Wednesday, November 17, 2010

"Tulare County Cuts Hours but Not Branches"

"The Tulare County Library, CA, will cut branch hours but not close branches, as part of an effort to save more than $350,000. The library in July also will discontinue bookmobile service and lose 10 full-time positions, though only four people will be laid off."

Many Libraries Say No to Filtering

"From Los Gatos to Livermore, library directors throughout the Bay Area vowed to continue upholding their patrons' First Amendment rights to free speech and freedom of information. Which means local library patrons should not expect their Internet access to change, despite a landmark ruling Monday by the U.S. Supreme Court requiring libraries receiving certain federal funds to install software filters to block pornography that could reach children.
'We just don't feel we as librarians need to be in the position of telling people what they should read, see or hear,' said Susan Gallinger, director of the Livermore Public Library. 'When you put filters on computers, that's what you're doing.'''

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