Deal with city averts library workers strike

Posted in News“The city and its library workers have closed the book on another contentious round of bargaining and avoided a strike.CUPE Local 4948 announced early Monday that it had reached a tentative contract agreement with the City of Toronto. The union’s 2,200 library workers were in a legal strike position as of 12:01 a.m. Monday, but […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 2 May 2016 | 2:15 pm

Obama, first lady review library design proposals

Posted in News“President Barack Obama is reviewing design proposals for his future presidential library from the seven architectural firms chosen as finalists.The White House says the president’s wife, Michelle, joined him at Sunday’s meeting in Washington with staff of the Barack Obama Foundation.The foundation plans to build the library in one of two parks on Chicago’s South […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 1 May 2016 | 1:48 pm

Truro public library shuts down after 48 years, prepares to move

Posted in News“Thousands of books have come and gone through the doors of the Regional Centennial Memorial Library building in Truro, N.S. since it opened in 1968. Today the last books will be lent out from the building on Prince Street before it is shut down for good and eventually demolished.Janet Pelley has spent much of her life […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 1 May 2016 | 1:46 pm

Notre Dame and Vatican Library to celebrate new collaboration

Posted in News“The University of Notre Dame and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana, or Vatican Library, will formalize a unique agreement of collaboration and exchange in a ceremony at 12:30 p.m. May 9 (Monday) in the Hesburgh Room of the Morris Inn, where Notre Dame president Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., and Archbishop Jean-Louis Bruguès, O.P., archivist and […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 29 April 2016 | 7:46 am

Guarding the dazzle of the past

Posted in News“Inside the four-story, glass-and-concrete building near Harvard Square, past busy coffee shops and restaurants, Harvard social clubs, and a flower store, women and men in white ministered to rare books and unique materials from Harvard Library to save them from the ravages of time.It was a spring afternoon, and specialists at the Weissman Preservation Center […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 29 April 2016 | 7:43 am

Library of Congress to retire Thomas

Posted in News“The legislative website Thomas, a relic of the World Wide Web’s early days, will be retired by the Library of Congress on July 5. The more modern website and database Congress.gov, which launched in beta in 2012, will replace it.Thomas, named for the library’s benefactor Thomas Jefferson, launched in 1995, and was from the outset […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 29 April 2016 | 7:35 am

Who’s reading millions of stolen research papers on the outlaw website Sci-Hub? Now we know.

Posted in News“The $10 billion world of academic publishing has been roiled in recent months by Alexandra Elbakyan, a 27-year-old grad student from Kazakhstan who set up an online database of 50 million stolen academic research papers for anyone to download for free.Scholars have long denounced a publishing system in which they provide their research for free […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 28 April 2016 | 3:46 pm

Commissioners agree to ask for $30 million for new library in Missoula

Posted in News“Missoula County commissioners wholeheartedly agreed Wednesday to place a $30-million library bond on the November ballot pending a financing agreement with the Missoula Public Library board. If voters say yes, the money will help finance construction of a four-story, 121,000-square-foot library – three times the size of the current building – with underground parking on […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 28 April 2016 | 9:03 am

Video Cameras in Minneapolis Central Library Bathrooms Unsettle Visitors

Posted in News“You might not expect to walk into a public bathroom and find a camera fixed in the ceiling staring back at you. However, that’s exactly what you will see if you head into a bathroom at the Central Library downtown Minneapolis.    Said Ali says, while studying at the central library, a friend of his went […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 28 April 2016 | 8:48 am

ACRL report shows compelling evidence of library contributions to student learning and success

Posted in News“A new report issued by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), “Documented Library Contributions to Student Learning and Success: Building Evidence with Team-Based Assessment in Action Campus Projects,” shows compelling evidence for library contributions to student learning and success. The report focuses on dozens of projects conducted as part of the program Assessment […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 27 April 2016 | 12:27 pm

Kevin L. Smith arrives on campus as dean of KU Libraries

Posted in News“Kevin L. Smith, former director of copyright and scholarly communication at Duke University, has joined the University of Kansas as dean for KU Libraries. Smith succeeds interim co-deans Kent Miller and Mary Roach, who assumed their roles following the departure of Dean Lorraine Haricombe. Haricombe was named vice provost and director of libraries at the […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 27 April 2016 | 12:16 pm

Toronto library workers say they’re heading for strike

Posted in News“More than 2,000 library workers will strike Monday, shutting Toronto’s 100 branches, unless the city gets serious about negotiating a new contract, their union says.With a strike or lockout possible at midnight Sunday, talks are at a “crisis point,” Maureen O’Reilly, president of CUPE Local 4948, told reporters Wednesday.“I am extremely concerned about the state […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 27 April 2016 | 12:12 pm

Find, Prioritize, and Recommend: An article recommendation system to fill knowledge gaps across Wikipedia

