Governor Brown issued a proclamation recognizing May 27 as Golden Gate Bridge Day. The bridge was designed by Joseph Strauss and is one “of the world’s most recognizable structures.” The Golden Gate Bridge first opened to traffic 75 years ago on May 27, 1937.
Take a look at our gallery of Golden Gate Bridge photos from our historical photo collection, many from the time of construction of this world famous bridge.
Hello all, today is my last day here at the California Homeless Youth Project. I have to say that I have had a wonderful time. I have had the opportunity to learn many different aspects of macro level social work through several experiences including research, writing, conferences, building…
Rob Stewart, host of the KVIE television program, “Rob on the Road”, was at the State Library on Wednesday to tape an upcoming episode featuring our library’s treasures. Gary Kurutz, our “retired” Head of Special Collections, showed Rob some of our most rare and beautiful items - such as our first edition Audubon. Both Rob and his camera man, Martin Christian were awestruck by what we have in our collection.
The program will air on July 16 on KVIE – make sure to put it on your calendar!
Here are a couple of behind the scenes photos taken by staff member, Vincent Beiderbecke.
New ALA report explores challenges of equitable access to digital content
"The American Library Association (ALA) today released a new report examining critical issues underlying equitable access to digital content through our nation’s libraries. In the report, titled “E-content: The Digital Dialogue,” authors explore an unprecedented and splintered landscape in which several major publishers refuse to sell e-books to libraries; proprietary platforms fragment our cultural record; and reader privacy is endangered.”
Bay Area Immigration Records, Destined for Dustbin, Will be Released Tuesday
Thousands of old West Coast immigration records will become publicly available on Tuesday in San Bruno at the National Archive at San Francisco. The roughly 40,000 files in San Bruno’s new collection are specifically for immigrants or foreign visitors who were processed by immigration agents in San Francisco, Reno, Honolulu or Guam. Only pre-1910 files are currently available, but others will be released later.
Women veterans in California say they need employment, health, and education benefits, but many aren’t aware those services are offered through state and federal veterans’ assistance programs. This is one of a number of findings from a survey of women veterans conducted by the California Research Bureau of the State Library. The Bureau released its preliminary report on the survey this week.
California Women Veterans: Response to a 2011 survey: Preliminary Report summarizes findings from a survey of over 900 women veterans. Assistance with finding a job after leaving military service was the greatest need for many respondents, followed closely by help with transitioning to civilian life.
New Report Explores Roles of Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture
"The Salzburg Global Seminar and the Institute of Museum and Library Services announce the publication of "Libraries and Museums in an Era of Participatory Culture.” The report details the events of the October, 2011 convening of fifty-eight library, museum, and cultural heritage leaders from thirty-one countries. Together, the participants developed a set of recommendations to help libraries and museums embrace new possibilities for public engagement that are made possible by societal and technological change.”
Project Profile - Making Learning to Read Child's Play
Thanks to an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) National Leadership Grant for Libraries, the Minnesota Children’s Museum was given the opportunity to put a “different spin on early literacy in libraries throughout the Twin Cities area.”
The Museum partnered with the Dakota County Library System, Hennepin County Library System, and Saint Paul Public Library System to make the project a reality by creating interactive exhibits that reflected each neighborhood’s unique character and spurred pre-reading skills. You can read more about this wonderful project on its IMLS Project Profile page.
"The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in cooperation with Heritage Preservation, will present WebWise Reprise, two online events based on the IMLS WebWise 2012 conference. The first event, on June 14 at 2:00 pm EDT, will be “Sharing Public History Work: Crowdsourcing Data.” The second event, on June 28 at 2:00 pm EDT, will be “Oral History in the Digital Age.”
Draft Museum Grant Guidelines Available for Public Comment
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) is seeking public comments on the draft guidelines for the FY 2013 Museums for America and National Leadership Grants for Museums programs. The guidelines for these programs have been revised to align with the IMLS Strategic Plan.
The comment period will end on Friday, July 6, 2012. Please send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. Final guidelines will be posted no later than October 15, 2012.
To see the guidelines use these links:
Eating well can be a challenge for youth experiencing homelessness. An article from youth radio highlights a homeless youth’s experience of eating at fast food restaurants and training oneself to not eat at all. The youth describes a day after returning to live with her parents. She was not eating enough to the point of fainting from dehydration in school on her way to class. This youth states that it was at this point that she realized that being healthy is more than understanding proper nutrition, but that it involves peace of mind. The youth expressed how difficult prioritizing what she ate when feeling as though she was being pulled in many different directions. She stated how important it was to figure out the other issues going on in life, before focusing on eating healthy. Similar to this youth’s experience many other homeless youth are faced with challenges of focusing on being physically and mentally healthy, which includes eating healthy foods. For full article follow the link.
New California Research Bureau Report on California's Women Veterans
CRB announces the release of its new report, California’s Women Veterans: Response to the 2011 Survey: Preliminary Report. California has the largest number (167,000) and greatest proportion (9.5 percent) of women veterans in America. This report presents findings from the 2011 survey of nearly 900 women veterans about their needs, service utilization and who they are. It finds women veterans are accessing some services but knowledge of services in California and at the federal level are limited. Additionally, women veterans are saying they need gender-specific services and respect and recognition for their service.
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Recognizes Libraries’ Role in Early Learning
At an April 24 briefing at D.C’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library, Susan Hildreth, Director of Institute of Museum and Library Services joined Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Director of the Office of Head Start, in announcing that their offices and ACF’s Office of Child Care would collaborate in an effort to encourage partnerships between federally funded early child care programs and public libraries. On May 10, the agreement between the three offices became official with the issuance of an “Information Memorandum,” ACF’s instrument for formal communication with the agencies it funds.
Want to learn more about the bridge that spans the Golden Gate? Ever wonder about the people who built the bridge? In honor of the 75th anniversary of the opening of the Golden Gate Bridge (May 27th), California History Section staff have set up a display of selected books about the bridge in the California History Room. Come take a look!
The California State Library is celebrating the 75th birthday of San Francisco’s fabled Golden Gate Bridge by showcasing many of the California History Room’s fascinating books about the bridge. Particularly noteworthy are the 1938 official report on the bridge’s construction, a more recent report on the Doyle Drive approach to the span, and a 1921 volume titled Bridging the Golden Gate, showing the ungainly original design for the bridge which fortunately did not come to pass.
Drop by and browse our collection. The library is located at 900 N St., Sacramento. We are open Monday through Friday from 9:30 am - 4:00 pm.
California Humanities Seminar: Is Democracy Too Slow?
You are invited to attend a seminar sponsored by Cal Humanities and Zócalo Public Square.
Businesses and information often move faster than lawmakers and regulators can track in democracies. Elections in most of the world operate using 18th century rules and 20th century technologies, even as the Internet puts power and choice at the fingertips of the people. The panel will explore whether democracy can catch up with the world, or whether it’s doomed to lag behind.
The seminar will take place at the Crocker Art Museum at 216 O Street, on Tuesday, May 8, 2012, beginning at 6:30 p.m. To find out more information or to RSVP, visit Zócalo Public Square
IMLS and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announce New Initiative to Encourage Partnerships to Improve Early Learning
On Monday, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan Hildreth along with Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, director of the Administration for Children and Families’ (ACF) Office of Head Start announced a partnership between IMLS, the Office of Head Start, and the ACF’s Office of Child Care. The three federal entities will be issuing an Information Memorandum to Head Start and Early Head Start Grantees and Delegate Agencies and Child Care and Development Fund Administrators, encouraging collaboration between early childhood programs and public libraries to help meet the educational needs of young children and their families.