September 28, 2016

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Video Archivist Makes Scientific History

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At her core, LJ Mover & Shaker Ludmila (Mila) Pollock is an archivist. As the executive director, library and archives at the Genentech Center for the History of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, she has been at the forefront of preserving the annals of scientific breakthroughs—through the stories of the people who made them.

AK State Shortfalls Threaten Hybrid Public/Academic Library

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Update: Efforts by EveryLibrary and the Alaska Library Association succeeded in restoring $668,000 to the state budget for broadband subsidies. While funding did not reach the original $768,000 cut, it still represents a win for Alaska’s libraries.

Newspaper: Disappearing Archive Only Temporary

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A popular digital Milwaukee Journal Sentinel newspaper archive will “soon” be available again to Milwaukee Public Library (MPL) patrons after it abruptly vanished without explanation on August 16, the paper’s president told Library Journal on Wednesday.

MA Center for the Book Complete Funding Loss Reversed

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The Massachusetts Center for the Book was re-funded on July 30 thanks to emergency sessions of the state House and Senate, after Governor Charlie Baker had completely defunded the Center and slashed budgets for several other educational and cultural organizations. Funding to the Massachusetts Cultural Center was also restored, as was the Local Aid to Public Libraries line item.

New Orleans Library Foundation Board Members Resign in Funding Scandal

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Only days after a definitive victory at the polls, the New Orleans library landscape was making news again—but this time it was the Foundation, not the library itself, and the news was not good. On May 5, an investigative report by correspondent David Hammer for local New Orleans station WWL-TV revealed that between 2012 and 2013 Irvin Mayfield and Ronald Markham, who then served on the board of the New Orleans Public Library (NOPL) Foundation as chair and president, respectively, gave the New Orleans Jazz Orchestra (NOJO) at least $863,000 in funding originally made to the NOPL Foundation. At that time both Mayfield and Markham were also drawing annual salaries of $100,000 apiece from the nonprofit NOJO, Mayfield as its founder and artistic director and Markham as president and CEO.

Aurora Library Budget Cuts Staff, Hours, Locations

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Having exhausted its cash reserves and knowing that a tax increase is a political non-starter, Illinois’ Aurora Public Library (APL) will eliminate 21 jobs in August, the first phase in a cost-cutting effort designed to close a looming $1.5 million budget gap.

Hartford PL Budget Cuts Reduced

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A $600,000 budget cut will force Connecticut’s Hartford Public Library (HPL) to eliminate 10 jobs and curtail Saturday hours at most branches, but swift intervention by Mayor Luke Bronin prevented an even steeper reduction that would have left the system with no choice but to close three of its 10 branches.

New York City FY17 Budget To Ensure Baseline Library Funding

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For the second year in a row, the proposed New York City capital budget provided a healthy allocation for the city’s three library systems. In a handshake agreement announced on June 8, Mayor Bill de Blasio—along with Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Finance Committee Chair Julissa Ferreras-Copeland, and members of New York City Council—presented the proposed $82.1 billion capital budget, which included $43 million in funding for New York’s three library systems. The funding restores and baselines an extra $21 million for libraries in FY17.

Newfoundland To Shutter More than Half its Libraries

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Outrage grows across Canada over a plan to close 54 of 95 public libraries in the eastern province of Newfoundland and Labrador, many of them in rural or sparsely populated areas. Twenty-seven libraries will be shut this year and 27 more in 2017, leaving only 41 facilities to serve the entire province, under a plan being implemented by the Provincial Information and Library Resources Board (PILRB), which saw its federal funding slashed.

Who Pays the Freight? Open Access: The Future of Funding

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Wednesday, May 25th, 2016, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET / 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM PT
In this webcast, our experts will highlight how librarians are tackling this important issue, and how the library can shape the future of funding Open Access.
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