The Biblioracle: Hero librarians create fake reader to save books, outsmart algorithms

Posted in News“Two librarians of East Lake County Library in Lake County, Fla., are the subject of investigation for creating a fake patron, “Chuck Finley,” who checked out 2,361 books over nine months in 2016. I call them heroes.” (via Chicago Tribune)Leave a Comment

Posted on: 18 January 2017 | 7:22 pm

National Library of Israel Buys Vast Library of Rare Jewish Books

Posted in News“The National Library of Israel has acquired what has been described as the greatest private library of Jewish books and manuscripts ever assembled. Compiled by collector Jack V. Lunzer over more than six decades, and stored at his home in London, it became known as the Valmadonna Trust Library, a reference to the Italian town […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 18 January 2017 | 7:07 pm

Librarian’s list of ‘predatory’ journals reportedly removed due to ‘threats and politics’

Posted in News“An academic librarian’s lists of “predatory” journals and publishers on Sunday vanished from the internet without explanation. His business partners now say he was forced to shut down the website. Jeffrey Beall, scholarly communications librarian at the University of Colorado at Denver, created the lists in 2008. They grew to include thousands of journals and […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 17 January 2017 | 8:37 pm

City/county leaders cite digital inclusion, education as top priorities for libraries

Posted in News“Local government leaders envision public libraries as a key resource to support their communities’ education and digital inclusion goals while indicating interest in exploring new roles for libraries to address other community priorities, according to a recent survey conducted by ICMA (the International City/County Management Association), in partnership with The Aspen Institute and the Public […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 17 January 2017 | 2:33 pm

Durham County finds alternatives for homeless as library closes two years for renovation

Posted in News“While Terry can use computers at Urban Ministries, some shelter residents visit the downtown library daily for a change of scenery. Other members of the homeless population, who aren’t living in a shelter, may turn to the library for a respite from warm or hot weather, a place to use the bathroom or sit and […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 13 January 2017 | 10:20 am

DPLA to Expand Access to Ebooks with Support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Posted in News“The Digital Public Library of America is thrilled to announce that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded DPLA $1.5 million to greatly expand its efforts to provide broad access to widely read ebooks. The grant will support improved channels for public libraries to bolster their ebook collections, and for millions of readers nationwide to […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 13 January 2017 | 10:14 am

Wayback Machine Chrome extension now available

Posted in News“The Wayback Machine Chrome browser extension helps make the web more reliable by detecting dead web pages and offering to replay archived versions of them.  You can get it here.For the past 20 years, the Internet Archive has recorded and preserved web pages, and hundreds of billions of them are available via the Wayback Machine. […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 13 January 2017 | 6:29 am

[Virginia] House panel shoots down ban on guns in libraries

Posted in News“A House subcommittee shot down a bill Thursday that would allow libraries owned or operated by local governments to ban firearms from their premises. On a 4-1 voice vote, Subcommittee No. 1 of the House Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee recommended tabling HB 1418. The bill, proposed by Del. Delores McQuinn, D-Richmond, sought to […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 13 January 2017 | 6:26 am

“We All Need Wikipedia.” Why This Foundation Is Giving Millions for Open Knowledge

Posted in News“Knowledge is a slippery thing these days. Nearly half of Americans get their news from Facebook, a proprietary, opaque delivery system engineered to make money. We’re also seeing the rise of online sources deliberately seeking to mislead for political or commercial reasons. Perhaps most disturbing, the soon-to-be president of the United States has displayed a flagrant […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 13 January 2017 | 6:15 am

Public libraries help battle homelessness in little ways

Posted in News“Public libraries are on the front lines of the battle against homelessness.It’s a growing trend across the country and right here in Boise.”We have folks who come in here to get warm, folks that come in and use the Wi-Fi and in the summer time, folks that come in to stay cool,” said Kevin Booe, […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 13 January 2017 | 6:12 am

Library Extension Finds Books At Your Local Library While You Shop On Amazon

Posted in News“Amazon may be convenient, but nothing beats free. So, when you’re shopping for books on the site, Library Extension will find those same books at your local library. You can even drive to pick them up faster than Amazon can ship them.The extension allows you to pick your favorite local libraries and add them to […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 12 January 2017 | 10:33 am

Dun & Bradstreet Acquires Avention, the Maker of OneSource

Posted in News“Dun & Bradstreet (NYSE: DNB) today announced that it has acquired Massachusetts-based Avention, the maker of OneSource® solutions. Avention provides organizations with a deeper understanding of company, contact, and market data, delivered through a robust technology platform.” (via The Dun & Bradstreet Corporation)Leave a Comment

Posted on: 12 January 2017 | 10:30 am

Former copyright office head to run publishing trade group

Posted in News“The former head of the U.S. Copyright Office, whose ouster last fall angered many in the arts world, has been chosen to lead the book publishers’ trade group.Maria A. Pallante will become president and CEO of the Association of American Publishers, beginning next Wednesday. She will succeed Tom Allen, a former congressman from Maine, who […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 12 January 2017 | 10:00 am

Philadelphia School District librarians: a species nearly extinct?

