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APLA-LIST November 2002

Subject:

Re: Funding opportunity

From:

Catherine Sword <[log in to unmask]>

Date:

Thu, 7 Nov 2002 20:35:55 -0500

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Ah!  Now there's a truly fun idea.  I actually approached a staff person at our
local licquer store.  He's quite knowledgeable and speaks well.  I had hoped he
offer a wine tasting programme at the library but so far, he hasn't taken me up
on the offer.

Catherine

Arcand, Jean-Claude (LEG) wrote:

>         Wonderful indeed! I would support funding from any red wine company.
> It is good for the heart and will keep customers happy all the time. No more
> whining but a lot of wining...
>
> Jean-Claude Arcand
> Bibliothécaire/Librarian
> Bibliothèque législative
> Legislative Library
> 506-453-2338
> [log in to unmask]
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Catherine Sword [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> Sent: November 7, 2002 3:41 PM
> To: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Funding opportunity
>
> Hi All!
>
> The discussion is wonderful!  I'm getting a lot from this. Thanks.  More and
> more I think public libraries should probably invest at least a part-time
> person
> to seek out funds.  I know the Huntsville Public Library (central Ontario)
> has a
> great Friends group who bring in a lot of money from the sale of Nevada
> tickets
> (gambling.  Arrgghh.  Tear me up.)
>
> Don't worry, Janet.  I have not taken anything you said too personally.
> Humour
> is tough to convey online and I don't have a knack for smileys. :-~?
>
> Perhaps I should find some time to sit with the "Directory of Foundations",
> or
> the website, www.charityvillage.com    I'm sure there's money out there
> somewhere that I can live with.
>
> To change the subject to something fun, I was recently reminded of an
> online,
> world-wide, "read and release to the wild" book club.  Maybe I need some
> escapism and if any would like, check out
> www.bookcrossing.com
>
> Catherine
>
> Deborah Duke wrote:
>
> > Personally, I would like to thank all of you for raising the issue of the
> > "Share the Stories Funding". I wasn't aware that this type of funding
> > existed and since learning of it on the APLA-List, I have applied for
> > funding for our school library. Sincerely, Deborah Duke.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Heather MacKenzie <[log in to unmask]>
> > To: [log in to unmask] <[log in to unmask]>
> > Date: Monday, November 04, 2002 11:34 AM
> > Subject: Re: Funding opportunity
> >
> > >I am reading with interest all of the conversation around the issue of
> the
> > "Share the Stories" funding that Coca-Cola is providing to libraries. I
> > responded to Catherine the first time, but did not post to the list, so am
> > putting my two cents in again.
> > >The Halifax Regional Library has received two lots of funding under the
> > "Share the Stories" program - one to support storytime programming and one
> > for youth French materials to support a French reading club at one of our
> > branches.  Last year we hosted the regional launch of the "Share the
> > Stories" program.
> > >I would like to correct some of the statements that are being made about
> > "slapping Coke stickers in books" etc. The Coke logo does not appear on
> any
> > of the materials that come with the "Share the Stories" program. If you go
> > on the ABC Canada Web site, you can see the "Share the Stories" logo,
> which
> > is very attractive and does not mention Coke anywhere. The Coke people I
> > worked with  made it very clear that they do not put their logo on
> anything
> > that they promote to young children.
> > >The books that they donated for our storytimes were all very good quality
> > picture books and even the refreshments they donated were fruit juice
> paks,
> > not Pop!
> > >Certainly their corporate prescence was a very "behind the scenes" one.
> > >I agree that we need to be careful about which corporate sponsors we work
> > with, but the right ones can make a lot of good things happen for kids in
> > libraries.  The Imperial Oil Charitable Foundation has given our library
> > $10,000 per year for the past three years to support our summer reading
> > program and we have been able to really enhance our program as a result.
> > They are also a very "hands off" sponsor, and we have had no problems with
> > putting their logo along with ours on the program materials - that's all
> > they ask.
> > >Naturally we would not seek out sponsorship from tobacco/alcohol
> companies,
> > but lets not trash the companies that are really doing a lot to support
> > literacy and who are NOT using this as an opportunity to obviously promote
> > themselves.
> > >
> > >On Mon, 4 Nov 2002 Fraser Janet  wrote:
> > >> Dear Catherine and all,
> > >>
> > >> Catherine, just a short note to say that your reading into my letter an
> > acceptance
> > >of corruption, mindless collection development, and the status quo is
> > inappropriate.
> > >If you knew my longstanding record of social activism and my career as a
> > poet and
> > >literary reviewer, I think you would feel silly responding to my letter
> in
> > this
> > >manner. Sure, corporations who provide sponsorship need to be kept in
> line.
> > But
> > >Darlene's example of the wonderful festival sponsored by a major
> cigarette
> > company
> > >is a good example-- we need to advocate much better for our public
> > libraries but
> > >we don't want to kill good things with our political correctness, either.
