Monthly Archives: June 2015

CENIC and the City and County of San Francisco Collaborate to Make San Francisco Public Library the First 10 Gigabit Library in the U.S.

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CENIC and the City and County of San Francisco Collaborate to Make San Francisco Public Library the First 10 Gigabit Library in the U.S.

San Francisco, June 26, 2015 — San Francisco Public Library (SFPL), the Corporation for Education Network Initiatives in California (CENIC), and the City and County of San Francisco announced today that they have collaborated to provide unprecedented direct connection at 10 gigabits per second access speed to CENIC’s California Research and Education Network (CalREN) and from there to the world.

This unprecedented access to the ultra-high bandwidth CENIC network will provide patrons of the San Francisco Public Library with access to the latest and best resources across a wide array of needs and opportunities in areas such as business, government, science, health care, and education – opportunities to engage, create, invent, and learn.

“They are breaking new ground here, and it’s great to see,” said John Beto, Director of University of Maryland’s Information Policy and Access Center, which conducts research on issues that govern access to digital information.

SFPL accesses city-owned fiber that is used to connect them to CalREN. SFPL has a direct 10 Gigabit connection to their main library.  Seven branches now connect to the main branch at 1 Gigabit, with plans to connect all 27 branch libraries at this speed using city-owned fiber.  From CalREN, San Francisco’s libraries are connected to California’s K-12 and higher education systems, to research and education networks throughout the world, and to the public Internet.

“In keeping with our mission of equality and being a 21st century library, this broadband increase allows our patrons to have the very best in access and opportunity,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera.

The Library’s new teen center, The Mix at SFPL, will greatly benefit from new broadband speed. The Mix at SFPL is dedicated to connecting young people with innovative technology tools such as 3D printers, video/audio editing software, fabrication, and other electronic tools to create their own digital or electronic art, to be involved in robotics, even to build their own drones, and to meet, socialize and collaborate with other young people who share common interests.

“The ability to access digital information is essential to every Californian and our remarkable libraries are places where access, the expertise of librarians, and a wealth of opportunities are available to all.  Bandwidth should never constrain access and innovation in our libraries,“ said CENIC President & CEO, Louis Fox.

“San Francisco was among the pilot sites that preceded the Governor and Legislature’s ‘Lighting Up Libraries Initiative,’ which will bring additional broadband capacity to all of California’s public libraries.  389 libraries will connect starting in July of 2015, with a goal to connect all of California’s 1,112 public libraries in the next few years,” said Fox.

“Public libraries change lives. And the 21st Century connectivity that they are getting through connecting to CENIC’s broadband network is going to be transformative for all of California’s diverse communities.  Already, 56 California library jurisdictions, including the San Francisco Public Library and the Peninsula Library Systems, have the highest level of connectivity of any libraries in the country – a number that will grow over the coming months,” said California State Librarian, Greg Lucas.

The updated broadband, including WiFi, can be experienced at San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.  For more information you can reach us at or (415) 557-4400.

About CENIC •

CENIC connects California to the world—advancing education and research statewide by providing the world-class network essential for innovation, collaboration and economic growth. This nonprofit organization operates the California Research & Education Network (CalREN), a high-capacity network designed to meet the unique requirements of over 20 million users, including the vast majority of K-20 students together with educators, researchers, and other vital public-serving institutions. CENIC’s Charter Associates are part of the world’s largest education system; they include the California K-12 system, California Community Colleges, the California State University system, California’s Public Libraries, the University of California system, Stanford, Caltech, and USC. CENIC also provides connectivity to leading-edge institutions and industry research organizations around the world, serving the public as a catalyst for a vibrant California.

San Francisco Public Library and Gale to Deliver Accredited High School Diplomas to Residents Online

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San Francisco Public Library and Gale to Deliver Accredited High School Diplomas to Residents Online

Career Online High School Scholarships Support Local Economic Development

SAN FRANCISCO, June 25, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — As thousands of librarians from across the country descend on San Francisco for the American Library Association annual meeting this weekend, the San Francisco Public Library today announced it is offering residents the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and career certificates through Career Online High School, a groundbreaking program brought to public libraries by Gale. Currently, more than 30,000 San Francisco adults age 25 and over lack a high school degree or equivalent. San Francisco Public Library joins several other innovative libraries throughout California to offer the program, including Los Angeles Public Library, Sacramento Public Library and San Diego Public Library.

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“Being able to offer Career Online High School helps us achieve our goal of rethinking adult literacy in the 21st century in a profound and impactful way,” said Luis Herrera, City Librarian, San Francisco Public Library. “For SFPL, the Career Online High School initiative redefines the role of the library as the place for personal growth and learning for individuals most in need.”

