March 17, 2018

CA State Senator Proposes Constitutional Amendment for Library Funding

California State Senator Lois Wolk (D-Davis) introduced an amendment to the state constitution which would make it easier for local governments to raise funds for public libraries. The amendment would reduce the percentage of votes needed to pass such a measure from the two-thirds supermajority currently needed to 55 percent, though still more than a simple majority.

CLA: Library Conference Not the Venue to Protest Library Cuts

Library activists were asked to leave the Canadian Librarian Association (CLA) conference in Ottawa, according to a blog for the University of Ottawa’s unionized librarians. In response to budget cuts at Library and Archives Canada (LAC), the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) launched the Save LAC campaign and designated May 31 as a “Day […]

California Updates Library Privacy Laws to Include Electronic Records

California Governor Jerry Brown signed into law Tuesday a measure that will modernize the state’s library privacy laws. The bill, SB445 sponsored by Senator Joe Simitian (D-Palo Alto), updates circulation of records laws in order to keep confidential electronic as well as written patron use information and borrowing records. The information cannot be disclosed by […]