Showing posts with label San Francisco Public library. Show all posts
Showing posts with label San Francisco Public library. Show all posts

Thursday, March 13, 2014

The San Francisco Public Library Revises Its Code of Conduct

S.F. library proposes new code of conduct with penalties. (SFGate, 3/13/2014)

Looking at the bright side.   Behavior at the Main Library is getting better overall, library staff points out. Since late last year, the library has hired seven extra security staff members, and more police officers are patrolling the building as well. There were 238 incidents of problematic behavior at the library in December, 183 in January and 148 in February. Considering that 5,000 people use the Main Library every day, that's not too bad.

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Pew Research: Innovative Library Services "In the Wild" (San Francisco Public Library, U.S. Citizenship Resources)

Transcript of video.    Citizenship Introduction Video Script Welcome to the Citizenship and Immigration resource page for our library. The information that follows is available to you in a number of languages. We encourage you to explore the contents online, or to ask our library staff for assistance. 

The resources that we offer include information on the naturalization process, the citizenship exam questions in a variety of languages, direct access to immigration forms and to scheduling an appointment with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services USCIS, as well as contact information for local community resources that may be of more assistance to you as you pursue your United States Citizenship. We will also introduce you to English as a Second Language (ESL) information, community support agencies that can help you with English language learning and local agencies that offer legal aid. Additionally, this site provides information about the benefits of becoming a United States Citizen, naturalization requirements, the process of naturalization, as well as information about if and when you should seek legal help during this process. 

We answer some frequently asked questions regarding this process and provide study materials for the civics exam portion of the naturalization process. 

Our library collection also includes DVDs and print materials related to immigration that are available to you at your local library. All you need is a free library card. 

This information is offered as a general reference and guide, and is not meant to provide specific legal advice. 

Thank you so much for visiting our site. Should you have any questions, please contact a Library staff member.

Information in this video is also provided in the following languages:

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

San Francisco's New Bay View Branch Library Opens on Saturday, February 23rd

Grand opening of Bayview branch library.  (San Francisco Chronicle, 2/20/2013)

The former branch, perhaps not so affectionately dubbed "the bunker", was built in 1969 and demolished in 2011.

As for the change in surroundings, Linda Brooks-Burton, SFPL Southeast District Manager, puts it this way.  "It's the air quality in here, the light, the openness - and the fact that we can see outside."

Link to fact sheet and other information.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Typewriters @ the Library

Just in case you need a refresher course.

In Praise of Typing, the Clattering Kind.   (The New York Times, 5/30/2012)

Excerpt:  When I stumbled across a Web site mention of it a few months ago, I immediately envisioned an enclave where Mark Twain would feel at home. You know, dark-paneled walls, period carpeting, maybe a large, stuffed bird in the corner.

And of course a boxy, aggressively unergonomic typewriter, with a surfeit of levers, spools, guides, knobs, releases, gauges, clamps and keys.

Naturally, the Typewriter Room is nothing like that. It’s a cubicle-size room with glass walls that expose it to the rest of the library. It has a utilitarian, built-in desk. And while a small sign advises that the space is “designed for a maximum of two people to use comfortably,” that’s an optimistic assessment given the room’s single wooden chair.

The Typewriter Room’s typewriter is similarly bereft of romance. It is electronic, a TA Adler-Royal Satellite 40, with the beige plastic contouring of a fax machine from 1987 and a 700-character memory that allows you to go back and correct typos you made three sentences earlier. And yet despite its utter lack of charming Luddite clunkiness, it’s just ancient enough to deliver a completely different experience than one has when typing on today’s increasingly vestigial computer keyboards.

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Saturday, July 23, 2011

Ebooks, Netflix, and Library Building Projects (Part 83, Bayview Branch Library, San Francisco)

Groundbreaking For New Bayview Library Celebrated. (SF Appeal, 7/23/2011)

Excerpt:  San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee will join city Librarian Luis Herrera this morning for the groundbreaking of a new branch library in the Bayview neighborhood.

The new Bayview Branch Library will include public art, an interior courtyard, study rooms, and separate areas for children, teens and adults, organizers said.

Construction of the new building is part of the Branch Library Improvement Program to upgrade or replace the city's branch libraries.

The program is funded by a $106 million bond measure and a separate fundraising campaign by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library will provide for new furniture and equipment, according to library officials

Saturday, June 18, 2011

Ebooks, Netflix, and Library Building Projects (Part 57: Anza Branch Library, SFPL)

Anza Branch Library reopens after renovation. (San Francisco Chronicle, 6/18/2011)

Excerpt:  Built in 1932, the Anza library at 550 37th Ave. stands in the heart of Outer Richmond, whose steep hills offer views of the Pacific Ocean on clear days. The branch is reopening as a seismically strengthened, ADA-accessible building that includes a 922-square-foot expansion.

