Santa Clara Libraries Rewire for Online Era

The rise of the Internet and digital media have forced the library system to rethink its role in the community, Ms. Howe says. People don’t need to come to the library to check out ebooks, for instance. And digital materials don’t take any room to store. That raises some interesting questions for librarians. “Do the libraries that we are building now need as much shelf space?” asks Ms. Howe.

At the county’s Gilroy branch, which opened in April, the answer was yes. Still, it doesn’t resemble a library from days gone by. Instead of tall stacks of books, the library features lots of places to sit and mingle. There are rooms that community groups can book for functions, a story room, even a vending machine. Visitors are encouraged to talk—not just whisper—and to eat and drink.

Source: “Santa Clara Libraries Rewire for Online Era,” Wall Street Journal, August 22, 2012. (To view the full article, copy and paste the article’s title in Google’s search field. The results will provide you a link to view the entire article.)

Stanislaus library backers cheer passage of Measure T

The library tax narrowly passed with 68.2 percent on its first try in 1995 and captured an impressive 81.1 percent when renewed in 1999, but support dropped to 71.9 percent in 2004. Measure T extends the tax five years beyond 2013.

This year’s campaign had fans in all corners and faced no organized opposition. Measure T signs seemed more numerous than any other this campaign season and many libraries appear to be as popular as ever.

Read more here: Stanislaus library backers cheer passage of Measure T, Modesto Bee, June 6, 2012.

Renovated Claremont library branch opens Saturday

Remodeling the building and installing new furnishings, books, and other equipment cost $4.2 million, said Corbeil. The entire $26 million library bond budget, which paid for the remodeling of the Claremont and North branches, as well as the forthcoming construction of new branches at South and West, is within budget, said Corbeil. The Berkeley Public Library Foundation paid for the furnishings and equipment.

Read more: “Renovated Claremont library branch opens Saturday,” Berkeleyside, May 3, 2012