What the ‘death of the library’ means for the future of books

Posted in News“Forbes contributor Tim Worstall wants us to close public libraries and buy everyone an Amazon Kindle with an unlimited subscription. “Why wouldn’t we simply junk the physical libraries and purchase an Amazon Kindle Unlimited subscription for the entire country?” he asks. Worstall points to substantial savings on public funds, arguing that people would have access […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 20 August 2014 | 7:59 am

Understanding a turbulent world to develop library policy agenda

Posted in News“Today, the American Library Association (ALA) releases the draft “Trends Report: Snapshots of a Turbulent World” (with Appendix I (pdf) and Appendix II (pdf)) to stimulate discussion about and ultimately inform a national policy agenda for the U.S. library community. A draft policy agenda will be developed for public comment through the Policy Revolution! initiative […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 3:29 pm

The Academic Book of the Future

Posted in News“The Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) and the British Library are launching a two-year research project which will explore the future of the academic books in the context of open access publishing and continuing digital change. Dr Samantha Rayner, Director of the Centre for Publishing at the University College London (UCL) will lead the […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 11:15 am

Halifax looks forward to the opening of its very own library of the future

Posted in News“It is being billed as the “city’s living room.” Its rooftop patio offers stunning views of Halifax harbour. There is a 300-seat theatre, two cafes, gaming stations, two music studios, dedicated space for adult literacy, a First Nations reading circle and boardrooms for local entrepreneurs.Halifax’s new $57.6-million gleaming glass library of the future is to […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 11:01 am

Mesa libraries pilot innovative technologies, programs

Posted in News“Picture a library. If the first thing that comes to mind is a card catalog, “you’re long overdue for a visit,” according to Public Library Association President Larry Neal. For years, libraries have been on the leading edge when it comes to piloting new technologies, Neal said. They were some of the first places to […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 10:33 am

Visually impaired teen makes impact at Southside digital library

Posted in News“When Christian Sanchez reported to the Bexar County BiblioTech as an intern in June, he immediately made his mark. Within days, the 16-year-old had learned every facet of all-digital library located at 3505 Pleasanton Road. The tech savvy teen’s duties ranged from working the circulation desk to one-on-one sessions with visually impaired patrons. While Sanchez […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 10:29 am

Public library engagement in the United States

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Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 9:49 am

NJ State Library to deliver high school diploma program

Posted in News“The New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College, announced today the launch of its Online High School Completion Program, which will allow NJ residents to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate at their local library. The groundbreaking program is designed to reengage adults in the education […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 6:12 am

Orland Park Public Library  keeps Internet access policy

Posted in News“Orland Park Public Library trustees on Monday night voted to continue to allow patrons 18 and older unfiltered Internet access, reaffirming a vote taken earlier this year. Before the 4-2 vote, some patrons asked the board to install a filter to prevent people from being able to view pornographic material while online, and two library […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 6:10 am

Missouri libraries struggle to stay open

Posted in News“Could public libraries be a thing of the past in Missouri?    Lawmakers are battling whether or not to with hold more than $6 million from the public library budget, and local libraries are already seeing an impact. Canton Library officials say roughly 60 people come into the library every day, mostly for the free internet […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 August 2014 | 6:08 am

HarperCollins UK, now on Scribd

Posted in News“Hail, Britannia! We’re excited to welcome HarperCollins UK to Scribd. Our UK readers now have access to some of our all-time favorites, including Fahrenheit 451, Play It As It Lays, and The Devil Wears Prada, along with more than 3,000 others, all ready to read right now. Here’s what Charlie Redmayne, CEO of HarperCollins Publishers […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 August 2014 | 3:08 pm

Mayoral donor spared the ax in Queens library scandal

Posted in News“Mayor de Blasio and Borough President Melinda Katz spared only one Thomas Galante backer when they axed eight other trustees who had supported the disgraced Queens Public Library honcho — and it turns out that lucky survivor has ties to both pols. De Blasio and Katz didn’t lay a finger on Mary Ann Mattone, 66, […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 August 2014 | 7:15 am

Even wired tribal libraries are lagging behind on tech

Posted in News“As much as some places in the United States have struggled to get good, affordable, accessible Internet connectivity, one type of spot on the map has struggled even more than most: tribal lands. Broadband deployment in the whole of the U.S. stands at about 65 percent, the Federal Communications Commission found a few years ago, but on […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 August 2014 | 7:12 am

