Trump budget would undercut libraries and all they do

From San Francisco Chronicle

” Californians — and Americans in general — love their libraries. Stacks of studies say so, but the proof is really in the 160 million in-person visits and 32 million online visits California libraries receive every year. In fact, communities like their libraries so much they don’t think libraries are part of government.But taxpayer dollars keep library doors open to provide anyone who wants it the opportunity to improve their lives — by learning to read, by accessing public services, by getting help with a resume, by connecting to the Internet and online databases, by finding material for the visually impaired.Maybe by even checking out a book or two.Around $180 million of America’s investment in its 123,000 libraries comes from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services, set for elimination under the president’s budget framework released on March 10. Of that total, roughly $16 million is California’s share.
The independent institute may have been inadvertently swept up in the Trump administration’s stated desire to zero out federal funding for the National Endowment for the Arts and public broadcasting.Not to diminish the intrinsic value of the arts, but the role libraries play in communities, states and the nation is far broader and more basic.Libraries are an essential part of the nation’s education system.The best investment of a taxpayer dollar is helping someone read better.”

Fight for Libraries This Week

From American Libraries Magazine

” On March 16, President Trump submitted his budget outline—the so-called skinny budget—to Congress, which proposes wholesale changes to federal funding priorities, including deep cuts to many programs. Alarmingly to librarians across the nation, those proposals include eliminating the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and more than $210 million in funding cuts for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) and Innovative Approaches to Literacy (IAL) programs.LSTA provides funding to each state library organization, which then determines the best use in its state for these funds. Some state libraries have used LSTA funds to develop statewide lending libraries, shared databases, and similar tools. Others have provided funding for specific programs. For example, California used LSTA funds to assist veterans in their transitions to civilian lives; North Carolina helped small businesses in a rural community to develop an online presence for their companies; Alabama funded a program to assist families with disabled children; and Illinois helped a small library replace part of its collection damaged in a flood.”

Women’s March memorabilia preserved as history in Sutro Library

From Golden Gate Xpress

” The Sutro Library at SF State is currently collecting handmade signs, handbills, clothing and other memorabilia from the Jan. 21 San Francisco Women’s March to preserve the historic day for future generations.The Sutro Library, located on the the fifth floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library, is a California public research institution under the California State Library system and is open to the public.Mattie Taormina, the director of the Sutro Library, is in charge of collecting and cataloguing the items donated by people from all over California who participated in the Women’s March. Donated items like protest signs and handmade pussycat hats will be preserved as historic memorabilia.As a participant in the march and the head of a state library, Taormina felt it was her duty to preserve this aspect of California history.

Sunnyvale: Library cart cafe brews coffee, fights homelessness

From The Mercury News

” Visitors to the Sunnyvale Public Library can now purchase beverages from a cart that has a purpose beyond just refreshment.Kartma Street Cafe held its grand opening and ribbon cutting at the library on March 22. The cart bills itself as “the street cafe that’s ending homelessness.”A creation of Downtown Streets Team, all of the baristas and operators are individuals transitioning out of homelessness. Organizers say those staffing it are receiving the chance to “earn a living wage.” All Kartma baristas go through training before going on to serve the public.The cafe, which got its start in San Jose, is now a permanent fixture outside the library courtyard. It serves coffee, hot chocolate and tea. Java is from Chromatic Coffee in San Jose. The cart is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.”

10,000-book giveaway leaves SF teachers with feel-good ending

From SF Gate

” The long gray Potrero Hill warehouse that houses the donation center of the nonprofit Friends of the San Francisco Public Library is usually filled with old books, stacks and stacks of dog-eared tomes, thousands of pounds worth.But thanks to a generous donor, the building was recently filled with brand-new books — more than 10,000 of them, to be given away to public school teachers such as Liana Koehler, who know exactly what to do with them.Koehler, 32, a fourth-grade teacher at Gordon J. Lau Elementary School in Chinatown, said that for her students, reading is vital because many are English language learners and school is an important environment for practicing their language skills.“My school has a lot of newcomer students and students who are learning English as a second language. School is where they’re practicing their English, so it’s great to have books that support that,” she said as she perused the thousands of titles stacked on tables.Teachers from elementary schools across San Francisco lined up down the block one day last week for the giveaway, an opportunity to secure new books for students who have little access to printed material at home.”

Self-checkout coming to all San Diego libraries

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

“Self-checkout computer kiosks are being installed across the city of San Diego’s 36-branch library system this year to eliminate long lines, free workers up for other tasks and make inventory more efficient and accurate.Installation of the kiosks, which began in late December and will conclude in July, is requiring two-week closures of some branches on a rolling basis.The kiosks include a feature allowing library patrons to get a list of other recommended books or videos based on what they’ve previously checked out.The new technology could allow the library system to shrink its staff or allow branches to stay open more hours with the same personnel.But Sheila Burnett, deputy director of the city’s library system, said so far employees are being redeployed to other tasks.”

Rancho Bernardo’s youth services librarian is following in mom’s footsteps

From San Diego Union Tribune

” Rancho Bernardo Library’s new youth services librarian said she wants to make the library a more educational and fun place to visit.Laura Anthony — who began earlier this month — said she wants to increase teen programming, is starting an all-ages chess club that will meet on Tuesday nights, wants to have sensory-friendly events for kids on the autism spectrum through a partnership with RB-based Kids Therapy Associates, and plans to have more “fun” science programs.The Lifescanner insect identification kit available for children to check out through April 8. (-Elizabeth Marie Himchak)The latter includes a new city-wide library program called “The Catalog of Life @ the Library.” It is a month-long project that runs through April 8 and geared to 9- to 12-year-olds. Kids may check out a Lifescanner kit, collect up to four bugs then return the kit and bugs to the library. Each bug is to be placed in an individual liquid-filled vial. Anthony will forward the samples to project officials for study.”

