Daily Archives: June 13, 2006

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TTW Mailbox: Kankakee PL in NYT

From Allison, who does such cool stuff at KPL: The Kankakee Public Library has been featured in the June 11 OP-ED page of the New York Times. Pulitzer Prize Nominated author, and Kankakee booster, Luis Alberto Urrea was asked to write several opinion pieces for the Times. One topic he chose was the Kankakee success story. Urrea writes, “Kankakee is pulling itself back from the brink. And it all started with the library.” “Our cities are scrambling to find fresh paradigms for a new America. Maybe, just maybe, the Midwesterners, librarians, and Mexicans of Kankakee, Illinois, have found theirs.” Listen […]

Five Things Community Leaders Should Know about Libraries and the Public

Via Blake at LISNews: http://www.publicagenda.org/research/pdfs/long_overdue_five_things.pdf Libraries are highly valued Libraries are important 21st Century resources Voters love libraries Libraries use tax funds wisely The public welcomes a greater role for libraries (includes a safe and engaging place for teens!) So much to say about this but for now: Attention public library adminstrators: if you are not avctively building an engaging, welcoming space for teens to congregate, staffed with librarians who can interact with them and guide them as needed through all the information that bombards them, you are sadly missing the boat. (and the Cluetrain!) Gaming initiatives, teen advisory boards, […]

Gwinnett County PL Board Fires Director, Patrons Enraged

Via Michael Casey’s photostream: http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelcasey/166106405 Gwinnett library board fires director By DUANE D. STANFORD The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Published on: 06/13/06 The Gwinnett County Library Board fired its executive director of 15 years Monday night, enraging a crowd of patrons who wanted her to keep her job. Sparking cries of “Incompetent!” and “Fire the Board!” from the audience, three of the library board’s five members voted to oust director Jo Ann Pinder without cause. The panel’s majority also used a parliamentary procedure to block the board’s only dissenting member, Brett Taylor, from speaking on the motion. Phyllis Oxendine, who sponsored the […]