Several of the building's historic features, such as the stenciled designs on its ceiling, have been restored. Other additions include an elevator, a teen area, a landscaped courtyard and new computers.

"It's a quiet little corner of San Francisco, but it's a well-used library," said Michelle Jeffers, a library spokeswoman.

The renovation was funded by a $105.9 million bond measure passed by city voters in 2000 and $500,000 in private funds raised by the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library for furniture, fixtures and equipment. The Anza library is the 19th of 24 branches to undergo construction as part of the capital improvement campaign, known as the Branch Library Improvement Program

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

San Francisco PL Volunteer Program Back After 4-Year Hiatus

S.F. library again open to volunteers. (San Francisco Chronicle, 5/25/2011)

Excerpt:  With open doors for everyone from scholars to the homeless, the San Francisco Public Library always has been the city's most accessible civic institution. Unless you wanted to volunteer.

For four years, until late January, people wanting to help out at the library were politely told, "Thanks, but no thanks," and then referred to the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library.

But now those would-be helpers are sent directly to the library's new volunteer program coordinator for training and assignment. After spending months rebuilding the volunteer structure, Kai Wilson is holding the first orientation at the Main Library today, and it's something she plans to do monthly.

"Since January, I've had over 90 inquiries from the public, and that's not including old volunteers I followed up with," she said.

Friday, September 3, 2010

San Francisco's 1959 North Beach Branch as Landmark?

Link to August 31 San Francisco Chronicle article.

Excerpt:   San Francisco's North Beach branch library is a case study in where the preservation movement is going - and how, in some cases, it's in danger of going too far.

The 1959 structure resembles an oversize ranch house, albeit one with thick brick walls and too few windows. It can't expand without disrupting the playground that hems it in on three sides. And far from being unique, it is one of eight branches designed by the firm Appleton & Wolfard between 1951 and 1965.

Despite all this, there is a good chance that the city's Historic Preservation Commission will recommend that the library be declared a landmark at its meeting Wednesday

Saturday, February 20, 2010

San Francisco Public Library Hires Social Worker to Deal with Homeless

Link to February 20 Los Angeles Times article, "Libraries dealing with homeless try new approaches; San Francisco hires a social worker".

Excerpt: Every day, when the main library opens, John Banks is waiting to get inside. He finds a spot and stays until closing time. Then his wheelchair takes him back to the bus terminal where he spends his nights.

Like many homeless public library patrons, all Banks wants is a clean, safe place to sit in peace. He doesn't want to talk to anyone. He doesn't want anyone to talk to him. But the day he decides he wants help, he knows what to do: ask for the social worker.

The main branch of the San Francisco Public Library, where hundreds of homeless people spend every day, is the first in the country to keep a full-time social worker on hand, according to the American Library Association.

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Library adds social worker to assist homeless
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America Gone Wrong: A Slashed Safety Net Turns Libraries into Homeless Shelters. (, 4/2/2007)

Don't Book 'Em: A new library program tries to gently ease the homeless problem out the door
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

San Francisco City Librarian Advocates for Strong Urban Libraries

Source: Wikipedia Commons

Link to November 8 Sunday Insight column at SFGate (San Francisco Chronicle), "Great cities need libraries now, more than ever ".

Excerpt: Yet, while the need for libraries is ever more critical, libraries across the country are facing significant cutbacks. From Cleveland to Phoenix, Philadelphia to Seattle, major urban libraries are facing severe reductions in funding, resulting in fewer open hours and reduced services.

San Francisco is bucking the national trend of diminished funding and services thanks to a budget set-aside, which received overwhelming approval by voters in 2007, and substantial progress on the largest capital improvement program in the history of the city's library.

In 2008, libraries increased open hours by 10.5 percent. Now all of the libraries are open a minimum of six days per week, and more than a third of all libraries are open seven days. The budget for books, media and databases has increased significantly, providing access to 2.5 million items in more than 40 languages.

The payback for San Franciscans' support of libraries is huge. When a renovated branch library opens, the number of new library card holders at that branch increases an average of 149 percent and visits to libraries increase by a whopping 42percent. This year the library is on track to set a record in the number of visitors and materials borrowed with more than 6 million visitors checking out 8 million items. Access to technology is also impressive: 16 million hits to the San Francisco Public Library Web sites in English, Chinese and Spanish and almost a million public computer sessions in 2008.