Tag Archives: San Diego Public Library

Old Central Library Expected to Soon Become a Shelter | Voice of San Diego

by Lisa Halverstadt, January 4, 2023

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Lines of tents occupied the sidewalks alongside the old Central Library early Friday, Sept. 2, 2022. / Photo by Peggy Peattie for Voice of San Diego

The city expects to welcome homeless San Diegans to sleep in its old Central Library later this month.

Mayor Todd Gloria’s office said the city is preparing the long-vacant downtown library to accommodate 26 beds this winter and to get final approval from the fire marshal to shelter unhoused residents there.

Source: Old Central Library Expected to Soon Become a Shelter | Voice of San Diego

Report finds increase in attempts to ban books | KPBS Public Media

By Jade Hindmon / KPBS Midday Edition Co-Host, Andrew Bracken / Producer, KPBS Midday Edition

Published September 19, 2022 at 4:03 PM PDT

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A new report from the American Library Association found a rise in the number of book banning attempts throughout the country. To help counter the trend, libraries this week are commemorating Banned Books Week, whose 2022 theme is “Books Unite Us. Censorship Divides Us.”

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Downtown San Diego’s public library is shown in this undated image.

“I should say, it doesn’t stop with just banning books. What we’re seeing across the country is they’re banning voices, modern voices, librarians, teachers,” said Patrick Stewart, CEO of the San Diego Public Library Foundation. “It’s gone beyond just the banning of a book, or a certain piece of literature or textbook.”

Stewart joined San Diego Public Library director Misty Jones on Midday Edition Monday to talk about their reaction to the report’s findings.

“It’s disheartening,” Jones said. “It is seeing just the increase in the number not only of challenges, but the extent and the links to what people are going for, these challenges going before school boards, the personal attacks on librarians and teachers for doing their job.”

Many of the books being targeted involve topics on race and sexuality.

Source: https://www.kpbs.org/news/local/2022/09/19/report-finds-increase-in-attempts-to-ban-books

Libraries Find New Roles as Pandemic Lingers — Voice of San Diego

As Omicron surge slows reopening process, new online services such as portable Wi-Fi access are hot

By Randy Dotinga,

Misty Jones, seen here on Jan. 26, 2022, is the director for the San Diego Public Library and oversees the Central Library and 35 branches. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

San Diego’s head librarian Misty Jones has a lot of numbers on her mind these days, and not just the Dewey Decimal System.

Residents just besieged branches to snap up 20,000 rapid covid tests, 174 of 600 library jobs are open and need filling, and patrons are eagerly checking out 2,000 portable Wi-Fi hotspots.

And then there are the statistics that reveal the size of the sprawling system that Jones oversees. Before the pandemic, the San Diego library system had the nation’s eighth-largest collection and ninth-largest number of visitors despite being one of the least-funded of the top 25 libraries in the U.S.

Editor’s Note: Read more, see link below for original item…

Source: Libraries Find New Roles as Pandemic Lingers — Voice of San Diego

Underfunded Libraries Are Critical Infrastructure | Opinion | Voice of San Diego

Disclaimer: I worked for 15 years at San Diego Public Library, and know of its up and down over the years, in terms of funding. There’s an unfunded ordinance, and the ordinance calls for the city to spend a minimum of 6 percent of its operating budget on libraries. Never been done…

City Council leaders recognize libraries and parks as critical infrastructure. But recent budgets do not reflect the increasing demands for services these departments provide.

By Patrick Stewart, January 20, 2022

Shelves of books at the Central Library in downtown San Diego. / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

Mayor Todd Gloria passionately laid out his vision for San Diego in his 2022 State of the City address.

The mayor made a case for needed investments in infrastructure, policing and public safety, and tools to address homelessness and housing. He also itemized, with conviction, his administration’s top priorities for the coming year. I share the mayor’s vision that to be America’s Finest City and truly be great, we must all feel safe, have access to housing, and know that as our city grows, our roads, water, and other tangible assets are modern and capable of managing such growth.

However, conspicuously absent in this vision are investments in the types of services that, when well-funded and managed, create avenues to safety, health, and economic development. What was missing was a vision and plan to invest in what makes our communities great places to live – our neighborhood services.

Source: Underfunded Libraries Are Critical Infrastructure — Voice of San Diego

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

Reflections: NewsLib and News Librarians on 9/11.. Archives at Internet Archive

By Michael McCulley aka DrWeb, Retired Librarian

Screenshot, Archive

The above screenshot shows the “September 11th Resources” page, archived on the Internet Archive at the Source 1 link below. “This page is a collection of resources related to the events of September 11, 2001, as complied by Jessica Baumgart, Jennifer Jack, and other contributors. Links will open in new windows.” It was last updated 06/19/06 by Amy Disch. Some of the links may be broken or not archived separately, but the citations should be enough for researchers to find the materials.

It includes this information:

The Buildings and Rebuilding
Changes in America since 9/11
Charities and Organizations Established for 9/11
Economic Information
Graphics, Images, and Maps
News Packages
Reports and Evaluations
Web Sites with More Sources

Source 1: https://web.archive.org/web/20100205043026/http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/internet/911/

Screenshot, Archive #2

The above screenshot shows the “The Park Library” page, archived on the Internet Archive at the Source 2 link below.

Sept. 11, 2001: NewsLib research queries following
World Trade Center & Pentagon Attacks

The table shows a breakdown of the various queries by topic as researched by NewsLib librarians and members on 9/11/2001.

Likely, not updated since 2003. Some of the links may be broken or not archived separately, but the citations should be enough for researchers to find the materials. You can see the wide of range of information being sought, and the Query/Response portion shows the actual information provided. These query and responses were processed via the email list for the News Division of Special Libraries Association (SLA); though the list still exists, the News Division sadly is no longer a part of SLA.

There are a total of 60 queries and often multiple responses.

Editor’s Notes: Just days before 9/11, I had just been hired by San Diego Public Library to a position as Librarian II, and would start as Training Librarian. I was not working yet, still doing paperwork and processing by the City of San Diego Human Resources: badge, fingerprints, photographed (so I could be identified in an emergency).

I was living in San Diego at the time, and had my laptop computer, and Internet connectivity that morning/day on 9/11. You’ll see me responding in the responses, along with many others, over 20 times. My library colleagues, Shirley Kennedy and Gary Price, were also prominent in the responses.

Total NewsLib members, 2001: 1,352
Total International NewsLib members, 2001: 147

Source 2: https://web.archive.org/web/20040308132529/http://parklibrary.jomc.unc.edu/NWSworldtradecenter.html