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  1. Spokane Schools Halve K–8 Librarians’ Hours

    By Beverly Goldberg Despite two months of protest and negotiations from parents and teacher-librarians, the board of the Spokane (Wash.) Public Schools unanimously approved August 8 the reduction to part-time status of librarians serving 10 elementary sch ...

    admin - 01/22/2013 - 10:12 - American Libraries Magazine

  2. Why Johnny Can’t Search

    Searching is the new reading by Joseph Janes A couple of generations ago, a catchphrase entered the American lexicon, representing growing concern about the quality of education and in particular a perceived decline in literacy. “Why Johnny Can’t Read,” f ...

    admin - 10/09/2013 - 10:24 - American Libraries Magazine

  3. Indiana Library Recalls Tainted Summer-Reading Toys

    By Beverly Goldberg Greenwood (Ind.) Public Library has recalled 150 bendable toy dinosaurs it used as an incentive prize in its 2007 Summer Reading program. An August 27 announcement (PDF file) on the library’s web site said that the lead content of the ...

    admin - 11/13/2012 - 15:40 - American Libraries Magazine

  4. SKILLs Act Gives High Marks to School Librarians

    By Beverly Goldberg As some 50 librarians attending the American Library Association Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., looked on, a bipartisan group of senators and representatives announced June 26 the introduction of the Strengthening Kids’ Interes ...

    admin - 01/22/2013 - 10:13 - American Libraries Magazine

  5. Arrest Made in Salt Lake Library Bombing

    By Beverly Goldberg The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms has arrested a suburban Chicago man in the September 15 bombing of the Salt Lake City Main Library. Although no one was injured in the third-floor explosion, which blew out a plate-glass win ...

    admin - 05/30/2013 - 14:26 - American Libraries Magazine

  6. Minneapolis Library Votes to Join County System

    By Beverly Goldberg The beleaguered Minneapolis Public Library voted 7–1 to merge with the Hennepin County Public Library at an emotional March 7 board meeting. If approved by the state legislature, the Minneapolis system—which has struggled since 2003 wi ...

    admin - 11/14/2012 - 15:50 - American Libraries Magazine

  7. Library Connection’s “John Doe” Court Records Released

    By Beverly Goldberg Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg ordered August 2 the full disclosure of court records related to Doe v. Gonzales —the challenge to the FBI’s 2005 demand that Connecticut’s Library Connection consortium turn over records of pa ...

    admin - 01/22/2013 - 10:45 - American Libraries Magazine

  8. Court Affirms Contra Costa’s Worship Ban

    By Beverly Goldberg A federal appeals court ruled September 20 that government libraries can bar religious groups from holding worship services in public meeting rooms. The Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco voted 2–1 to overturn a May 2 ...

    admin - 11/14/2012 - 10:32 - American Libraries Magazine

  9. Indiana Librarian Triggers Toxic-Toy Alert

    By Beverly Goldberg A serendipitous conversation during a summer-reading promotion between an Indiana children’s librarian and a staff member of Bloomington Hospital has triggered the recall of thousands of toys containing hazardous lead levels that libra ...

    admin - 11/13/2012 - 15:55 - American Libraries Magazine

  10. Four Connecticut Librarians Shed John Doe Gag

    By Beverly Goldberg “I am relieved that a federal court has at long last lifted a Patriot Act gag order and allowed me to acknowledge that I am the recipient of a National Security Letter [NSL] on behalf of my organization, Library Connection,” asserted E ...

    admin - 11/14/2012 - 14:47 - American Libraries Magazine