Building a new library from the ground up

Posted in News“Universal City librarian Toni Davenport is almost giddy when discussing the task that lies before her — build a new library, from the ground up. Community meeting space, banks of computers and a “library that flows” are among the wants, needs and desires Davenport will express in the coming weeks, as the city begins meeting […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 29 July 2014 | 8:09 am

Santa Cruz library trustees review $63M facilities plan

Posted in News“Library trustees reviewed a plan Monday for how to spend $63.1 million in facilities improvements if voters approve a parcel tax. A survey of voters earlier this year determined there was 73 percent support for an annual $49 parcel tax for 30 years. The Joint Powers Authority Board are looking at a June 2015 special […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 29 July 2014 | 8:06 am

Miami-Dade mayor lets higher library-tax ceiling stand

Posted in News“Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez won’t veto a higher property tax rate ceiling for libraries set by county commissioners. Mike Hernández, Gimenez’s spokesman, said Friday that the mayor decided to let the commission’s 8-5 vote from last week stand, even though that means the county’s overall tax rate could go against Gimenez’s wishes. “He will continue […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 10:46 am

The Low-Tech Appeal of Little Free Libraries

Posted in NewsWhen a 36-year-old bibliophile in Daegu, South Korea, sat down at his computer and googled the word “library,” he didn’t expect to find anything particularly noteworthy. But as DooSun You scrolled through the results, an appealingly anti-tech concept popped up. The Internet led him to Little Free Libraries—hand-built boxes where neighbors can trade novels, memoirs, […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 28 July 2014 | 10:29 am

8 Are Removed as Queens Library Trustees

Posted in News“Eight members of the Queens Library board of trustees were dismissed on Wednesday by Mayor Bill de Blasio and the borough president, Melinda Katz, according to the mayor’s office. The board members were removed after they voted in April against firing Thomas W. Galante, director of the Queens library system, who has been under investigation […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 24 July 2014 | 7:28 am

Nearly 100 percent of libraries offer tech training and STEM programs, study finds

Posted in News“According to a new study from the American Library Association ALA, nearly 100 percent of America’s public libraries offer workforce development training programs, online job resources, and technology skills training. Combined with maker spaces, coding classes, and programs dedicated to entrepreneurship and small business development, libraries are equipping U.S. communities with the resources and skills […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 July 2014 | 7:14 pm

St. Louis library opens recording studio

Posted in News“When Charles Thomas tells his friends he’s in the studio working on his latest release, they don’t expect to hear its being recorded at the library. ‘I tell them, ‘You want to come down you just got to bring your library card,’ says Charles Thomas. Since January he’s put in 20 two hour sessions in […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 July 2014 | 8:33 am

Library launches alternate reality game ahead of Comic-Con

Posted in News“The Downtown Central Library is getting gamers geared up for Comic-Con in a unique way.  The public library has launched an alternate reality game that participants say is the perfect way to prepare for the upcoming four-day expo. “An alternate reality game is an interactive story that takes place in real time, in a real […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 July 2014 | 8:31 am

ALA applauds presidential signing of the workforce bill

Posted in News“Today, President Barack Obama will sign the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, a bill that will open access to federal funding support to public libraries for effective job training and job search programs. President Obama will sign the bill into law from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. ET in the White House Oval Office in Washington, […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 10:24 am

Billy Joel to Receive Gerswhin Prize

Posted in News“Librarian of Congress James H. Billington today announced that Billy Joel is the next recipient of the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Billy Joel ranks as one of the most popular recording artists and respected entertainers in the world. His piano-fueled narratives take listeners into the relatable and deeply personal moments of […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 July 2014 | 9:28 am

Librarians Lack LeBron’s Pull as Miami Arena Deal Precedes Cuts

Posted in News“Last month, Miami politicians approved a $19 million subsidy for the professional basketball arena. Six weeks later, they turned to a grimmer task: deciding how many police and librarians to fire.To plug a $64 million budget hole, Florida’s Miami-Dade County Commission this week began considering a plan to cut as many as 700 positions, including […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 21 July 2014 | 9:49 am

U.S. libraries become front line in fight against homelessness

Posted in News“George Brown, a homeless man in Washington, has a simple answer when asked how often he uses a public library. “Always. I have nowhere else to go,” Brown, 65, said outside the U.S. capital’s modernist central library after a morning reading sociology books. “When it’s hot, you come here to stay out of the heat. […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 17 July 2014 | 7:44 am

Libraries battle bed bugs in books

Posted in News“The vampire in the teen romance your daughter checked out from the library is fictional — but there could be a bloodsucker lurking in the book’s binding that isn’t make believe. A bed bug was spotted in a Las Vegas-Clark County Library District bin two weeks ago in the service center where 18,000 library items […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 17 July 2014 | 7:43 am

