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.”

San Diego County Library announces check out stats for 2019

From CBS 8

” San Diego County Library announced this week they had achieved a record-breaking two million digital book checkouts in 2019. The library says the 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. San Diego County Library is one of 73 systems around the world – including standalone libraries and consortia – that surpassed one million checkouts.”

San Diego County: 10-week Citizenship Class begins at Ramona Library

From Ramona Sentinel

“As part of a countywide effort to help immigrants become U.S. citizens, the Ramona Library is offering a 10-week Citizenship Class that starts Jan. 21.The free courses will be taught on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. both days, in the library at 1275 Main St. through March 26. Adults age 18 and older of any nationality can attend.One of the instructors on Thursday nights, Ramona Teen Librarian Melody Flory, said the lessons will mainly cover U.S. history and government in addition to speaking, reading and writing in English.The lessons will be taught in English only. Flory said although an interpreter will initially be available to help non-English speakers fill out forms, the classes are presented in English because the citizenship test is administered in English.”

San Diego County:Poway Library has new head of youth services

From San Diego Union Tribune

“Becoming head of youth services for the Poway Library is the latest stop on Danielle Ghio’s 20-plus year career with libraries.Ghio, a native San Diegan who grew up in Clairemont, began working for the Poway Library as its head of youth services at the beginning of August.As her new role, Ghio is responsible of all youth programming, from infant to teens. She works with a team of two youth services librarians, to make sure they stay on top of trends and issues, she said. She also holds basic branch responsibilities, she added.The youth services programs offered by the Poway Library range from story time for toddlers to crafts, video games, card battle games and Dungeons & Dragons for teens.”

San Diego: Lakeside Branch Library’s new head librarian is one for the books

From The East County Californian

” Mary Elder is the new head librarian at the Lakeside Branch Library.Elder hails from Tucson, Arizona.After earning degrees from the University of Arizona in both English Literature and Library and Information Science, she worked at the Pima Public Library for four years. It is apparent she loves her work.“Other than having children, my library degree has been the most rewarding thing I’ve done,” she said.What brought her to the San Diego area? A few simple facts: her adult son lives in Los Angeles, her daughter wants to go to SDSU, and her fiancée lives here as well.”

Lakeside Branch Library’s new head librarian is one for the books

San Diego County: County libraries to host virtual tours of state parks

From The Coast News

“Five San Diego County library branches will host virtual tours of various state parks today to celebrate their recent increases in internet connection speeds.
The Potrero, Descano, Alpine, Spring Valley and Lemon Grove libraries will each host a videoconference tour of a different park with a state park representative, allowing participants to ask questions during each tour.The tours include Anza Borrego Desert State Park, La Purisma State Historic Park, Columbia State Historic Park, Angel Island and Point Lobos State Reserve.”

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.”