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The PA Senate Approves Study Designed to Modernize Pennsylvania's 50-Year-Old Library Code

HARRISBURG – Pennsylvania will soon begin work on a comprehensive review of the 50-year-old law governing library services in the state.

The Senate recently approved a resolution introduced by Senate Majority Leader Dominic Pileggi (R-9) calling for the study, which is due by November 30.

"As we continue to face an extended recession, more and more people are visiting their local libraries," said Senator Pileggi. "Our public libraries are an incredible resource for people looking for a job, for students doing school work, and for families looking for inexpensive entertainment options."

Pennsylvania's Library Code, which governs the operation of public libraries in the state, was enacted in 1961. The study called for in Senate Resolution 343 is designed to find ways in which the law should be modernized, making it easier for libraries to meet the expectations and demands of their visitors.

According to the Pennsylvania Library Association, visits to the state's 474 public libraries were up 11 percent in 2009 compared to 2008, circulation of books and videos was up 9 percent, and in-library computer use was up 19 percent.

The Pennsylvania Library Association supports Senator Pileggi's call for a review of the Library Code, said Glenn R. Miller, the association's executive director.

Additional information about state issues is available at Senator Pileggi's web site, www.SenatorPileggi.com, and on his Facebook page, www.facebook.com/SenatorPileggi. More information about the Pennsylvania Library Association is available at www.palibraries.org.
 

 

Longevity At Work

A Longevity Record?
{From the American Library Association}

Q. I was just reading Theodore Jones’ “Carnegie Libraries Across America” (Wiley, 1997) and saw a reference to Gladys Powers who served as the librarian in the Shelbina Carnegie Public Library for 67 years (from 1921 to 1988). Is that a record?

A. It looks like it might be. Such records simply are not kept. By going through library histories retrieved with a Google search, we were able to identify several long-term library directors. But this is hardly a definitive or complete search … just anecdotal. It is likely there are many more librarians who have served in their libraries for periods of time like these, some perhaps longer.

Congratulations to:
Lucedale-George County Public Library (Mississippi)
Alma Lumpkin, 1939-1971 (32 years)
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
Ralph Munn, 1928-1964 (36 years)
Middleborough Public Library (Massachusetts)
Mertie A. Witbeck, 1925–1963 (38 years)
Dover Public Library (New Hampshire)
Caroline Garland, 1883-1933 (50 years)
Lincoln County Libraries, Libby, Montana
Inez Ratekin Herrig -1929-1990 (62 years)
 

Priorities

A majority of the country’s library systems are having to make cuts, according to the American Library Association, and many of those cutbacks are quite devastating, even if the headline numbers aren’t as large. {As an FYI, your Haverford Township Free Library has already been informed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania that cuts will amount to 11% going into budget year 2011. Locally, the public budget process in Haverford Township will soon begin.} As government deals with the slow recovery, the budgets—some of them adopted this summer for the 2011 fiscal year—have placed large chunks of library funding on the block. The article indicates that for desperate officials, it’s a soft target, but librarians warn that cutting hours and positions might actually slow down the pace of recovery.

Check out this interesting piece: Public libraries: Victims of the recession

 

 

The Traditional Book

--Full article link from NPR

People have been talking about "the death of the book" for more than a decade. But recent events suggest the end may be imminent for bound-paper books as we have known them for more than 500 years. Hardbound and paperback books may never totally disappear, but they could become scary scarce — like eight-track tapes, typewriters and wooden tennis rackets.

 

Changes.

Two decades after its birth, the World Wide Web is in decline, as simpler, sleeker services are less about the searching and more about the getting. This new paradigm reflects the inevitable course of capitalism. The new breed of media titan is forsaking the Web for more promising and profitable pastures. Check out these findings from the article link: The Web Is Dead.  This evolutionary interplay between business, technology, consumers and education-which in my opinion encompasses the library niche is an intriguing one. Your insights /comments are welcome. Richard Thau, Library Director at thau@haverfordlibrary.org  Please consider leaving your comments at our FaceBook page if you desire.