Google Wants to Save Our Schools—And Hook a New Generation of Users

Posted in News“The old “dog ate my homework excuse” is about to become a thing of the past. And kids will have Google to thank. The search giant has just released Classroom, a free tool that allows teachers to do everything from assigning projects to collecting and grading assignments, all online. Classroom uses Google’s own products such […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 13 August 2014 | 8:26 am

Queens Library carrying out expensive probe of leaks about director Thomas Galante’s salary, spending

Posted in News“The Queens Library is spending big bucks to investigate leaks of confidential information about board meetings to the Daily News. Lawyers for six former trustees suing to get their positions back after they were kicked out by Mayor de Blasio and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz revealed in court papers the library has retained a […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 12 August 2014 | 7:39 am

Omaha’s proposed budget would cut funding for libraries

Posted in News“If you’ve been patiently waiting for a library copy of a best-seller like “The Fault in Our Stars,” the City of Omaha’s proposed budget for next year might come with some bad news. The plan headed to the City Council for a public hearing Tuesday comes with a cut for the city’s libraries; the department’s […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 August 2014 | 7:37 am

Detroit library could be site of another Batman v Superman shoot

Posted in News“Access to parts of the Detroit Library’s main branch was limited Friday because of what library personnel said were preparations for the filming of a scene for a major movie production. The 149-year-old library’s ornate third floor will be the site of more Detroit filming for “Batman v Superman,” security guards told patrons as they […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 August 2014 | 7:35 am

Proposed Dallas budget would cut cops, boost streets and libraries

Posted in News“In a rare decision during a nonrecession year, Dallas’ city manager is proposing a slight reduction in the number of police officers next fiscal year. Under the proposed budget unveiled Friday by City Manager A.C. Gonzalez, the Police Department’s sworn ranks would shrink by about 35 through attrition. That modest reduction — the force has […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 August 2014 | 7:30 am

How Target is Infiltrating Public Schools to Build Customers for Life

Posted in News“I am the teacher-librarian in one of two San Francisco school libraries remodeled by the big-box chain Target, in partnership with the Heart of America Foundation (HOA). HOA, which coordinates corporate volunteer programs focused on literacy, provides a few different options, including the one Target picked: the READesign® Library Makeover Program. On its website, HOA […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 August 2014 | 7:29 am

This Librarian Is Not Impressed With Your Digital, No-Books Library

Posted in News“I’m young for a librarian — 34 in a field where the median age is over 50. It should go without saying then that I’m not the least bit afraid of technology. Digital tools make me far more productive at what I do. However, as a member of the only profession dedicated to mastering, or […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 8 August 2014 | 1:37 pm

Unpopular books flying off branch libraries’ shelves

Posted in News“At the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library, clustered volumes fill only half of many long, red shelves; the rest stand empty. In the adult nonfiction section, some shelves are completely barren. The library, in Roxbury, once brimmed with books. But officials have been steadily culling its collection the past few months as part […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 8 August 2014 | 1:34 pm

Paul Otlet, Google, Wikipedia, and cataloging the world

Posted in News“As soon as humanity began its quest for knowledge, people have also attempted to organize that knowledge. From the invention of writing to the abacus, from medieval manuscripts to modern paperbacks, from microfiche to the Internet, our attempt to understand the world — and catalog it in an orderly fashion with dictionaries, encyclopedias, libraries, and […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 8 August 2014 | 9:53 am

National Geographic joins Scribd

Posted in News“We’re thrilled to announce another great addition of some of National Geographic’s most popular titles to our library of more than 400,000 books. A lot of us have fond memories of the iconic yellow border gracing the bookshelves and coffee tables of our youth, and we’re proud to bring these world-expanding titles to Scribd. “Scribd’s […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 6 August 2014 | 8:25 am


Posted in News“For years, librarians at a small central Illinois library gossiped that a tattered book lying on one of its shelves justifying racism may have been in the hands of none other than Abraham Lincoln, the Great Emancipator. On Tuesday, state historians confirmed that theory by announcing Lincoln’s handwriting had been found inside the cover of […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 6 August 2014 | 8:24 am

Amazon Same-Day Delivery Expanding – “Get It Today” Available in Six More Cities

Posted in News“Amazon.com has expanded Same-Day Delivery with new “Get It Today” capabilities for customers in Baltimore, Dallas, Indianapolis, New York City, Philadelphia and Washington DC metro areas, with more than a million eligible items now available for same-day delivery. Starting today, customers can order as late as noon, seven days a week and get things like […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 6 August 2014 | 8:17 am