Category Archives: Library

Library Talent Exchange Program

The PLP Executive Committee is pleased to announce the launch of the Library Talent Exchange Program.  Applications are due to Terry Jackson at  by Wednesday, April 30th.   The Committee endorses this program as they believe it will provide great value as a staff development opportunity for our members.  For description of the program and the application form, click here.

New State Librarian Appointed

Governor Brown announced the appointment of a new State Librarian two days ago.  For the full announcement, click here.

Newly appointed State Librarian, Greg Lucas

Pacific Library Partnership Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grant Program


At its October 31st meeting, the PLP Executive Committee approved an allocation of $150,000 to be used to fund an Innovation and Technology Opportunity Grant Program, based on the BALIS model. BALIS has had such a very successful program since 2006. These grants have produced significant and important results for the recipients.  The Executive Committee expects that this experience will be of great value to PLP member libraries.

Funding Limits

Each grant application may not exceed $15,000.

Criteria for Awards

Funds will be available to fund implementation of an idea, program or vision that provides a new service model or brings a fresh idea or interpretation to an existing model of library service. Reviewers will be asked to evaluate applications based on these criteria:

  1. Service that introduces a new idea, program or vision that is not currently used in PLP or surrounding libraries
  2. Service that may benefit other PLP members
  3. Service that may benefit other California libraries

Review Panel

The PLP Executive Director will recruit a three-person panel from outside of PLP to review funding applications and provide feedback on the proposals.


Grants are due on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.


PLP Grant Application

Nursing @ Your Library

Here’s an interesting blog post about a nursing mother being banished from the computer lab while feeding her baby, and directed to use a nursing room at her local library.  Later, the mother received an apology, and the staff was re-trained on this aspect of customer service.    Does your library have a policy regarding breastfeeding?  If you received a complaint about someone feeding their baby, how would you handle it?

Breastfeeding promotion logo

The Future of Libraries

Registration is now open for:
The Future of Libraries 8.0: Creating Our Own Future
San Francisco Public Library, Main Library, Koret Auditorium
Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm (sign-in 9:00 – 9:30)
$30 registration fee
Sponsored by the Pacific Library Partnership Staff Development Committee

The Future of Libraries 8.0 is the eighth in an annual series of one-day conferences where speakers highlight innovations taking place in libraries today.  This year’s conference theme will be Creating Our Own Future, with the following sessions:

Open Source ILS: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly. Learn about the experiences of local public libraries that have moved to Koha and Evergreen open-source integrated library systems. Presenters: Henry Bankhead, Los Gatos Public Library; Stacy DeMatteo, formerly Salinas Public Library and now with Naval Postgraduate School Library; Ann Young, Santa Cruz Public Libraries

Library-Managed E-book Platforms, with a focus on Califa’s new project.  Presenters: Heather Teysko, Califa Library Group; Paula MacKinnon, Contra Costa County Library

I-Street Press: Print-on-demand and other creative technologies in libraries.  Presenter: Rivkah Sass, Sacramento Public Library

Bringing the Past to the Present: Libraries, Interactive Local History and Augmented Reality: ScanJose and more.  Presenters : Sandra Stewart and Lauren Miranda-Gilbert, San José Public Library; Christina Moretta, San Francisco Public Library

Further details about the conference will be posted to this list when they become available. For more information and to register, go to


Mini Libraries

The news is going crazy over these new lending libraries that are sweeping, if not the nation, then rural areas.  Check out the video of one of the cutest little libraries to ever exist here.

The Little Library below though is from Faribault, Minnesota, where it is amenably managed by retirees filling in the book availability gap between monthly bookmobile visits.

Little Library

Overdrive and the fine print

The Librarian in Black has an illuminating post about some detective work that fellow librarian Ryan Claringbole undertook regarding Overdrive.  In a nutshell, Overdrive is limiting e-book catalog options depending on how patrons are authenticated in each library system.  It’s in the contract, so they aren’t doing anything wrong, but is it right?  Read the whole story here.  What do you think about these kinds of practices in our libraries?  Do you think libraries have the right to be upset if they sign the contract?  Is there another up and coming option to Overdrive?

Are circulation statistics our best indicator of success?

The Practical Librarian has an interesting post where she beefs about whether circulation statistics are the best indication we have of library success.  She offers all of the arguments that most of us have thought through one time or another, but follows up by suggesting that we have actual quantifiable library performance standards instead.  As more of our services fall away from the print medium, this seems really pertinent.  Read her original post here.

Prairie dog circulation

Guerilla library seized

Well, maybe not a guerilla library, but evidently, Occupy Wall Street had a library with some 5,000 items, and it all got swept away to the sanitation department.  Some items were returned, but many were not, and some were returned in very poor condition.  Read the story here.

Occupy Wall Street Library

Occupy Wall Street Library