Public Libraries

Queens, NY Public Libraries Face Deep Cuts

From the New York Daily News:

Queens Library will need to reduce its staff by 200 full-time positions and cut hours at most of its branches, its executive director warned yesterday.

Under the city\'s preliminary budget for fiscal year 2003, the library is facing \"the single largest funding reduction ever in the history of the Queens Library,\" Gary Strong said at a hearing of the Queens Borough Board on the budget . . .

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Child pornography found, library computers seized

Found out about this one from Library Stuff:

After printouts of child pornography were found in a garbage can, police seized 26 computers from a library in Sun Prairie, Wisconsin. A police spokesman said the authorities also grabbed a library security videotape and "a list of those who returned or checked out items."

Story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Who is responsible for Children In The Library

uible writes \"
For the last six months Adena Wilson\'s 15-year-old son has been going to the Westerville Public Library. She thought he was improving his mind. Then she found the porn pictures he had dowloaded while using the library computers. According to his mother, \"[he] had never seen pictures like that until he was here.\"


Westerville Public Library\'s Don Barlow explained that the filter used by the library is site specific, in order not to wholesale block sites. Barlow also pointed out that parents have the responsibility of policing their children, not the library. The mother contends that at the library, the library is responsible (she claims responsibility when he is home).


There is also a survey on the same page about who is responsible for keeping children away from pornography on the Internet - parents, librarians, filters, or combination of the three. At this point the run-away favorite is parents, then combination of the three. Librarians - 0%! \"
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Michigan Library Explores User Fees

From Michigan Live:

The Hudsonville Library Board has adopted a schedule of user fees to be imposed on patrons who live outside the city limits.

Commissioner Arlen Dykema, who serves on the Library Board, told the City Commission last week the Library Board expects to begin a system of user fees by July 1 \"to give us time to look it over and adjust it a little bit.\"

The board began investigating user fees last fall when Library Director Melissa Huisman noted that nearly half the library\'s circulation was to non-residents, primarily Georgetown Township residents. While Hudsonville residents pay $1 million for library operations, no funds are received from neighboring municipalities whose residents use the library.

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In the Wonderland of Libraries Are Cats Like Alis

Gary Price passed along This LATimes Story on library cats, this one named Alis, she died this week, after 15 years in the library. This is the longest story on library cats I\'ve seen.

The story also has information on The Library Cat Society.

The society has a threefold mission: \"To encourage the establishment of a cat or cats in a library environment; to improve the well-being and image of the library cat; and to promote camaraderie among library staffs who have cats, or hope to, and with those persons not in libraries who advocate library cats.\"

Police check out books to protest library program

Police in South Bend, Indiana, protested an upcoming library program on "What To Do When Stopped By the Police" by visiting the library daily to check out all books put out in a promotional display. "I don\'t care if they\'re really reading them, but this borders on a form of censorship," says the library director. Story in the South Bend Tribune.

Dot.Bust Overloading Public Library Terminals

There\'s a Little Blurb at Business Week on the troubles the dot.com bust are causing at SFPL.


\"As local unemployment has surged to 5.7%, once-quiet bookworm oases now swarm with surly surfers. Weekday demand for the main library\'s 300 computers is so high that administrators split them into \"express\" terminals, with a 15-minute limit, and 1-hour terminals--with strictly enforced waiting lists. \"It\'s like a stampede in the morning for the sign-up sheet,\" says library spokeswoman Marcia Schneider. \"Security has to hold people back.\"

There is a report of \"Web Rage\", where one user screamed for 10 minutes at a librarian who kicked him off a terminal and then threatened to sue.

Florida Libraries Short on Spanish Language Material

From the Orlando Sentinal:

Vivian Irizarry visits the Buenaventura Lakes branch library in Osceola County every week. She devours Spanish translations of Danielle Steele, John Grisham and Mario Puzo, as well as books by Colombian writer Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Her choice of reading material is skimpy. Although Osceola is nearly 30 percent Hispanic, Spanish-language materials account for slightly more than 1 percent of the total collection . . .

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Sticky Bandit Busted

Tacoma Police arrested a 56-year-old man Friday in a series of incidents in which syrup was poured into library book drops, destroying nearly $10,000 worth of books, videotapes and compact discs. They think he\'s hit 21 times since October, and, King County libraries in 1997, The man spent two months at Western State Hospital after the King County library incidents.

Here\'s A Story at SeattlePI.com.

The last refuge - The library

Gary Price was kind enough to pass along a Nice Irish Times Story on all the great things happening at the Blanchardstown Library. I don\'t think I\'ve seen such praise for a library before.

\"Children\'s librarian handing out carnations? Surely some mistake: librarians are scary creatures in hand-knitted cardigans who say shush a lot and turn children who haven\'t paid their library fines into mice. They\'re not flower-wielding, skate-pants-wearing women in their 20s.\"

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