SF Library Makes List Of Most Beautiful Libraries In US

From San Francisco Patch

” Real estate website Curbed has come up with a list of the 20 most beautiful libraries in America. Making the cut is the Main Library of the San Francisco Public Library system.Curbed selected a combination of historical and modern buildings.”



San Francisco : Accessing Your Local Library with Libby and Flipster

From The Chronicle of Higher Education

” Several years ago, I was part of a focus group on our campus. One of the questions posed to us was, “How often do you use the library?” I had to ask for clarification: was the question about how often I made use of the library’s resources, or how often I actually entered the building? In my case, I used the resources far more often than I entered the building (and that’s still true).The same is no doubt true for many of us in relation to our local public libraries. The ability to check out digital materials is incredibly convenient.In this post, I want to call attention to two mobile applications that I’ve found helpful in accessing and managing digital library materials.The first is Libby. It’s from Overdrive, and for me, at least, it’s a major improvement over Overdrive’s earlier app, which for some reason I could never quite wrap my head around. The interface is pleasant and user-friendly, and it’s easy to send a book to your e-reader, if you prefer to do your reading there rather than on a phone or tablet. Managing holds and keeping tabs on what you currently have checked out is simple and intuitive. The app also supports multiple accounts, so if you have access to more than one library, you can easily switch among their collections.”


SF library may spend $3.6M to replace barcodes with microchips

From San Francisco Examiner

” The San Francisco Public Library plans to spend millions of dollars on installing radio frequency tags in all of its books and other check-out materials, replacing the old bar code system — despite objections from civil liberty groups concerned about privacy.The technological upgrade may be one of the final efforts from City Librarian Luis Herrera — he recently announced his retirement effective next month — and one he had failed to achieve more than a decade ago after funding for a similar proposal was rejected by the Board of Supervisors.The San Francisco Examiner previously reported in December 2016 that Herrera had revived the plan.Now, the revived effort is advancing toward approval. The library’s proposed budget includes $3.6 million over the next two fiscal years to install and operate the radio frequency identification system, or RFID.The San Francisco Public Library Commission will hold a hearing Thursday on the budget proposal. The cost includes adding RFID tags to the library’s entire collection and upgrading the checkout machines and security gates.”


SF public library hires bill collector to track down patrons with large overdue fines

From San Francisco Examiner

” Forgiveness has its limits at the San Francisco Public Library.After offering a six-week fine amnesty period at the start of the year in which patrons could return overdue books without having to pay penalties, library officials are now turning over the records of about 13,000 patrons who owe more than $100 in overdue fines and fees to a bill collector, according to report last week from City Librarian Luis Herrera.In the first-ever partnership, the library is paying the Office of Treasurer and Tax Collector’s Bureau of Delinquent Revenue $72,714 to collect on debts — some of which are 25 years old — in what’s being called the Collections Initiative Pilot.The Tax Collector’s Bureau of Delinquent Revenue is The City’s official debt collector, which goes after people who owe payments for such things as ambulance and hospital bills from San Francisco General Hospital and boasts an average collection rate of 29 percent.“This initiative is the latest in our efforts to remove barriers to access and to address our outstanding liability,” Cathy Delneo, the San Francisco Public Library’s chief of branches, told the Library Commission last week. Those who owe more than $10 are prohibited from borrowing more materials, but they can use other resources like computers.”


San Francisco Public Library partners with Kanopy, a free streaming platform with 30,000 films

From SF Gate

“The San Francisco Public Library is further embracing technology this week as it debuts Kanopy, an online streaming platform that will allow library guests to watch more than 30,000 documentaries, classic films and rare independent releases. Earlier this year, Kanopy, which is based in San Francisco, introduced the program at the New York Public Library and the Los Angeles Public Library.To use Kanopy, all users need is a valid library card (which San Francisco residents can learn more about here) and an internet connection. Each card holder can stream Kanopy online, on Roku, iOS, and Android (and soon, Apple TV) to watch up to eight films per month on the SFPL’s dime. Film credits are then re-upped on the first of the month.”


SF Main Library Closes After Person Jumps From Balcony

From SFist

“The San Francisco Main Library at Civic Center was evacuated and temporarily closed Thursday afternoon after a person jumped from one of the balconies into the lobby atrium, possibly in a suicide attempt.The incident happened at 3:43 p.m. according to CBS 5, and the person was transported to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.The library was then closed for the remainder of the day while the incident was under investigation.As the SFPD’s Public Information Officer Grace Gatpandan tells the Examiner, regarding where the person was in the library, “It sounds like they were inside, I don’t know how high up.” The highest balcony in the library is four stories above the atrium lobby.An SFist tipster says this is the first time that such an incident has occurred in the library’s history, since its completion in 1996.”


New design aims to ‘homeless-proof’ San Francisco library


“It’s been a neighborhood fixture in the Castro for decades. The San Francisco public library branch named after Harvey Milk is just a block from Market Street on the edge of 16th Street, sandwiched by homes and business alike.It’s a popular place for families, but that’s not all. The library has also become a haven for homeless people who spend time inside and use the bathrooms during business hours, and camp out at night.While the inside of the library has become a warm and safe escape from the elements, it has also created big issues for the library.“Someone that was cleaning up, volunteering and cleaning us around the library, got poked by a used syringe,” said one patron who spoke to KTVU outside the library after finding drug paraphernalia laying in the bushes just outside.Library spokesperson Rebecca Alcala-Veraflor said they’ve received reports of thefts in the parking lot, noise complaints, and litter. The library has added lighting, signs, and stepped up security.But it’s a proposal presented during a series of community meetings that has drawn the most criticism. At one of those meetings the library presented a Landscape Architecture plan aimed at making the grounds safer. But critics say the designs are actually meant to push away the homeless with the addition of so-called “defensive architecture” elements, such as hard rocks, spiky plants, and metal railings.”