Monterey: How Museums And Libraries Are Adapting In The Age Of Internet

From Kazu

“As the internet changes the way we find and view information, museums and libraries around the country are being forced to change how they serve their communities. The Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History is an example of that change. The century old museum has begun a renovation designed to appeal to a new generation more comfortable with technology than taxidermy.During preview night at the Pacific Grove Museum of Natural History last August, more than 150 people walked through the newly renovated Adaptation of Birds Gallery. Walls of glass cases filled with more than 400 taxidermy birds, all spotted in Monterey County, line the room.”

Solano County Library introduces Reading at the Barbershop

From The Daily Republic

“The Solano County Library is building community by going beyond the brick-and-mortar walls of the eight branch libraries and connecting boys, books and barbershops.Reading at the Barbershop, based on a nationwide barbershop literacy project, engages with and promotes literacy in a male-centered space for boys ages newborn through 8.The goal is to catch reluctant readers at an early stage to help them develop the joy of reading through community-based literacy support.”

Solano County Library introduces Reading at the Barbershop

State Library selects Tulare County for database training

From The Sun Gazette

“Tulare County is one of three locations statewide to host a full-day training on using state provided research and educational databases. Just last week, the Tulare County Office of Education (TCOE) announced it will be part of the California State Library’s K-12 Online Content Project Fall Roadshow. TCOE’s training will take place on Wednesday, Oct. 2 in the Elderwood Room of the Educational Resource Services wing of TCOE’s complex at 7000 Doe Ave. in Visalia. The training will take place from 8:15 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at all three locations including Sept. 24 in San Diego and Nov. 12 in Stockton. The California State Library currently provides free access to three respected research and educational databases for all of the state’s K-12 school districts. These resources include Britannica, ProQuest, and TeachingBooks. The full-day workshop will provide training on database exploration and skill-building led by key trainers to help teachers, library staff, administrators, educational support staff and parents better understand what learning tools are being made available through these online offerings.”

State Library selects Tulare County for database training

Sacramento: Library offers free high school diploma program, graduation tonight


“Sacramento’s Tsakopoulus Library Galleria will host the latest class to graduate and obtain a high school diploma from the library’s Online Career High School at 6:30 p.m. Thursday.”I had no idea the library offered this until (a) friend told me,” said Christine Green, the graduate speaker for the Class of 2019 ceremony.
AdvertisementSince 2014, 138 students have earned a diploma, GED or HiSET credential through an accredited, 18-month academic program, which is free to qualifying adults from the Sacramento Public Library. Funding comes from the California State Library.”

Arcadia Fund grant to support open-source publishing across UCs

From The Daily Californian

” The Educopia Institute and California Digital Library, or CDL, received a $2.2 million grant in August in support of the Next Generation Library Publishing project, or Next Gen.The grant was bestowed by the Arcadia Fund, a charity that supports environmental, cultural heritage and open-access projects. The Next Gen project is said to enhance the UC system’s open-access publishing infrastructure by providing noncommercial tools that support the dissemination of knowledge, according to a CDL press release.“The mission of this project is to develop feature-rich, community governed and sustainable open-source library publishing infrastructure as a means of positioning academic institutions to better serve the scholarly communications needs of their academic communities,” said Catherine Mitchell, director of publishing and special collections at the CDL.”

Arcadia Fund grant to support open-source publishing across UC campuses

Retiring Calexico Department Head Grew With City, Kept Up Well

From Calexico Chronicle

” Although Sandra Tauler has been with the city of Calexico for 33-plus years, the journey has been anything but a straight line. From serving her first four years as a library clerk to her most recent position as head of the Community Services Department, she has advanced right along with the growth of the now-bustling border town.Tauler, 60, retired on Sept. 26, a move some in the city said they found as a surprise but for which she conceded she was ready. “It’s time for a new chapter,” Tauler said from her office in the city library during a Sept. 20 interview. “I do love it, but I’m ready for a break.” To say Tauler’s departure was sudden is a bit of an understatement, although she declined to say exactly when she announced her retirement or what made her decide to do it so quickly. “Next question,” she said with a smile and an easy laugh. One gets the sense that it took Calexico City Manager David Dale by surprise. “Sandra was an incredible asset to the city and community for multiple decades, and she will be missed,” Dale stated in an email sent the afternoon of Sept. 20.”

Why Libraries Are Giving Up On Late Fees


“It has happened to all but the most organized among us. We’re minding our own business, cleaning out a closet or reorganizing the bookshelf, when it suddenly thrusts itself upon us.That lost library book we had almost managed to convince ourselves no longer existed. The book that became the second reason we’ve avoided going to the library since the waning days of the second Bush administration. (The first being Amazon, of course.)At this moment, every library delinquent faces the same dilemma: return the erstwhile book, or put it back in whatever box it came from and pretend this whole unpleasant incident never happened. Weird questions start running through one’s mind: “Does the library stop trying to collect the fines at any point? Does compounding interest accrue? Can they charge a fine that exceeds the book’s replacement value? Can I be arrested for holding onto a library book for over a decade? Do I need a lawyer?” As it turns out, library fines, generally speaking, don’t become a major financial hurdle. According to recent reports in The Wall Street Journal, the average fine is about 17 cents per day that a book is late – and are capped at $5, $10 or the cost of the books borrowed. But, as St. Paul Public Library Director Catherine Penkert told the publication, it’s not just about the money. It’s the shame of having to face a librarian and sheepishly have to pull out a dollar bill and admit you are not able to handle the simplest possible adult responsibility.”

Why Libraries Are Giving Up On Late Fees