Posted in News“The French Wikipedia may have more than 20,000 articles on individual asteroids, but if you are one of 27 million people speaking Hausa as a first language, Wikipedia doesn’t yet have an entry on the universe. The English Wikipedia may have more than 5 million articles on topics as diverse as extreme sports or unusual […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 27 April 2016 | 10:02 am

The New England Journal of Medicine Content Now Discoverable through ReadCube

Posted in News“ReadCube is pleased to announce its agreement with the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), the world’s most trusted and influential source of medical knowledge and clinical best practices, to index its content across ReadCube’s platform as a part of the Discover service. Over 180,000 articles including original research, review, perspective, and commentary articles are […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 26 April 2016 | 9:18 am

Wikipedia Is Basically a Corporate Bureaucracy, According to a New Study

Posted in News“Wikipedia is a voluntary organization dedicated to the noble goal of decentralized knowledge creation. But as the community has evolved over time, it has wandered further and further from its early egalitarian ideals, according to a new paper published in the journal Future Internet. In fact, such systems usually end up looking a lot like […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 26 April 2016 | 7:44 am

The Next Librarian of Congress: History Has Its Eyes on Her

Posted in News“In February 2016, President Barack Obama nominated Carla D. Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, for the open Librarian of Congress position–which has been temporarily filled by David S. Mao after James H. Billington retired in September 2015. … The first step to confirming Hayden’s nomination is approval by the U.S. […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 26 April 2016 | 7:40 am

Library director reflects on dramatic changes as retirement draws near

Posted in News“People who have known Skokie Public Library Director Carolyn Anthony for more than three decades also know that the library she will leave behind this summer has little resemblance to the one she inherited.The library has expanded and been redesigned and reorganized; long-needed parking was finally acquired; resources and databases and materials for checkout were […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 26 April 2016 | 7:38 am

Weeding the Worst Library Books

Posted in News“Last summer, in Berkeley, California, librarians pulled roughly forty thousand books off the shelves of the public library and carted them away. The library’s director, Jeff Scott, announced that his staff had “deaccessioned” texts that weren’t regularly checked out. But the protesters who gathered on the library’s front steps to decry what became known as “Librarygate” preferred a […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 26 April 2016 | 7:24 am

American Libraries launches Dewey Decibel podcast

Posted in News“American Libraries, the magazine of the American Library Association, just launched the Dewey Decibel podcast. Hosted by AL Associate Editor Phil Morehart, this new monthly podcast series will feature conversations with librarians, authors, thinkers, scholars, and other experts, on a variety of topics from the library world and beyond.” (vi ALA)Leave a Comment

Posted by on 25 April 2016 | 8:08 pm

Engaging librarians (and others) through social technologies: A #1lib1ref think-piece

Posted in News“The Wikimedia movement has long prospered at the intersection of technology and social initiative. After all, the [edit] button on the top of every page is a deceptively simple piece of technology that allows communities of editors to continuously improve the “sum of all human knowledge.” As Wikipedia’s community has grown, so have technologies that […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 25 April 2016 | 8:07 pm

Stanford Libraries leads collaborative grant

Posted in News“The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation has awarded Stanford a $1.5 million grant to support library initiatives that develop and advance the use of linked open data. Stanford Libraries will coordinate a team representing Columbia, Cornell, Harvard, Library of Congress and Princeton to upgrade the current infrastructure libraries use to create, store, and share bibliographic data.” (via Stanford University Libraries)Leave a Comment

Posted by on 25 April 2016 | 3:12 pm

Is your local library a bestseller? — Mass. circulation rates tell an interesting tale

Posted in News“In terms of circulation, some Massachusetts libraries are bestsellers. For others, it’s a totally different story. Data from the state Board of Library Commissioners show that certain communities see their library materials checked out far more frequently than others — in some cases, a startling 100 times more. The following map suggests that some of […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 25 April 2016 | 2:11 pm

4 TED Talks That Help Librarians Explain the Magic of Libraries

Posted in News“Since 2006, millions have been inspired by TED Talks: short, inspirational and educational videos by speakers expounding on topics from science to spirituality to dance. TED stands for technology, education and design, and its stated mission is to spread ideas.The talks are often thought provoking and the speakers passionate about their topics. None last more […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 25 April 2016 | 1:56 pm

Simon Neame Named UMass Amherst Dean of Libraries

Posted in News“Simon J. Neame, associate university librarian and director of the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre at the University of British Columbia Library (UBC) in Vancouver, has been named dean of libraries at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. He begins his new duties Aug. 1. Neame succeeds Jay Schafer, who is retiring as director of libraries […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 25 April 2016 | 10:26 am

Librarian of Congress nominee says library must operate ‘seamlessly’ in digital world

Posted in News“Speaking for the first time since being nominated to be the 14th Librarian of Congress, Carla D. Hayden called for greater access to the “treasure chest” that is the nation’s library and for modernizing its technological infrastructure to ensure it meets its core responsibilities.“As I envision the future of this venerable institution, I see it […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 21 April 2016 | 11:07 am