utah on May 10, 1869.Built between 1863 and 1869, the line connected the Pacific Coast at San Francisco Bay with the existing Eastern U.S. railway. The railroad revolutionized the American West with a dependable transportation system that brought Western states economic prosperity through the relatively inexpensive and speedy movement of both goods and people. READ MORE
Those who want to give their eyes a rest from printed material in books, or the screens of a computer, can gaze upon the soft, blue glow of a new aquarium at the Olean Public Library (PA) on North Second Street.Sheryl Soborowski, outreach librarian, said aquariums have been a part of the library the past 20 to 25 years, with the most recent ones in need of replacement.  “It’s a brand new fish tank that Olean Coral Reef just purchased and gave it to us for cost,” Soborowski said of the North Union Street business. “They donated their time to set it up and helped us get rid of our old fish tanks that were breaking down, and rehomed some of our larger fish. But a few that are in (the new tank) are some of our original fish.”Soborowski said the previous tanks were located in different places around the library and were taken care of by the library’s former arts coordinator, the late Robert Taylor.  “He used to have his turtles in one of the aquariums,” she said of Taylor. “There are lots of adults who come into the library and reminisce about loving the turtles through their childhood.” READ MORE
Library directorWestern Piedmont Community College LibraryMorganton, North CarolinaNancy’s dedication and compassion are felt all over campusNancy has broadened the college library’s reach and impact on students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community.Her talent for teaching makes her an invaluable partner in the academic learning process. Through her fun and engaging orientations and classes, she teaches students how to find accurate and reliable data and write citations for papers. She assists faculty and staff by ensuring new resources with the latest research and teaching strategies are available to be used in classrooms. READ MORE
The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audio books for children and young adults – including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards – at its Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, Washington.A list of all the 2019 award winners follows:John Newbery Medal for the most outstanding contribution to children's literature:“Merci Suárez Changes Gears,” written by Meg Medina, is the 2019 Newbery Medal winner. The book is published by Candlewick Press.Two Newbery Honor Books also were named: “The Night Diary,” written by Veera Hiranandani and published by Dial Books for Young Readers, Penguin Young Readers Group, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC; and “The Book of Boy,” written by Catherine Gilbert Murdock, illustrated by Ian Schoenherr and published by Greenwillow Books, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers. READ MORE
History lovers, scholars, and Salemites alike demonstrate an ardent commitment to preserving the Phillips Library archives.The controversy surrounding the relocation of Peabody Essex Museum’s (PEM) Phillips Library (MA) is fueled by a shared passion to preserve the country’s oldest and largest archival collection in the most favorable way possible. Everyone at the proverbial table shares this mission, no matter their position on the issues surrounding the move from Salem to Rowley. With roots that reach back to 1799, the first incarnation of Phillips Library functioned as “a working library for which the practical execution of the plan and the collection of the necessary books should be an object of the first importance.” Today, its mission is “to collect and preserve materials for the civil and natural history of Essex County and for the advancement of the arts, literature, and science generally.” Until recently, the 42,000 linear feet of historical documents that compose the library’s collection were housed in Plummer Hall and Daland House on Essex Street in Salem. As of July 2017, the artifacts are being preserved in the 120,000-square-foot Collections Center in Rowley. After decades of moving from one location to another, this is to be their final home. READ MORE
The Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library (CT) has acquired the papers of David Sedaris, noted American humorist, author, and essayist.Sedaris, who grew up in Raleigh, North Carolina and graduated from the School of the Art Institute in Chicago in 1987, is the author of the works “Naked,” “Me Talk Pretty One Day,” and “Calypso,” among others. He is also known for his many contributions to “This American Life,” a weekly radio show produced in collaboration with WBEZ Chicago and delivered to stations by PRX The Public Radio Exchange.“It hardly needs to be said that David Sedaris is one of the most beloved modern authors in the world,” said Timothy Young, curator of modern books and manuscripts at the Beinecke Library. “His popularity is due to the fact that he is one of the best American writers of recent memory. The David Sedaris Papers show his growth — as an artist, as a performer, as a writer — and document those talents extensively over many decades of his work.” READ MORE
Though libraries might be places of quiet, Lenore Lewis proves that the life of a librarian is anything but dull.  Lewis, 79, has seen a hostage situation, three building changes and countless cultural shifts brought on by the internet, viewed from behind the librarian's desk. Sixty-one years and countless books later, she will soon turn the page to retirement.Lewis recently sat down with the Deseret News at the Salt Lake City Main Library to tell her story.The daughter of an English teacher and granddaughter of a bookstore owner, she worked at the South High School library while she was a student there. After high school, she was set to attend the University of Utah, but needed to find a job to pay for it.So she applied to work at the library in Sugar House. It's been a lifelong love affair since.  "I've loved the people I've worked with. I love books. I don't own a whole lot of them, because I figure I've got them all here, and most of the patrons are very, very lovely, so I'm happy," Lewis said. READ MORE
Library advocates across the US are fighting to prove that every student is better off with a trained librarian in their school, but budget cuts are threatening school librarian positions across most of the country. Several states in the Southeast are facing a different crisis, however—a shortage of qualified school librarians to fill empty positions. The University of South Carolina (USC) School of Library and Information Science (SLIS) launched the Library Scholar Program in January 2018 to help combat this problem, partnering with local school districts to educate and develop existing school employees, such as teachers and staff members, into school librarians. The SLIS director and communications coordinator describe their experience and plans for the program below. South Carolina requires every public school to have at least one school librarian with an MLIS degree. But with population booming in the region and many current school librarians nearing retirement age in the next five years, school districts are having trouble recruiting and retaining enough librarians. The state had 60 school librarian vacancies in 2018.In the year-old Library Scholar Program, cohorts of six to 15 members go through USC’s online MLIS program together, and members can continue their current jobs while working on their new degrees. So far, the program has fielded cohorts from school districts in Charleston, Darlington, and Florence counties, and those districts have the flexibility to identify staffers who are strong candidates for librarianship. READ MORE
For Robin Haynes, there’s nothing quite like an old map to transport one back in time.  “The closest thing you can have to touching the past is to touch something from that past,” said Haynes.Fortunately for her, she has access to a lot of maps. Haynes is the manager of the Sagadahoc History and Genealogy Room at the Patten Free Library (ME), where they have a collection of maps dating all the way back to the 18th century.  “They range from the Woolwich plat map of 1751 to a railroad map from the early 20th century that also discusses the ice houses along the Kennebec River,” said Haynes.In fact, the library has around 17 maps. And this year, as part of their 40th-anniversary celebration, the History Room has had virtually all of its maps conserved so that they’ll be around for generations to come.“Most of our maps are originals, and originals age. Sometimes it’s because the paper they’re on isn’t a great quality paper or it’s simply acidic and it darkens and yellows with time. So part of the process is having them deacidified,” said Haynes. READ MORE

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