Mayor’s initiatives to improve San Diego libraries move forward

From KUSI News

” Continuing his commitment to creating more opportunities for residents in every neighborhood to succeed, the City’s Budget and Government Efficiency Committee this week moved forward two initiatives proposed by Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer to promote greater efficiency within the library system, encourage public access and provide more equitable distribution of resources to branch libraries across the city.“This is all about making sure library doors are open to every San Diegan,” Mayor Faulconer said. “These new policies will eliminate a program that hadn’t proved to be effective and more evenly distribute resources to all branch libraries, particularly for those in historically underserved communities. The changes we are making are another big step in creating One San Diego.”The committee approved a plan to reform the Library Donations Matching Fund to more evenly distribute resources among the City’s 36 branch


San Diego : Pacific Highlands Ranch Library design a mix of modern, hacienda styles

From Del Mar Times

“Reviews were mixed on the first set of design drawings for the new Pacific Highlands Ranch Library at a Carmel Valley Community Planning Board design subcommittee meeting on March 19. Planned to open in three to four years, the new 18,000-square-foot library will border the Village of Pacific Highlands Ranch’s open space promenade on Village Center Loop Drive.Jim Gabriel, of Hanna Gabriel Wells Architecture, unveiled his vision for a modern building that he said drew inspiration from the pastoral and farmhouse history of Carmel Valley, as well as notes from the hacienda-style architecture of Pacific Highlands Ranch.”

San Diego :Library proposes eliminating fines on overdue books

From Fox San Diego

” The city’s library director said Wednesday she is proposing the elimination of fines for overdue library books in an effort to restore access to literacy resources in low-income communities, where as many as 57 percent of cardholders have been barred from checking out books because of outstanding bills.The problem with fines doesn’t end with equity issues.
The San Diego Public Library spends more than $1 million each year in staff time and other costs to collect about $700,000 in late fees. And the fines are ineffective in changing the behavior of those who have failed to return the 296,000 books, DVDs and other library items currently overdue — otherwise there would be no overdue items, Library Director Misty Jones told the City Council’s Public Safety and Livable Neighborhoods Committee.”

Library proposes eliminating fines on overdue books

San Diego : City may seek armed guards at Central Library, other parks

From 10 News

” The city of San Diego may seek armed guards to patrol downtown’s Central Library and multiple other locations open to the public.A city spokeswoman confirmed to 10News that it intends to issue a request for proposals that would allow it the option to have armed security services. The city’s current security firm, called Able, Patrol and Guard, is not allowed to carry weapons. City documents show that it patrols the Central Library, multiple community parks, City Hall, and even Brown Field.The city wouldn’t give a specific reason for the move, but multiple guards said the situation with the homeless at the Central Library has deteriorated to the point that it’s unsafe. One guard said he and his colleagues have been spit on, threatened, and surrounded while patrolling the property, especially in the wee hours of the morning.”

San Diego Library to Combat ‘Fake News’ with Workshop Series

From Times of San Diego

“The San Diego Public Library announced Monday a series of workshops aimed at helping residents navigate the media landscape in an era of so-called “fake news.”
In the free “Breaking News @ the Library” series, library staff, reporters, editors and academics will offer tips on how to become a citizen journalist, identify trustworthy information sources and identify bias.“Libraries are in the business of not just providing sources of information but helping patrons discern the best sources available,” said Misty Jones, library director. “‘Breaking News @ the Library’ will offer participants a chance to learn about the news cycle, what goes into reporting and how they can make sure they are more discerning of their information sources.”
The first program, “Citizen Journalism” will be held at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 31 in the Shiley Special Events Suite on the ninth floor of the Central Library.”

San Diego: Lineup of Free Sally Ride Science Workshops at Local Libraries Expands with New Courses

From Scripps

” A program offering free Sally Ride Science STEAM workshops at San Diego library branches is gearing up to serve more students with an expanded course lineup covering everything from Marine Mammals and Kitchen Chemistry to Wearable Electronics and The Science of Harry Potter.Winter offerings for the Library NExT program, a partnership between the San Diego Public Library and UC San Diego, include more than 40 hands-on workshops at library branches around the city. The new schedule represents a tripling of the number of courses offered each month. See a full schedule for January through March and register for classes here.The free STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) workshops are held mostly on Saturdays. They cover a wide range of subjects, including Messy Science, Tiny-House Architecture, Robotics, Video Game Design and Physics of Fidget Spinners. The workshops, usually lasting from 3 to 4 hours, are geared either to middle school students or to those in high school.The workshops have been a big success with students and parents, said Gina Bravo, program development coordinator for the San Diego Library.”

Man Threatens to Shoot People at Alpine Library With Toy Gun

From NBC San Diego

” A man armed with a toy gun was pointing it at people in the crowded Alpine Library and threatening to shoot them Saturday afternoon, according to the Sheriff’s Department.”I thought I was dead,” one of the people in the library said. “I thought I was a dead man. And then he starts pulling the trigger and up to that point and I’m thinking I’m going to be dead, and then I’m thinking it’s going to be like an airsoft gun or a co2 gun.”Before deputies arrived the suspect, identified as Jack Wadel, 60, threatened to pull a handgun out of his backpack. In an attempt to keep him from grabbing the gun, a person in the library tackled him. The person sustained minor injuries to his left eye. No one else was injured in the incident.”