> > In St.
> > >John's I have been involved in lobbying government for funding for public
> > libraries,
> > >and an extra infusion of one million dollars for books that government
> > provided
> > >resulted in an abundance of the highest quality Newfoundland, Canadian,
> and
> > international
> > >poetry books, short story collections, novels, and plays flooding
> > Newfoundland!
> > >
> > >> !
> > >> libraries. Again, I do have to apologize and say that I don't work in
> the
> > public
> > >library system and I do have to plead ignorance about some of the
> > challenges you
> > >and other public librarians are facing. But in my twenty-two years of
> > librarianship
> > >I have seen too many librarians with a territorial approach to "their"
> > libraries
> > >and collections, too many librarians with a rigid, perfectionist attitude
> > to their
> > >well-rounded and unused collections, too many librarians with a snobby "I
> > know what's
> > >right for you" attitude to their patrons. I think that high circulation
> > rates can
> > >be a good thing in themselves-- after all public libraries serve the
> > public. Successfully
> > >serving the public does not necessarily have to be a sell-out to the
> > corporate agenda.
> > >
> > >>
> > >> Janet Fraser
> > >>
> > >> -----Original Message-----
> > >> From: [log in to unmask] [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > >> Sent: Saturday, November 02, 2002 1:11 PM
> > >> To: Fraser, Janet
> > >> Cc: [log in to unmask]
> > >> Subject: Re: Funding opportunity
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> I'm back and am enjoying reading the response to my question about the
> > ABC Literacy
> > >Funds although Janet's referring to my "snobbish" attitude of "green tea"
> > really
> > >threw me. I hadn't said anything about green tea so I went back to the
> > original
> > >message. My apologies to the group. I thought I had edited out all the
> > personal
> > >parts from the message that had been sent to me. Sorry for the confusion.
> > >>
> > >> I must admit I'm saddened but not surprised by our attitude of "we need
> > money where-ever
> > >we can find it". I wonder about the selling out of the public library,
> and
> > here
> > >I will get a bit personal. The public library I work at *does* have
> > advertising
> > >(although they don't call it that) in our building. It's called
> > "sponsorship", but
> > >funds donated for the "Tim Horton Parent Lounge", the "Schickendanz
> > Fireside Lounge",
> > >and the "Stouffville Vet" shelves, really amount to advertising. Nobody
> > asked any
> > >questions about how long these signs should remain promoting those
> > businesses. Billboards
> > >have their time limit.
> > >>
> > >> There is a fine line between acknowledging an individual person, whose
> > only benefit
> > >is the continuation of all those warm and fuzzys that Janet Fraser
> > mentions. There
> > >was an interesting Adbusters issue a year or so ago which discussed the
> > issue of
> > >how corporations have gained the rights of individuals. Quite some scary
> > reading.
> > >
> > >>
> > >> But my real concern is that we don't question; we excuse our behaviour
> or
> > justify
> > >it because it's a bad situation. I can hear my mother whenever I tried to
> > get my
> > >way by saying "So-and-so does it". Her reply was always something to the
> > effect
> > >of "Yeah, well that doesn't mean they're right".
> > >>
> > >> How about an example? Do those in the Atlantic Provinces select from
> the
> > ALA list
> > >of roles for their own libraries? It's agreed that we cannot be all
> things
> > to all
> > >people so we must choose our roles carefully, only two or three at most.
> So
> > years
> > >ago we discussed at our library what our roles should be and it was
> > determined that
> > >we need only two- Children's Doorway to Learning, and Popular Materials.
> I,
> > and
> > >another librarian spoke pretty strongly on the necessity of a third role,
> > something
> > >to include research or personal development. That was dismissed as not
> > being necessary
> > >because that's not what this community wants.
> > >>
> > >> Public Librarians need to keep focused on a bigger picture. We are not
> a
> > business
> > >responding to the popular demands in the hopes for the big profit of high
> > circulation.
> > >This is important but we should also not avoid our responsibility to our
> > citizens
> > >to provide what they may need someday, but just don't know it yet. How
> the
> > adoption
> > >of only these two roles have affected our collection and as a result, the
> > service
> > >we give to the taxpaying citizen, is that the core collection never gets
> > caught
> > >up. I am expected to buy enough multiple copies of bestsellers, such as
> > Grisham,
> > >Roberts, etc. so that no patron (oh wait, we're supposed to call them
> > customers,
> > >now), has to wait more than a regular three week loan period. I'm sure
> you
> > can imagine
> > >the dollars that eats up. Meanwhile, our medical section is an
> > embarressment and
> > >our local high school students visit a library in a nearby municipality.
> > >> Way to grab those teens!
> > >>
> > >> So the underlying questions I'm struggling with are even more personal
> > than expressing
> > >my preference for vanilla hazelnut coffee. I'm wondering how much I need
> to
> > comprise
> > >my own principles to continue working as a public librarian? Can I live
> > with the
> > >consequences? Can society?
> > >>
