A new player in Canada’s legal information market

Posted in News“Distilling large amounts of complex information for others has always been part of what lawyers do.  But even they need help finding it, which is why providing legal information is such a big part of the legal services business.Over the last decade, the two main players in this space in Canada, LexisNexis and Thomson Reuters, […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 25 May 2017 | 7:29 am

ACRL releases Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research and Learning

Posted in News“The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announces the publication of “Mobile Technology and Academic Libraries: Innovative Services for Research and Learning,” edited by Robin Canuel and Chad Crichton. This is a detailed and thorough examination of technology that’s emerging now, and how to incorporate it into your library to help the students and […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 24 May 2017 | 12:14 pm

Penn State Libraries, Short Edition partner for world’s first short story dispensers at a university

Posted in News“Penn State University Libraries has entered into an innovative agreement with French company Short Edition to bring its first short story dispensers to any university worldwide. Soon, the dispensers will deliver original Penn State student, faculty and staff writing into the hands of the public and encourage dialogue between readers and authors. Four dispensers have […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 23 May 2017 | 7:37 am

LIBRARY BRINGS DRAG QUEENS, KIDS TOGETHER FOR STORY HOUR

Posted in News“It takes a certain something to be a good storyteller: enthusiasm, timing and a flair for the dramatic. Performers at a children’s story hour at a New York City library have all that and then some – they’re drag queens.About once a month since last fall, the Brooklyn Public Library has been presenting Drag Queen […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 17 May 2017 | 10:06 am

A Publisher Tries Podcasts As A Gateway To Audiobooks

Posted in News“Audiobooks are the fastest growing segment of the publishing industry, while podcasts are also finding new audiences. One science fiction publisher is experimenting with a new path to the market.” (via NPR)Leave a Comment

Posted on: 17 May 2017 | 9:21 am

New Research From Scholastic Reveals That More Ebooks and Independent Reading Time Are Needed in U.S. Schools

Posted in News“Scholastic recently released its new report on the state of school reading in the United States. Two of the many findings include the need for more time devoted to independent reading and a desire for more ebooks in school libraries.” (via Digital Book World)Leave a Comment

Posted on: 17 May 2017 | 9:16 am

Portraits Of Librarians Celebrate America’s Bookish Unsung Heroes

Posted in News“Librarians hold a deceptively humble, yet powerful, role: Whether you’re a young child or an adult, a new student or an erudite academic, they offer guidance to rich worlds of literacy and scholarship. Librarians are on the front lines, putting a friendly face to the idea of book love and helping millions of Americans get […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 17 May 2017 | 9:14 am

Library [Of Congress] Offers Largest Release of Digital Catalog Records in History

Posted in News“The Library of Congress announced today that it is making 25 million records in its online catalog available for free bulk download at loc.gov/cds/products/marcDist.php. This is the largest release of digital records in the Library’s history. The records also will be easily accessible at data.gov, the open-government website hosted by the General Services Administration (GSA). […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 16 May 2017 | 2:35 pm

Transgender lawsuit settled, Cincinnati Public Library now covers transgender surgery

Posted in News“Rachel Dovel didn’t mean to become a crusader for transgender rights. But the library employee found herself cast in that role last year when the library’s health insurance refused to pay for her gender confirmation surgery – and the library’s board wouldn’t budge.She underwent surgery in December – and Monday she and her legal team […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 16 May 2017 | 7:27 am

Upsetting The Applecart Of Legal Research

Posted in News“If you had to pick the most staid area of legal technology, you might choose legal research. After all, Westlaw and LexisNexis pretty much set the standard for online legal research long ago, and many of the smaller research services that have come along since are essentially less-comprehensive variations on the same theme.” (via Above […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 16 May 2017 | 7:25 am

Axiell launches Digital Asset Management solution for museums and archives

Posted in News“Axiell, the leading vendor globally of collections management software to archives, libraries and museums, today announces Axiell DAMS, a new system which is designed to efficiently manage the digital assets within an institution. The solution ensures that marketing, communication and public engagement departments can easily leverage their digital assets for marketing and promotional purposes, while […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 16 May 2017 | 7:09 am

School district pulls ’13 Reasons Why’ book from libraries

Posted in News“As a Colorado community mourns the loss of seven students who recently killed themselves, a school district official ordered librarians to temporarily stop circulating a book that’s the basis for Netflix’s popular new series “13 Reasons Why,” which some critics say romanticizes suicide.The order rankled some librarians who called it censorship, and it appears to […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 16 May 2017 | 7:06 am

Toronto Public Library expanding program that lends out wireless internet

Posted in News“A pilot project that lets low-income Torontonians bring the internet home with them has proven so successful that library officials are scaling up their efforts this summer.The Toronto Public Library partnered with Google Canada last summer to lend out some 200 Wi-Fi hotspots for six months at a time. Now, after a survey of those who […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 16 May 2017 | 7:05 am

