Pasadena Public Library Awarded Grant Bolstering Citizenship and Immigration Resources

From Pasadena Now

” The California State Library recently awarded Pasadena Public Library a local Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant of $62,000 to focus on bolstering citizenship and immigration resources at the La Pintoresca and Villa Parke Branch libraries and Central Library. “Libraries try to provide resources on everything including immigration, which is a very complex issue,” said Melvin Racelis, Senior Librarian at La Pintoresca Branch Library who is leading this project. “Recently, there has been an increased interest in this topic. As librarians, it is important that we serve the informational needs of immigrants to our community, as well as anyone interested in the citizenship process.” Newly created Citizenship Corners at each of the three library sites will provide patrons with access to resources and materials to assist them with understanding United States citizenship and related processes, including information kits, which will be available for checkout.”

Head back to the beach with Santa Monica Public Library starting June 28

From Santa Monica Daily Press

” Santa Monica Public Library is packing up the books and heading back to the shore for more fun in the sun with SMPL at the Beach, Southern California’s only beachside pop-up library! Visitors to our sun-kissed pop-up libraries can enjoy a variety of family-friendly, beach themed activities including: Seaside Story Time, nautical crafts, ukulele lessons, Brazilian dancing, and hands-on, interactive environmental education from the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium.”

Head back to the beach with Santa Monica Public Library starting June 28

Tulare County Library waves Goodbye to Late Fees

From The Porterville Recorder

” On July 1, 2019, Tulare County Library turns the page on providing patrons with one less barrier to service by eliminating late fees. Also known as overdue library fines, the Library will no longer charge for items checked out and returned past their due dates at any Tulare County Library location. The Library joins over 50 library systems nationwide, and the first in the San Joaquin Valley, to eliminate late fines, joining Oakland, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, and San Mateo County in California.”

Marin County: Nevada librarians catalog virtual reality in Hack-a-thon

From Elko Daily

“Librarians from two states — joined by volunteers across the country — spent the day Thursday cataloging virtual reality en masse as part of the XRCatalog Hack-a-thon.Nevada participants gathered at the Nevada State Library, Archives and Public Records to input the first virtual reality content into WorldCat-OCLC, the world’s largest library catalog.“As a state library, part of our job is to drive continuing education,” said Deputy State Librarian Tammy Westergard. “We’ve convened a group of motivated workers to catalog our virtual reality content, which gives access to libraries around the world.”Libraries across the state have adopted virtual reality programs over the past two years, using one-time funding allocated by the 2017 Nevada Legislature.”

New “Library of Things” at the Redding Library

From KRCR News

” The Redding Library now offers a lot more than just books.There are hundreds of thousands of books, but now there’s so much more including the relatively new “Library of Things”.Shasta Public Libraries Director Anna Tracy says it’s primarily for children right now.”This is our engineering maker box, and what it includes is this instruction manual full of different experiments. You can learn how to make a hovercraft balloon. You can learn how to do a candy corn catapult. All kinds of different experiences that really support the local education from Shasta County Office of Education and other schools in our districts, but also are a lot of fun.” said Tracy.There are things for us older children. The new emphasis was brought on by results from a recent library user satisfaction survey.”

Santa Clarita Library Gets Materials Budget Boost

From SCV News

“Visitors to the Santa Clarita Public Library could soon notice big upgrades on shelves after the City Council’s approval Tuesday to increase its materials budget to $1 million annually, the highest since its establishment.The library, created in 2011 and made up of three branches, has regularly received anywhere between $750,000 to $800,000 for books and materials every fiscal year, including for the 2019-20 budget as initially proposed.But after Tuesday’s unanimous approval, the city library’s collections budget was increased by $200,000 “to better meet the needs of the community and to compensate for decreased purchasing power due to accumulated inflation,” according to the city staff report.”

Santa Clarita Library Gets Materials Budget Boost

The war to free science

From Vox

“The 27,500 scientists who work for the University of California generate 10 percent of all the academic research papers published in the United States.Their university recently put them in a strange position: Sometime this year, these scientists will not be able to directly access much of the world’s published research they’re not involved in.That’s because in February, the UC system — one of the country’s largest academic institutions, encompassing Berkeley, Los Angeles, Davis, and several other campuses — dropped its nearly $11 million annual subscription to Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of academic journals.On the face of it, this seemed like an odd move. Why cut off students and researchers from academic research? In fact, it was a principled stance that may herald a revolution in the way science is shared around the world.The University of California decided it doesn’t want scientific knowledge locked behind paywalls, and thinks the cost of academic publishing has gotten out of control.”