California public libraries show resiliency

From Fox and Hound Daily

” When Governor Brown added $4.8 million to the budget to enhance the California Library Services Act in the last budget, he took a bold step toward re-energizing the state’s public libraries that have experienced a tough post-recession environment. ”

Announcing the 2017 John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Award Winners

From MilTech

” After many hours of deliberation the judges for this year’s John Cotton Dana Library Public Relations Awards competition announced eight winners. Each winning library will receive a $10,000 award from EBSCO and the HW Wilson Foundation, the sponsors of this prestigious annual award. The following winners will be celebrated June 25 at an open reception during the American Library Association’s 2017 annual conference in Chicago.”

Temp library fine waiver for veterans up for consideration by Solano County Board of Supervisors

From The Reporter

” A free Veterans Resource Center available to all residents of Solano County is open at the Vacaville Public Library — Cultural Center.To bring awareness to the center, Solano Library Services is asking that the county board of supervisors waive overdue library material fines from May 1-31.The Veterans Resource Center is a pilot program made possible by the partnership with the library, the California Department of Veterans Affairs and the California State Library.In a report to the Solano County Board of Supervisors, staff noted that both the branch manager who oversees both Vacaville libraries and the supervising librarian of the Vacaville-Town Square Library are veterans.”

San Mateo County Libraries Win American Library Association Award

From Patch

” On April 25, the American Library Association (ALA) announced that San Mateo County Libraries are one of eight recipients of its prestigious 2017 John Cotton Dana Award, which is given to libraries for outstanding public relations. The Libraries are being recognized for their rebranding campaign, “Open for Exploration”, which unified their twelve community libraries into a shared vision and brand, and effectively communicated their positive impact on individuals and communities.”

Universities redesign libraries for the 21st century: fewer books, more space

From LA Times

“UC Berkeley’s newly remodeled undergraduate library is modern and sleek, with its top two floors featuring low-slung couches, a futuristic nap pod, and meeting spaces with glass walls made to be written on and colorful furniture meant to be moved.The library has even dropped its rules against bringing in food and drinks on those floors. That’s because they no longer contain any books, which could be damaged or stained.California’s oldest public university has removed 135,000 books from Moffitt Library, shipping most to other locations, to create more space for students to study, recharge and collaborate on group projects — a staple of college work today.”

New ocean-themed library debuts in Imperial Beach

From The San Diego Union-Tribune

“With a look and feel so reminiscent of the city’s small beach town, even the mayor’s vision of the new Imperial Beach Library was blown out of the water.“If I would have brain-stormed the most perfect building we could ever have, I couldn’t have come up with this,” Mayor Serge Dedina said at last weekend’s grand opening.The coastal-themed building at 810 Imperial Beach Boulevard threw open its doors and welcomed an enthusiastic crowd of more than 300 people on April 15.Built for $8.5 million, three times the size of the existing facility, the library is expected to accommodate residents for the next 25 to 30 years.”

Mendocino County history: 1934 – A milestone for the Ukiah Library

From Ukiah Daily

” On next Monday the Ukiah public library will have completed twenty years of existence as a Carnegie library, following seven years as town library. It seemed a fitting time to remind the people of Ukiah of the growth of the work of the library and to make public its aims and hopes of future greater usefulness.As the Saturday Afternoon club had been the original movers in securing the establishment of the library in 1907, and had also aided largely in securing a lot and Carnegie funds for the building in 1914, the library board invited the women of the club to sponsor a twentieth anniversary celebration.This invitation was accepted, and in accordance with their plans, on next Monday the library will hold open house all day and every resident of Ukiah and vicinity is cordially invited to drop in and see what the library offers in services to its patrons.”