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Important story from the LA Times earlier this week: Los Angeles is considering a major step in providing ID cards to illegal immigrants. The Los Angeles Public Library card could one day become a form of identification for the city's large illegal immigrant population that would allow them to open bank accounts and access services.
Here's the follow-up in the Opinion Pages.
Patrons gave more than [Fixed that link] 100,000 books and other items back to the Chicago Public Library during a three-week period where the library granted amnesty from fees.
Spokesman Leland Elder said in a news release that Chicago libraries received 101,301 items during the Once in a Blue Moon amnesty period, which started on Aug. 20 and ended Tuesday. The amnesty applied to overdue books, CDs, DVDs and all other materials.
The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County has hired a Cleveland consulting firm to study the pay and benefits of library employees compared with those of their peers doing similar work elsewhere.
That firm, The Human Resource Department, will be paid between $12,000 and $13,500 for the compensation study, depending on its scope.
The services and personnel committee of the library’s board of trustees will meet at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Poland library to discuss the library system’s compensation philosophy and the compensation study.
Story from The Youngstown Vindicator (interesting newspaper name!)
Good Question... The library in Seattle has been closing during for a week for the last 4 years. Seems like there might be some historical data that these shelters and services could show about any increase in visits.
EveryLibrary is launching today as the first and only national political action committee (PAC) for libraries. Focused exclusively on local library ballot initiatives and measures, EveryLibrary is dedicated to helping libraries win at election time. The organization, found online at www.everylibrary.org, will fundraise nationally to support local library ballot committees and PACs, and provide them with technical support and consultancy on how to run – and win – at the ballot box.
“EveryLibrary is built on the idea that any library ballot initiative anywhere matters to every library everywhere,” says John Chrastka, executive director of EveryLibrary. “EveryLibrary will allow us to raise funds and support specific ballot measures that keep libraries open and thriving. Elections are the “last mile” of library advocacy and this new PAC is an amazing opportunity for our community to talk directly to voters.”
EveryLibrary is conducting a $50,000 fundraising round from September 5 to November 7, 2012 to underwrite the fees associated with its legal filings and to create campaign toolkits, voter education materials, and messaging targeted to 2013 election initiatives. Visit http://rally.org/everylibrary to learn more and to donate today. Individuals, corporations, unions, and certain foundations are eligible to donate. EveryLibrary will use donations to support local committees and PACs while providing technical assistance to campaigns.
2 year old child abducted from the Cincinnati Public Library
Cincinnati Police are investigating the abduction of Taishaionna Page. She is a 2-year old black child. She was taken today from the Main branch of the Cincinnati Public Library at 800 Main Street in downtown Cincinnati.
Budget cuts will shut the Seattle libraries for a week, but a group of hardcore readers is organizing a "People's Library" to fill the void.
The People's Library [ http://duetobudgetcuts.wordpress.com/ ] wants to provide reading material, kid's activities, and Internet access to the public while the libraries are out of service.
Organizer Yates Coley tells Ross and Burbank she and her friends thought up the idea about a week ago upon learning of the library furlough from Aug. 27 through Sept. 2.
Detroit library director reinstated, offered new $156K contract
The Detroit Public Library board flip-flopped this week, reinstating its ousted executive director and moving to extend her contract for a year.
Local librarians are on alert after bedbugs were found recently in books at two Connecticut libraries.
While none of the parasitic insects were found locally, library employees are taking measures to make sure they don’t end up there.
“We’ve been following it closely,” said Wallingford Public Library Director Leslie Scherer. “We have a procedure in place but we haven’t had any problems.”
Wake County Public Libraries has created a stop motion animation, Read: The Motion Picture: http://youtu.be/pfeYXbuF3l8?hd=1. Not only is this a fun short video, but we are offering to edit the ending so it can be used by your library! If any librarians are interested in having the video custom edited for their library, contact our Digital Library department at firstname.lastname@example.org.