Category Archives: San Diego

St. Louis city, county libraries to integrate catalogs, totaling 5 million items | Books | stltoday.com

By Jane Henderson, Sep 29, 2021

Donna Kniest, of Brentwood, left, and Pam Mahoney, of Webster Groves, pick up the books they had on hold last year from the holds section of the St. Louis County Library Headquarters. “I’ve been anxiously awaiting the reopening,” said Pam. The library reopened on June 18, 2020, after being closed early in the coronavirus pandemic.

A catalog of almost 5 million items — from books to DVDs — will be created next year when the St. Louis city and county integrate their library systems.

The two aren’t combining libraries, but they are making it easier for residents to access materials, they said in a news release Wednesday.

If a person in south St. Louis, for example, wants to check out a book unavailable in the city library, he or she can request it through the new integrated system and it will be delivered to a nearby city library.

Patrons will be able to use the library card they have and will not need to get a new one.

The city and county libraries have shared resources for 28 years through a reciprocal lending agreement. City residents could also get a county library card and vice versa, but borrowers usually had to travel farther to pick up materials.

The new shared catalog will be made available by using Polaris ILS (integrated library system), a product of Innovative Interfaces Inc. A spokeswoman for the county library said sharing a system will save both libraries money.

Editor’s Note: This approach should be applicable to many large libraries, often a city library and county library in big metropolitan areas. For example,

Editor’s Note: This approach should be applicable to many large libraries, often a city library and county library in big metropolitan areas. For example,

SAN DIEGO COUNTY LIBRARY1,281,922
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SAN DIEGO PUBLIC LIBRARY2,539,784
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Their combined catalog, not allowing for duplicates, would be 3,821,706 items.

Source: St. Louis city, county libraries to integrate catalogs, totaling 5 million items | Books | stltoday.com

Teacher Stuck with $1,400 Fine from Library System that Killed Fines

San Diego libraries said goodbye to overdue fees. So how did a teacher end up with a $1,400 fine?

By Bella Ross

Julie Ruble / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

The model embraced by most public libraries for retrieving borrowed materials has historically been a simple one: forget to return the item, you pay the price.

The San Diego Public Library became part of a group of trailblazers when it abandoned this system in 2018, joining the less than 10 percent of American libraries around that time that’d done away with daily overdue fees, according to the Library Journal.

But the new policy, advertised on signs across the downtown branch that read, “Wave goodbye to overdue fees,” is not as straightforward as it sounds.

Local public school teacher Julie Ruble, who’s untimely book return resulted in a $1,426 debt to the city of San Diego, can attest. “This was just so much money and I didn’t think there were fines,” she said, “but it turns out the no-fines policy is misnamed.”

Source: Teacher Stuck with $1,400 Fine from Library System that Killed Fines

Best Seafood Restaurants in San Diego: Oceanfront Spots to Eat At Now | Thrillist

It doesn’t get any fresher than this.

By Mary Beth Abate, Published on 8/12/2021 at 4:03 PM

There are approximately 2,792 different seafood restaurants in San Diego, according to statistics that we just made up.

With 70 miles of coastline in San Diego County alone, along with Baja California and the whole Pacific Northwest, San Diegans enjoy a fresh seafood bounty that our landlocked counterparts can only dream of.

From sweet, ready-to-slurp oysters to yellowtail, mahi, and marlin tacos, and an abundance of crustaceans ready to be doused in butter and served with soft rolls or market fresh veggies, our choices from the briny deep are nearly limitless.

Of course, the only thing that makes a great seafood dinner better is a great view to go with it. We’ve rounded up a dozen of our favorite oceanfront spots, from Oceanside all the way to Imperial Beach…

Source: Best Seafood Restaurants in San Diego: Oceanfront Spots to Eat At Now – Thrillist

San Diego will re-open final 10 library branches by September, fully restore hours by June – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Post-pandemic re-opening has been delayed by decision to replace 170 hourly jobs with positions with benefits

By David Garrick, July 13, 2021 5:40 PM PT

(James Gregg /U-T)

SAN DIEGO — All of San Diego’s 36 library branches will re-open by September and overall branch hours across the system will return to pre-pandemic levels by next June, head librarian Misty Jones said Tuesday.

The city more than doubled the number of branches open to the public for in-person services from 12 to 26 on July 6. Jones said the 10 remaining branches are slated to re-open in either mid-September or late September.

Editor’s Note: Good article by Dave, who covers the library. I am a retired librarian from SDPL, working for 15 years there. Maybe some of those benefited positions will be at Central, to help save government documents. See more at my page about the documents’ collections:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/savegovdocssdpl

Source: San Diego will re-open final 10 library branches by September, fully restore hours by June – The San Diego Union-Tribune

No. 1 challenge facing San Diego city libraries: inequity, consultants say – The San Diego Union-Tribune

New library master plan will likely recommend prioritizing larger branches in south San Diego to boost community use

By David Garrick, June 4, 2021 5 AM PT

(James Gregg /U-T)

SAN DIEGO — Library branches in the southern and southeastern parts of San Diego are typically smaller and lack space for events and meetings, compared to branches in the north and west parts of the city, creating long-term challenges for the city’s library system.

Because of the disparities, branches in the north and west have higher circulation and a greater numbers of visits, while branches in the less affluent south lead the 36-branch system in the use of public computers.

Source: No. 1 challenge facing San Diego city libraries: inequity, consultants say – The San Diego Union-Tribune

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