“Earning a high school diploma can have a life changing effect – graduates earn more, have lower unemployment rates and contribute more to their communities both economically and socially,” said Paul Gazzolo, senior vice president and general manager, Gale. “By offering Career Online High School, San Francisco Public Library will make an immediate positive impact in the community, and will support local economic and workforce development.”

San Francisco Public Library will award scholarships for Career Online High School to qualified learners looking to earn a high school diploma and advance their careers. Once enrolled, Career Online High School pairs each student with an Academic Coach, who offers ongoing guidance and encouragement, evaluates performance, and connects the learner with the resources needed to demonstrate mastery of the course material. Classes are supported by board-certified instructors and students have 24/7 access to the online learning platform. Coursework begins in one of eight high-growth, high-demand career fields (across a wide spectrum from child care and education to certified transportation), before progressing to the core academic subjects. Many students are able to graduate in as few as 4 to 6 months by transferring in previously earned high school credits.

San Francisco Public Library will launch Career Online High School to the community in August. Interested residents can visit the library’s website here to learn more about the enrollment process.

For more information on Career Online High School, please visit or contact Kristina Massari at For more information on the economic impact of high school completion and the benefits of libraries, download the whitepaper here and watch the video here.

About Career Online High School
Career Online High School was developed in 2012 through a partnership by ed2go, a division of Cengage Learning that provides students with online continuing education and career training, and Smart Horizons Career Online Education, in an effort to provide affordable, career-based online education opportunities for the millions of adults in the United States without high school diplomas. In 2014, the program was adapted for the public library market by Gale, also a division of Cengage Learning. Since its launch, Career Online High School has been recognized as part of a Commitment to Action by the Clinton Global Initiative and acknowledged at the White House College Opportunity Summit.

About San Francisco Public Library
The San Francisco Public Library system is dedicated to free and equal access to information, knowledge, independent learning and the joys of reading for our diverse community.

About Cengage Learning and Gale
Cengage Learning is a leading educational content, technology, and services company for the higher education and K-12, professional and library markets worldwide. Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, is a global provider of research resources for libraries and businesses for more than 60 years. Gale is passionate about supporting the continued innovation and evolution of libraries by providing the content, tools, and services libraries need to promote information discovery, enable learning, and support economic, cultural, and intellectual growth in their communities. For more information, visit or

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Kristina Massari
Cengage Learning
(203) 965-8694


Thursday, June 18, 2015
Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, 415-554-6131

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New Teen Digital Media Center & Learning Lab Provides Tools, Technology & Teaching to Help Teens Succeed in 21st Century Economy

San Francisco, CA – Mayor Edwin M. Lee today celebrated the opening of The Mix at SFPL, a new 4,770-square-foot teen digital media center and learning lab located within the San Francisco Main Library, providing 21st Century technology and teaching. The Mix at SFPL offers teens a state-of-the-art recording studio, a Hollywood-worthy video production space, a bank of high-end digital equipment, and a makerspace with many of today’s leading fabrication technologies. In addition, The Mix will have a brand new collection of books, movies and music, an amphitheater-style seating and performance area, and a safe and comfortable space for Bay Area teens to hang out, read and study.

“Teenagers in San Francisco now have another safe, comfortable, and engaging space where they will have access to the latest technologies that can open their minds and unleash their creativity,” said Mayor Lee. “The Mix at SFPL provides San Francisco youth with digital literacy skills that will open up new career paths in multimedia fields and make sure they are well-prepared for college and beyond.”

“The Mix at SFPL is a revolutionary approach to teen services,” said City Librarian Luis Herrera. “San Francisco Public Library embraces the challenge of the 21st Century library by providing equal access and learning opportunities to all patrons, including our city’s teens, in ways that are engaging and entertaining while expanding their horizons.”

The $6 million capital improvement project was managed by San Francisco Public Works with design advice from Bay Area teens who served on the San Francisco Public Library’s Board of Advising Youth (BAY). While teens are more than welcome to simply hang out, The Mix is SFPL is designed so that youth will explore the different technologies in the space, either by attending a workshop or program, or during open “drop in” hours. Regular school classroom visits are being scheduled with SFUSD middle and high schools.

To help deliver quality workshops and classes to teens using the new technologies, the Library has formed partnerships with many leading San Francisco program providers, including the Bay Area Video Coalition, which excels at training at-risk youth in emerging media technologies; Blue Bear School of Music, leaders in providing music education to underserved communities; Ninth Street Independent Film Center which is transferring its youth media program, TILT (Teaching Intermedia Literacy Tools) and digital media equipment, curricula, and youth media archive to The Mix; Girls Who Code, which is on a mission to enhance diversity in technology; KQED, a partner in digital education; and the landmark California Academy of Sciences, a pioneer in providing hands-on science education to the Bay Area.

