3 UC libraries sign Expression of Interest committing to achieve open access for scholarly journals

Posted in News“Three University of California libraries, including UC Berkeley’s, signed an Expression of Interest with Open Access 2020, or OA2020, a movement aimed at increasing accessibility to scholarly journals.The signing, announced in a press release by the UC Berkeley Library on Monday, makes UC Berkeley, UC Davis and UC San Francisco three of the latest institutions to […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 24 March 2017 | 8:29 am

Arizona State U library reorganization plan moves ahead

Posted in News“Arizona State University will spend “well more than $100 million” over the next few years to renovate and rethink its libraries, the clearest indication yet of how the library fits into the institution’s plan for the public research university of the future. The university later this year plans to close the Hayden Library on its Tempe […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 24 March 2017 | 8:28 am

Whistleblowers protest Board of Library Trustees, alleging ‘deep weeding,’ harassment

Posted in News“The Berkeley Librarian Whistleblowers, a city advocacy group, rallied in protest of the Board of Library Trustees’ bookkeeping practices and staff relations Wednesday afternoon. About 30 people attended the rally outside Berkeley Public Library, and stayed despite intermittent rain. The whistleblowers protested to remove and replace President Julie Holcomb and Vice President Jim Novosel of […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 23 March 2017 | 2:27 pm

How Libraries are Making Comic Conventions Accessible

Posted in News“Last year, John Keithley, who runs Mystery House Comics, met a young boy in a samurai rabbit costume at a comic convention.”Oh, you’re dressed as Usagi Yojimbo,” Keithley said, instantly recognizing a character created by Stan Sakai.The boy’s mother leaned in. “He wrote a letter to Stan,” she said. “Could you get it to him?”If […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 23 March 2017 | 7:20 am

Two Toronto public libraries plan extended hours without staff

Posted in News“The Toronto Public Library plans to keep two branches open late without any staff, an idea that’s alarmed the library workers’ union.The library will extend services — such as hold pick-ups, book borrowing, book returns and access to computers — at both the Swansea Memorial and Todmorden Room locations in fall 2017, said Moe Hosseini-Ara, […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 21 March 2017 | 8:22 am

5 Cincinnati libraries now offering after-school snacks for food-insecure kids, teens

Posted in News“More than 630,000 children across Ohio live in food insecure households, meaning more than one in four don’t know where their next meal will come from, according to the Children’s Hunger Alliance.That’s why the organization is expanding its network of after-school snack services to include five local libraries: Avondale, College Hill, Pleasant Ridge, Price Hill […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 21 March 2017 | 8:17 am

Dilemma for librarians: Keep thousands of books or donate them?

Posted in News“The librarian plucks a book from a cart at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown Washington and flips through the pages, scanning “Goodbye, Sweetwater” for signs of damage. “Is it stained? Is it torn?” Jo Stallworth asks of the 1988 collection of stories by novelist Henry Dumas. “Because even if you say, […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 20 March 2017 | 1:57 pm

Pol rebukes Brooklyn library for lecture series by Israel critic

Posted in News“A state lawmaker from Brooklyn is condemning the borough’s public library for hosting a 10-week lecture series with controversial author and Israel critic Norman Finkelstein. Assemblyman Dov Hikind, a Democrat, described Finkelstein as a “Holocaust revisionist” and said taxpayer dollars should not be used to give him a forum for his “hateful” views.“ The question […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 19 March 2017 | 7:39 pm

SF library workers may get training to save heroin addicts’ lives

Posted in News“In addition to checking out and re-shelving books, San Francisco library staffers may soon be trained to give lifesaving medication to reverse overdoses among the growing number of heroin users mixing in with the homeless in and around the Main Library. “It does save lives,” City Librarian Luis Herrera said of the plan being floated […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 19 March 2017 | 3:28 pm

Democrats push bill to expand weapon ban to Nevada libraries

Posted in News“Nevada Democrats are moving forward a proposal to give library managers clear authority to enforce weapons bans at their facilities. State senators on a judicial panel voted 4-3 along party lines Thursday to advance Senate Bill 115. The proposal would prohibit firearms, explosive devices, knives, clubs and paint guns from public libraries unless the governing […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 17 March 2017 | 8:09 am

Librarians Vow to Fight Trump on Funding Cuts

Posted in News“Just over halfway into his first 100 days, President Donald Trump has proposed eliminating virtually all federal funds for libraries. And librarians this week said they will fight back. In a statement, the American Library Association called Trump’s proposal to eliminate the Institute of Museum and Library Services in his FY2018 budget (effectively ending all […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 16 March 2017 | 2:52 pm

Advancing the National Digital Platform: New Report Available

Posted in News“The new report from OCLC Research, Advancing the National Digital Platform: The State of Digitization in US Public and State Libraries, summarizes the results of a needs assessment and gap analysis of digitization activities in US public libraries and state library agencies. The report provides the findings from national surveys that explored areas including how […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 16 March 2017 | 2:02 pm

AAU, ARL, AAUP to Launch Open Access Monograph Publishing Initiative—Project Will Share Scholarship Freely, More Broadly 

