John Green’s ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ banned in Riverside

Posted in News“One of the most popular young adult novels of recent times has been banned in Riverside. The Riverside Unified School District has forbidden John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” in its middle school libraries. The school board voted to remove three copies of John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” from the library shelves […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 4:08 am

Where books (and more) go to wait

Posted in News“I still walk in here and say, ‘Wow,’ ” said Steve Bertino. Bertino is part of the team that runs the Harvard Depository, a high-density, high-security, off-campus facility that houses a staggering amount of materials from Harvard’s library collections — representing much of human knowledge accrued since the dawn of civilization. This is patron service […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 4:02 am

The Hidden Costs of E-books at University Libraries

Posted in News“For the past few years, both the California State University and the University of California libraries have been experimenting with packages that replace paper books with e-books. The advantages are obvious. With e-books, you no longer have to schlep to a library to take out a book. You just log on from whatever device connects […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 3:59 am

Miami-Dade libraries need to end ‘bookish’ attitude, panel says

Posted in News“Libraries with looms for weaving fabric. Libraries with offices for start-ups. Libraries with lattes near the check-out counter. Books amounted to a footnote in Monday’s discussion on how to reinvent Miami-Dade County’s library system, which recently dodged a funding crisis and now is in the midst of rolling out expanded hours and offerings. A panel […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 3:50 am

Coming Soon to the Library: Humanoid Robots

Posted in News“They have blinking eyes and an unnerving way of looking quizzically in the direction of whoever is speaking. They walk, dance and can talk in 19 different languages. About the height of a toddler, they look like bigger, better-dressed cousins of Buzz Lightyear.And soon, “Vincent” and “Nancy” will be buzzing around the Westport Library, where […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 30 September 2014 | 3:48 am

ALA launches educational 3D printing policy campaign

Posted in News“The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the launch of “Progress in the Making,”…a new educational campaign that will explore the public policy opportunities and challenges of 3D printer adoption by libraries. Today, the association released “Progress in the Making: An Introduction to 3D Printing and Public Policy,” a tip sheet that provides an overview […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 29 September 2014 | 2:37 pm

Penn State Libraries create research guides for MOOCs

Posted in News“As MOOCs (massive online open courses) continue to gain in popularity, Penn State’s University Libraries have taken a proactive stance to provide research guides that will assist the teachers helping and the many students enrolled in the wide variety of classes. These free MOOCS typically include students who are not registered Penn State students, and […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 29 September 2014 | 1:50 pm

Rural Maine libraries on borrowed time as towns seek ways to save tax dollars

Posted in News“If not for a donation of 125 books by Maine authors this spring, the Cherryfield Free Public Library would not have added a new book to its collection in two years. If not for volunteers, the library in Liberty would not be open six days a week. If not for supporters lobbying friends and neighbors […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 28 September 2014 | 5:14 pm

As San Diego’s Central Library turns 1, backers tout success; critics still question cost

Posted in News“In its first year, the San Diego Central Library has become a domed landmark on the downtown skyline, a repository of the world’s cultural heritage, and a nine-story debate. In the era of Google and Netflix, smartphones and tablets, why should we have large urban libraries? “The library has exceeded our expectations, and we had […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 28 September 2014 | 5:07 pm

Multnomah County Library Celebrates 150 Years

Posted in News“The Multnomah County Library celebrated its 150th anniversary Saturday with birthday hats and a marching band. It’s the oldest library west of the Mississippi. Director Vailey Oehlke said the library began as private subscription collection called The Library Association of Portland. It was founded by a small group of Portland merchants, who each paid $3 to join […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 28 September 2014 | 5:05 pm

Windsor library changes weapons policy

Posted in News“The Clearview Library District officially changed its rules Thursday, Sept. 25, to allow patrons to legally carry concealed guns in the library.The library board voted unanimously Thursday evening to update the district’s conduct policy to prohibit “open carrying of firearms and weapons; carrying a concealed firearm with a firearm without a concealed firearm permit.”The “Conduct […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 28 September 2014 | 5:02 pm

JukePop Wants To Bring Indie Titles To More Libraries

Posted in News“It’s tough being an indie author. These writers lack the marketing resources of those working with big publishing houses, making it difficult to get their works on the shelves of bookstores and libraries. Readers, meanwhile, often have no idea where to start when navigating all the self-published content that exists on the web. And this […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 September 2014 | 8:25 am

Dallas Libraries Attempt to Raise Money the City Won’t Give Them

Posted in News“If the city won’t give money to Dallas libraries, maybe the community will. Thursday was North Texas Giving Day, which means Friends of the Dallas Public Libraries, along with other north Texas do-gooder groups, were busy rattling their tin cans for spare change to raise money that, in the library’s case, the city should already […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 September 2014 | 7:38 am

