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Be sure to read this editorial on collection development and selction practices from Steve Decker. Libraries need to address every patron\'s needs, whether they shop at WalMart or Lord and Taylor
Public Libraries: Where Designer Store meets Department Store
When we decide the library has the resources and space to develop a collection of music there will be those that will tell us that we need the classics–we need to honor and expand the minds of the public by presenting to them \"good\" music.
The Library\'s job is to \"offer.\" We have Shakespeare and Steinbeck but we also have Steel and Sheldon.
Oh, there are always matters of selection to be addressed. Let us address them together for the betterment of our public libraries.
Be sure to read on....
Here\'s an interesting story on the library in Massachusetts that allows young patrons rent R-Rated Videos. It seems there is more opposition than originally expected.
A patron showed up, carrying a petition with approximately 135 signatures, asking the executive board to consider changing that policy. -- Read More
Since openingone year ago thanks to the approval of a $2.85 million bond, the Eagle Public Library has more than doubled its collection and circulation rates. And the number of people visiting the library has jumped from 50 to 288 each day.
The Toronto Star has This Story on how osme libraries are letting people eat. Good to see libraries changing with the times.
For years, librarians have read the riot act to patrons caught eating or drinking in the stacks. But they now say the influence of Chapters and other big bookstores - where customers wander the aisles with food and drink from the in-store cafés - has spilled over to libraries, making it tougher to enforce the no-food-or-drink rule. ``I think people are a little on edge\'\' about the change, said chief librarian Mike Ridley. ``There\'s concern that the collection may be at risk. The fact is, people take books out and do even worse things to them at home.\'\' -- Read More
TORONTO (CP) - A tentative deal was reached late Monday between the city\'s public library and its workers.
The 2,500 library workers had set a weekend strike deadline, but the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 416 and city officials agreed to keep talking.
The main issues in the dispute were wages, job security, hours of work and shift premiums.
A strike would have closed 98 libraries.
The agreement is subject to ratification by both the board and the union.
Not everyone is happy about the video rental policy in MA, Story Here.
An Easthampton woman whose 13-year-old son recently came home from the library with several R-rated videos is mounting a campaign to give parents a say in what their children can check out from the library\'s collection.
Bennett, however, was not so happy. She and \"quite a few\" supporters plan to petition the library\'s executive board at its monthly meeting March 13 to set up a card system for library patrons under the age of 17 that will allow parents to indicate whether their children should be allowed to check out R-rated videos.
\"I\'m not (trying to) take away anybody\'s freedom,\" Bennett said yesterday, stressing that it should be up to parents to decide for their own children under age 17 whether they should have access to films that the movie industry has deemed suitable only for those aged 17 and above.
This Story from Hudsonville, MI.
The Gary Byker Memorial Library\'s Internet computers, which
had been unplugged since December, will fire up once again
after a city commission decision Wednesday to repeal an
Internet filter ordinance.
The city commission voted 6-1 in favor of an ordinance
submitted by about 80 Hudsonville residents asking that an
ordinance to filter all but one computer be repealed. -- Read More
A story from Philadelphia shows kids
where to get R-Rated movies.
UPDATEA Report on the lack of protests.
the Philadelphia system\'s decision to open access for
children as young as 12, down from 14.
Last year, the Free Library of Philadelphia got into a flap
over its policy of letting children as young as 14 borrow
Yesterday, library president Elliot L. Shelkrot acknowledged
that the policy had been changed. Now borrowers as young as
12 have access to all material, including videos.
\"The change in age is in response to the public,\" Shelkrot
Only in four systems surveyed, including Detroit and San
Diego, were borrowers required to be 18 or older to take -- Read More
A story on the new library in San Francisco, CA.
A city-commissioned report calling for $28 million in fixes to the 3-year-old Main Library received its first public airing.
The $240,000 report was commissioned to find solutions to a shortage of library shelf space and to complaints that books were difficult to find. But several of the nearly 60 people who attended Thursday night\'s meeting were disabled and worried the direction of the study would exclude them from the library\'s services.
\"Get a little sense,\" said the 54-year-old San Francisco resident as he addressed the commissioners and the team of library experts that worked on the study. \"I can\'t believe the commission paid to have this survey done.\" -- Read More