Library of Congress – 214 Years Young

Posted in News“The Library of Congress celebrates its 214th birthday today. Founded on April 24, 1800, thanks to an appropriation approved by Pres. John Adams of $5,000 for the purchase of “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress.” What started with a whopping 740 books and three maps has evolved to more than […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 11:23 am

Institute of Museum and Library Services Announces Recipients of 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Posted in News“The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the recipients of the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. In its 20th anniversary year, the medals program celebrates excellent institutions that have made a significant […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 11:22 am

Mozart Manuscripts Online

Posted in News“250 years ago, on 23 April 1764, the eight-year-old Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart arrived in London with his father Leopold, mother Anna Maria, and sister Maria Anna (Nannerl).  The visit formed part of an ambitious European tour, in which the Mozart children were presented as musical prodigies in public concerts and to private patrons.  Their visit to London, which […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 10:41 am

UNH library halts book disposal after complaints

Posted in News“Administrators at University of New Hampshire’s Dimond Library have put on hold an effort to discard little-used books and periodicals, in response to complaints received this week from faculty members and students. Tracey Lauder, assistant dean for library administration, said the sight of a Dumpster outside the library filled with books may have upset some, […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 7:18 am

Care enough not to excuse bad behavior by street people

Posted in News“For a city that was once known as “the city that knows how,” the streets of San Francisco have become a shameful, unhealthy place. The news report of the unacceptable conditions at the San Francisco Public Library is just one example of the city’s inability to tackle the pervasive problem of street people acting badly.” (via […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 24 April 2014 | 7:08 am

Books-A-Million Is Helping Give Away Half A Million Free Books

Posted in News“On April 23, 2014, 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America. World Book Night U.S. (WBN) is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book lovers from 258 Books-A-Million stores […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 7:26 pm

Raise library tax, advocates tell Miami-Dade Commission

Posted in News“Library advocates urged Miami-Dade commissioners Wednesday to raise the tax money needed to avoid steep cuts at the county’s library system, and to ignore Mayor Carlos Gimenez’s call for a summer referendum on library funding. “Don’t let dismantling the library system be your legacy,” Miami resident Maggie Fernandez told commissioners during a finance hearing largely […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 7:22 pm

Drug paraphernalia closes Burlington library restrooms

Posted in News“Burlington’s Fletcher Free Library plans to put locks on its public restrooms as a way to discourage people from flushing hypodermic needles and other drug paraphernalia down the toilets. “We’re hoping to have this done by the end of the week, as soon as the locksmith can do the work,” head librarian Rubi Simon said […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 7:48 am

Bing in the Classroom Now Available to All Schools in the US

Posted in News“Today, we’re proud to unveil the next phase of the Bing in the Classroom program, including broad availability of our ad-free, safer, more private search to all eligible K-12 public and private schools in the US. Along with providing educational enhancements, Bing in the Classroom removes ads and blocks searches from being used for personalized advertising for […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 7:39 am

UIC Online portal offers access to area libraries, museums

Posted in News“A $194,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund software development led by UIC for a free, easily accessible online portal to materials on Chicago history in at least 12 libraries and museums. The portal will allow one-click searching of materials at UIC, Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago History Museum, Chicago Public Library, […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 5:58 am

Urban Libraries Become De Facto Homeless Shelters

Posted in News“San Francisco’s library system has hired a full-time social worker to help find housing and other services for the homeless men and women who’ve set up camp among the stacks.” (via NPR)Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 5:54 am

Will books survive as libraries turn the page in the digital age?

Posted in News“You might think that with the growth of the Internet and the rise in e-books that libraries might become obsolete. However, it turns out that libraries are simply changing to meet the new reality. Ken Roberts is a specialist on library and technology issues. On April 28 he is giving a lecture called The Future […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 5:45 am

Charleston County Public Library releases proposal to modernize, renovate

Posted in News“Charleston’s Main Library on Calhoun Street isn’t a bibliophile’s dream, but it’s no nightmare, either. It’s clean, relatively new-looking, quiet. It’s got a good fiction selection and a decent reference section, plus interesting extras like the South Carolina Room, the Jerry and Anita Zucker Holocaust Collection, and the Charleston Archive, where you can find bits […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 5:43 am