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.”

President’s budget proposal to eliminate federal library funding ‘counterproductive and short-sighted’

From ALA News

” In response to President Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget, American Library Association (ALA) President Julie Todaro today issued the following statement:”The President’s proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in his FY2018 budget just released, and with it effectively all federal funding for libraries of all kinds, is counterproductive and short-sighted. The American Library Association will mobilize its members, Congressional library champions and the millions upon millions of people we serve in every zip code to keep those ill-advised proposed cuts from becoming a Congressional reality. Libraries leverage the tiny amount of federal funds they receive through their states into an incredible range of services for virtually all Americans everywhere to produce what could well be the highest economic and social “ROI” in the entire federal budget.”

Northern California’s coolest libraries still draw a crowd

From The Sacramento Bee

“With our Netflixes and Kindles, we don’t think twice anymore about zapping a movie, book or song into our homes with the tap of a fingertip. Media have become as ephemeral as the pollen from a poplar tree, and we can watch a scene from our favorite TV show almost as quickly as we can think of it.So in this digital landscape, what on earth are all those people young and old still doing in libraries on any given afternoon?Our love of physical place is a big part of the draw, even as online worlds demand more of our attention. As long as we live in flesh-and-blood bodies, we will still want to go somewhere to sit and think and watch other people live out their minutes. Likewise, we still prefer reading books printed in real ink on real paper pages; for the past few years, the market share of e-readers in the publishing world has leveled off to about 20 percent.”

State Library’s genealogy resources spotlighted

From The Davis Enterprise

” The California State Library’s California History Room is a nearby treasure trove of genealogical information that includes vast collections of rare publications, city directories and unique indexes that make this library a “must” stop for any genealogist. Housed here are primary source materials directly related to California local history and genealogy.An expert will describe the room’s rare books, maps, newspapers and periodicals as well as the huge collection of one-of-a-kind photographs, letters, paintings, posters, pamphlets, sheet music and telephone books spanning the years 1878-2006 that can help listeners learn about their California ancestors.Smith is a reference librarian in the California History Room with a strong background in local history and archival work.”

STEAM Workshops to Inspire Kids at Libraries Across San Diego

From Times of San Diego

” A free, three-month children’s science program will include classes and workshops at San Diego Public Library branches around the city.“Spring into STEAM,” designed for youngsters 9 through 12 years old, features courses on entomology, beekeeping, solar energy, computer coding, geometry and circuitry. The program will also include a project in which residents are encouraged to collect and identify new species in the San Diego area.“San Diego’s libraries are centers for learning, and we’re always looking to create more opportunities in our libraries to help our youth get ready for the jobs of tomorrow,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said.“With Spring into STEAM, we’re giving schoolchildren hands-on training in science, technology, engineering, arts and math in the hopes of inspiring San Diego’s next generation of thinkers, innovators and makers,” Faulconer said. “The experiences they share through this program are like keys that open up worlds of opportunity.”Librarians will teach some of the courses along with community partners like entomologist Bill Burkhardt, beekeeper and educator Hilary Kearney, computer science education company ThoughtSTEM, the All Girls STEM Society and The League of Extraordinary Scientists & Engineers, which connects local schools with professionals in science fields and classroom resources.”

Nearly 700,000 books returned to SF Public Library during ‘fine amnesty’ month

From The San Francisco Examiner

” A recent campaign by the San Francisco Public Library to reactivate its absent membership and recover overdue books is being viewed as a success after 12,246 overdue items were returned to stock.The widely publicized fine amnesty program ran from Jan. 3 to Feb. 14, waiving late fees on books, CDs, DVDs and other materials, no matter how long overdue they were.”

Porterville: Latino adult literacy targeted

From The Porterville Recorder

” The Porterville City Library has been selected as one of nine libraries across California to join a pilot program – Leamos™ (Let’s Read) @ the Library.The pilot program aims to bring the Centro Latino for Literacy online literacy course to the state’s non-literate Spanish speakers, which number 573,866. The two-year pilot project is supported by a grant awarded by the James Irvine Foundation to Centro Latino to explore partnerships with public libraries.Greg Lucas, California State Librarian, said, “In a state which gained a Latino plurality [in 2014], it seems at a minimum good common sense to encourage programs like Leamos. Without literacy skills in their native language, proficiency in English becomes significantly harder, if not impossible, to attain.”Porterville Library Supervisor Rebecca Jauregui, who heads up the Adult Literacy Center, is very excited about being selected. She said the city did not apply, but was chosen. It is the only library in the Central Valley chosen.”

Menlo Park may rebuild main library twice as large

From The Mercury News

“A plan to possibly double the size of Menlo Park’s main library heads to its first hearing before the City Council on March 28.While the library of the future might not harbor floors that light up in the direction of a desired book, as one early teen commenter suggested, it will need to be at least partially rebuilt to continue meeting the demands of a growing and changing community, city officials say.The current library was built in 1959 and has been renovated a number of times since then, so it is now about 2½ times the size of the original building. Library leaders say there’s no more room to make improvements.“We have reached the point where we can’t do any more of those small (remodels),” said Nick Szegda, assistant library services director. “At this point, to do further renovations, it would begin to take away operating space. … We would have to take some book stacks out.”A consultant who assessed the library in 2014 concluded it wasn’t “particularly functional” for the 21st century, according to Library Director Susan Holmer.”