The Mix at SFPL was made possible by support from Friends of the San Francisco Public Library, the Louis R. Lurie Foundation, Microsoft Corporation, Morrison Foerster, and other generous donors.

For more information on The Mix at SFPL, go to

Invitation to Cover/Photo Opportunity – Ribbon Cutting/Opening of The Mix at SFPL Teen Center

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Invitation to Cover/Photo Opportunity
Ribbon Cutting/Opening of The Mix at SFPL Teen Center

WHAT:     Mayor Edwin Lee, City Librarian Luis Herrera and other officials cut the ribbon and welcome the public to new teen center, The Mix at SFPL.

WHEN:     Thursday, June 18, 2015, 10:45 a.m. (speeches at 11 a.m./doors open approx. 11:30 a.m.)

WHERE:  100 Larkin Street, 2nd Floor, Main Library

WHO:       Remarks by:

·         Mayor Edwin M. Lee

·         City Librarian Luis Herrera

·         Youth Advisory Board Teens

·         Mohammed Nuru, Department of Public Works

·         Teresa Ono, San Francisco Public Library Commission

·         Deborah Doyle, Acting Executive Director, Friends of the San Francisco Public Library

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES:             Ribbon Cutting; The new teen center and its state of the art design, including a smart wall, makerspace, recording studio; Danza Azteca dancers; Capoiera dancers; other musical entertainment.

WHAT:     The Mix at SFPL will have a brand new collection of young adult books, a mini-performance space, and many comfy spaces for Bay Area teens to hang out, read and study.  The Mix at SFPL will have a state of the art recording studio, a Hollywood-worthy video production space, a bank of high end computers to aid in the editing process, and a makerspace with many of today’s leading fabrication technologies.  To help deliver quality classes to teens using the new technologies, the library has formed partnerships with many leading San Francisco program providers, including the Bay Area Video Coalition, Blue Bear School of Music, Girls Who Code, and the California Academy of Sciences.


Building Better Libraries for Stronger Communities!

David Talbot’s Season of the Witch Selected as 11th Annual One City One Book

For Immediate Release

June 10, 2015

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David Talbot’s Season of the Witch Selected as
11th Annual One City One Book

Cover image of Season of the WitchSan Francisco Public Library is thrilled to announce that the 11th Annual One City One Book selection is David Talbot’s Season of the Witch, an extraordinary telling of the colorful and often dark history of San Francisco from 1967 to 1982.

Library bookshelves will be stocked with fresh copies of Season of the Witch in September – or, read it over the summer and be ready for all the fun events happening this fall! Citywide programming will take place throughout September and October.

Mr. Talbot will be making multiple appearances in the fall, including readings, discussion panels, school visits and more.  In addition, there will be tours, book discussions and other presentations, with our program partners. Please watch the complete program schedule, available in September.

From the early days of the Summer of Love in the Haight, through years of murder and mayhem, the city evolved. Through extensive research and personal interviews, Talbot captures a 15-year history never before told in this level of detail. The stories lend themselves to opportunities to revisit this history through exhibits, music, politics and more.

One City One Book: San Francisco Reads is an annual citywide literary event that encourages members of the San Francisco community to read the same book at the same time and then discuss it in book groups and at events throughout the City. By building bridges between communities and generations through the reading and, most importantly, the discussion of one book, we hope to help to make reading a lifelong pursuit and to build a more literate society.

Sponsors for One City One Book include the San Francisco Public Library and Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. The program is also supported by many bookstore partners, program partners and media sponsors, including Green Apple Books, Green Arcade Books, Books Inc., California Historical Society, Northern California Independent Booksellers Association, San Francisco History Center and more.

For updates and more information, please visit: or Twitter @OneCityOneBook and #ocobsf15 or call (415) 557-4277.

About the Author
David Talbot is an author, journalist, media entrepreneur and now book publisher. He is the founder and former editor-in-chief of Salon, and has been hailed as a “pioneer of web publishing” by The New York Times. In addition to the national bestseller, Season of the Witch, he is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Brothers: The Hidden History of the Kennedy Years and Devil Dog: The Amazing True Story of the Man Who Saved America, an illustrated “pulp history” aimed at younger readers. His book, The Devil’s Chessboard: Allen Dulles, the CIA, and the Rise of America’s Secret Government, will be published by HarperCollins in October. Talbot was a senior editor at Mother Jones magazine, and has written for The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Time, the Guardian and other publications. This fall, he will launch a new venture with Skyhorse Publishing, an imprint called Hot Books that will publish short, investigative books on the most burning topics.