DC plans public meeting on MLK library renovation

Posted in News“Architects and library officials want to hear from the public about what they would like to see in a major renovation of the central Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown Washington. The library is holding a public meeting Thursday at 5:30 p.m. at the central library for the public to share ideas. Library […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 April 2014 | 5:39 am

77,000 Images of Tapestries and Italian Monuments Join the Open Content Program

Posted in News“The Getty Research Institute has just added more than 77,000 high-resolution images to the Open Content Program from two of its most often-used collections. The largest part of the new open content release—more than 72,000 photographs—comes from the collection Foto Arte Minore: Max Hutzel photographs of art and architecture in Italy. Foto Arte Minore represents […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 3:22 pm

As Researchers Turn to Google, Libraries Navigate the Messy World of Discovery Tools

Posted in News“Many professors and students gravitate to Google as a gateway to research. Libraries want to offer them a comparably simple and broad experience for searching academic content. As a result, a major change is under way in how libraries organize information. Instead of bewildering users with a bevy of specialized databases—books here, articles there—many libraries […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 10:16 am

NTIA Releases 3 Case Studies Examining Impact of Broadband Grants Program on Connecting Libraries

Posted in News“In 2010, as part of the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP), NTIA awarded more than $200 million in matching grants to establish or upgrade public computer centers (PCCs) throughout the United States.  More than 2,000 of those centers are operated by public libraries, from Maine to Arizona.  These grants complement the $3.4 billion in infrastructure […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 7:12 am

West Philly libraries, key to student success, struggle to exist

Posted in News“While Penn students might dread their weekend visits to Van Pelt Library, it is clear from the crowded cubicles and GSRs that the University would lose a valuable resource if its doors were closed. This is exactly the situation in which Philadelphia elementary school students find themselves. Because of extensive budget cuts, students are locked […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 7:07 am

Controversy erupts over $100 mil. for Obama library

Posted in News“A move by Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan to muscle through a measure to appropriate $100 million from the cash-strapped state to help finance the construction of President Barack Obama’s presidential library and museum in Chicago is erupting into a controversy. The backlash is strong enough that a committee vote Madigan engineered last Thursday in […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 7:02 am

Thousands of UNH library books found in dumpster

Posted in News“A dumpster on the campus of the University of New Hampshire is filling up with books from Dimond Library, and professors want to know why. Librarians said they need to make room for new science books, but one art history professor said they are throwing out volumes worth keeping. A 20-yard bin that sits behind […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 April 2014 | 6:08 am


Posted in News“A struggling public library in Rhode Island is getting help from actor Alec Baldwin – again. Officials at the Adams Memorial Library in Central Falls say Baldwin will headline a fundraiser June 7 at Fete in Providence. Attendees can enter a raffle for a chance to read dialogue on stage with Baldwin.” (via The Associated […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 21 April 2014 | 7:03 pm

Children Who Visit Museums Have Higher Achievement in Reading, Math, and Science

Posted in News“Earlier this month I had the honor of representing IMLS in Philadelphia at the annual meeting of the American Educational Research Association. Researchers, policymakers, and practitioners gathered to share cutting-edge research that will shape the future of education. The theme of the meeting was The Power of Education Research for Innovation in Practice and Policy. […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 21 April 2014 | 6:40 pm

Libraries Seek High-Speed Broadband

Posted in News“The federal E-Rate program has been a boon for schools and public libraries across the country, helping them acquire Internet access and telecommunications products at affordable or vastly discounted rates. But the sleek new computers, laptops and tablets do not mean much without high-quality broadband service to match. At a public hearing on Thursday held […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 7:28 am

Digital Public Library of America Celebrates Its First Birthday with the Arrival of Six New Partners, Over 7 Million Items, and a Growing Community

Posted in News“This week marks the one-year anniversary of the launch of the Digital Public Library of America (, a groundbreaking all-digital library that brings together millions of items from America’s libraries, archives, and museums, and makes them freely available to the world. In celebration, DPLA is proud to announce the addition of six major new partners […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 7:08 am

SF library officials propose new rules to crack down on unruly behavior

Posted in News“In response to Mayor Ed Lee’s call for zero tolerance for inappropriate behavior at the San Francisco Main Library, new rules are being added to the patron conduct code as well as stiffer suspensions for violating existing regulations that in some cases would ban offenders for up to three years. The proposed rules presented Thursday […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 18 April 2014 | 7:05 am