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

References, Please

Posted in News“In the age of the Internet, do we really need footnotes to reference quotations we have made in the text? For a book to be taken seriously, does it have to take us right to the yellowing page of some crumbling edition guarded in the depths of an austere library, if the material could equally […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 7:34 am

A Scalable and Sustainable Approach to Open Access

Posted in News“Funded by tertiary institutions rather than individual researchers, this new model seeks to provide open access not just to traditional academic publications but to all forms of scholarly output.” (via EDUCAUSE)Leave a Comment

Posted by on 16 September 2014 | 7:19 am

New York City Public Library Branches Need $1.1 Billion in Repairs: Report

Posted in News“New York’s public library branches need $1.1 billion in repairs to fix leaky roofs, broken air-conditioning systems and a host of other problems, according to a report released Monday by the Center for an Urban Future, a New York-based think tank. The report argues that the city has a “broken funding system” in which libraries […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 10:10 am

Line by Line, E-Books Turn Poet-Friendly

Posted in News“When John Ashbery, the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, first learned that the digital editions of his poetry looked nothing like the print version, he was stunned. There were no line breaks, and the stanzas had been jammed together into a block of text that looked like prose. The careful architecture of his poems had been leveled. […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 6:56 am

LAUSD’s students need better libraries, not iPads

Posted in News“Like Supt. John Deasy and others in the Los Angeles Unified School District, I am concerned about the educational civil rights of the district’s students. While the iPad-for-every-student controversy has gotten much media coverage lately, a long-term problem has gotten very little attention: the lack of equal access to a quality school library. A 19-month […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 15 September 2014 | 6:54 am

Senator demands US courts recover 10 years of online public records

Posted in News“The head of the powerful Senate Judiciary Committee is urging the federal bureaucracy to restore a decade’s worth of electronic court documents that were deleted last month from online viewing because of an upgrade to a computer database known as PACER. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) said the removal of the thousands of […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 September 2014 | 7:16 am

Radical Librarianship: how ninja librarians are ensuring patrons’ electronic privacy

Posted in News“Librarians in Massachusetts are working to give their patrons a chance to opt-out of pervasive surveillance. Partnering with the ACLU of Massachusetts, area librarians have been teaching and taking workshops on how freedom of speech and the right to privacy are compromised by the surveillance of online and digital communications — and what new privacy-protecting […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 September 2014 | 6:33 am

Find A Grave Celebrates 100 Million Photos On Site!

Posted in News“When Jim Tipton launched FindAGrave.com in 1995, little did he know the impact the site would have over the next 19 years. What began as a site to record graves of the famous has turned into a resource to share and discover the graves of everyone from paupers to presidents. Over the years, hundreds of thousands […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 12 September 2014 | 8:06 am

Queens Library chief Thomas Galante placed on paid leave pending results of city and federal investigations

Posted in News“The story of embattled Queens library chief Thomas Galante entered a new chapter Thursday night after he was put on indefinite leave by the board.< Galante, who has headed up the Queens public library since 2003, will get full pay while he is out on leave, board members said after a heated session behind closed […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 12 September 2014 | 7:11 am

IMLS Awards $9.2 Million to Improve Library Services in the U.S.

Posted in News“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced grants for 51 library projects, totaling $9,291,441, that will advance library and archives practice by addressing challenges in the field and by testing and evaluating innovations. The projects were selected from 212 applications through the IMLS National Leadership Grants for Libraries and Sparks! Ignition Grants […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 September 2014 | 12:20 pm

Reanimation Library Breathes New Life Into Old Books

Posted in News“There exists a book, published in 1955, called A Million Random Digits with 100,000 Normal Deviates, which is exactly what it sounds like. Aside from the front matter — copyright materials, the publisher’s name — it contains nothing but lines of numbers, arranged into columns. Its creator, the RAND corporation, explains the text’s initial function: […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 September 2014 | 10:32 am

Anyone Can Pivot: What The Changing Role Of Librarians Means For You

Posted in News“While students were in love with EasyBib when we first introduced it in 2001, we also had some no-so-happy opponents. As a service that saved time by automating the process of creating citations and bibliographies, many librarians and English teachers initially weren’t thrilled. They believed we were indirectly taking away the learning process of creating […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 September 2014 | 10:29 am

[Philadelphia] Free Library gets its biggest grant ever

Posted in News“The William Penn Foundation is extending its longtime role as primary benefactor of the Free Library of Philadelphia by awarding the library the biggest grant in the history of either institution. The Free Library will receive $25 million from William Penn over three years, helping to pay for renovations at the Central Library downtown, plus […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 September 2014 | 6:58 am

Libraries may digitize books without permission, EU top court rules

Posted in News“European libraries may digitize books and make them available at electronic reading points without first gaining consent of the copyright holder, the highest European Union court ruled Thursday. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) ruled in a case in which the Technical University of Darmstadt digitized a book published by German publishing […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 September 2014 | 6:55 am

Wesleyan U. fires university librarian after disagreement with provost

Posted in News“Wesleyan University last month fired its head librarian after a prolonged debate over the role of a library at a liberal arts institution. Patricia A. Tully, a 10-year veteran with the university, served as the Caleb T. Winchester university librarian from March 2010 until her firing last month. The news was first reported by the […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 September 2014 | 6:54 am