Librarian transforms school bus to deliver books to kids in need

Posted in News“She’s a school librarian turned bus driver. Jenny Granger is delivering books to kids around Snohomish to beat the “summer slide.” Between tests in June and September, there’s a general drop in students’ scores. Granger says a big factor is the fact kids don’t read as much during the summer. “We can complain about it […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 17 July 2014 | 7:41 am

Multnomah County Library turns to ‘collaborative learning’ to lure teens in, keep them engaged

Posted in News“Even in Multnomah County, where residents are known as some of the nation’s most enthusiastic library users, getting teens into the library can be a challenge. But a new effort to grasp teens’ attention – and hold it for more than a couple of hours – is showing promise. Coi Vu and her team at […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 16 July 2014 | 1:31 pm

‘9,000 Libraries, 9,000 Mohawks’ – Could Vista’s Librarian Mohawk Challenge Become a Dare?

Posted in News“Librarian mohawks – makes you do a double take, right? Those are two words that usually do NOT go together.But thanks to Vista, now they do, as five good-natured librarians made good on their promise this spring and got mohawks because the community pushed them to a big milestone – Vista was the first county […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 15 July 2014 | 7:34 am

The Digital Public Library of America: Collaboration, Content, and Technology at Scale

Posted in News“The vision of a national digital library has been circulating among U.S. librarians, scholars, educators, and technologists since the early 1990s. Efforts led by a range of organizations—such as the Internet Archive, HathiTrust, and others—have successfully built resources that provide books, images, historical records, and audiovisual materials to anyone with Internet access. Scores of institutions […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 July 2014 | 1:07 pm

For This Author, 10,000 Wikipedia Articles Is a Good Day’s Work

Posted in News“Sverker Johansson could be the most prolific author you’ve never heard of. Volunteering his time over the past seven years publishing to Wikipedia, the 53-year-old Swede can take credit for 2.7 million articles, or 8.5% of the entire collection, according to Wikimedia analytics, which measures the site’s traffic. His stats far outpace any other user, […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 July 2014 | 12:21 pm

Denver Public Library turns 125

Posted in News“On Monday, the Denver Public Library turned 125. The state’s largest public library system has more than 4.3 million in-person visits and 9.8 million items circulated annually.” (via 9News)Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 July 2014 | 12:17 pm

New Hampshire students digitize Civil War letters

Posted in News“Seven score and 12 years ago, a Civil War soldier was packing on the freshman 15 — and then some. In cheerful letters sent to his family back home in Hillsborough, Pvt. Willard Templeton describes at length the food he ate and the weight he gained as he traveled and fought with the 11th New […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 14 July 2014 | 12:15 pm

Singapore withdraws gay penguin book from libraries

Posted in NewsSingapore authorities have withdrawn from libraries two children’s books featuring same-sex couples, sparking controversy amid a debate on gay rights in the conservative city-state. And Tango Makes Three features a pair of gay penguins while The White Swan Express mentions a lesbian couple. Petitions for the books to be put back have garnered thousands of […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 July 2014 | 1:20 pm

IMLS Announces New Awards to Strengthen Early Learning Activities at Libraries and Museums

Posted in News“Today, IMLS announced three new awards to engage libraries and museums as key partners in comprehensive early learning strategies. Three separate awards totaling $771,854 will be awarded to the Georgia Public Library Service, OCLC, and the BUILD Initiative. These new investments follow up on recommendations made in Growing Young Minds: How Museums and Libraries Create […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 July 2014 | 1:03 pm

FCC approves spending billions to put Wi-Fi in schools and libraries

Posted in News“The Federal Communications Commission on Friday approved a plan to spend $1 billion per year to provide Wi-Fi service in schools and libraries. The plan from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler passed in a 3-2 vote after an eleventh-hour compromise was reached to secure the votes of the commission’s two Democrats. “Because of what we do […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 11 July 2014 | 1:01 pm

Higher Education, Library Groups Release Net Neutrality Principles

Posted in News“Today, higher education and library organizations representing thousands of colleges, universities, and libraries nationwide released a joint set of Net Neutrality Principles (PDF) they recommend form the basis of an upcoming Federal Communications Commission (FCC) decision to protect the openness of the Internet. The groups believe network neutrality protections are essential to protecting freedom of […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 10 July 2014 | 9:10 am

NY Public Library Pilots Program to Rent Out Free Wifi

Posted in News“Libraries are known for lending books. Libraries have recently also become known as a place to use computers and the internet. Now though, libraries are combining the two in their latest effort to try to close the so-called “Digital Divide”—made up of those who do and do not have access to the internet. The New […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 10 July 2014 | 7:15 am