Nation’s Best Selected for National Medal for Museum and Library Service

Posted in News“The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the 10 recipients of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 23 years, the award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a difference […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 15 May 2017 | 7:18 am

NYC libraries plagued by leaky roofs, poor electrical systems, report says

Posted in News“A report set to be released by the three city library systems Monday highlights some of the worst conditions at branches across the boroughs and expresses hope the city will provide some relief.The 15-page report, “Time to Renew,” says despite a $300 million capital infusion from the recent budget, several branches in the New York, […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 15 May 2017 | 7:05 am

Lisa Solomon found the time was right for her career in online legal research

Posted in News“Plenty of lawyers hate to do legal research: It can be tedious and time-consuming, and one mistake can tank an entire case. For lawyers of a certain generation, the very sight of those two-toned, musty-smelling books that all look the same is enough to fill them with dread. For younger lawyers, electronic resources can be […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 10 May 2017 | 1:45 pm

New ACRL report highlights library contributions to student learning and success

Posted in News“Through a new report issued by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), “Academic Library Impact on Student Learning and Success: Findings from Assessment in Action Team Projects,” the higher education community now has compelling assessment findings that tell a strong story about the multiple ways that academic libraries are contributing to student learning […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 10 May 2017 | 11:40 am

The Web’s Premier Free Photo Library Opens Up Its Vaults

Posted in News“IF YOU’RE BUILDING an app or website and you need a photo of a pineapple, a beach in Okinawa, a young woman wearing sunglasses, or a monk feeding a tiger, check out Unsplash. The vast online repository features 200,000 high-resolution images, every one of them free to download and use however you like. Create an ad, illustrate a […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 9 May 2017 | 10:52 am

Tutor.com, Largest Online Tutoring Business in the U.S., Delivers 15 Million Online Sessions

Posted in News“Tutor.com, the largest online tutoring service in the U.S., announced today that it has reached a milestone of delivering 15 million one-to-one tutoring sessions. A brand of The Princeton Review, Tutor.com offers on-demand tutoring sessions to individuals through the Tutor.com and Princeton Review websites, as well as through partnerships with libraries, colleges and universities, K-12 school districts, […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 9 May 2017 | 10:51 am

Over 200 terabytes of the government web archived!

Posted in News“In our December post, “Preserving U.S. Government Websites and Data as the Obama Term Ends,” we described our participation in the End of Term Web Archive project to preserve federal government websites and data at times of administration changes. We wanted to give a quick update on the project — we have archived a heck of a […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 9 May 2017 | 10:48 am

A Better Way to Get Kids in Libraries: Stop Fining Them

Posted in News“Over a million kids in New York City have public library cards. But about a fifth of them have blocked accounts due to fines.It’s not so hard to get blocked. Your card gets suspended if you hit $15 in fines. At the New York Public Library, children under 18 years old are fined 10 cents a […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 8 May 2017 | 11:18 am

Interactive player Europeana Radio opens up access to Europe’s sound treasures

Posted in News“Europeana Radio marks the beginning of easy and interactive access to Europe’s sound treasures, where listeners are free to browse, listen and tag. The player contains over 200.000 historic music tracks collected from sound archives across twelve European countries, including content from the Internet Archive. Europeana Radio is launched by Europeana Sounds and Europeana Foundation.” […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 May 2017 | 11:37 am

Libraries Are Fining Children Who Can’t Afford to Be Without Books

Posted in News“Library fines are the first serious penalties that most children run into outside the home, and for generations, they have been education and vexation.At age 10, Geoffrey Canada could not find a book he had borrowed from the library branch near Boston Road in the South Bronx.There, he regularly plowed through adventure books by Robert […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 5 May 2017 | 7:12 am

Down With Little Free Library Book Exchanges!

Posted in News“The take-a-book, leave-a-book movement has gone global. As of last year, Little Free Libraries—those birdhouse-looking book-stops that pop up in people’s front yards—were represented in every U.S. state. Little Free Library has now touched down in more than 70 other countries. These book exchanges are now 50,000 strong and growing. And at least one person […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 4 May 2017 | 2:19 pm

Legislation increasing representation on King County Library Board signed by Governor Inslee

Posted in News“Governor Inslee signed into law legislation sponsored by Washington State Representative Joe Fitzgibbon expanding the King County Library System (KCLS) board of trustees from five to seven members. House Bill 1281 updates the board to better represent the growing and diverse population of those served by the library system. Metropolitan King County Council Chair Joe McDermott […]Leave a Comment

Posted on: 4 May 2017 | 7:16 am