Napa County: County library offering live online chatting

From Napa Valley Register

” Napa County is celebrating its 166th birthday with a new online chat feature on The instant messaging function allows users to chat directly with staff to answer questions.The Napa County Library is the first department to participate in online chatting.”

Earn an accredited diploma at Yolo libraries

From Daily Democrat

“The Yolo County Library is offering community members an opportunity to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate through Career Online High School, a program brought to public libraries by Gale, a for profit company a part of Cengage Learning.COHS is a pilot project, recently signed by Gov. Jerry Brown, with a $1 million budget aimed at helping Californians earn a high school diploma online. The California State Library is assisting with the program’s implementation and working to create partnerships and funding opportunities at the local and state levels.”

USC to install many microlibraries across campus

From Daily Trojan

” Like any library, the microlibraries will be set up with freely available books and other materials completely open to the public. The microlibraries will also serve as an interactive artistic element to USC’s campus, serving a dual purpose of art as well as a public stop for literary resources.”

USC to install many microlibraries across campus

Solano County: Libraries, Liberty and justice for all

From Daily Republic

” Separate and unequal access to knowledge is the antithesis of library ideals. The American Library Association actively commits its programs and resources “to those efforts that combat prejudice, stereotyping and discrimination against individuals and groups in the library profession and in library user populations on the basis of race, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, creed, color, religious background, national origin, language of origin or disability.” The same principles apply at the Solano County Library.”

Patterson: Segoviano to retire from library

From Patterson Irrigator

“When Sandie Segoviano turns the key in the lock of the Patterson Branch Library March 3, it will be for the last time in her 31 years on the staff. Segoviano is retiring from the library after three decades.”

San Francisco: Officials to plot future of library

From The Daily Journal

” Officials are checking out ways the South San Francisco Public Library can better address the evolving needs of residents, which may result in offering new services some may feel are long overdue.The South San Francisco City Council is set to consider during a meeting Wednesday, Feb. 17, a strategic plan which could chart a new course over the next five years for the library.The library is one of the community facilities officials have considered upgrading through use of revenue expected to be generated by Measure W, the new half-cent sales tax increase recently approved by voters.”

Butte County Library undertakes countywide mental health training

From ChicoER

” Approximately 1 in 4 adults in the U.S. experiences mental illness every year, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. So it isn’t about “us versus them,” counselor Lisa Smusz told a room of Butte County Library staff, librarians and volunteers Monday. It affects us all: our families, our friends. Countywide training on how to deal with the mentally ill is the first part of a project made possible by a $25,000 federal grant awarded to the library through the Library Services and Technology Act.”