Hawaii State Public Library Needs Your Aloha

The Hawaii State Public Library System is facing a tough situation: with the latest operating budget voted down, the System is now attempting to meet a budget reduction of 20% ($3.58 million according to HSPLS; $6 million according to the Honolulu Advertiser. To meet the new restrictions, HSPLS has frozen over 70 vacant positions and contemplating furlough days. To meet the challenge, HSPLS and the Friends of the Library of Hawaii have launched campaigns to meet the monetary challenge: … Read the rest

Shushing Alert Courtesy of New Times Broward-Palm Beach

The New Times Broward-Palm Beach gets massive eye-rolling from the LL for its “The Juice
blog posting about librarians and layoffs. The snarkiness I don’t mind, but did they have to use a beyond-tired stereotype pix of a frazzled-hair, shushing librarian to emphasize the point?… Read the rest

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

When a librarian acts as crossing guard, people get upset.

When a library assistant tells patrons to keep it down, people get arrested.

When librarians plan a panel discussion on a potentially sensitive issue, people get upset. Real upset.

But when librarians are pressed into moving a library in the most inefficient way possible, they don’t get upset. Or arrested:… Read the rest

Can This Librarian Blame it on the Boogie?

Even librarians are unable to resist commemorating a pop culture icon. Well, French librarians, anyway:… Read the rest

But Can They Make it Work in the Stacks?

What’s Tim Gunn doing with a bunch of teenagers at The New York Public Library? He didn’t make headlines on TMZ, but Tim and NYPL did help six aspiring fashion designers hone their fierceness with tips and resources for all things fashion:

Unfortunate Library-Related Headline of the Year (so far): Note to prospective editors: before printing a headline, make sure to run it through your mental what’s-wrong-with-this-headline? filter first.… Read the rest