Rutgers University Libraries Launch Open and Affordable Textbook Project to Provide Relief for Soaring Textbook Costs

Posted in News“Rutgers University has become the first of New Jersey’s institutions of higher education to formally take action against the rising cost of textbooks by launching the Open and Affordable Textbook Project (OAT). The initiative includes a grant program administered by Rutgers University Libraries that will give incentives to faculty or department groups that replace a […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 30 September 2016 | 11:46 am

Texas prisons ban ‘The Color Purple’ and book about Jackie Robinson but not ‘Mein Kampf’

Posted in News“Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” is allowed, but an illustrated history of World War II isn’t. A 700-page defense of racial segregation is fine, but not Langston Hughes’s poetry.Kinky paperback memoir? No problem. Suggestive Shakespearean sonnets? No way.Welcome to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, home to 140,000 prisoners and a list of 15,000 banned books.” (via The […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 30 September 2016 | 11:44 am

Centuries-old map of Detroit finds way to UM library

Posted in News“The latest addition to a University of Michigan library doesn’t show where Detroit is going, but it captures where it was more than 225 years ago. UM’s William L. Clements Library has acquired a map of the city created in 1790, officials said Tuesday.The 21-by-40-inch map was shown to the public for the first time […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 28 September 2016 | 9:38 am

Persistent URL Service,, Now Run by the Internet Archive

Posted in News“OCLC and the Internet Archive today announced the results of a year-long cooperation to ensure the future of The organizations have worked together to build a new service hosted by the Internet Archive that will manage the persistent URLs and sub-domain redirections for, and its introduction by OCLC Research in 1995, […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 28 September 2016 | 9:36 am

Librarians Stand Again Against FBI Overreach

Posted in News“We are the four librarians who fought a government gag order a decade ago when FBI agents demanded library records under the Patriot Act and told us, under penalty of criminal prosecution, that we couldn’t talk about it. We members of what the media called “the Connecticut Four” haven’t reunited in the civil liberties cause. […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 28 September 2016 | 9:19 am

Libraries in the age of inequality

Posted in News“Trying to predict the future of anything — let alone public libraries — is a tricky task. But unequivocally we can say this: Libraries are not about to become purely digital endeavors. The notion that e-books will completely replace physical books is tired.So rather than dwelling on that topic, which has become a favorite pastime […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 27 September 2016 | 1:36 pm

Cops fork over $1.5K each for accepting steak dinners from library CEO

Posted in News“Three high-ranking NYPD cops have agreed to pay fines of $1,500 each for accepting high-priced steak dinners from former Queens Library CEO Thomas Galante, it was announced Monday.Galante was fired by the library’s board in 2014 for his lavish spending.Chief of Housing James Secreto admitted to chowing down on the library’s tab on four occasions […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 27 September 2016 | 8:08 am

At the library, a cafe and TV studio, and an effort to modernize

Posted in News“The library of tomorrow will be here Friday.Boston Public Library is getting ready to debut its unique cafe-within-a-television/radio-studio-within-a-library, as part of its campaign to be a more welcoming, less stuffy community space. You won’t see any “No Talking Please” or “No Food or Drink Allowed” signs here.Greeting visitors immediately to the right of the Boylston […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 27 September 2016 | 7:50 am


Posted in News“The Associated Press has purchased the film archive of British Movietone, bolstering the news cooperative’s collection with historic video from World War II, the Beatles’ conquest of America and the romance between King Edward VIII and Wallis Simpson.The newsreels, acquired from Newsreel Archive, were originally shown in movie theaters twice a week and were the […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 27 September 2016 | 7:40 am

Transgender woman sues library, insurance provider over surgery cost

Posted in News“A transgender woman who works for Hamilton County’s public library system is suing her employer and its insurer over a refusal to cover sex reassignment surgery.” Rachel Dovel said in April that she had been urging the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County to cover her gender confirmation surgery since last year.She’s been transitioning from a man, known as Nathan, […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 26 September 2016 | 11:30 am

Miami Libraries Cut Approval Plan

Posted in News“Inflated prices and a stagnant budget have led to a significant cut in funding that is diminishing the book-buying power of Miami University libraries.While the budget for Miami’s libraries has remained flat since 2010, at around $4.7 million, the cost of periodicals and academic journals has increased by about 6 percent per year over that […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 26 September 2016 | 6:57 am

Debate about use of librarian’s donation to UNH continues

Posted in News“Students at the University of New Hampshire are still talking about the $4 million gift a frugal librarian left to the school when he died last year.Hannah Lacey and Keegan Fecher were studying at Dimond Library where cataloguer Robert Morin worked for nearly 50 years Friday afternoon. They said they heard the story about how […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 26 September 2016 | 6:55 am

Former librarian turned venture capitalist helps women win lead role in China venture industry

