June 18, 2018

Nashville, Salt Lake City, Columbus Eliminate Fines

Starting the first week of July 2017, the Nashville Public Library (NPL) and the Salt Lake City Public Library system (SLCPL) have joined the increasing number of public libraries in the United States that no longer collect overdue fines from patrons. These changes will also wipe out fines that users have already accrued. For both systems, this shift reflects their missions to remove a barrier to library borrowing—blocked card privileges due to fines and to provide equitable access to as many patrons as possible.

Salt Lake City Public Library Proposes 24/7 Operations

When the Salt Lake City Public Library (SLCPL) was chosen as Gale/LJ Library of the Year in 2006, then-director Nancy Tessman asserted that “the building reflects the idea of an open mind.” SLCPL’s newest proposal—to keep its main branch open 24 hours a day, seven days a week—will put that concept to the test.

Salt Lake Audit Prepares Library for a Permanent Director

The Salt Lake City Council and Salt Lake City Public Library (SPCPL) Board received a briefing yesterday on the library’s recently completed performance audit. The audit was initially mooted on October 29, 2011, when the board accepted Director Beth Elder’s resignation, Julianne Hancock, SLCPL’s manager of communications and library innovation, told LJ. The audit provides […]