San Diego: County library system to obtain automated materials handler

From The Californian

“The County Library system will be obtaining a centralized automated material handling system.The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 January 29 to authorize the director of the county’s Department of Purchasing and Contracting to issue a request for proposals for the procurement of an automated materials handler and to award a contract upon a determination of fair and reasonable pricing. The contract will also include warranty, maintenance, and technical support service, and the supervisors’ action also appropriated $1,100,000 for the procurement and support services to supplement $400,000 already budgeted.“I’m really excited,” said County Library director Miguel Acosta.“Library customers will really appreciate a new automated sorter because the turnaround time for requested materials could go from 30 days down to three days,” said Supervisor Jim Desmond. “The more efficient system will also free up staff to better serve their customers.”Currently the County Library system has 15 automated sorters in branches.”


Robotics Showcase at Livermore Library

From The Independent

” On Sat., Jan. 26, a free Student Robotics Fair was hosted at Livermore Public Library. The event included presentations of remotely operated underwater vehicles by experts from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and Marine Advanced Technology Education Center. Local students showcased their robotics projects in a partnership with the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District.”

Tax season begins with free tax-prep campaign at Solano libraries

From Daily Republic

” The room was packed Saturday at the Suisun Library for the kickoff of a free tax preparation campaign across the county.W-2 forms in hand, papers filled out with all the important information, about 50 people waited for their chance to get those darned taxes finished.Solano County libraries are hosting free tax preparation Super Saturdays each weekend this month.It’s part of the Earn it, Keep It, Save It program. The United Way Bay Area and the county libraries are urging low-income workers to come in and get their taxes done early and learn about opening a savings account to help put money away for future needs.”

Santa Cruz: Library Champion, Capitola Treasure

From Aptos Times

“As we try to absorb the day-to-day flow of news, it can be challenging to remember that the world is full of good people doing good things. Barbara Gorson, who died January 5, was one of those good people whose life is well worth knowing about.Barbara was a lifelong learner whose interests were diverse. A national merit scholar in high school, she went on to earn her BA, eventually finding her way to Los Angeles with her beloved husband, Billy Gorson. In LA she worked for six years as chief of staff and personal assistant to Bob Dylan. During that time, she enrolled at UCLA in the School of Management and earned an MBA. This accomplishment led her to Silicon Valley and a series of increasingly responsible positions at Intel, where she worked for 16 years, spending two of those years in Hong Kong before retiring and moving to Capitola.”

The Huntington Library Hosts Pasadena’s Princesses of Fashion for Industry Runway Show

From Pasadena Now

“For some 14 years the Rodarte label has been synonymous with designs that caress the borders of art, its Pasadena-bred founders Kate and Laura Mulleavy, crowned with the laurels of true creatives.The sisters will host a Rodarte runway show at the Huntington Library and Botanical Gardens Feb. 5, a first fashion fling for the stately institution.A-List attendees are anticipated for Tuesday’s extravaganza. Cate Blanchett, Kanye West, Beyonce—and lots more—have all been seen wearing the brand.After graduating from UC Berkeley in 2001, Kate and Laura Mulleavy returned home to Pasadena where they started Rodarte. The brand’s first runway collection debuted in September 2005 to critical acclaim, and they never looked back.”

Santa Maria: Zip Books: Library looks to expand use by shipping audio, visual materials to readers’ doors

From Santa Maria Times

” One year after introducing Zip Books — a grant-funded program that brings books directly to community members’ homes — the Santa Maria Public Library is hoping to expand its use among readers.The program — which is supported by California Library Services Act (CLSA) funds — allows residents interested in books or audiobooks not held by the library to have the items purchased and shipped to their door, said Joanne Britton, a city librarian who oversees adult reference services and circulation.”

Stockton, Lagging in Literacy, Focuses on Neglected Library System

From Comstocks

“A 2010 report of the most literate cities in the U.S. placed Stockton at the absolute bottom. The city had climbed three spots on the list by 2016. That was the same year voters passed Measure M, the Library and Recreation Special Tax, approving $200 million for these services.Stockton resident Mas’ood Cajee says the measure has already improved Stockton’s library system. Cajee had volunteered as chair of the advocacy group Strong Libraries = Strong Communities to get Measure M passed, and was then appointed by newly elected Mayor Michael Tubbs as chair of the oversight committee for administering funds.”