If a cat librarian isn’t safe from the government, then who is?

Posted in News“I’m just going to be up front about this. I’m pulling for the cat. Not because I particularly like cats (sorry to both cats and cat people). It just seems a bit unfair that Browser — a library cat in Texas — might be in danger of losing his home. But I guess that’s on the table, because local officials […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 29 June 2016 | 7:15 am

README: Digital News from The New York Public Library

Posted in News“We are excited to share the first issue of README, a new e-newsletter covering digital happenings from around The New York Public Library” (via NYPL)Leave a Comment

Posted by on 28 June 2016 | 8:27 am

Announcing Amazon Inspire, a Free Service for Digital Educational Resources

Posted in News“Today at ISTE 2016, Amazon announced Amazon Inspire, a free service for the search, discovery and distribution of digital educational resources. Developed in support of the company’s commitment to making digital classrooms a reality, Amazon Inspire, with its rich features such as search, discovery and peer reviews, will provide educators—regardless of funding or location—access to […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 27 June 2016 | 10:00 am

Settlement reached in lawsuit over Alamo library items

Posted in News“A group that served as guardian of the Alamo for more than a century and the Texas General Land Office reached a settlement Friday in a dispute over ownership of about 38,000 books and artifacts that had been kept at the Texas shrine.The Daughters of the Republic of Texas filed suit in March 2015 after […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 27 June 2016 | 7:18 am

Let European copyright catch up with reality

Posted in News“This week, the Wikimedia Foundation submitted comments to the European Commission, urging them to recommend a clear and broad freedom of panorama that would allow people to share images of buildings, sculptures, and monuments that are permanently located in a public space. We also voiced our concerns about the new proposed neighboring right for publishers, […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 27 June 2016 | 7:05 am

BROWSE FREE OR DIE? NEW HAMPSHIRE LIBRARY IS AT PRIVACY FORE

Posted in News“A small library in New Hampshire sits at the forefront of global efforts to promote privacy and fight government surveillance – to the consternation of law enforcement.The Kilton Public Library in Lebanon, a city of 13,000, last year became the nation’s first library to use Tor, software that masks the location and identity of internet […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 27 June 2016 | 7:03 am

Library Cat Evicted: City Council Votes To Oust Library’s Mascot Of 5 Years Due To ‘Pettiness’

Posted in News“A Texas city council has voted to evict a library cat.The library has been home to a light-grey tabby kitty named Browser for five years. The council ordered his eviction in a 2-to-1 vote, according to Fox News. The mayor of White Settlement says the council cites “pettiness” as the reason for Browser’s sudden eviction. […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 27 June 2016 | 6:59 am

Librarians share the lurid and macabre of downtown La Crosse

Posted in News“A sunny afternoon took a sinister turn on Saturday during the Dark La Crosse trolley tour. Tales of murder, ghosts and prostitution gave patrons a taste of La Crosse’s more sordid history.Barry McKnight of the La Crosse Public Library’s Archives Department narrated the tour, intoning, “Our dark nature is everywhere. You can’t avoid it.”McKnight first […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 27 June 2016 | 6:55 am

ProQuest Expands Publisher Participation in Access-to-Own to Include Almost 400,000 Titles

Posted in News“With its newest acquisition model launching next month, ProQuest has grown the number of titles available through Access-to-Own to almost 400,000 and dramatically increased publisher participation in just eight months. ProQuest developed Access-to-Own in collaboration with libraries and publishers around the world to provide a usage-based acquisition model that offers a balanced approach and a […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 June 2016 | 7:30 pm

See the Gutenberg Bible, 32,000 3D Mechanical Puzzles and a Lock of Edgar Allen Poe’s Hair at This Rare Library

Posted in News“Only 48 copies of the Gutenberg Bible exist today, both in partial and full form. The book was the first major work produced on a printing press with movable type in 1455—and Indiana University’s Lilly Library in Bloomington, Indiana, has one of its own.The library itself is hidden on the Indiana University campus, tucked between […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 June 2016 | 7:28 pm

In defense of book collecting

Posted in News“As of this writing there are 1,790 books in my apartment, some couple hundred in my campus office, and an unknown number floating about on loan to various friends and students. This represents a decrease of probably 20 percent from the height of my mania. Over the past few years, I have embarked on culling […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 June 2016 | 7:18 pm

OCLC Wins Knight News Challenge Award to Promote Collaboration between Public Libraries and Wikipedia

Posted in News“OCLC has been named a winner of the Knight News Challenge, an initiative of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, for a project that will promote collaboration between public libraries and Wikipedia and bring together authoritative library resources and contributors to one of the most popular information resources on the web.The project was […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 June 2016 | 2:10 pm

Don’t fret about library’s empty shelves

Posted in News“Walking through the central branch of the Indianapolis Public Library, it seems a little bare. Chunks of shelves lie empty, mainly around the area with reference books right in front of the stairs to the second floor. But the library shelves won’t stay vacant for long. Instead, the library is working to keep its collection […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 June 2016 | 12:40 pm

