The San Antonio Public Library system is launching a digital checkout kiosk at the airport that will be available to both San Antonio residents and travelers passing through the Alamo City.
Inside Terminals A and B of the San Antonio International Airport sit two 6-foot tall, 55-inch digital touch screens with multiple charging ports, where library patrons can checkout e-books and music. It’s part of a new marketing campaign for the San Antonio Public Library’s e-book selection, says Ignacio Albarracin, the Digital Services Manager of the library.
The city of San Antonio wants Bexar county to start paying its fair share of the San Antonio Public Library's bills. As San Antonio Public Library director spelled out on our program late last month, 19 percent of the public library system users are non-city residents who live in the county, so the county should pick up 19 percent of the tab, basically doubling Bexar's contribution from around $3.8 million to 6.3 million.
Judge Nelson Wolff thinks that isn't going to work.
The San Antonio Public Library and the city are hoping to get more funds from Bexar County to run its public library system -- a lot more money. SAPL would like the county to pay $6.38 million, which is nearly double the $3.78 million the county already contributes.
The San Antonio Public Library System is debuting a new way to expand the reach of its digital book system.
When going to the library you expect to see rows of book shelves, but now the library is experimenting with its walls. Its digital library community project takes vinyl wallpaper that looks like a bookshelf where each book in the image has a QR code, and places it in senior centers, YMCA locations, and at Haven for Hope.
Library Director Ramiro Salazar said the goal is to show what resources the library has available.
The San Antonio Book Festival has its inaugural run as a solo event this weekend. Last year the burgeoning book fest partnered with Austin's annual Texas Book Festival by adding a series of events locally.
This year, with 90 national and local authors, organizers are confident the event will again be a success and will top their 4,000 person attendance last year. Organizers want to turn San Antonio into a literary destination.
Last week the Institute of Museum and Libraries Services announced that Texas public libraries could be without about about $10 million in federal grants, nearly 70 percent of the money they receive from the federal government.
The state is looking at a loss in federal money because of funding cuts that happened during the 2011 legislative session. With those cuts, the state is not able to pay a federal match program that is a part of the federal grant.