August 27, 2015

Sunland Park Library Reopens After Three Year Hiatus

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The Sunland Park Community Library (SPCL), NM, celebrated a grand reopening on August 13th after a three-year suspension. The library had closed amid tremendous budget deficiencies, as well as allegations that the library director, among other city employees, had committed voter fraud. “It’s open 40 hours a week again,” Sunland Park Mayor Javier Perea told […]

Queens Library Gets $14 Million More for Capital Improvements

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In early May, LJ reported that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed executive budget was set to cut $10 million in funding from New York City library systems. Library advocates rallied against the Mayor’s prospective cuts, and in June there was a massive turnaround—for FY16, the Mayor’s announced budget ultimately included a cumulative $43 million for Brooklyn Public Library, New York Public Library, and Queens Library (QL).

Feedback: Letters to LJ, August 2015 Issue

Letters to the August 2015 issue of Library Journal, including CA towns’ weeding shifting too fast to digital, keeping the Copyright Office at the Library of Congress, and setting the record straight on residency requirements

Speak Up: Supporting Online Language Learning with In-Person Programs

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Thursday, September 17th, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Join Will Chan, program administrator for services to new immigrants with Denver Public Library; Sandy Irwin, library director at the Durango Public Library, CO; Jack Marmorstein, Director of Learning Solutions from sponsor Rosetta Stone, Eric Soriano, e-services librarian with the Jacksonville Public Library (JPL), FL; and moderator Erin Shea, ‎Supervisor, Harry Bennett and Weed Hollander Branches at The Ferguson Library, Stamford, CT, as they discuss strategies such as cultural programming, volunteer facilitators, and partnerships with community organizations that can take online language learning to the next (reading) level.
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Planning Your Library Vote | Trustees Corner

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Resistance from taxpayers. Reluctance from board members. Friends not ready to be advocates. It’s no secret: waging a successful budget/funding vote, building referendum, or redistricting campaign can be challenging for any library.

News Briefs | August 2015

Dayton Metro Library received a Collections Innovation Award from the Urban Libraries Council, Santa Barbara PL assumed control over Buellton Library, and more news in brief from the August 2015 issue of Library Journal.

Library People News | August 2015

Banush named Dean of Libraries at Tulane; Blanton appointed Director, Louisville Free Public Library; Rosenblum appointed Chief Librarian at Brooklyn Public Library, and other new hires, promotions, retirements, and obituaries from the August 2015 issue of Library Journal.

New Landmark Libraries 2015: The Reveal

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This year’s round of Library Journal’s New Landmark Libraries returns to its roots, honoring public libraries completed between 2010 and 2014. Below are the lists of 11 winners and 11 honorable mentions in alphabetical order, selected from more than 80 entries. For complete profiles, trends and more, watch for the September 15th issues of Library Journal and Library By Design!

Brooklyn Public Library To Sell Branch to Real Estate Developer

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A controversial proposal to turn a Brooklyn Public Library (BPL) Brooklyn Heights branch into condos with a branch on the bottom floor cleared a hurdle in late July, when the local Community Board approved BPL’s proposed sale. Next, the deal goes before Borough President Eric Adam at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, August 18. If it passes that hurdle, it still needs to move through the City Planning Commission and New York’s City Council before becoming final.

The Modern Library: Meeting Users On Their Own Terms

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Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM ET / 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
From beach bicycles re-designed as roving story-time spectaculars to late nights spent in university canteens, WCL staff are taking the best parts of the library to where their potential customers are. Learn more about how WCL is using imagination to reach key potential users in family, tourist, and student communities, and how staff is applying their experiences for new mobile services concepts. In the states, WPLS employs a bookmobile with a mobile hotspot, organizes special library card signup drives at local schools, builds book collections based on user input, and offers links to library materials that tie into school curricula at every grade level. Hear how WPLS has achieved great success by going out into the community to understand and address the needs of its user base.
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