Posted in News“How many full-time, certified librarians would you guess one of the nation’s largest school systems – a district with 220 schools and 134,000 students – employs?One hundred? Two hundred?Not even close. Eight certified, full-time school librarians staff Philadelphia School District buildings. A handful of others juggle library responsibilities with teaching classes. Many school libraries are […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 11 January 2017 | 10:06 am


Posted in News“Two of Boston’s most venerable institutions are teaming up to create an online database of hundreds of thousands of Roman Catholic Church documents to help people trace their family histories.The New England Historic Genealogical Society and the Archdiocese of Boston on Tuesday announced the project that was first talked about two years ago. It’s the […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 10 January 2017 | 2:21 pm

Wikimedia Foundation receives $3 million grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to make freely licensed images accessible and reusable across the web

Posted in News“The Wikimedia Foundation, with a US$3,015,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, is leading an effort to enable structured data on Wikimedia Commons, the world’s largest repository of freely licensed educational media. The project will support contributors’ efforts to integrate Commons’ media more readily into the rest of the web, making it easier for […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 9 January 2017 | 2:48 pm

Wikipedia was born in 2001. And the world got a bit truthier

Posted in News“Jan. 15, 2001?Sixteen years ago, while working on Nupedia, an online encyclopedia written by scholars, Jimmy Wales and Larry Sanger launched a second free online encyclopedia that anyone could contribute to. Called Wikipedia, it didn’t initially attract much attention. It took about nine months before mainstream newspapers took note of it and only slightly longer […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 6 January 2017 | 7:25 am

A nationwide effort launches to turn ‘book deserts’ into literary oases

Posted in News“The National Book Foundation is teaming up with publishers and the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Education to make “book deserts” a thing of the past.The literary organization, best known for presenting the annual National Book Awards, joined its partners Thursday announcing the Book Rich Environment Initiative, which will donate books to residents of public housing nationwide.” (via LA […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 January 2017 | 2:11 pm

The challenge facing libraries in an era of fake news

Posted in News“Imagine, for a moment, the technology of 2017 had existed on Jan. 11, 1964 – the day Luther Terry, surgeon general of the United States, released “Smoking and Health: Report of the Advisory Committee to the Surgeon General of the United States.” What would be some likely scenarios?” (via The Conversation)Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 January 2017 | 2:02 pm

These Scifi-Looking Incubation Chambers Help Libraries Save Old Newspapers

Posted in News“Today in helpful objects that maybe look like alien incubation chambers, we have a lovely gadget that’s being used to digitize old newspapers.The University of Connecticut is undergoing a restoration project to revive 19th century Chilean newspapers documenting the years leading up to the war between Chile and an allied Peru and Bolivia.” (via Gizmodo)Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 January 2017 | 1:58 pm

Internet Archive’s Trump Archive launches today

Posted in News“The Trump Archive launches today with 700+ televised speeches, interviews, debates, and other news broadcasts related to President-elect Donald Trump, created using the Internet Archive’s TV News Archive.A work in progress, the growing collection now includes more than 520 hours of Trump video. The earliest excerpt dates from December 2009, and the collection continues through the present. It […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 January 2017 | 9:43 am

This May be the Only Taxidermy Library in the Country

Posted in News“Did you know there’s a library in Alaska that allows you to borrow a wide array of taxidermy animals? That’s right, this library is unlike any other. Sure you can check out books on nature and animals, but why only read about them when you could bring them home with you and observe them as you […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 4 January 2017 | 7:14 pm

To save books, librarians create fake ‘reader’ to check out titles

Posted in News“Chuck Finley appears to be a voracious reader, having checked out 2,361 books at the East Lake County Library in a nine-month period this year.But Finley didn’t read a single one of the books, ranging from “Cannery Row” by John Steinbeck to a kids book called “Why Do My Ears Pop?” by Ann Fullick. That’s […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 3 January 2017 | 2:04 pm

Gale Digitizes Archive of the American Civil Liberties Union

Posted in News“Gale, a Cengage company, has launched Making of Modern Law: American Civil Liberties Union Papers, 1912-1990. The timely archive includes records from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and focuses on civil rights, race, gender, and issues relating to the U.S. Supreme Court. Topics covered are intensely relevant to today’s curriculum and current debates at […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 3 January 2017 | 9:55 am

Son Pays 85 Years’ Worth of Library Fines for Overdue Books His Parents Checked Out from Rockville Branch

Posted in News“By Jon Kramer’s reckoning, the books that his parents checked out from Montgomery County Public Libraries in the 1970s were a combined 85 years overdue. That worked out to $1,552.30 in late fees, he calculated in November after stumbling upon 365 Meatless Main Dishes and The New Way of the Wilderness at his family’s southern […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 22 December 2016 | 1:29 pm