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 (http://dp.la), 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

Lawsuit Questions NYPL Overhaul

Posted in News“A group of scholars has filed a third lawsuit aiming to block the New York Public Library’s controversial renovation, this time alleging that former Mayor Michael Bloomberg mishandled the city’s environmental review of the project. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in New York State Supreme Court in Manhattan, criticizes Mr. Bloomberg for issuing a decision on […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 2:39 pm

Elsevier Takedown Notices: A Q&A with Peter Suber

Posted in News“In November 2013, Harvard received 23 takedown notices from Elsevier, a publisher of academic journals. A takedown notice is a request from a copyright holder to remove a work from the internet because of alleged copyright infringement. To comply with the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), internet hosts like Harvard must comply with takedown notices even if […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 11:30 am

Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awards $194,000 grant for Chicago Collections Consortium online portal

Posted in News“The University of Chicago Library is pleased to announce its participation in an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project to support the development and implementation of the Chicago Portal. The $194,000 grant was awarded to the University of Illinois Board of Trustees on behalf of the Library, which is leading the project with the Chicago Collections Consortium […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 17 April 2014 | 11:26 am

Unlimited access to 33,000 video resources now available to UK educators

Posted in News“Alexander Street Press has forged an agreement with Jisc to provide access to video resources for colleges and universities in the UK using the publisher’s popular evidence-based acquisition (EBA) model. The EBA agreement gives colleges and universities in the UK the opportunity to have unlimited access to Alexander Street Press’ complete suite of academic video titles - more […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 2:17 pm

New Data: More than 90% of U.S. Public Libraries Have Used E-rate

Posted in News“With more than $36 billion dollars of discounts provided to date, the Universal Service Schools and Libraries Program, commonly known as “E-rate,” helps schools and libraries acquire Internet access and telecommunication products and services at affordable rates. Over the years, the E-rate program has provided critical support to public libraries that lack adequate infrastructure, helping […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 2:08 pm

E.L. Doctorow Awarded American Fiction Prize

Posted in News“E. L. Doctorow, author of such critically acclaimed novels as “Ragtime,” “World’s Fair,” “Billy Bathgate,” “The March” and his current novel, “Andrew’s Brain,” is the second recipient of the Library of Congress Prize for American Fiction. He will receive the award during this year’s National Book Festival, scheduled for Aug. 30 at the Walter E. Washington […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 16 April 2014 | 10:20 am

NLM and Wellcome Library Establish Agreement to Make 150 Years of Biomedical Journals Freely Available Online

Posted in News“Representatives of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM), a component of the National Institutes of Health, and the Wellcome Trust recently signed a memorandum of understanding to work together to make thousands of complete back issues of historically-significant biomedical journals freely available online. The terms of the MOU include a donation of £750,000 ($1.2 […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 12:23 pm

SFPL Partners with Hoopla Digital During National Library Week to Give Patrons Online and Mobile Access to Free Movies, TV Shows, Music and Audiobooks

Posted in News“San Francisco Public Library today announced public availability of thousands of movies, television shows, music and audiobooks, all available for mobile and online access through a new partnership with hoopla digital (hoopladigital.com). The announcement comes in the wake of National Library Week (April 13 – 19, 2014), a national observance, celebrating the contributions of libraries […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 12:16 pm

Authors Guild asks US court to rule against Google

Posted in News“Saying Google Inc. is stealing business from online book retailers, the Authors Guild asked a federal appeals court Friday to reinstate its lawsuit contending that the Internet giant is violating copyright laws with its massive book digitization project. The Guild filed papers with the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, saying that Google’s […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 10:31 am

Libraries are dying? Think again

Posted in News“Like many visitors in Seattle, Glenn Nagel found himself in the city trying to avoid the rain. After wandering around, he eventually made his way to the Seattle Public Library to escape the dreary weather. Little did he know that stepping into Seattle’s Central Library would spark his curiosity. The library’s geometric glass and steel […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 10:22 am

Multnomah County Library to hire security manager in response to rising rate of incidents

Posted in News“The Multnomah County Library, with its mission to be a haven for everyone, for years has resisted following other urban libraries in ramping up security. But when windows at downtown Portland’s Central Library are broken twice in a single week, something has to change. That’s the story Central Library director Dave Ratliff told this week, […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 7:39 am

