National Ranking: Newport Library is a ‘Star’

From Newport Beach Indy

” The Newport Beach Public Library was recently named as a “Star Library” in a national ranking, authorities announced this week.Board of Library trustees announced Thursday that the city library earned the honor in a list compiled by the Library Journal, in its tenth edition of the Library Journal of Public Library Service. This year, 7,409 U.S. public libraries were scored on the LJ Index of Public Library Service, explained NBPL Marketing Specialist Katherine Mielke in the press release.They compared five areas: Total circulation, library visits, program attendance, public access computer use, and circulation of electronic materials. Of the 259 named as America’s Star Libraries, thirteen are in California with just four in Southern California. Newport Beach Public Library is the highest scoring library in Orange County. This is the fifth year in a row, and ninth time in ten years, that NBPL has been named a Star Library, according to Mielke.”


LA County library system in a growing financial hole


” L.A. County’s library system is facing a massive structural deficit and the county has not yet figured out what to do about it.Salaries, retirement, benefits, and operating costs are expected to push the County of Los Angeles Public Library system’s deficit to nearly $10.8 million annually by 2022. At the moment, the system’s operating deficit is about $1.2 million.
“Unfortunately, it’s pretty normal for us to be challenged by resources,” said Skye Patrick, L.A. County’s library director. “This has been going on for many years.”Patrick traced the start of the library system’s financial troubles to Proposition 13, the property tax cap passed by state voters in 1978, which cut off some revenue for libraries. Since then, a patchwork of funding changes have ensued. “We’ve never fully recovered from that,” she said. Current additional challenges include living wage increases, minimum wage increases, and retiree health benefits.”

MARVEL Joins Free Public Library Digital Reading Platform HOOPLA

From NewsaRama

“hoopla digital (, the category-creating mobile and online service for public libraries, today announced a new agreement with Marvel Entertainment that adds over 250 collections and graphic novels to the service. Through this agreement, patrons of participating public libraries can now borrow Marvel works like, THOR: GOD OF THUNDER VOL. 1, BLACK PANTHER: A NATION UNDER OUR FEET BOOK 1, CIVIL WAR and X-MEN: THE DARK PHOENIX SAGA via hoopla digital on their smartphones, tablets and computers.Marvel content arriving on hoopla digital includes heroes and villains that have been a part of Marvel’s blockbuster films and acclaimed television shows, including THE AVENGERS, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, SPIDER-MAN, DAREDEVIL, PUNISHER, and THE RUNAWAYS. Marvel’s collections add to hoopla’s catalog of more than 600,000 movies, TV shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics.”

With no evacuation plan in place, Sonoma County’s oldest records were imperiled by fire

The Press Democrat

” When Sonoma County archivist Katherine Rinehart learned of the firestorm sweeping across Santa Rosa early on the morning of Oct. 9, her first thought was about friends in the fire’s path. Her second went to the safety of the county’s archives building, a 3,800-square-foot facility that serves as the storage house for Sonoma County’s oldest government records.As its steward, Rinehart’s job is to ensure the safekeeping of the tens of thousands of priceless artifacts kept in the Sonoma Valley building, part of the Los Guilicos complex, where evacuations were ordered for county Juvenile Hall in those terrifying first hours.“By the time we knew anything was going on, they had evacuated the whole area,” Rinehart said.But no plan had been made for the safekeeping of the county’s archives in such a disaster, according to Rinehart, who is employed by the Sonoma County Library.The tens of thousands of records at the county facility, some dating back to the 1850s, stayed put as flames grew closer. Ultimately, by Oct. 14, a branch of the massive Nuns fire would come within a quarter mile of the nondescript building off North Pythian Road.“We did have library commissioners contacting the Board of Supervisors,” Rinehart said. “What was alarming was there was a sense that some of the supervisors didn’t know the archive was the county archives. That was very concerning to us.”At most other cultural institutions and repositories around the county, archives, artifacts and other treasured historical works were removed from danger.”

Fresno : When you’re searching for historical maps, these libraries can show you the way

From The Fresno Bee

” Both the San Joaquin Valley Heritage and Genealogy Center at the Fresno County Public Library’s central branch and the Henry Madden Library on the California State University, Fresno campus have extensive collections of historic local maps and many others.At the Heritage Center, upstairs in the Mariposa Street library, you will find Fresno street maps dating from 1901 and atlases of Fresno County, arranged by townships and showing land owners in various years from 1891 to 1935, according to librarian Melissa Scroggins.A name index from 1891 to 1920 is also available, as is the California Agri-Land index for Fresno County, covering various years from the 1980s through 2000. U.S. Geographical Survey maps of Fresno County are also available. ”

Sunnyvale Library to close patent and trademark resource center

From The Mercury News

“After 54 years of helping residents patent innovations, the Sunnyvale Public Library’s Patent and Trademark Resource Center will close.The Sunnyvale City Council unanimously voted at its Nov. 28 meeting to discontinue the center. The council followed a unanimous recommendation to do so from the Board of Library Trustees.The center, which opened in 1963, is one of seven patent and trademark resource centers in the state, with others located in Los Angeles, Riverside, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco and San Jose. The San Jose center opened in January 2016 at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library. A U.S. patent and trademark office opened in downtown San Jose the year prior.After the San Jose offices opened, the Sunnyvale center’s use “declined to the point of being nearly nonexistent,” according to the staff report.”

Upper Lake librarian retires

From Lake County News

“Linda Bushta found a great job in 2005 when she became the branch library coordinator at the historic Upper Lake branch of the Lake County Library.She held that job until her recent retirement.Bushta came to love the old Hammond Library building and its history, and was instrumental in putting on celebrations for the library’s 90th and 100th anniversaries.During her time at Upper Lake Library Bushta conducted summer storytimes for children, class visits from nearby schools and worked with several teen volunteers.The small library is the kind of place where everyone knows everyone and they’re all family. Bushta became very attached to the library and its patrons.She reflected on what it was like to work there. “The job was never boring. I met so many wonderful people over the 11 1/2 years I ran the library: babes in arms became readers, high school students volunteered to earn graduation credit in community service on the thresholds of their adult lives, senior citizens with a lifetime of interesting life experiences wanting to learn more about today’s technology; everyone came in search of information and through them, I learned something new every day. It was such a pleasure to see names of children who came to the library regularly on the honor roll in the local newspaper.”Bushta’s retirement means that the job of branch library coordinator will open soon.”