Stopped off at Leslie Burger’s Blogger Bash and Celebration for Gulf Coast Library Heroes (the PL employees who just kept coming to work to hlep the public — even though they may have been/still are in the same or worse straits as the general public.
The message representatives of these libraries and their staffs wanted to emphasize is they are short of funding and other fiscal resources. While they love that people form all over feel compassionate toward them and want to send whatever is available, *they don’t currently need any used books* (mainly because the libraries are short on storage space).
Financial support to restore services in more locations (”more” in the sense of ‘more than currently available’ rather than ‘more than where they used to supply services’). Sadly, the revenue streams of the local governments were cut as badly as the lives and livelihood of local residents.
Library vendors have stepped up and are providing access to electronic information, but the physical and face to face services used by the general public to satisfy federal agencies and other aid associations still needs funding.
The MSM is catching on to the situation and more stories are being written and aggregated, but direct contributions are also possible. Websites mentioned by Gulf Coast Libraries staffers present, for helping Gulf Coast Libraries, have beeen set up (feel free to add more links in the comments - I know I’ve missed a few of the libraries mentioned):
New Orleans Public Library — Katrina Foundation donations page
Harrison County Public Library – Dewey Donation system
Hancock County Public Library — Library Foundation of Hancock County Rebuild the Dream
ALA Membership Committee I
6/24/2006 10:30 AM — 12:00 PM
Morial Convention Center Rm. 290
Discussion of Dues Tied to Salary
Guests: Denise Davis (ORS), Keith Michael Fiels (ALA ED), Jim Rettig (ALA Exex Board), Patty Wong (BARC)
The wording of the Council resolution for the Dues Tied to Salary Study is confusing, but seems to say the Membership Committee will study what data is needed for the study, make recommendations and make a foral proposal.
OITP Advisory Committee Meeting(s)
Friday June 23
OITP Macro Issues
OITP Pressures/Observed Trends
*Possible net neutrality resolution
Incoming ALA Committee Chair Orientation
Hilton N. O. Riverside — Napoleon BR
Put on by ALA OTLD with a very nice buffet. Not very many new ALA committee chairs were able to make it, which is too bad as the food was good and the ideas shared were good (some common sense, others insightful)
So here I am, late at night (okay so 11:30pm Central isn’t *really* late), industriously packing away preparing for my upcoming move to central PA for my new job. While packing the “office” what do I find? A file with all the rejection letters I received when I was first searching for a librry job (in the Summer and Fall of 1994). “How many are there?” the Enquiring Mind in me asks…
What a horribly over-crowded schedule, I’ve got ‘em four and five deep in some places (obviously, I won’t make it to everything on this list). Details below the fold…
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