Thursday, September 6, 2012

Jacksonville city officials release job cuts, layoff list

The library took the biggest hit with layoffs and demotions. 75 people will be bumped down a position in the library system, and 33 positions have been eliminated. Source

Thursday, August 9, 2012

They’ve Got to See it to Believe It: Getting Decision Makers Into Your Library [webinar video]

In-person visits are critical for effective influence on politicians, particularly in an election year. With the last three months of the election season (phew!) around the corner, now is the time to press council members, legislators, administrators, school board members — in fact, anyone you can think of — to visit.
Video can be found at

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Jacksonville Public Library planning to slash hours, jobs

Published 7/9/2012
Faced with a requirement to cut $4.66 million from its budget, the Jacksonville Public Library board has proposed cutting jobs, closing all library branches on Sundays and most at least one other day a week.

This reduction of 264 service hours, or about 24 percent, will come along with the elimination of 71 full-time positions. That includes 41 vacancies and 30 filled jobs, including librarians and library technicians, from a total staff of 352, a 20 percent cut.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Library budget solution delayed (FL)

Published Apr. 12, 2012 Pensacola News Journal
The more than 200 library supporters who turned out to the Escambia County Commission meeting Thursday scored a partial victory.

A definite decision on how the county will handle the bulk of its $9.5 million deficit this year has been delayed until June. But the County Commission said it would not agree to take away 72 percent of the West Florida Public Library System's budget as had been proposed by County Administrator Randy Oliver.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Governor Scott veto's MLC funding (FL)

Governor Scott vetoed MLC funding and the Okaloosa County Public Library funding. The legislature had appropriated $1.5 million for Library Cooperatives and now that amount is "0." The legislature had appropriated $85,000 for Okaloosa County to replace state aid that they did not receive this year due to an application error and the Governor also vetoed it.
Source: Charlie Park via Email

Monday, April 16, 2012

National Library Legislative Day (NLLD) 2012

The 2012 National Library Legislative Day will be held on April 23 & 24 at the Liaison Hotel in Washington, D.C More Info

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Library budget solution delayed (FL)

Published 4/12/2012
The more than 200 library supporters who turned out to the Escambia County Commission meeting Thursday scored a partial victory.

A definite decision on how the county will handle the bulk of its $9.5 million deficit this year has been delayed until June. But the County Commission said it would not agree to take away 72 percent of the West Florida Public Library System's budget as had been proposed by County Administrator Randy Oliver.

100 Rally In Support Of Century Library (FL)

Published 4/11/2012 About 100 people from across the North Escambia area gathered Tuesday afternoon to show their support for the Century Branch Library. “Save Our Library”, “Don’t Close Our Library” — were a few of the signs held by people of all ages and backgrounds as they stood outside the library that could be closed by the start of the next fiscal year. The county may pull its contribution to the library system under a plan proposed by County Administrator Randy Oliver, closing the Century Branch Library and never opening the currently under-construction Molino Library. Source

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

The Unsung Heroes in our Schools

Published 4/9/2012 The Huffington Post
School librarians play an integral role in their schools, collaborating with teachers on lesson plans, working with administrators to obtain grants and aiding students in using new media.

But like Mrs. Spicer, their vital work is largely unrecognized. What is worse, it is being compromised, as local, state and federal funding for school libraries continues to shrink.

Let's not sacrifice our future. As policymakers and school administrators struggle with tough decisions, we as a nation must voice our support and advocate for funding, so that all children have access to 21st century school library programs.

State of America's Libraries Report 2012

Libraries continue to transform lives, despite the challenges they faced in 2011. Patron demand for ebooks increased just as publishers decided to limit sales to libraries or increase the price dramatically. Budget cuts continued as the national economy struggles toward recovery from the Great Recession. The American Library Association continued to play a leading role in the battle for privacy and intellectual freedom. Read the Top Ten List of 2011's most challenged books.

Becoming a college town: Support our libraries

Published 4/10/2012 Florida Times Union
There is one way for Jacksonville to become a "college town." Make public libraries special, devote extra resources to them, spare them from severe budget cuts.

Today, libraries are transitioning into the 21st century when they will be recognized as more than buildings but as centers of lifelong learning for the people.

A love of learning and literacy are keys to democracy. The American experiment relies on the people to vote and decide wisely. That can only come from an informed, educated and curious citizenry.

Sunday, April 8, 2012

National Library Week, April 8-14, 2012

It runs for one week each year and promotes libraries. There were concerns in the 1950s that Americans were reading less because research showed that less was spent on books and more on radios, televisions and musical instruments. In response, the American Library Association began sponsoring National Library Week in 1958.

The idea behind National Library Week was to motivate people to read and they, in turn, would support and use libraries

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Area libraries celebrate National Library Week

Published 4/6/2012 The Courier-News
Libraries have historically served as our nation’s great equalizers of knowledge. The strength of libraries has always been the diversity of their collections and commitment to serving all people. This National Library Week, people can join the nation’s libraries and librarians by celebrating the place “where we all belong.”