Gale Adds Microsoft Integration to Popular Products

Posted in News“Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, today announced a relationship with Microsoft Corp. to integrate its most widely used product lines with Microsoft’s Office 365. The integration makes it easier for students and researchers to download, email, share, and access their research content from anywhere using familiar tools.” (via Cengage Learning)Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 June 2016 | 11:10 am

Historypin wins Knight News Challenge award for “Our Story” project in partnership with DPLA

Posted in News“Historypin announced today that they have been awarded $222,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of its Knight News Challenge on Libraries, an open call for ideas to help libraries serve 21st century information needs. Selected from more than 615 submissions, Historypin’s “Our Story” project, a partnership with the Digital […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 June 2016 | 10:06 am

BERLIN LIBRARY RETURNS 384 BOOKS TO FREEMASONS

Posted in News“The Berlin State Library is returning 384 books, magazines and other publications dating back to the 18th century to a Freemason Lodge after determining they were stolen by the Nazis in the 1930s. Matthias Bohn, the head of the Johannis Lodge “Teutonia zur Weisheit” in Potsdam, said Thursday the books were important for the history […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 June 2016 | 10:04 am

Video calls in Brooklyn libraries will put inmates in touch with their families

Posted in News“The Brooklyn Public Library has been awarded a grant for nearly $400,000 to place inmate video calling services in a dozen libraries, giving inmates’ friends and family members a new way to stay in contact. Often, having a loved one in prison means jumping through expensive, complicated hoops to stay in touch. A large part […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 June 2016 | 7:17 am

Makerspace centers beckon creative souls

Posted in News“There are spaces in the neighborhood for modern-day tinkerers. Makerspaces – facilities for innovative thinkers that are part collaborative workshop, part factory and part philosophical salon – can be found at Creatorspace, 15502 Texas 3, Unit 202 in Webster, and the Joceyln H. Lee Innovation Lab at Freeman Library, 16616 Diana Lane.”It’s a collection of […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 June 2016 | 7:00 am

New university initiatives focus on bringing open educational resources to the masses

Posted in News“The effort to replace textbooks with open educational resources (OER) is gaining momentum as colleges move past pilots to expand the use of free or inexpensive course materials across states and systems. In states such as New Hampshire and New York, university systems are building new initiatives that build on years of lessons learned about […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 June 2016 | 6:55 am

Global Commission Recommends Governments to Invest in Public Access in Libraries

Posted in News“The Global Commission on Internet Governance has just released One Internet, a wide-ranging and pragmatic vision of how all actors can contribute to a sustainable and democratic internet.Based on two years of work and extensive expert contributions, the Commission identifies four foundational aspects of a “robust, healthy Internet: open, secure, trustworthy and inclusive of all”, […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 June 2016 | 6:53 am

NYPD cops face fines for dining with ex-Queens Library big

Posted in News“Two high-ranking NYPD chiefs and a retired three-star boss are facing tens of thousands of dollars in penalties for stuffing their faces at pricey restaurants on the credit card tab of ex-Queens Library honcho Thomas Galante, the Daily News has learned.Assistant Chiefs James Secreto and Diana Pizzuti and retired Transportation Chief James Tuller received letters […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 June 2016 | 6:52 am

Jimmy Wales on the Lopsided Geography of Wikipedia

Posted in News“Think about how often, in the course of a week, you visit Wikipedia. Maybe you’re searching for basic information about a topic, or getting sucked into a wiki-hole where you meant to study up on the “Brexit” but somehow find yourself, several related pages later, reading about the carbonic maceration process for making wine (to […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 21 June 2016 | 9:50 am

LIBRARY BEING DEDICATED TO CHURCH SHOOTING VICTIM

Posted in News“A county library in South Carolina is being dedicated in honor of one of the Charleston church shooting victims.Charleston County library officials say a dedication ceremony Tuesday is one of a number of events being held to mark the naming of the St. Andrews branch of the library in honor of Cynthia Graham Hurd. Tuesday […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 21 June 2016 | 7:58 am

Federal Register Volumes Now Available Online

Posted in News“Where can you get back issues of the Federal Register online? The Law Library of Congress has now completed the collection of historical volumes of the Federal Register available online. The Law Library acquired this collection from William S. Hein & Co., Inc. to make all volumes of the Federal Register available in open access […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 20 June 2016 | 2:14 pm

New ALA report highlights libraries as engines of entrepreneurship

Posted in News“People of all ages and backgrounds come to libraries to transform new business ideas into reality. “The People’s Incubator: Libraries Propel Entrepreneurship” (pdf), a new report from the American Library Association (ALA), highlights how public and academic libraries leverage their diverse resources to work with entrepreneurs during all stages of the business start-up process—from writing […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 20 June 2016 | 10:37 am