Posted in News“The largest venture capital fund ever raised by a woman isn’t in Silicon Valley or even the U.S. It’s in Beijing and is run by a former librarian who keeps such a low profile that she’s a mystery in her native China.Chen Xiaohong rarely attends industry conferences or events. She hadn’t given a media interview […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 26 September 2016 | 6:54 am

‘I’m in book heaven.’ How one reading specialist seeks to change lives through a new library at an L.A. County juvenile hall

Posted in News“On one wall of her small classroom at Los Padrinos Juvenile Hall, Zoila Gallegos had set up a makeshift library, but it was never enough. Gallegos, a reading specialist with the Los Angeles County Office of Education, has worked at the juvenile lockup in Downey for the past nine years. A child of immigrants who […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 26 September 2016 | 6:50 am

Sarah Glassmeyer: Opening a window on closed data

Posted in News“Sarah Glassmeyer has spent the past year as a research fellow at the Harvard Library Innovation Lab, studying how government publishes law. And how little is available to the taxpayers who finance it.Her work includes a census of 50 state regulation websites and 105 court websites. And her study found at least 14 barriers to […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 22 September 2016 | 1:16 pm

Library officials say no to graphic version of Clinton book

Posted in News“Stirring up a bit of a ruckus, Alachua County library officials have rejected a request to add a new book to its shelves. The collections department, which buys books for the library, decided to not buy “Clinton Cash: A Graphic Novel,” a book about alleged corruption by presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 22 September 2016 | 9:54 am

Apple targets historic Carnegie Library for downtown flagship store

Posted in News“Representatives from Apple have proposed opening a flagship store and events center in one of the District’s most prominent and historic buildings, the Carnegie Library in Mount Vernon Square. Negotiations between the company and the District’s quasi-independent conventions agency, Events DC, began earlier this year after the group began seeking ideas for re-use of the 113-year-old […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 21 September 2016 | 8:32 pm

Afghan Officials Receive Digitized Cultural Treasures

Posted in News“The Library of Congress has completed a three-year project, financed by Carnegie Corporation of New York, to digitize holdings of the Library of Congress relating to the culture and history of Afghanistan, for use by that nation’s cultural and educational institutions.Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden, joined by Carnegie Corporation of New York President Vartan Gregorian, […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 21 September 2016 | 8:27 pm

Rutgers University Libraries Launch Open and Affordable Textbook Project to Provide Relief for Soaring Textbook Costs

Posted in News“The sticker shock of buying college textbooks is a rite of passage for new and returning students at the beginning of each semester at Rutgers University. According to NJPIRG, students at New Jersey’s flagship university pay an average of $1500.00 for textbooks each year, nearly 15% more than the national average $1300.00. These costs force […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 21 September 2016 | 8:23 pm

New Kiosks Make Bibliotech Materials Convenient For VIA Riders

Posted in News“The first all-digital library in the U.S. is expanding to include riders on VIA Metro Transit buses.Just in time for Bibliotech’s third anniversary, the library has struck a new partnership to expand its reach and provide library materials to a new community of patrons who otherwise might find it hard to  go to a library.VIA […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 21 September 2016 | 8:17 pm

LexisNexis Announces its Intention to Acquire Intelligize

Posted in News“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional today announced its intent to acquire privately held Intelligize, Inc., provider of the industry standard for U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) intelligence. The acquisition would expand the LexisNexis securities and M&A offering with new content, innovative tools and analytics while complementing the capabilities of the company’s existing securities solution, Lexis® […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 21 September 2016 | 10:58 am


Posted in News“The U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) partners with the Library of Congress (LC) to release the digital bound Congressional Records from 1991-1998 on GPO’s govinfo. This release covers debates of the 102nd thru 105th Congresses.” (via GPO)Leave a Comment

Posted on: 20 September 2016 | 5:33 pm

ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announces retirement

Posted in News“American Library Association Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announced today that he will retire in July 2017.Fiels has led ALA since 2002, making him one of the longest-serving executive directors in the Association’s history.Before he came to ALA, Fiels was director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners for 10 years. He also served as president of the […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 20 September 2016 | 5:30 pm

College students take to Wikipedia to rewrite the wrongs of Internet science

Posted in News“The time had come to choose a major at Caltech, and Alice Michel had a notion that intrigued her. But when she looked it up on Wikipedia, what she got was a whole lot of gobbledygook.It was, she learned, an “interdisciplinary field of scientific research.” It had something to do with “the biosphere, the lithosphere and/or the atmosphere.”Here […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 20 September 2016 | 1:42 pm

Carla Hayden Takes Charge of the World’s Largest Library

Posted in News“Carla Hayden still remembers the day when, more than fifty years ago, she realized the importance of library due dates. After school, while her mother was at work, she would walk to her local storefront library in Queens. “Week after week after week,” Hayden told me recently, she would check out “Bright April,” her favorite […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 20 September 2016 | 1:41 pm