SF Library Workers May Get Training to Stop Heroin Overdoses

From US News

” San Francisco public library staffers may soon be trained to administer medication to reverse heroin overdoses among the growing number of opioid users who are homeless.
The idea surfaced after an addict was found dead in one of the Civic Center library’s restrooms in early February, the San Francisco Chronicle reports Sunday.In a Feb. 28 letter to his staff that was obtained by the Chronicle, City Librarian Luis Herrera said that a decision about training librarians to treat overdose with naloxone will not be made until the issue is fully explored. He added that if done, it would be on “a strictly voluntary basis.”Naloxone, also known by the brand name Narcan, typically is administered by a nasal spray or leg injection.San Francisco’s main library has become a magnet for the city’s homeless population, which has seen an increase in users of heroin and prescription painkillers.”


Thirty Museums and Libraries Named Finalists for 2017 National Medal Award

From Institute of Museaum and Library Services

” The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 30 finalists for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 23 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families and communities.”


Marin County: ESL classes quadruple thanks to school and library collaboration

From The Point Reyes Light

“English as a Second Language classes are set to quadruple in West Marin thanks to a joint effort between Shoreline Unified School District and the Marin County Free Library, which together roped in $26,000 from state adult education funds to hire five new teachers and increase the number of classes. Beginning this week in Point Reyes Station, six free morning and night classes are now offered at the Dance Palace Community Center from Monday through Thursday, with concurrent free child care. The same services will be offered in Tomales in April. Bonny White, West Marin branch manager for the library system, said E.S.L. classes used to only be offered once a week in Tomales and Point Reyes Station. It was a conversation Ms. White had with Bob Raines, Shoreline’s superintendent, in which the two agreed that a language couldn’t be properly learned with just one class a week, that prompted the effort. The pair, with help from the Marin County Adult Education Consortium—a countywide association of school districts, the College of Marin and adult education programs—secured the funds for the current school year. Mr. Raines said they will soon return with another proposal to acquire funds for next year.”


Santa Monica: Literacy at the Library

From Santa Monica Daily News

” If you only visit the Library to check-out books or DVDs, you’re missing a huge part of what Santa Monica Public Library has to offer. Did you know that there is a Library program going on, at one or more of our locations, pretty much every day of the year? In 2016 the Library presented over 1,900 programs that drew over 65,800 participants. We have programs of all types – book discussions, crafts, computer classes, author talks, film screenings, concerts – and for all ages.While some of these programs are totally, completely, unabashedly for fun – how about a screening of The Secret Life of Pets, anyone? – many are educational in nature and, of those, some speak specifically to learning skills that advance one’s literacy, or “competence or knowledge in a specified area.” Our programs include everything from Story Times for babies and children to computer classes for adults; all with the goal of boosting literacy.


3 UC libraries sign Expression of Interest committing to achieve open access for scholarly journals

From The Daily Californian

“Three University of California libraries, including UC Berkeley’s, signed an Expression of Interest with Open Access 2020, or OA2020, a movement aimed at increasing accessibility to scholarly journals.The signing, announced in a press release by the UC Berkeley Library on Monday, makes UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UC San Francisco three of the latest institutions to join OA2020 — a movement spearheaded by the Munich-based Max Planck Digital Library. They join more than 80 scholarly organizations worldwide, including California State University Northridge, which signed in July 2016.According to Anneliese Taylor, UCSF Library assistant director for scholarly communications and collections, what the agreement means in practice is that any publications in academic journals by authors from the three UC campuses will become open-access.”


Newport Beach: Turning a Page on Branch Libraries

From Newport Beach Indy

” The Newport Beach Public Library’s board of trustees is moving forward with improvements to the Corona del Mar branch, despite a recent setback to a full remodel and adjoining fire station.After the anticipated $8 million plan was approved by the city in 2015, the current close-fisted City Council has delayed the project, along with other building initiatives, to address the city’s ominous unfunded pension liability that stands at around $315 million.The Corona del Mar “Fibrary,” as it is locally known, can wait, but critical updates will not for an aging structure that receives over 40,000 visitors a year.Knowing that, Library Board of Trustees chairwoman Jill Johnson-Tucker had tasked fellow trustee Paul Watkins to form a list of maintenance priorities.”


UCSD librarian marries print and digital in perfect union

From The San Diego Union Tribune

” There’s been a lot of dust ups over the rise of digital.Some people passionately prefer print, and stiffly wave away the very notion of change.Then there’s people like Brian Schottlaender, who loves both and who found a way to bring them together during his 18 years as UC San Diego’s head librarian.Schottlaender struck a partnership with Google, which digitized hundreds of thousands of the university’s books. He also digitized many of the school’s rare and special materials, greatly increasing their use and visibility.The 64 year-old Schottlaender recently sat down with the Union-Tribune to discuss his work, and what he plans to do when he retires in June.”