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Black History Month Celebration at DC Public Library

Published on Friday, February 27, 2009

Go-Go music is a form of musical expression indigenous to the African-American neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. The panel will be moderated by John Mercer, a member of the Go-Go band EU – known for its 1980s hit song “Da Butt.” Concert follows panel discussion.

The “Preserving Presidential Inaugural Memorabilia” class will teach participants how to preserve photos, newspapers, buttons, T-shirts, caps and other mementos collected during President Barack Obama’s historic Inauguration.

Published on Monday, February 23, 2009

Many of us at the DC Public Library are deeply sad to learn of the death of J. Max Bond.  As Chief Librarian, I have had the pleasure of working with architects who have wonderful and well-deserved reputations - locally, nationally, and internationally.  Max is foremost among these.

The new Watha T. Daniel/Shaw and Benning Neighborhood Libraries, now under construction, have Max's indelible fingerprints.  Max brought world-class, designs to DC residents.  He had an incomparable spirit and the determination to make each project a masterpiece.

I will miss him.

I send my condolences to his family and his associates at Davis Brody Bond Aedas.

Responsibilities Will Include a Focus on High-Performance Culture

Published on Monday, February 23, 2009

The D.C. Public Library has named Barbara L. Kirven director of human resources and Angela R. Simpson workforce training and development manager.

Kirven will head the library’s Human Resources Department. Her responsibilities will include partnering with library staff and management to implement strategic human capital, organization structure, recruitment and retention programs that foster an employee-oriented, high-performance culture. In addition, Kirven will play a key role in developing and communicating the library's vision and strategies.

Economic downturn limits staffing

Published on Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Beginning March 2, the D.C. Public Library will operate with reduced service hours to accommodate the city’s lower-than-expected revenue projections.

“The city’s $250 million projected loss in tax-revenue this fiscal year means that the library is likely not to receive the funding it anticipated,” said Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian for the D.C. Public Library.   

The library has been working to maintain its current operating schedule since October 2008. So far this fiscal year, the library has spent nearly $280,000 in overtime costs. In addition, some locations have been closed partially or completely for lack of staff.   

Library staff are working double and triple shifts as the library’s use has increased.

Library explores reducing hours citywide

Published on Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The D.C. Public Library is considering reducing service hours beginning March 2 to accommodate the city’s lower-than-expected revenue projections.

A decision is expected later this week. Ginnie Cooper, chief librarian of the D.C. Public Library, notes that the recommended reduction in hours is designed to have the least impact on the public.

“Libraries are vital, especially in the current economic downturn,” said Cooper. “The proposed plan will keep libraries open seven days a week during times that are convenient for our users and that allow our progra.m.s and activities to continue.”

DC Public Library launches "DCPL" iPhone application for use as library services portal

Published on Monday, January 26, 2009

The DC Public Library, which is the first library to offer free iPod compatible audio books, has launched the first public library iPhone application in the nation.

The application, entitled DCPL, is the portal to enjoying Washington, DC Public Library services using your iPhone or iPod Touch. With it, you can very quickly search library resources and find books and materials from anywhere in the country.  Notice a new book by a favorite author? Check the iPhone for a copy.

With the DCPL, you can:

DC Library offers tips on preserving Obama mementos

Published on Thursday, January 22, 2009

You went to the swearing in and the parade and snapped photo after photo. You bought hats, buttons, flags, T-shirts and special edition newspapers. To help maintain these items to stand the test of time, the D.C. Public Library offers tips on preserving memorabilia from this week’s Inauguration festivities.

“The inauguration of Barack Obama as the first African American president has many collecting mementos,” says Derek Gray, archivist at the D.C. Public Library. “With proper care many of these items can be preserved for at least 50 years.”

Some tips for preserving these precious mementos include:

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