Rural Library Chain Closes, Citing ‘Tremendous Pressure’

Posted in News“A nongovernmental organization that had run a rural library project with as many as 22 libraries across China has announced that it is closing down, citing “tremendous pressure” from the local authorities. Since 2007, Liren — which means helping someone find his way — had devoted itself to providing children in underprivileged areas with free […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 September 2014 | 7:36 am

Washington University Libraries Builds Ferguson Digital Archives

Posted in News“The library at Washington University in St. Louis is building a digital repository called “Documenting Ferguson.” The collection will provide the community with a space to save the media they’ve captured since the death of Michael Brown. The online collection is open for anyone to contribute material.The archive will accept photos, audio, video, and written […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 September 2014 | 7:34 am

100,000 Digitized Art History Materials from the Getty Research Institute Now Available in the Digital Public Library of America

Posted in News“We are thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Digital Public Library of America. Launched in April 2013, the DPLA brings together millions of digitized books, artworks, and rare documents from American libraries, archives, and museums. Our collaboration has begun with nearly 100,000 records for digital images and texts from the Getty Research Institute’s […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 September 2014 | 8:40 am

Book ignites controversy at Oregon board meeting

Posted in News“The story of a young woman growing up in Iran during the Islamic Revolution ignited controversy at an Oregon school board meeting. Some parents complained Tuesday night that students should not be allowed to read the book “Persepolis” without parental approval. The novel by Marjane Satrapi contains coarse language and scenes of torture, and it’s […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 September 2014 | 7:50 am

Odilo raises $2.8M to help libraries lend books digitally

Posted in News“Odilo, a startup aiming to modernize brick-and-mortar libraries with digital lending services and inventory tech, today announced a $2.8 million funding round (€2.2M) led by Active Venture Partners. Based in Spain and the U.S., Odilo says its new funds will be used to “accelerate expansion” in Latin America and the U.S. The three-year-old company claims to already […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 18 September 2014 | 10:36 am

Don’t overlook your school librarian, they’re the unsung heroes of literacy

Posted in News“When talking about teaching and learning, most people don’t immediately think of librarians. But in a school where the librarian or learning resource centre manager is valued and properly made use of, we can teach important skills. Librarians are in the privileged position of being able to work with teachers across all subjects and students […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 18 September 2014 | 8:05 am

The Great Library Way

Posted in News“I bet you didn’t know that the New York Public Library is celebrating the 10th anniversary of Library Way this month. You may have no idea where it’s even located. Library Way extends from Park to Fifth avenues along 41st Street. And it’s distinguished by 44 bronze sidewalk plaques featuring quotes from the likes of […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 18 September 2014 | 8:03 am

Events with alcohol help libraries raise funds for extras

Posted in News“Dan and Emma Frohm hadn’t been inside a library for nearly two decades until they moved to Mt. Lebanon about two years ago. But it was beer — not books — that brought the retired couple to the Mt. Lebanon Public Library, which hosts an annual Beer Garden Bash. “We were looking for a way […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 18 September 2014 | 8:01 am

Public libraries: Shelved

Posted in News“THE central branch of the Free Philadelphia Library is an impressive building—its neoclassical facade looming over most of a block. But inside, though chandeliers still hang from the ceilings and the floors are of polished marble, there is a feeling of neglect. A musty taste hangs in the air; many of the books are rather […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 17 September 2014 | 1:11 pm

More than 148,000 items from the U.S. Government Printing Office now discoverable in DPLA

Posted in News“We were pleased to share yesterday that nearly 60,000 items from the Medical Heritage Library have made their way into DPLA, and we’re now doubly pleased to share that more than 148,000 items from the Government Printing Office’s (GPO) Catalog of U.S. Government Publications (CGP) are now also available via DPLA.” (via DPLA)Leave a Comment

Posted by on 17 September 2014 | 12:20 pm

Libraries Balk at OverDrive Changes

Posted in News“In a letter to OverDrive CEO Steve Potash, the ReadersFirst coalition of libraries has protested a change that would require new users of OverDrive’s app to register accounts directly with OverDrive. Stressing that “libraries, not the vendors we pay,” should own the customer relationship, the letter expresses “concern with the storage of private patron information” […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 11:15 am

Loeb Classical Library Goes Digital

Posted in News“The Loeb Classical Library, the series of trim red (Latin) and green (Greek) volumes beloved of generations of students and design geeks, has slipped its distinctive color-coded covers and headed into the ether. The Digital Loeb Classical Library, available today on a fee basis, makes the more than 520 volumes of the series available on […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 8:38 am