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Anne Jordan  |  Former Editor

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Anne Jordan was a contributing editor to GOVERNING.

Politics & Elections

Deborah L. Jacobs: Master Listener

Building libraries by consensus

November 1, 2001
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Politics & Elections

Friends of The Library

State library agencies aren't known for having broad public support. At least not until the governor tries to eliminate them.

April 1, 2003
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Health & Human Services

Double Booking

A city and a university sharing a library? It's not easy, but San Jose is doing it.

August 1, 2005
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Introducing Our Public Officials of the Year

Loyal To The Library

But willing to loan out her management skills.

November 1, 2006
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Finance

Branching Out

The humble neighborhood library is becoming a community magnet and engine of local revival.

October 1, 2001
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Taking a Read on Crime

Thousands of public libraries have jumped on the "One Book, One City" bandwagon since Seattle sponsored the first citywide reading program a decade ...

January 18, 2008
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Neverending Stories

This is part of a series of reflections on a conference I attended May 4 & 5 in Cleveland: "The Changing Face of Cities," organized ...

May 21, 2007
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Library Novelties

This is part of a series of reflections on a conference I attended May 4 & 5 in Cleveland: "The Changing Face of Cities," organized ...

May 14, 2007
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Immigrant Gateways

This is part of a series of reflections on a conference I attended last weekend in Cleveland: "The Changing Face of Cities," organized ...

May 10, 2007
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Looking a Gift Ban in the Mouth

After attending a conference this weekend in Cleveland, I can report firsthand that Ohio Governor Ted Strickland's new ethics rules are being taken seriously. Both ...

May 8, 2007
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Liquor Control

Yesterday, one of my colleagues here on the 13th Floor was telling me about the decent wine he could get for less than $4 a bottle ...

March 14, 2007
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Winning Water

This weekend, I went up to our cabin just outside Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, in part to make sure the water pipes hadn't burst during ...

March 5, 2007
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Give SCHIP More Teeth

A few years ago, when my son was 12, he had to have a root canal. I like to believe it's because he didn't brush his ...

March 1, 2007
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Who Will Follow Daley -- Someday?

Despite a lingering federal investigation into hiring and contracting fraud at city hall, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley won reelection yesterday with 71 percent of the ...

February 28, 2007
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Capitol Corral

If you think the office you work in is bad, check out this except from Dig, Boston's alternative weekly newspaper: From the time they take ...

February 15, 2007
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Going to the Dogs

Governing and its readers love 50-state rankings that enable us to make meaningful comparisons among governments. Bucking the tradition of providing useful information, I've assembled ...

February 13, 2007
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Closing the Books

Last week's Public Officials of the Year awards dinner was, as always, a celebratory event. But seeing Chicago Library Commissioner Mary Dempsey (one of our ...

November 20, 2006
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Tuition Rollbacks

My son is currently in the midst of applying to colleges, so I am on heightened alert when it comes to news headlines with the ...

November 7, 2006
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Riding Between the Lines

An article in the Seattle Weekly bemoans the difficulty of finding a map that shows the city's bus routes overlaid on a comprehensive street grid. ...

September 6, 2006
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Crate Crackdown

Years ago--okay, decades--when I went off to college, I took along several plastic milk crates. They had served me well as storage units in my ...

August 30, 2006
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Monitoring Motorists

Yesterday, after a brief search for a cheap used car, I shifted gears and bought a cheap, new car. It's a little red hatchback with ...

August 24, 2006
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Serious Comics

In the current issue of Governing, my colleague Jonathan Walters relates how some governments are trying to package performance reports (which, he notes, typically "...

August 23, 2006
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Yellow-Brick Ode

Six weeks ago, my husband and I went to settlement on a weekend home in Berkeley Springs, an historic town in the eastern panhandle of ...

August 16, 2006
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Fraternal Wins

Two years ago, my colleague Rob Gurwitt wrote a feature about Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin's remarkable ability to forge alliances among disparate interests and factions, ...

June 29, 2006
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Copping Copper

Add copper to the list of metals that are increasingly being stolen from the public domain, as high demand worldwide has tripled the price that ...

June 5, 2006
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Preeminent Domain

If your e-mail address fits the standard government model -- johndoe@agency.state.us or janedoe@anycity.gov -- you are definitely not an economic ...

June 5, 2006
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Book Boulevard

I recently spent a couple of beautiful spring days in Chicago with my family. Like typical tourists, we enjoyed an afternoon walking around Millennium Park ...

April 23, 2006
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Northern Exposure

This morning, I saw a map showing the spread of the mumps in Iowa (815 people and counting) and beyond. So far, 350 additional cases have been ...

April 20, 2006
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Write Your Own Caption: Paradox in the Park

Write a caption for this Pollyannish sign I photographed last week at Sibley State Park in Minnesota.             &...

April 19, 2006
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The Lifestyle Library

There's always something interesting in the montly newsletter I receive from the Urban Libraries Council. An article in the April edition highlights some of the ...

April 3, 2006
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Mega Metropolis

When Metropolis , the glossy monthly on architecture and design, shows up at our house, the first thing my teenage son (who wants to be an ...

March 31, 2006
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Kirbyyyyyy Puckett Field?

In "Skybox Skeptics" [Governing, March], my colleague Josh Goodman writes about the growing difficulty baseball teams are having leveraging public money for new ...

March 8, 2006
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One-upping Oprah

"One Book, One City" initiatives, whereby local residents all read and discuss the same book during a set period of time, have spread ...

March 6, 2006
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Rubber Stamp

When I saw the newspaper headline "To Market a City Condom, Make It Catchy but Tasteful", I knew immediately that the city was ...