National Library Week is celebrated across the country to recognize valuable services libraries provide to their communities.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Escambia County Library (FL)

The Escambia County Commission has already notified The City of Pensacola of their intent to NOT FUND the County's portion of the library budget for Fiscal Year 2012-2013 (beginning October 1, 2012). This means the library would lose 72% of the total budgeted funds to operate the libraries in BOTH THE CITY OF PENSACOLA AND COUNTY OF ESCAMBIA. The library budget would reduce approximately from $5 Million to $1 Million beginning October 1, 2012.

Escambia County library branches Southwest, Century and Molino WILL CLOSE October 1st. The remaining branches in the city Downtown, Tryon, Westside and Genealogy locations will drastically cut staff and hours of operation. The West Florida Public Library will no longer be our progressive, community resource as we now know it.

Show your support for the West Florida Public Library, Southwest Branch in particular, by communicating with ALL of our County Commissioners: 'We want Escambia County to preserve the West Florida Public Library'. A link to the Escambia County Commissioners contact information is attached, as well as a list of their contacts.

Attend the Board of County Commissioners Meeting, Thursday, April 12 at 9:00 AM and wear something RED. The meeting is at the County Commission Meeting Chamber at 221 Palafox Pl. Call me if you would like to ride with our group (seating is limited). You won't need to speak, just being there will tell our County Commissioners that THEY MUST FUND THE LIBRARY. PLEASE PLEASE COME! Bring as many people as you can, especially children who use the library.

Cathy Ingram
Friends of Southwest Branch Library
12248 Gulf Beach Hwy
Pensacola, FL 32507

Thursday, April 5, 2012

The rise of e-reading

Published 4/4/2012 Pew Internet One-fifth of American adults (21%) report that they have read an e-book in the past year, and this number increased following a gift-giving season that saw a spike in the ownership of both tablet computers and e-book reading devices such as the original Kindles and Nooks.1 In mid-December 2011, 17% of American adults had reported they read an e-book in the previous year; by February, 2012, the share increased to 21%.

Full Report (PDF)

Friday, March 30, 2012

How much do we value our libraries?

Published 3/29/2012 Florida Times Union Public libraries are the most important city government service after public safety. ...the people of Jacksonville will have to answer these questions: - Do they want an outstanding library system or one that is deteriorating? - Do the people want declining numbers of materials, which mean longer waits for them, with insufficient staff to help them and with facilities that are falling apart? - Does Jacksonville want the library to be able to plan for the future? Source

Thursday, March 15, 2012

2012 Library Journal Mover & Shaker Award

In March 2012, I was recognized by Library Journal as one of their "Mover and Shakers" for 2012. Click on the link below for more information.

Two I Love My Librarian winners recognized as 2012 Movers & Shakers
ALA Press Release April 3, 2012
Publication picks Clay’s Clark
Clay Today - Community Brief 3/22/2012

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Ask Your U.S. Senators to Support Funding for Childhood Literacy and LSTA

It's officially appropriations season in Washington DC and it's imperative that you call your two U.S. Senators and ask them to sign two important letters that support libraries.

In the House, we still need many more Members of Congress to sign the letter supporting funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) in FY13. The deadline for signatures is this Wednesday, March 14. LSTA is the primary source of funding for libraries in the federal budget and helps many libraries provide crucial services. Source

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL)
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U.S. Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)
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Other libraries seek stable funding

Published March 13, 2012 Florida Times-Union
What would it have taken to win over the public? Perhaps a more focused campaign. You have to be able to sell the community on excellence.

“You can’t win by whining,” Buthod said. “Nobody wants to join failure, they want to join a success story.”

The LA charter amendment also increased the library’s responsibility for direct and indirect costs. In Jacksonville, for instance, a consultant said the library system could save millions by handling its computer services itself. The library system also has little control over maintenance.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Thank You Legislators

Thank you for funding State Aid to Libraries and the Multi-Type Library Cooperatives. Let's set an example amongst the Representatives of being the most appreciative and thankful in all the State... Just an idea.
Photo taken 3/9/3012 by W. Pierce Schuessler from the Legislative Affairs Director, Florida Department of State.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Some Advice From the Guy Who Helped Save LA’s Libraries

Published 3/2/2012 Martín Gómez, city librarian for Los Angeles, was in charge of a library system in even worse financial trouble than Toronto's—until suddenly everything changed. ...people love libraries. Even if they don’t use them, they see them as a community asset for children, and for adults who don’t have access to computers. ...libraries have to work very, very hard to not just to give them what they want, but also to keep them (the public) engaged Source

The Library in the City: Changing Demands and a Challenging Future

Quotes from the report:
"The Library in the City: Changing Demands and a Challenging Future" Due partly to their role as society’s default provider of computer and Internet access, today’s urban libraries help residents—including those with limited incomes and educations—find jobs, obtain health information, and connect to government services and benefits. In so doing, the institutions are fulfilling what is sometimes called their “shadow mandate,” supporting and complementing the work of other public agencies.

...City residents now see libraries, particularly neighborhood branches, as multipurpose community centers, offering business services, tax assistance, safe havens for children after school, and places where immigrants can learn English. And libraries still lend books and DVDs.
Source (PDF)

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

March 2, NEA's Read Across America Day!

