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Archives for December 2011

LSSI Gets Its First Contract in Florida

By Andrew McIntyre In a move that is predicted to save $1 million or more annually, one central Florida county will soon outsource management of its branch libraries to Library Systems & Services (LSSI), a private, for-profit company based in Germantown, MD. The Osceola County Board of County Commissioners voted 3-2 on December 12 to […]

Copyright Office Supports Federalization of Pre-1972 Sound Recordings

In a report issued Wednesday, the U.S. Copyright Office recommended that sound recordings made before February 15, 1972 be brought under federal jurisdiction. “We believe that bringing pre-1972 sound recordings into the federal copyright system serves the interests of consistency and certainty, and will assist libraries and archives in carrying out their missions while also […]

Judge Gives Brooklyn Public Library a Tongue Lashing

A Brooklyn Supreme Court justice recently drew inspiration from Mel Brooks in order to better skewer the Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) and its top administrators. A man named David Rodriguez had filed suit (Rodriguez v. Brooklyn Public Library) in March 2010 against the library, alleging that he had been injured in an April 2009 car […]

For Second Time in Less Than a Year, New Jersey Library Fights to Stay Open

The Cumberland County Library in Bridgeton, New Jersey, is fighting — once again — for its life. The Board of Chosen Freeholders, the county’s legislative branch, has informed the library’s 14 employees to prepare for layoffs and the library’s possible closure in FY12 (which begins in January), or, at best, another sharp cut to the […]

With New Branch Opening, Jefferson Parish Library Closer to Putting Katrina Behind It

The Jefferson Parish Library advanced further on its arduous road back from Hurricane Katrina’s destruction with the reopening today of its Lakeshore Library branch. “It’s just a soft opening, but it has been awash with people. It’s been a constant stream from the moment the doors opened,” said Lon Dickerson, the library director. The formal […]

Inspiring Design | The User Experience

Need some design inspiration or encouragement? Here are some well-designed sites and services User Experience columnist Aaron Schmidt noticed recently in libraries.

Long-running Dispute Over Providence Libraries Settled

The Providence Public Library (PPL), which operates the Rhode Island city’s downtown library and owns seven of the nine neighborhood library buildings, struck a deal today to transfer ownership of the seven buildings to the city for $5 million. According to an announcement by PPL, the city will make an initial payment of $250,000 to […]

‘Upheaval at the New York Public Library’? At the Least, Some Clouds Over Transformation Plan | News Analysis

It was a blow–though unclear how big–that, on November 30, The Nation published Scott Sherman’s investigation, headlined “Upheaval at the New York Public Library.”

In Tough Times, Million Dollar Gifts Never Hurt

It’s fair to say that when writing about library finances most of news is fairly depressing. So, it is good to hear about some bright spots. The Palo Alto Library Foundation (PALF) has been raising money to help properly furnish the Mitchell Park Library and Community Center, the Main Library, and the Downtown Library, which […]

Gale Offers Scholarships for Small and Rural Library Staffs to Attend PLA Conference

Gale/Cengage Learning, in partnership with WebJunction, is offering scholarships that will pay for the library staffs from two small and rural libraries to attend the 2012 Public Library Association (PLA) annual conference in Philadelphia, PA. As part of its Small Library Support Program, Gale will provide travel, lodging registration and all related expenses for library […]