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Ohio Library Funding Notes

AshtabulaGuy writes "It's state budget time in Ohio! The Akron Beacon-Journal reports that the Barberton Public Library is seeking a property tax levy from voters in its district in Summit County. After failing last fall to get a property tax levy passed by voters to shore up its budget, the library is trying again. The article notes that due to state-level funding uncertainty the need for more local funding increases. Meanwhile in Seneca County, county officials made a major attempt to lobby state lawmakers to not cut revenue sharing funds. The article notes that libraries would receive a 5% cut to funds received from the state. It must be noted, though, that the budget briefing by Governor Taft's Office of Budget and Management (Adobe Acrobat document) discusses that funding levels would be frozen at a prior fiscal year's levels. Seneca County Commissioners are attempting to organize a trip of affected officials to Columbus to speak out at a House Finance Committee hearing. Then in Marietta, the Marietta Times notes that Marietta has joined a group of southeastern Ohio municipalities opposing cuts. The article reports that Taft reportedly designed the cuts to reflect reliance by affected entities on state level funds. The article notes that since libraries often rely on state level funds for 95-100% of their operating budgets, libraries were only given a 5% cut. Marietta is already facing budget stresses trying to recover from flooding in recent months. Christine Borne notes that Syracuse University is expanding to Cleveland by creating a program site at Case Western Reserve University even while local public libraries in Cuyahoga County and local governments discuss merging library districts and creating staffing redundancies. Although a consolidation is being initiated by local officials in Cuyahoga County, one state lawmaker is proposing consolidations of various library districts in Warren County with an eye to what other counties have either done or may be planning. American Libraries online provided some background to the matter although such may become dated son. Finally, the Ohio Library Council has started a "Protect Library Funding" effort that notes that a substitute proposal by Ohio House members, which may vary to an unknown extent from Governor Taft's proposal, is expected to be introduced in April. A call to action for Ohioans is posted at the site."

Long Island library does the shuffle ...

Jeanie Straub writes "Wired News reports that South Huntington Public Library on Long Island, New York, has become one of the first public libraries to offer iPod shuffles. 'It's changed the books on tape from a car-only experience to a bring-it-with-you experience,' one library user commented. How can anyone argue that libraries are irrelevant?"

Update on Banning the Declaration of Independence

Alice Anderson writes "I'm a parent at Stevens Creek School, the school accused of banning the Declaration of Independence. I thought you might like an update. First, the Declaration was never banned. It is hanging on the library wall, printed in the 5th grade text book, and taught by every 5th grade teacher. Even Dr. Richard Ferrier of the Declaration Federation supports the school, and he recently counseled Alan Keyes to remove a petition from his web site that urged harassment of the school.

So how did this urban legend get started? According to the Alliance Defense Fund, it was sloppy reporting. Their press release is below. When our overly evangelical teacher proposed an over the top 45 minute lesson that included some handouts, the principal rejected his lesson, not the Declaration.

Despite the ADF's lawyer-speak, the man on the street believed that the principal had removed the Declaration from the school and was X-ing out the word God from all historical documents. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Ironically, the principal is a Presbyterian and a Republican. She has strong feelings about God in the classroom herself. -- Read More

Ringo Releases Collection of Postcards from Fellow Beatles

search-engines-web.com writes "The ArtWork and the Humor will brighten up your Friday.Ringo Starr shows the personal side of his relationship with the Beatles through this collection spanning several decades.ringostarr.com/postcards.html"

Nation’s presidential libraries struggling to draw visitors

search-engines-web.com shares An Associated Press Piece on presidential libraries. With Americans spending less time visiting such museums across the country, Walch and the directors of the nation’s other presidential libraries say they are marketing themselves more aggressively than ever.
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“I’ve had easier sells,� said David Collins, a University of Iowa marketing instructor who helped develop a plan to boost the number of visitors at the library. “The problem is getting people here. Part of that problem is that everybody is looking for the ‘wow’ factor now.�

L. J. Names 2005 Librarian of the Year

From http://www.libraryjournal.com/article/CA491141

After entering as a "bit player" among feudal lords, she became an honored, celebrated campus leader. Building and repositioning the library, Susan Nutter brought it from what one senior professor called "an embarrassment" to its current role and site, a central force and place in the academic enterprise at North Carolina State University (NCSU), Raleigh. As Vice Provost and director of libraries, Nutter "has taken a middling library and made it into a model for the entire profession," says her colleague Carla Stoffle, dean of libraries at the University of Arizona. "The NCSU libraries have come to be recognized across our campus as vital for the university's success," says NCSU provost James Oblinger. Despite these and many more achievements, she "supports and gives credit generously to others and is unduly modest about her own contributions," says Karin Wittenborg, university librarian at the University of Virginia.

Professor Michael K. Stoskopf tells how, with her guidance, the NCSU faculty decided to forgo personal salary increases during trying financial times in North Carolina. They insisted that the money go to support the development of the NCSU library. "This generous gift made with enthusiasm by the entire university faculty was the catalyst that allowed the transformation of our library to one worthy of respect and admiration," Stoskopf continues, adding, "It is as good an example as I can provide of Susan's special abilities."

Because of these achievements, and with these enthusiastic endorsements, the editors of LJ celebrate Nutter as the 2005 Library Journal Librarian of the Year.

Changing Career Paths to Library Science

Bearkat writes "From NPR's Morning Edition

"When Joseph Nga came to the United States from his native Cameroon in 1997, he was pursuing a career in ethnobiology. But two master's degrees later, he still found his ambitions frustrated. In the process, a new path emerged. Nga had taken a part-time job at the Library of Congress. Unable to get a job in his field of choice -- even with two master's degrees -- Nga decided to change his career path to suit the library-related job he had."

Listen to the story at NPR."

Ten Stories that Shaped 2004

As an encore to last year's recap, read on for the top library stories of 2004. Comments are welcome! -- Read More

Oklahoma Librarian Calendar

Anonymous Patron writes "Want 12 months of Oklahoman Librarians? Well then, you could purchase the calendar mentioned at the OLA Blog.
http://librarystories.blogspot.com/2004/12/ola-200 5-okie-librarian-calendar.html

Let's give the following librarians a hand for willing to be photographed:

  • Lee Peoples
  • Adriana Edwards-Johnson
  • Jonathan Woltz
  • Kimberly Johnson
  • Kimberly Ann Edwards
  • Joy Summers-Ables
  • Robin Kickingbird
  • Ursula Ellis
  • Sara Martinez
  • Lynn Wallace
  • Buffy Edwards
  • Monica Bread"

Just How is Google Gonna Do It?

Bob writes "The size of the project itself is mind-boggling but the SF Chronicle describes the actual process the participating Google libraries will use to accomplish it."

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