The National Education Association is building a nation of readers through its signature program, NEA’s Read Across America. Now in its thirteenth year, this year-round program focuses on motivating children and teens to read through events, partnerships, and reading resources.

NEA’s Read Across America Day, NEA’s national reading celebration takes place each year on or near March 2, the birthday of Dr. Seuss. Across the country, thousands of schools, libraries, and community centers participate by bringing together kids, teens, and books, and you can too!
More Info

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Ask the Advocate: Find What You Need to Make the Case Webinar 2/29

Received this information from the Florida Library Association's Listserv.
“Ask the Advocate” webinar provides opportunity to talk to ALA experts and learn about ALA advocacy resources CHICAGO –“Ask the Advocate: Find What You Need to Make the Case” will be the topic of a free webinar on Wednesday, February 29, from 1 p.m. – 2 p.m. CST. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions pertaining to advocacy issues at their library, as well as learn who resources are available to help make the case for libraries. Patricia Tumulty, Chair, ALA’s Committee on Library Advocacy (COLA), and Marci Merola, Director, ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) will take questions from attendees during this open forum style webinar and share their expertise on successful advocacy efforts. They will highlight ALA’s Advocacy University, which provides information, courses and tools to help library advocates make the case at the local level. Registration is mandatory. Visit to sign up today.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Library Lovers' Month (Feb)

Almost forgot to post this.
Library Lovers' Month is a month-long celebration of school, public, and private libraries of all types.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Thank You FLA and Library Day Supporters

Thank you to the Florida Library Association (FLA) for organizing Library Day at the Capitol yesterday, and keeping all of us informed on funding levels for State Aid to Libraries ($21.3 Million currently allocated in the House) and the Multitype Library Cooperatives (MLCs) - ($1.2 Million currently allocated in the House.) Let's all hope the Senate will match this early in the Legislative process.
Libraries change lives, all of us that work/volunteer/advocate for library see this impact every day in the people that we meet and interact with. It was great to see the many people that showed up yesterday at the Capitol wearing the " I Support Libraries" buttons that FLA gave out. I hope at the end of the session to have people join me at the Capitol in holding Thank You Signs for our Represenatives.

Thank You Luly Castro

Thank you Luly Castro, Director of the Southwest Florida Library Network for allowing myself and my group of library advocates to attend so many of the appointments that you and your group of advocates worked so hard in arranging. Our unified message of the importance of the Multitype Library Cooperatives (MLCs) and libraries working together to serve the citizens of Florida was excellent.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Florida Advocacy Webinar, January 26, 2012

Source: Florida Library Association (FLA)
A webinar will be held to provide advocates with the most up-to-date information available prior to Library Day for those who will be attending Library Day as well as those who have questions prior to contacting their legislators. Sign up here

Florida Legislature Convenes Tuesday, January 10

Source: Florida Library Association (FLA)
Since 2012 is a Reapportionment year for the Florida legislature, their 60 day regular session begins Tuesday, January 10th instead of in early March.

Key Legislative Leaders & Committees for Florida Libraries
Senate Senator Mike Haridopolos (r) – President, 2011-12 – Represents parts of Brevard, Indian River, Osceola, and St. Lucie counties / / District (321)752-3131 / Tallahassee (850)487-5056
Senator Don Gaetz (r), President designate – Represents parts of Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, and Santa Rosa Walton counties / / District (850)897-5747 / Tallahassee (850)487- 5009
Senator JD Alexander (r),Budget Committee Chair – Represents Hardee, Highlands, and parts of DeSoto, Glades, Okeechobee, Polk, and St. Lucie counties – / District (863)679-4847 / Tallahassee (850)487-5044

Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Subcommittee
Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto (r), Chair – Represents parts of Charlotte, Glades, Hendry, Lee, and Palm Beach counties / / District (561)753-2440 / Tallahassee (850)487-5356
Senator Gwen Margolis (d), Vice-Chair – Represents parts of Broward, and Miami-Dade counties / / District (305)571-5777 / Tallahassee (850)487-5121

Rep. Dean Cannon (r) – Speaker - Represents part of Orange County – Speaker designate 2011-12 – / District (407) 623-5740 / Tallahassee (850)488-2742
Rep. Will Weatherford (r) – Speaker Designate - Represents parts of Hillsborough and Pasco counties – Speaker designate 2013-14 / District (813)558-5115 / Tallahassee (850)488-5744
Rep. Denise Grimsley (r) Appropriations Committee Chair – Represents Glades, Hendry and parts of Collier and Highlands counties / / District (863)385-5251 / Tallahassee (850)488-3457

Transportation & Economic Development Appropriations Committee
Rep. Mike Horner (r), Chair – Represents parts of Okeechobee, Orange, Osceola, and Polk counties / / District (407)943-3077 / Tallahassee (850)488-8992
Rep. Rachel Burgin (r), Vice-Chair – Represents part of Hillsborough County – / District (813)655-3742 / Tallahassee (850)488-9910