Public Libraries

OH County Library Hires Firm to Study Employees’ Compensation

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!)

Do homeless support agencies see an uptick in use when the library closes?

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.

A New PAC Just for Libraries

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.

Cincinnati girl abducted from PL

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.

Seattle Group setting up 'People's Library' during Seattle Public Library closure

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

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.

Libraries on alert for bedbugs

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.”

Fun video we'd like to share

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 askwcpl@wakegov.com.

WI Library Prepared For Inquiring Reporters After Ryan Picked For VP

For most residents of Janesville, Wis., the selection of Paul Ryan as Mitt Romney's running mate was a story of a life-long local resident making good. For the librarians of Janesville, it meant getting ready for a steady steam of political reporters who came knocking on their door.
[Thanks Courtney]

Pranksters rearrange books stack furniture in pair library break-ins

Kids in Orleans County sometimes complain there’s little to do in the Northeast Kingdom, but police say a few turned to midnight mischief at two public libraries and a Town Hall to help pass the time.

Books were rearranged. Furniture was piled almost to the ceiling. A needed date stamp went missing.
“The children’s books were moved to the adult section. The adult books were moved into the children’s room. They just took handfuls of books and were just shelving them,” Eubanks said about the May mischief at the Glover library. She said chairs and tables were stacked at Town Hall that night, too.

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