The San Francisco Public Library has announced the winners of its Library Card Design Contest organized by ImproveSF, a citywide program designed to help the local government to work directly with its citizens on different projects. Five winning designs—one from each of five age/grade categories—were ultimately selected from a field of 3,500 entries submitted in September and October. A panel of judges initially winnowed the field to 10 finalists in each age group; the public then selected the winners by voting at ImproveSF.com.
Library Journal’s annual budget survey reveals that many public libraries are, at best, furiously treading water.
The 388 libraries that responded to the survey projected a negligible overall decrease in their total 2012 operating budgets (0.7 percent). Materials budgets are down 1.2 percent. And personnel budgets are relatively flat, with an uptick of just 0.2 percent.
San Francisco’s 2000 Branch Library Improvement Program (BLIP) bond measure has funded its 18th project—the Merced Branch Library, which reopened on May 14. The renovation also added 1100 square feet to the 5140 square foot library, which originally opened in 1958. Among the building’s upgrades are a designated teen space, a children’s area double its [...]