Unveils Partnership with California Libraries

From Cision

“, a leading online education platform, today announced a Working Scholars partnership with CA Libraries to help California’s public library employees and graduates of library-based high school degree programs obtain a bachelor’s degree for little- to no-cost. With support from a Library Services and Technology Act grant, the program will be available to California public library employees statewide, as well as to library patrons who graduated from the Career Online High School program at three pilot libraries.Career Online High School is a program that enables community members to obtain a GED while gathering the skills needed to enter the workforce. The Working Scholars project was supported in whole or in part by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act, administered in California by the State Librarian.”

California Library Association Honors Pasadena’s Ann Longyear

From Pasadena Now

“The Central Library is one of Pasadena’s architectural and cultural treasures. Designed by renowned architect Myron Hunt and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the building is also a busy, working library. It houses a collection of nearly 800,000 items, and more than 55,000 people visit the Central Library each month.Since 1984, the Pasadena Public Library Foundation (PPLF) has raised nearly $4 million for the preservation of the building and the upgrades necessary to operate a modern library. One of the library’s most dedicated supporters and champions – Mrs. Ann Longyear – was honored recently with the California Library Association’s President’s Award, selected by Michelle Pererra, the 2019 CLA president and Pasadena’s library director. The CLA President’s Award “recognizes outstanding contributions, leadership and achievement in support of California libraries by a Trustee, Friend, Elected Official, or other layperson who has given his or her time and talents to further the advancement of California libraries.”One of Mrs. Longyear’s most enduring legacies is stable funding for the Central Library.”

San Diego County: Laptop loan kiosks added to Santee library, expanding internet access

From 10News

” The county is using an innovative way of getting San Diegans who do not have access to a computer opportunities to get online.This month, they unveiled a new laptop checkout kiosk at the Santee library.”Our computers are always busy, but these laptops really provide more flexibility and are getting more and more popular,” county spokesperson Kristin Ward told 10News.The kiosks are free and simple to use, requiring just a scan of the person’s library card and the entering of their pin number. The laptop is then released fully charged. It cannot be removed from the library premises, but can be taken anywhere in the building, allowing more privacy than using the row of desktop computer stations currently at most county libraries.”

ALA Midwinter 2020: Macmillan CEO John Sargent, Librarians Spar Over E-book Embargo

From Publishers Weekly

“In a 90-minute “Ask Me Anything” session, Macmillan CEO John Sargent met with librarians at the ALA Midwinter Meeting to hear feedback and to defend the publisher’s controversial eight-week embargo on new release e-books in libraries. And despite palpable tension in the room, there was little news, no real surprises, and the meeting came off pretty much as expected.Among the few newsworthy moments, Sargent told librarians that it was too early to tell whether the embargo, which took effect on November 1, was serving its function. “It’s been exactly what we predicted—you have this horrific drop in sales because we’re not making [new titles] available,” he said, adding that it would probably take another “two or three months” to better assess the program.”

El Dorado County: Underutilized’ county law library now open six days

From Mountain Democrat

“Thanks to a grant from the state of California, the El Dorado County Law Library in Placerville opened up on Saturdays last year. Despite the change, library representatives are saying it’s still underutilized.Situated at 550 Main St. just steps from the Courthouse in Placerville, the law library moved to six-days-a-week starting Nov. 2, after dropping to as little as four days a week in recent years.By law, each county is required to have a law library. Most county law library funding comes from civil filing fees. The portion ranges from $2 to $50 per case, depending on the county and case. Civil case filing revenue has dropped by nearly 40 percent since 2009.In 2017 the California Legislature allocated $16.5 million for California county law libraries in the 2018-19 state budget in response to the decrease.The El Dorado County Law Library received nearly $70,000 in funding from the grant.”

‘Underutilized’ county law library now open six days

Metropolitan Library System announces record 2 million ebook, audiobook checkouts in 2019

From The Edmond Sun

“Metropolitan Library System, of which Edmond Public Library is a part, today announced that they achieved a record-breaking two million digital book checkouts in 2019. This accomplishment illustrates the continued growth and importance of library lending of ebooks and audiobooks along with the creative ways the library has served its community with digital services.Metropolitan Library System is one of 73 systems around the world – including standalone libraries and consortia – that surpassed one million checkouts through Rakuten OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform and its award-winning app Libby (complete list here). San Francisco Public Library, Boston Public Library and Sacramento Public Library are among the group of other standalone library systems that reached two million checkouts.”

Libraries Are Preparing for the 2020 Census. With Plenty at Stake, There’s Still Work To Be Done.

From School Library Journal

“Library patrons sit at computers or hold smartphones, filling out census questionnaires. Some are homeless. Others, non-native English speakers. There are senior citizens who find the Internet intimidating and frazzled parents whose toddlers can’t sit still.In this scenario, the library offers solutions to these patrons who might have faced challenges to completing the federal census form: Preschoolers can sit on the floor in a circle, attention focused on a children’s librarian reading from a picture book; representatives from the Census Bureau are there to answer questions; pizza is being served. At the end, everyone leaves with a sticker that reads, “I Count.”This is just one possible version of a Count-a-Thon, one of the ways librarians have suggested to help Americans fill out their decennial census surveys accurately and without confusion or fear.The census is nearly as old as the United States itself. In 1787, Congress mandated the decennial count to apportion seats in the House of Representatives and, in turn, the Electoral College. Under federal law, every 10 years, each adult in the nation is required to accurately complete the census form so everyone can be counted—just once and in the right place.The 2020 count has been surrounded by more uncertainty and confusion than any census in recent history. Prolonged debates over whether to include a question about citizenship grabbed headlines earlier this year.”