To Float or not to Float: collection management

float To Float or Not To Float | Collection Management
By Noel Rutherford

Most libraries that adopt floating collections expect circulation to rise because collections will be better distributed to meet patron demand. Yet how many have analyzed whether collections perform better after implementing floating than they did before materials were relocated?
The Nashville Public Library (NPL) undertook an experiment in floating with optimism. Did the results pay off? Here is how it all began.
After attending an American Library Association (ALA) Floating Collections workshop in 2009, I and many other librarians came away fired up about floating and its potential benefits for both our staff and customers. Many libraries had begun floating their collections as a way to decrease transit time and refresh collections without the need to purchase additional material. The intent behind floating—that local interests should drive what’s in the particular library’s collection—was appealing, and anything that made us more efficient had to be worth trying.Full article here

Flint Public Library Responds to Lead Contamination to the Water Supply

Via the Progressive Librarians Guild:
Letter from Flint Public Library about Lead in Water Crisis to PUBLIB

On Sat, Jan 23, 2016 at 9:05 AM, Kay Schwartz wrote:

Friends in the Library world,

The Flint Public Library is getting many expressions of sympathy from libraries all over the country about the water crisis in Flint – thank you all so much for your concern for our community and our library!

Flint indeed has a long road to travel, because we have to now determine what homes and businesses and what underground water systems were damaged by the corrosive water, and decide how to fix all that. Now that we’re
back on regular Lake Huron water, we still aren’t able to drink it until each and every home and building is tested to make sure that the service lines AND the lines within the home are not leaching lead. It varies building
to building, neighborhood to neighborhood, and house to house. Understand that it was not the river water per se but the failure to add corrosion control to the water, that caused the damage. The water was ok when it left the plant but corroded the pipes on the way to homes and corroded the pipes inside your home or building on the way to your faucets.

Read the full letter here.

Why Public Libraries Matter: It’s time for America to stop starving its libraries of funding.

There are lots of articles about why libraries matter. Here is an especially good one from The Nation:

ny_library_ap_img_1Why Public Libraries Matter

It’s time for America to stop starving its libraries of funding.


An open letter to the Seattle Public Library Board of Trustees about SPL’s “anti-book” agenda

branding-your-business_categoryBig trouble is brewing in Seattle over the very expensive– private funds or not– rebranding of the SPL– the public library every other public library loves to emulate. Whose library?

From the Seattle Review of Books

An open letter to the Seattle Public Library Board of Trustees about SPL’s “anti-book” agenda

President Fujiwara and the Seattle Public Library’s Board of Trustees,

As Laurel Holliday reported for the Seattle Review of Books last week,public response to Seattle Public Library’s proposed rebranding campaign has been overwhelmingly negative. In fact, Holliday reports the response has been so negative that the board appears likely to kill the rebranding plan at or before their public meeting on Wednesday.

This is for the best. The rebranding was ill-considered, and it was presented to the public in an arrogant, unprofessional way. SPL librarians were not warned about the rebranding effort in advance, so they were unprepared when the angry public demanded answers.


Will the Librarian Please Keep the Noise Down!

Will the librarian PLEASE keep the noise down! Anger over silence in libraries being shattered by creches, concerts and dance classes held to attract more visitors Once a sanctuary of silence – modern library has become noisy environmentLibrarians accused of encouraging activities in bid to entice more visitorsCampaign has been launched to get UK’s libraries back to intended purpose By JACK CRONE FOR MAILONLINE.

It was once a sanctuary of silence – where people went to escape the distractions of their home.But the modern library has been transformed into a noisy children’s playground – thanks to countless schemes introduced to entice more visitors.Many people have now had enough and a campaign is underway to move Britain’s libraries back to to their intended purpose as places of quiet reading.

Read the full mailonline article HERE.

Nine Reasons to Save Public Libraries

While the War on Women and Chick-fil-A might be getting all the juicy headlines lately, there’s another issue quietly smoldering in the background noise of this election season. It’s buried under all the campaign rhetoric and doom-and-gloom forecasts about the economy.

Our public libraries are not just threatened this election season. They’re fighting for their lives — and with them, the livelihoods and well-being of hard-hit communities all over the country. Library districts in California, Illinois, Ohio, Nevada, Texas, Washington, and more have measures or proposals to slash budgets in 2012. California alone is looking at 50% budget cuts. Where I live, the library district is facing a 30% budget cut, which will close at least two branches. According to the American Library Association, 23 states are looking to cut library budgets in the most recent fiscal year.
Full Article from IVN here

Chicago branch libraries to reopen Monday mornings this fall. About 100 lower-wage pages to be hired instead of librarians

From the Chicago Tribune:

By Kristen Mack, Chicago Tribune reporter

8:33 p.m. CDT, July 16, 2012

Chicago Public Library neighborhood branches will reopen on Monday mornings this fall after the city hires more than 100 workers to replace librarians.

Because of budget cuts, the city’s 76 neighborhood branches were scheduled to be closed for four hours on Monday during the school year. Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Library Commissioner Brian Bannon announced Monday that they will hire back 105 lower-wage library pages to staff branches and allow the city to offer a full day of service on Mondays without additional cost.
Read the full article here

Children dance and sing Monday during story time at Chicago's Northtown Branch Library, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Library Commissioner Brian Bannon announced that the libraries will be open all day on Mondays in the fall. (Nancy Stone, Chicago Tribune / July 16, 2012)

He’s Watching That, in Public? Pornography Takes Next Seat

Published: July 21, 2012
New York Times

SAN FRANCISCO — On a recent morning at the main public library here, dozens of people sat and stood at computers, searching job-hunting sites, playing games, watching music videos. And some looked at naked pictures of men and women in full view of passers-by.
The library has been stung by complaints about the content, including explicit pornography, that some people watch in front of others. To address the issue, the library over the last six weeks has installed 18 computer monitors with plastic hoods so that only the person using the computer can see what is on the screen. FULL ARTICLE HERE

Drew Kelly for The New York Times A patron at the San Francisco Public Library. The library does not censor the online content available to the public.

Atwood Backs Toronto’s Striking Library Workers

“I don’t think people understand what exactly is in play. People support libraries, but sometimes don’t understand that it takes people to make them run. Just as it takes writers to write new books,” author Margaret Atwood told the Toronto Globe and Mail in an e-mail defending the city’s striking library workers.
Maureen O’Reilly, president of the Toronto Public Library Workers’ Union, expressed appreciation for Atwood’s support: “Obviously, to have somebody of her profile and the respect that she has in our community speaking out on our behalf, it’s certainly very supporting to the bargaining team and to the library workers. She has such a large following that she can get our message out to even more people.”
On Sunday, the Writers’ Union of Canada held a “rally and read-in” to support the strikers. The primary issue is “job security for TPL’s 2,300 library workers. With a significant proportion of staff made up of part-timers, O’Reilly said any deal that doesn’t protect workers from library closures, layoffs and privatization would leave 70% of TPL employees vulnerable,” Quillblog wrote.

Margaret Atwood: '“People support libraries, but sometimes don’t understand that it takes people to make them run. Just as it takes writers to write new books.' Mark Blinch/Reuters

Toronto public library workers forced to strike over job security

This from the good folks at Union Library Workers


LJ story

The Toronto Public Library (TPL)’s workers are on strike, after four negotiation deadline extensions on March 18 failed to produce agreement. The union, TPLWU Local 4948, represents 2,300 workers, about half of whom are full time employees. “There are approximately 1800 FTEs,” Maureen O’Reilly, president of Local 4948, the Toronto Library Workers Union, told LJ. The library staff has been working without a contract since the first of the year, according to CTV.

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