> > >> Probably too much food for thought but I really enjoyed all the
> feedback.
> > It does
> > >help me.
> > >>
> > >> Thanks,
> > >>
> > >> Catherine
> > >>
> > >>
> > >>
> > >> Fraser, Janet wrote:
> > >>
> > >> > Hi All,
> > >> >
> > >> > > Although I do not work in the public library, I would like to
> support
> > Darlene's
> > >> > position. Throughout my childhood and adulthood, I have spent
> countless
> > stimulating,
> > >> > vibrant, soothing, and comfortable hours in the beautiful 'Carnegie'
> > public libraries
> > >> > one can find throughout North America. Can you imagine if people in
> the
> > midst of
> > >> > the Depression worried about the Carnegie "blood money" being spent
> on
> > dozens and
> > >> > dozens of gorgeous libraries constructed in some of the poorest areas
> > of our big
> > >> > cities? People who care about the survival of public libraries do not
> > have the luxury
> > >> > of rejecting corporate sponsorship. While I agree with Catherine that
> > cola stickers
> > >> > in each book is a bit much, I do not like Catherine's snobbishness
> > about cider and
> > >> > green tea (personally I would like to see milk and cookies served to
> > inner city
> > >> > children in the public libraries-- much better for them than green
> > tea!).
> > >> >
> > >> > Sincerely,
> > >> > Janet Fraser
> > >> > College Librarian
> > >> > College of the North Atlantic
> > >> > St. John's, Newfoundland
> > >> >
> > >> > -----Original Message-----
> > >> > From: Darlene Nickerson [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > >> > Sent: Monday, October 28, 2002 9:35 AM
> > >> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > >> > Subject: Re: Funding opportunity
> > >> >
> > >> > Catherine:
> > >> >
> > >> > I work for a Family Literacy Committee and it is hard to get money.
> The
> > >> > Learning Exchange her in NB applied for money through them and didn't
> > get
> > >> > any. As for the obesity problem, sure it is out there, but do I think
> > my 10
> > >> > > year is going to become obese because he is reading a book
> sponsored
> > by coca
> > >> > > cola, I find it hard to believe and if I have a choice between him
> > reading a
> > >> > > book and seeing a symbol once when he opens it or watching TV and
> > seeing it
> > >> > > 3 times in 15 minutes. I would choose the book hands down. Also,
> many
> > public
> > >> > libraries are having their summer programs sponsored by Mc Donalds so
> > it is
> > >> > everywhere. If you library is fortunate enough to not have to seek
> > donation
> > >> > > from large "food/drink" corporations great, but many do not have
> that
> > luxury
> > >> > > and I think patrons would rather have new books than to say no to
> > coca-cola.
> > >> > I use to manage a professional theatre company and we had duMaurier
> as
> > a
> > >> > > sponsor. I don't smoke, hate it, but $15,000 for a production was
> > great when
> > >> > there the competition for the $ is so great. These were adult
> > production
> > >> > employing adults and for adults. It worked well. I can think of
> > companies
> > >> > that break environmental laws, drug companies, most companies have
> down
> > >> > falls, but we have to keep an open mind.
> > >> >
> > >> > Darlene
> > >> >
> > >> > -----Original Message-----
> > >> > From: APLA-List List [mailto:[log in to unmask]]On Behalf Of
> Catherine
> > >> > Sword
> > >> > Sent: Thursday, October 24, 2002 4:06 PM
> > >> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > >> > Subject: Funding opportunity
> > >> >
> > >> > Hi All,
> > >> >
> > >> > > My jobber here in Ontario recently sent me this information about
> the
> > ABC
> > >> > > Literacy Foundation.  Personally the concept of commerical
> promotion
> > >> > through
> > >> > > > the public library offends me. It's blatant advertising and in
> this
> > case,
> > >> > for
> > >> > > an unhealthy product.  Hasn't everyone heard about the obesity
> > problem
> > >> > with
> > >> > > North Americans.
> > >> >
> > >> > > What do others feel?
> > >> >
> > >> > Catherine
> > >> >
> > >> > > > Are you two aware of the Coca-Cola money that the ABC Literacy
> > >> > Foundation
> > >> > > > is distributing? Here's a link:
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > > http://www.abc-canada.org/public_awareness/sts.asp
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > > I just spoke to a very small library (they serve a population of
> > approx
> > >> > > > 1400) that just received a grant of $1500 through this program to
> > >> > purchase
> > >> > > > children's books with and was told that the application process
> was
> > an
> > >> > > easy
> > >> > > > one, with approval and a cheque coming in a month's time. The
> catch
> > is
> > >> > > > having to slap a Coke sticker inside each book.
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > > Could one of you let me know if you'd been aware of this program?
> > I'm
> > >> > > > trying to get a feel for how many libraries know about it.
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > > Myself, I drink cider and green tea. Just for the taste of it!
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > > cheers,
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > >
> > >> > > >
> > >
> > >
> > >Heather MacKenzie
> > >Youth Services Manager
> > >Alderney Gate Public Library
> > >
> > >902-490-5875         E-Mail: [log in to unmask]
> > >"Libraries will get you through times of no money better than money will
> > get you through times of no
> > >  libraries."

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