$1-million donation will help needy students with their homework at L.A. libraries

From LA Times

” Thirty-eight branches of the Los Angeles Public Library that offer homework help to poor and homeless students will receive a boost from a $1-million donation.The gift from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, announced Tuesday, will create an endowment for the free after school homework centers, which offer students access to computers, printers and other devices they might not have at home, if they even have permanent homes.There are an estimated 16,000 homeless students in L.A. Unified schools.The donation is meant to allow the centers to continue the work they are already doing — helping students with homework or completing college and scholarship essays — but it also could pay for updated technology, according to a press release.”


Carlsbad Offers Scholarships for Career Online High School

From Carlsbad Patch

” The city of Carlsbad is offering scholarships to adults to earn an accredited high school diploma and career certificate online through Career Online High School.
The scholarships are offered by Carlsbad City Library through the Benson Family Trust, in partnership with the California State Library and Gale, part of Cengage Learning.The program provides a limited number of scholarships to qualified applicants who are looking to expand their career opportunities, prepare for workforce entry and continue their education.”


Mariposa County Library to Add Weekly Green STEAM Makerspace

From Sierra Sun Times

” One of the exciting ways libraries are evolving to meet the needs of the community is the addition of “makerspaces” where people can create, invent and share ideas using equipment supplied by the library. Thanks to a grant from the California State Library, Mariposa Library will soon be offering a makerspace to the public on Saturdays.”


New Resource-Sharing Of Movies, Music, Books Comes To Napa County Library System

From Napa Valley Patch

” The Napa County Library’s access to materials just increased by 11 million movies, music and books through Link+, a consortium of libraries throughout the state of California and Nevada. To start, these items can be requested by patrons through library staff- either in person or by phone. These libraries include San Francisco Public, Oakland, Marin and numerous academic institutions.These items are received between five and seven days and patrons are notified upon arrival.The loan period for most items is the same 21 days as Napa County Library materials. Some movies and music are lent for seven days. If no one else has a hold on them, they can also be renewed, the same as our own materials.There’s no cost to get a library card or make use of this service.”


Coronado Library Is Driving Force Behind Digitization Of Historic Coronado Newspapers

From Coronado News

” One of the larger and most historically relevant projects undertaken by the Coronado Public Library in recent years is the digitization of 122,500 pages of historic Coronado newspapers, which are now part of the California Digital Newspaper Collection and available on-line. The newspapers date back to 1887 and except for a 12-year gap when there were no newspapers published in Coronado, the collection is complete.”


The Changing World of Library Reference

From Publishers Weekly

” In a 2015 article, PW columnist Brian Kenney jumpstarted a frank conversation about library reference. A year later, librarians tell us why that article struck a chord, and how reference is changing. One year ago, columnist Brian Kenney wrote a piece for PW titled “Where Reference Fits in the Modern Library.” The column addressed his frustration with the gulf between reference work as he experienced it in his library, the White Plains (N.Y.) Public Library, and how reference is discussed in the library profession and taught in library and information schools.”


MANTECA LIBRARY: Waiting for the next chapter

From Manteca Bulletin

” The Manteca Library hasn’t been expanded since 1977. The expansion at the city-owned facility at 320 W, Center Street in downtown was designed to serve the needs of a community of 32,000. Manteca now has 75,000 residents.The last big push to expand Manteca’s library facilities started 20 years ago. A citizens’ task force was formed. Options were studied such as building a new library at Airport Way and Louise Avenue and converting the exiting location into a branch library. In the end the task force — and the City Council at the time — settled on staying at 320 Center St. They went with a schematic design that more than doubled the space with a two-story floorplan that emphasized the tech forces that were reshaping libraries as the 21st century approached.”