Library lovers toss the book at Alameda County’s disposal system

from the San Francisco Chronicle

“The idea that a public library system would toss out hundreds of thousands of books without rhyme or reason just doesn’t sound right. But that’s what appears to have happened in Alameda County’s 10-branch library system over the past two years. Watchdog activists believe the library has discarded almost 400,000 books from its shelves. County officials contend that the number is closer to 172,000 books, and they say many of these books are passed to friend-of-library groups for sales or are recycled.”

San Mateo County: Library connects users at home

from the Half Moon Bay Review

“The San Mateo County Library system has recently announced a new service that offers wireless hotspots and wireless hotspots/laptop combinations for checkout through all of its locations and its bookmobile.”

Kern County: System helps libraries improve service — and reduce costs

from the Bakersfield Californian

“There is, in fact, a better way to approach library budgets than to place the future of libraries in the hands of people who do not necessarily understand their purposes. This is just a thumbnail sketch of the program, but it is an important breakthrough in the budgeting process.”

Yolo County: Library is a one-stop center for job assistance

from the Davis Enterprise

“A grand-opening celebration for the Davis Employment & Eligibility Services One-Stop Center is planned for 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at the Stephens Branch Library, 315 E. 14th St. in Davis.”

Berkeley Library trustees nix changing branch name, anger supporters

from the Contra Costa Times

“Armed with signatures from about 2,000 supporters asking to rename the South Berkeley Library in honor of local civil rights hero Tarea Hall Pittman, many of the 75 or so people who squeezed into the library board of trustees meeting Wednesday night, thought the name change was a slam dunk. But in a move that Councilman and library trustee Darryl Moore called ‘shocking,’ trustees voted 3-2 against the policy change that would have permitted the renaming.”

St. Helena: Everything changes with technology in our libraries

from the St. Helena Star

“The Internet has however had a huge impact on what [libraries] do and how [they] do it. Literacy, a library cornerstone, has expanded to include digital and information literacy, computer and media literacy, and cultural literacy. In short, libraries have always been in the business of supporting people, and we still do, just with different tools. So when I introduce myself as a librarian and am asked the inevitable, ‘Why do we need libraries when we have Google/Wikipedia/Amazon?’, I smile graciously, take a sip out of the wine glass I am hopefully holding, and casually mention that across the state of California more than a million people visit a library every day.”

Santa Clara County libraries: ESL program is part language learning, part cultural exchange

from the San Jose Mercury News

“The Campbell Library, along with other libraries in the Santa Clara County Library District such as Cupertino, Gilroy and Milpitas, are providing multiple adult English-learning programs. The classes are usually filled to capacity, as are the adjunct conversation clubs.”

Where is the money going? – Most of $100 million L.A. spends on homeless goes to police services

from AllGov California

“Los Angeles spends $100 million a year on its 23,000 homeless people—$4,348 per person—but most of the money goes to policing them, not providing assistance. A new report from the City Administrative Officer (CAO) studied the homeless landscape in 2013 to see how Los Angeles addressed the ‘serious challenges’ of providing shelter, mental health and medical care, protection from disease, security for personal property and other ‘critical matters’… The report did not indulge in fingerpointing. Much of what it did was simple fact-finding. They identified 15 city agencies and departments providing homeless services, a much wider range—with much higher costs—than are indicated in the budget. And they found out the homeless like to hang out at the library. A survey discovered that 92% of 73 Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) branches had 680 to 780 regular homeless patrons. While they all may not be big readers, the fact that they congregate there makes libraries a prime candidate for homeless outreach programs.”

3-D printing law sent to California Legislature

from Courthouse News Service

“A California lawmaker introduced legislation that would force public libraries offering 3D printing services to warn users of copyright liability of the fledgling technology. Rep. Nora Campos, D-San Jose, introduced AB 37 which if passed would require the Department of Justice to produce warning signs about the misuse of 3D printing and distribute them to every public library that offers the technology.”

Los Angeles Public Library wins top award for cultural institutions

from the Los Angeles Times

“The Los Angeles Public Library has won a National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the most prestigious award for libraries and museums, given yearly to 10 cultural institutions.”

