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.”