Posted on April 29, 2010 by Robert Balliot ,MLIS
This story is a great example of a community coming together for the common good to build a new library. The new Jackson County Library replaces one of the first public libraries I used as a child when my father was the Director of the Western Carolina University Library:
Jackson County Public Library
The original building was my summertime source for science fiction and fantasy. Western North Carolina was a great place to grow up and mature.
My introduction to Public Libraries came from Sam Molod, the former Deputy State Library Director for Connecticut. When my father was the Sciences Librarian at Wesleyan University, they became great friends and Sam gave our family many books. We discovered reading for pleasure – the myths, the legends, the fables. We utilized the Middletown Public Library in Connecticut as our local lending library. I was horrified when I ended up with my first overdue fine. One of many to follow.
When I became the Director of the Middletown Public Library in Rhode Island, I found that Sam Molod had served as the original building consultant on the renovations made to the facility in the 1970s. I went on to finish the work that had been started and had fallen through because of lack of funds. Karma.
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Posted on April 28, 2010 by Robert Balliot ,MLIS
This news story is about the Town of Wesport Massachusetts:
“I don’t want to go and shut the library,” Mr. Harrenstein said. “But you may have to look at the nice-to-haves.”
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Posted on April 26, 2010 by Robert Balliot ,MLIS
The fiscal problems of main street have reached the Ivy League. At Brown University Libraries, the answer is early retirements and outsourcing to private contractors. Protesters of outsourcing have set up a Facebook Page here:
Brown University Library Matters
They have set up an on-line petition to allow others to voice their disapproval here:
Stand for Justice
Addendum: April 28, 2010
Brown University Libraries advertised a new job today. Will the savings realized from laying off long-term employees help fund it?
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