Posted in News“The Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Association of American University Presses (AAUP) are implementing a new initiative to advance the wide dissemination of scholarship by humanities and humanistic social sciences faculty members by publishing free, open access, digital editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited monographs.” (via ARL®)Leave a Comment

Posted on: 16 March 2017 | 1:14 pm

Trump Proposes Eliminating the Arts and Humanities Endowments

Posted in News“A deep fear came to pass for many artists, museums, and cultural organizations nationwide early Thursday morning when President Trump, in his first federal budget plan, proposed eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. President Trump also proposed scrapping the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, a key revenue source […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 16 March 2017 | 6:54 am

A real whodunit at Avon Lake Public Library

Posted in News“Someone has been hiding empty A.1. steak sauce bottles throughout the Avon Lake Public Library and no one knows why.Dan Cotton, the library’s page supervisor, said 28 of the 10-ounce bottles have turned up since he found the first one Jan. 11 hidden among the library’s newspapers.No one has been spotted hiding the bottles, but […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 16 March 2017 | 6:49 am

Coffee to diversity: Meet Newark’s new librarian, and his big plans

Posted in News“The city’s public library has a new leader and he’s eager to widen the library’s reach in the community — starting with a new coffee shop. “I really see the library as a hub,” said Jeffrey Trzeciak, 50, who was appointed director of the Newark Public Library last month. “In some ways drawing people in but also connecting us and […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 16 March 2017 | 6:47 am

WVLC Partners with Hoopla!

Posted in News“?The West Virginia Library Commission, provider of state library information and services, is pleased to announce its partnership with Hoopla, a digital service providing access to entertainment media products and services.  Hoopla allows library patrons to borrow thousands of movies, television shows, music albums, eBooks, audiobooks and comics for free through a mobile device or […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 16 March 2017 | 6:44 am

Disappearing books: How Russia is shuttering its Ukrainian library

Posted in News“First, armed police seized some of its books. Next, its director was put on trial accused of stirring up ethnic hatred. And now, quietly, its shelves have been emptied and its volumes packed up, ready to be merged into another library’s collection. A year and a half after Russia’s only state-run Ukrainian language library, Moscow’s […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 15 March 2017 | 10:58 am

Now it’s the Big Three in Legal Research

Posted in News“The U.S. legal publishing market may no longer be a duopoly, according to the most recent Clio users survey. The survey asked users what tool they use for legal research, and users reported that Westlaw, Fastcase, and Lexis were their tools of choice, in that order. With more than 2,100 respondents, 20.58% reported that Westlaw […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 13 March 2017 | 11:59 am

Missouri Gov. Eric Greiten’s Budget Plan Could Cost Public Libraries Millions

Posted in News“Missouri’s public libraries could lose about $6 million in state and federal funding if Gov. Eric Greitens gets his way. As part of his $27.6 billion budget plan for the state, Greitens has recommended cutting about $3 million from public libraries. This reduction places Missouri’s libraries at risk of losing another $3 million in federal funding.” […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 12 March 2017 | 7:19 pm

TRUMP’S ACTIONS RAISE FEARS ABOUT ACCESS TO GOVERNMENT DATA

Posted in News“Wondering who is visiting the White House? The web-based search has gone dark. Curious about climate change? Some government sites have been softened or taken down. Worried about racial discrimination in housing? Laws have been introduced to bar federal mapping of such disparities. Federal rules protecting whistleblowers? At least one has been put on hold.Since […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 12 March 2017 | 7:12 pm

As a Girl She Spent Time in the Library. Now She’s Giving It $20 Million

Posted in News“Merryl H. Tisch, the former chancellor of the New York State Board of Regents, and her husband, James S. Tisch, the president and chief executive of Loews Corporation, are giving $20 million to the New York Public Library to expand and strengthen its education programming, from early literacy classes to technology training.The Tischs’ gift will […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 10 March 2017 | 1:24 pm

Pittsburgh universities and libraries team up with the Carnegie Museum of Art for second-annual feminist Wikipedia edit-a-thon

Posted in News“On March 4, the Carnegie Museum of Art’s Hall of Sculptures transformed into a center for feminist action. Natural light flooded the room; six large tables were assembled in the middle of the cavernous hall, anchored by a small cart in the center with books and colorful folders full of information packets. Participants, from across the […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 9 March 2017 | 7:15 am

hoopla digital Announces Sesame Street Content, Adds Celebrated Titles for Library Patrons

Posted in News“hoopla digital announced today a new licensing agreement with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit organization behind Sesame Street, to bring a wealth of celebrated titles to participating public libraries across the U.S. and Canada. The deal adds Sesame Street eBooks, e-comic books and TV episodes to hoopla digital’s current offering of more than 600,000 eBooks, audiobooks, comics, […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 9 March 2017 | 7:04 am

Sarah McLachlan adds guitar to Vancouver instrument library

Posted in News“There are now even more instruments to check out at the Vancouver Public Library’s musical instrument lending library.Singer-songwriter Sarah McLachlan contributed a guitar to the collection on Monday, and Sun Life Financial, which donated the original 100 instruments last year, expanded the Vancouver program by another 50 instruments” (via CBC News)Leave a Comment

Posted on: 8 March 2017 | 10:32 am