Oxford Public Library finding vital new roles

Posted in News“The kids come in their PJ’s. They curl up with stuffed toys and munch on popcorn. And, while their parents are watching a grown-ups’ movie at the Granada Theater next door, youngsters at the Oxford, Nebraska, Public Library are enjoying a G-rated kid-friendly movie on their own big screen, helping the library fulfill its mission […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 7:36 am

‘Captain Underpants’ doesn’t sit well with some

Posted in News“The potty humor of “Captain Underpants” children’s books and the mature exploration of race and family violence by Nobel laureate Toni Morrison in “The Bluest Eye” would seem to have little in common. But among some parents, educators and other members of the general public who worry about what books are stocked at their local libraries, […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 April 2014 | 7:34 am

Queens Library Controversy Prompts Pols to Introduce Reform Bill

Posted in News“Following the recent high-profile controversy surrounding spending and oversight at Queens Borough Public Library, a group of elected officials gathered on the steps of Borough Hall last week to announce the introduction of legislation that they said would reform the library’s Board of Trustees and overall governance at one of the busiest library systems in […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 13 April 2014 | 5:50 pm

In Prince William budget process, focus is on libraries

Posted in News“At Tuesday night’s public hearing on Prince William County’s fiscal 2015 budget, a parade of representatives of various county services, including firefighters, nurses and librarians, lined up to tell county supervisors why they need more money next year.A second line of residents formed to say that they didn’t want to pay higher taxes. The back-and-forth […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 13 April 2014 | 2:07 pm

RECONSTRUCTION OF SARAJEVO LIBRARY NEARING END

Posted in News“Workers are rushing to finish the reconstruction of the Sarajevo Library – a landmark destroyed during the Bosnian war – in time for the June ceremonies marking the centenary of the assassination that ignited World War I. The reconstruction has taken 18 years – nine times longer than the building’s original construction 120 years ago […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 April 2014 | 12:57 pm

School libraries urged to embrace the digital — cautiously

Posted in News“Technology might make some parts of libraries obsolete — but librarians won’t be among them, panelists contended at this week’s annual Texas Library Association conference in San Antonio, which drew 7,200 attendees. As the popularity of electronic books continues to rise, schools are emerging as a dynamic area of how libraries adjust, they said. Educators […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 April 2014 | 9:33 am

Baucus donates Senate papers to UM archives

Posted in News“Sen. Max Baucus is donating his Senate papers to the University of Montana’s Mansfield Library, along with $850,000 in leftover campaign money to cover the cost of archiving the documents. Donna McCrea is head of the library’s archives and special collections. She said Thursday with the addition of Baucus’ papers the library will have more […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 April 2014 | 9:32 am

Chicago Public Library launches redesigned website

Posted in News“The Chicago Public library launched a new website this morning, its first redesign since 2007 touting features that can be likened to “Pinterest meets Amazon.” The new site not only allows users to search the digital shelves more quickly. They can now read and post book reviews shared by users at 200 libraries around the […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 April 2014 | 9:25 am

Tussle Erupts Over Libraries In Northern Colorado

Posted in News“Libraries are sedate and quiet — nothing like a tussle over control of a library system that has erupted in northern Colorado. This week, elected leaders from five Weld County towns and from the county commission agreed to move ahead with an effort to oust the entire High Plains Library District Board, which some librarians […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 10 April 2014 | 7:27 am

Welsh libraries and museums get £2.2m cash injection

Posted in News“The National Library of Wales has been awarded more than £320,000 to develop its online services as part of a £2.2m package for libraries and museums around Wales. The money will benefit two schemes at the National Library in Aberystwyth. A further £1m will help modernise nine libraries elsewhere. A mobile library service in Ceredigion […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 10 April 2014 | 7:26 am

Mayor de Blasio’s allies call for shelving $150 million allotted for Fifth Ave. library renovations

Posted in News“Some of Mayor de Blasio’s closest allies — including Susan Sarandon and the Rev. Al Sharpton — are asking City Hall to kill $150 million in capital funding for renovations on the New York Public Library’s Fifth Ave. main branch. The advocates want de Blasio to reallocate that money toward struggling branch libraries. “Taking money […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 10 April 2014 | 7:23 am