Kern County: Supes delay library survey

from the Ridgecrest Daily Independent

“The Kern County Board of Supervisors wants to survey the public’s opinions on Kern County Library services, but not quite yet. The board voted Tuesday to delay issuing a survey on library services to allow for revisions to the survey. The board also decided to extend the period of time for soliciting public input on library services through other forums including public meetings, although an exact deadline has not yet been set.”

Summer feeding [Lunch at the Library; Seed libraries; etc.]

from Comstock’s Magazine

“Your next visit to the public library might not be to check out a book. Libraries are becoming critical agents in a sprouting local food movement, so you might instead bite into an actual meal, join a cooking class or even check out garden seeds.”

California library advocate receives WHCLIST Award

from the ALA District Dispatch

“This week, the American Library Association (ALA) Washington Office announced that Mas’ood Cajee, a library advocate from Stockton, Calif., is the winner of the 2015 White House Conference on Library and Information Services (WHCLIST) Award. Given to a non-librarian participant attending National Library Legislative Day, the award covers hotel fees and includes $300 stipend to defray the cost of attending the event.”

California library advocate receives WHCLIST Award

Library improvements vital to Stockton’s future

from the Stockton Record

“In the 1960s, Stockton built a beautiful new Central Library downtown and boasted a top 10 library system in California. Today, we have a bottom 10 library system in America. It’s difficult to be a competitive city that attracts high-paying jobs with a reputation like that. It’s hard to address public safety issues when families and neighborhoods have few to no positive resources for safety, refuge, and advancement.”

San Rafael to hire firm to study downtown library expansion effort

from the Marin Independent Journal

“Preliminary plans to build a new San Rafael library are moving forward as library officials seek a consultant to figure out what the new building — or buildings — might look like.”

La Jolla Library launches 3-D printing lab

from the La Jolla Light

“La Jolla’s Riford Library is bringing activity time into the 21st century with the installation of a 3-D printer and educational Basic Safety Level (BSL) 1 biotech laboratory for small-scale public workshops and demonstrations.”

Atherton adopts ‘talking points’ on use of library tax dollars

from the Almanac Online

“Atherton’s City Council has approved a set of ‘talking points’ members said will be a starting point in negotiations with the county library system over the future use of library tax funds generated within the town … Atherton is part of a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) that manages the county library system, along with Belmont, Brisbane, East Palo Alto, Foster City, Half Moon Bay, Millbrae, Pacifica, Portola Valley, San Carlos and Woodside as well as San Mateo County. Changes in the joint powers agreement are being considered by the county library system’s governing board. The changes could mean that some property tax funds that now go to Atherton, Woodside and Portola Valley for library use in those towns will be shared with the rest of the county libraries.”

Public employee pensions are killing services in California


“A new study published by the Manhattan Institute shows that many California cities are suffering from ‘crowding out,’ a cut in services in order to cope with the ever-increasing benefits granted to government employee retirees, which ‘crowd out’ other spending…libraries lost 10.6 percent of their opening hours between 2009 and 2012.”

California State Librarian Greg Lucas says, “We Need to Focus More of California’s Innovation and Creativity on Our Public Libraries”

from the Sierra Sun-Times

“State Librarian Greg Lucas has sent the following message to California’s 1,112 libraries calling for getting a library card into the hands of every kindergartner, working to ensure every Californian can read at more than a 5th grade level, and creating a system where every Californian can use their library card anywhere in California.”

Kern County: Survey skips library privatization issue

from the Bakersfield Californian

“Kern County won’t be asking the public what they think of library privatization, at least not under the public outreach plan County Administrative Officer John Nilon plans to take to the Kern County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. County officials are just hoping the public will tell them what they want their libraries to look like.”

Costa Mesa: Neighborhood center needs overhaul to be turned into library, consultant says

from the Daily Pilot

“Costa Mesa’s Neighborhood Community Center would need major work before it could be converted into a large central library, a city consultant told a crowd of residents Thursday night.”,0,6422504.story