February 16, 2006
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First-Suburb Summit

Yesterday, I attended a symposium at the Brookings Institution that accompanied the release of a ground-breaking report on America's "first suburbs." Researchers with ...

February 16, 2006
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Books and Hammers

My father was a librarian, so our summer vacations inevitably revolved around the city in which the American Library Association was holding its annual meeting: ...

February 7, 2006
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Target Practice

Growing up in Minnesota, I was shopping at Target stores long before the rest of the country had heard of the discount retailer. It's even ...

January 30, 2006
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Poignant Portraits

Wandering around Denver International Airport during a 2 1/2 hour layover, I came across an interesting exhibit in the corridors of Concourse A: a photo gallery of ...

January 25, 2006
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Not Last (At Last)

The District of Columbia is a political jurisdiction like no other. Its unique status and demographics often skew the statistics in 50-state comparisons. So when ...

January 12, 2006
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Major Mistake About Miners

Football players are well known for starting to celebrate a touchdown before they actually cross the goal line. Occasionally, they get tripped up, lose the ...

January 4, 2006
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California Floodin'

On hearing that 750 homes and businesses in Napa, California, were flooded by last weekend's storms, I immediately thought of the story Governing ran in the ...

January 3, 2006
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Don't Try This At Home

My Christmas tree has been up for a couple of weeks and is starting to shed some of its needles. But that's nothing compared with ...

December 23, 2005
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Code Red for ER One

Just read a Washington Post editorial about a casualty in the HHS appropriations bill: ER One. In Congress's efforts to rid the bill of earmarks, ...

December 14, 2005
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Employment Enigma

fedgazette, the bimonthly newspaper of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, may not be part of your regular reading routine, but I can recommend it ...

December 2, 2005
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Will EPA Skip a Year on Data?

A page in Governing's annual State & Local Sourcebook is always devoted to 50-state data on toxic chemical releases. The numbers come from the U....

November 30, 2005
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Image Problem

Among the items in the gift catalogs I was browsing through last evening are "talking president" dolls--12" action figures of George W. ...

November 30, 2005
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Fortress Mentality

This week, the Mississippi Governor's Commission on Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal plans to begin distributing free copies of "A Pattern Book for Gulf Coast ...

November 28, 2005
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Big Wins for Black Execs

African-Americans fared well on Election Day in races for high-level local offices. Four cities elected their first black mayor: Buffalo, N.Y. - Democrat  ...

November 9, 2005
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Jettisoning Regional Jets

"The day of the regional jet is over," airline consultant Mike Boyd declared in a USA Today article. That news is both surprising, ...

November 3, 2005
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Latest Library Loans: Laptops

Miami-Dade has joined the growing ranks of public library systems offering free wireless Internet access to their patrons. That's newsworthy on a local level, but ...

October 28, 2005
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Who Will Manage the Bird Flu?

The Bush administration is still working on the details of its preparedness plan to deal with an avian influenza pandemic. But one thing already is ...

October 10, 2005
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A History Lesson for Today

"Only a fraction of [the city's] population remained, thousands having...fled the town. Those inhabitants who had chosen to stay in the hopes of ...

October 5, 2005
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From Bureaucracy to Burger King?

The big news out of New Orleans late yesterday was, of course, Mayor Ray Nagin's announcement that the city was laying off 3,000 employees--half of its ...

October 5, 2005
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In Remembrance

Today, my friends the Kulicks should be celebrating their second daughter's first birthday. But Victoria won't be blowing out a little candle on a cake. ...

October 4, 2005
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Too Friendly at the DMV?

It's often interesting when the journalists here on the 13th Floor have occasion to interact as private citizens with the state and local governments we ...

October 3, 2005
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Lack of Evidence

Earlier this week, my colleague Ellen Perlman wrote about a plea from the CIO of Louisiana's court system asking for private-sector donations of high-tech equipment ...

September 23, 2005
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Crossing the Library Line

The branch library a half-mile from my home in suburban Montgomery County, Maryland, is adequate for most of my leisure reading needs and my sons' ...

September 19, 2005
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Zoning Takes Houston By Storm

Houston and zoning aren't often used in the same sentence. But then, Hurricane Katrina changed a lot of things. Yesterday, in Americ a's largest city ...

September 6, 2005
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A New New Orleans?

Today out the windows of the 13th Floor, I see fast-moving, billowy clouds and a fluttering American flag. They are innocuous remnants of Hurricane Katrina--and ...

August 31, 2005
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Why Did the Ostrich Cross the Road?

Officials at the Golden Gate Bridge can add a new section to their online gallery: photos of the increasingly large and exotic animals crossing the ...

August 30, 2005
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Building Outside the Box

Design matters. That's the message of two articles I read this past week: one on public works in New York City, the other on high-rise ...

August 16, 2005
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Bear Minimum

Last week, my family trekked from Washington, D.C., to Yellowstone National Park in hopes of seeing some bears (and wolves), which we did--mostly through ...

August 4, 2005
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Removing Their Cap

Earlier this month, Stephen Howard, a senior vice president at Lehman Bros., told Congress it should lift the cap on tax-exempt private activity bonds as ...

June 29, 2005
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Could You Repeat That?

Saw an interesting front-page New York Times article this morning about states requiring public universities to make sure instructors are proficient in English. As a ...

June 24, 2005
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Americans in Paris

Smokestack chasing is so 20th century. Or is it? The presence of state economic development officials--and even a few governors--at the Paris Air Show indicates ...

June 17, 2005
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Phantom Growth

Having been raised in neighboring Minnesota, when I read that rural Hanson County, South Dakota, was the fourth-fastest-growing county in the nation, I had to ...

June 10, 2005
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Stealing Steel

O.K., it's time to admit publicly what people in the office have known for a while: I read Waste News. What's more, occasionally there's ...

June 7, 2005
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