Out of Business

bq.Public libraries spend less than 10 per cent of their budget on books and are losing borrowers at such a rate that they will all have closed in 15 years, according to a former managing director of Waterstone’s bookshops. Tim Coates, a consultant who produced a report 14 months ago on the “cumbersome” management of libraries, said he was exasperated by the lack of progress since. – “Catriona Davies(Libraries will be closed in 15 years, says ex-boss of Waterstone’s)”:http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/06/04/nlibrary04.xml&sSheet=/news/2005/06/04/ixhome.html Uh huh. Sure.

Solano Internet Policy

bq.There are no easy answers in providing Internet access in public libraries. It is further complicated by the fact that library users want and demand more computers and access to technology. – “Solano County Library(Libraries’ Web policy scrutinized)”:http://www.thereporter.com/news/ci_2722537

DVD Firestorm

bq.Hillsborough County Commissioner “Ronda Storms(Storms Warning)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2005/04/07/storms is once again “riling people up(DVD Reaction)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2005/04/11/dvd by questioning whether the county’s public libraries should be spending $559,000 on DVDs, including popular movies and television programs. Opponents act as if she is advocating book-burning, but she makes solid points. She doesn’t think it necessary to provide library patrons with free movies and TV shows, and she wants the 12- member library board to think about how they’re spending tax dollars. She’d rather see more money going to reading programs and books than DVDs. – “Tampa Tribune Editoral Board(Firestorm Over Library DVDs And Pop Culture Overblown)”:http://tampatrib.com/News/MGBXDSU9F7E.html
bq.I’m glad it is the next county spends their tax dollars micromanaging the library through a county commission that has not a single librarian, nor which consulted a librarian in making their apparently non-binding resolution. – “mdoneil(Hillsborough County Commission votes against popular DVDs)”:http://public.lisnews.com/article.pl?sid=05/04/10/0637226&mode=thread&tid=28
bq.What might we call this latest busybody exercise by Ronda Storms, the Mother Superior of Hillsborough County? The Patronizing Act? – “Daniel Ruth(You There! Library Patron! Stop That Fun!)”:http://www.tampatrib.com/News/columns/MGBAC5MWG7E.html

DVD Reaction

For more reaction about the “Ronda Storms Resolution(Storms Warning)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2005/04/07/storms, you can read these letters from in opposition from “Ben Ostrosky(Bereft Of Pleasure)”:http://tampatrib.com/opinion/MGB1J09XD7E.html of “TBLC(Tampa Bay Library Consortium)”:http://www.tblc.org/, “David McCant(Can’t Afford Blockbuster)”:http://tampatrib.com/opinion/MGBNV19XD7E.html, and “Arthur Brown(Libraries Supply Demand)”:http://tampatrib.com/opinion/MGBBB39XD7E.html. Her supporters include “Mike Nielsen(Kudos To Storms)”:http://tampatrib.com/opinion/MGBC719XD7E.html and “Francis Geiger(Commends Commish)”:http://tampatrib.com/opinion/MGBMZ39XD7E.html, the latter of whom scarily enough resides right here in my own dear county.

Storms Warning

“Ronda Storms(County Commissioner, District 4)”:http://www.hillsboroughcounty.org/bocc/commissioners/storms.cfm is a member of the Hillsborough County Commission. And apparently is so bored with her position that she constantly finds things to raise an uproar about. This week it is about the selection policy for DVD materials in the “Tampa-Hillsborough Public Library(Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library System)”:http://www.thpl.org/.
bq.Led by Storms, commissioners on Wednesday recommended the library spend a larger portion of its DVD budget on educational videos and less on pure entertainment. The proposal still needs to be considered by the library board, library director and County Administrator Pat Bean and return to commissioners for final approval. They also need to define what is educational. The proposal passed 6-1. – “Ellen Gedalius(County Grabs Library Remote)”:http://news.tbo.com/news/MGBBLBHC87E.html Education is certainly an important role for public libraries. But it not our only role. Library Director Joe Stines explained that there are three: education, information and recreation. It is a delicate balance, but one we should all strive to maintain. Because all three are equally important.

Latt Maxcy Blog

I just “found out(blogger near avon park, fl)”:http://maps.google.com/maps?q=blogger%20near%20avon%20park%2C%20fl&spn=1.683594%2C3.736030 that the “Latt Maxcy Memorial Library(Latt Maxcy Memorial Library)”:http://www.pclc.lib.fl.us/locations.html#_frostproof (which is about 10-15 minutes away) has the “Latt Maxcy Memorial Library Blog(Latt Maxcy Memorial Library Blog)”:http://newsblog.info/0706/. It is apparently something of a well-kept secret.

Darien Double

The Darien Library has been forced to use carts as “makeshift shelves(Darien Library buys property to double its space)”:http://www.stamfordadvocate.com/news/local/scn-sa-library6nov29,0,4522155.story?coll=stam-news-local-headlines due to a lack of space. With the 2.23-acre parcel they recently purchased, they now have a bold “Plan for the Future(Future Library Plans)”:http://www.darienlibrary.org/newlibrary/.

Earning Amnesty

Many libraries offer “amnesty programs(national library week amnesty)”:http://www.google.com/search?q=national+library+week+amnesty&sourceid=mozilla-search&start=0&start=0&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8 in conjunction with National Library Week. Some, though, get creative. The “Phoenixville Public Library(Phoenixville Public Library)”:http://web.pasd.k12.pa.us/ppl/ is seeking “canned goods(Late fees forgiven for canned goods )”:http://www.dailylocal.com/site/news.cfm?newsid=11292336&BRD=1671&PAG=461&dept_id=17782&rfi=6 . The “Benton Public Library(Benton Public Library)”:http://www.benton.lib.il.us/Benton%20Public%20Library.htm (along with the other libraries of Franklin County) are seeking “food for pets(Pay library fines with puppy chow)”:http://www.bentoneveningnews.com/articles/2004/04/12/news/news04.txt. And the “Bedford Public Library(Bedford Public Library)”:http://www.bedfordlibrary.org/ is seeking “animal aid products(Donations can bring amnesty on overdue books)”:http://www.dfw.com/mld/startelegram/news/local/states/texas/northeast/8352326.htm of all kinds.

Palo Alto Downturn

Remember how things were going so well in Palo Alto “once(Palo Alto Polling)”:http://www.libraryplanet.com/2001/10/polling upon a time? That is not true any more. A plan to “close(Palo Alto library closing attacked)”:http://www.bayarea.com/mld/mercurynews/news/6894730.htm the downtown branch has residents very upset.