The city's library presidents will make their case to the City Council this morning for increased funding and a boost in capital dollar spending to repair what they call a “maintenance crisis” across the city’s 207 libraries.
The presidents of the Brooklyn Public Library, the New York Public Library and the Queens Library will release a report detailing the libraries' state of disrepair at a press conference on the steps of City Hall ahead of the Council’s Committee on Libraries preliminary budget hearing.
In their report, titled "Long Overdue NYC’s $1 Billion Library Fine," the library presidents say the system is in dire need of capital upgrades that range from fixing cooling and heating problems to repairing broken elevators and malfunctioning windows.
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“She is not about ‘business as usual,’ ” says Neverending Search blogger Joyce Valenza, of Michelle Luhtala. “She pulls us forward in her thought, principles, and actions. She pushes access and intellectual freedom.”
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A few years ago I went to my optometrist. On hearing I was a librarian, she asked me a fiction reader’s-advisory question. Of course, I’m not a public librarian, or a reference librarian either. Rather than try to explain that to my optometrist, however, I went along with her assumptions about what librarians do by recommending a recent read. It isn’t just optometrists who have narrow notions of what this field encompasses; too often our own notions are barely any broader. This worries me, not l
Now that the de Blasio Administration is breathing new life into the 10-year capital plan, public libraries have an important role to play. In testimony before the City Council’s Committees on Finance, Cultural Affairs & Libraries, CUF research director David Giles lays out what could be done.
Libraries are remarkable places. They serve as the collective memory of society, indeed of our civilization. They are places of inspiration, of learning, and of opportunity. They offer opportunity for reflection and for interaction - with...
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Close to the community, librarians believed that economic recession was only part of the problem. They believed most women were not motivated to seek work, and did not know how to market their skills because the school education system had not encouraged an entrepreneurial approach to life. To deepen their understanding of library users’ needs, librarians surveyed library users aged 18 - 40. The reasons most often given for failure to find work were lack of computer skills and not having money for training.
Librarians put their heads together. After much discussion, they came up with a new service, ‘Creative minds create job opportunities’, which tackles the problem of unemployment from all angles.
I'll begin confessionally: I’m on fire about advocacy for libraries and librarianship.
I am a dyed-in-the-wool librarian, and I know that great librarianship – the kind in which we work with people and communities to go forward based on their aspirations and not just our traditions - changes lives. I believe this because there’s clear evidence.
As someone whose life was changed by a modest rural bookmobile, I have experienced the transformative impact of libraries personally. I believe that libraries and librarianship are at risk today. Not that I blame the victims - and I want to make that clear - but as advocates sometimes we’re not guided by the evidence of what works, but by an urge to promote, tell, “educate”, and convert.
While this is understandable, it simply isn’t working. Neither is working harder. If we believe that librarianship matters to people and communities, and not just to us and our jobs, it’s time to raise our game, and become much more strategic, evidence-based, disciplined advocates.
I mean strategic, in the sense of getting the greatest benefit from the scarce resources available (especially our time); evidence-based, in the sense of integrating research on what works, and doesn’t, from inside and outside the library sector; and disciplined, in the sense of a shared and unwavering focus on the long game, for the sake of members and communities, and not the institutional survival of libraries. In effect, not more advocacy of the “spray and pray” variety, but better advocacy.
From WWL-TV: The New Orleans Public Library is taking some steps to keep library doors open with funding running out. [Clip] Right now the library is tapping into its reserve funds to stay afloat, but that will all be spent by next summer.
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