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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Friday, April 6, 2012

Escambia County Library (FL)

OUR LIBRARY IS IN JEOPARDY!
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.

WHAT DOES THIS REALLY MEAN????
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.

WHAT YOU CAN DO
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. http://www.co.escambia.fl.us/CountyCommissioners/

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.

WE ARE COUNTING ON YOU!
Cathy Ingram
Friends of Southwest Branch Library
12248 Gulf Beach Hwy
Pensacola, FL 32507
850-453-7780
www.cityofpensacola.com/library/friends.asp
cathy99@cox.net

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%.
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