Cornelius expands Latino Outreach

Maria Aguilar has been working to increase Latino Outreach for the Cornelius Public Library since 2008. But budget cuts have hampered her efforts until very recently. She has begun working with local businesses to increase funding and the results have been impressive.

Public Libraries of Jefferson County get Grant from Daniel Foundation of Alabama

The Jefferson County Library Cooperative needs new Circulation Software.

“Our previous software was in desperate need of an upgrade,” Ryan said in an email to AL.com. “The majority of the funds came from State Aid to Public Libraries, appropriated annually by the Alabama Legislature.” “However, we are indebted to the Daniel Foundation for providing us with the [funds] that allowed us to purchase this software.

Property Tax Drop hit Kanawha Libraries

And it is a hit they really aren’t in a position to take. Last year, a decision by the State Supreme Court impacted funding for the library system, causing a building plan to be put on hold. And now:

The Kanawha County Public Library will receive slightly less funding from the county and city next year because of reductions in property values. 

Less Lord of the Flies and more Sense and Sensibility

The title of this post is courtesy of the Mayor of San Francisco.

The mayor’s letter to the commissioners proposed creating a Family and Education Fun Zone around the library and suggested that the first step should be instituting actual penalties for breaking the library’s long-standing code of conduct.

Weed What When?

bq.I think the days of libraries saying, ‘We must have that, because it’s good for people,’ are beyond us. There is a sense in many public libraries that popular materials are what most of our communities desire. Everybody’s got a favorite book they’re trying to promote.

Successfully Networked Public Libraries

I got an e-mail about the doctoral program at Florida State University. Clicking through the links led me to these studies on “Public Libraries & the Internet(Public Libraries & the Internet)”:http://www.ii.fsu.edu/plinternet_reports.cfm. When I get time, I intend to go back and read them through them a lot more thoroughly.

Reinstated in Valparaiso

Sue Martin, who was recently “suspended(Florida Librarian Suspended over Porn Incident)”:http://www.ala.org/al_onlineTemplate.cfm?Section=alonline&template=/ContentManagement/ContentDisplay.cfm&ContentID=101780 from her job at the Valparaiso Community Library, has been “reinstated(Valparaiso reinstates library director after porn ruckus)”:http://www.gainesville.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20050824/APN/508240803.
bq.I am extremely pleased to share that the Valparaiso City Commission voted 4-1 last night to dismiss all charges against library director Sue Martin and have reinstated her as library director effective immediately.

ExpressCheck

Our Director was so excited over the Express/Self-Service Checkout demonstrations she saw at ALA this year that she has been wanting to do the same thing around here. So… !http://photos31.flickr.com/36296138_3379197fc5_m.jpg(ExpressCheck)!:http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelkpate/sets/802323/ As you can see, we are just beginning to get started today.