Welcome the Internet Archive to The [Flickr] Commons

Posted in News“Over the past couple of weeks, The Internet Archive has already been uploading content behind the scenes, and today we are very excited to officially launch them into The Commons. The Internet Archive is best known for its historical library of the web, preserving more than 400 billion web pages dating back to 1996. Yet, […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 1 September 2014 | 3:23 pm

Librarians Are A Luxury Chicago Public Schools Can’t Afford

Posted in News“Two years ago, the Chicago Public Schools budgeted for 454 librarians. Last year, the budget called for 313 librarians, and now that number is down to 254.With educators facing tough financial choices, having a full-time librarian is becoming something of a luxury in Chicago’s more than 600 public schools.It’s not that there’s a shortage of […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 1 September 2014 | 3:17 pm

When it comes to city services, San Antonians love their library

Posted in NewsThe San Antonio Public Library earned a 96 percent customer satisfaction rating from local residents, according to the latest community survey conducted by independent consulting firm ETC Institute. Patrons ranked the public library the highest in overall service among all the services offered by the City of San Antonio. At 96 percent, the library system […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 31 August 2014 | 6:36 pm

‘Closed to theft’: All children’s books taken from ‘little free libraries’ in Davison front yard

Posted in News“Residents in a cozy residential neighborhood off M-15 are trying to figure out why someone would take all the children’s books from two little free libraries off M-15 in Davison.  Kim Carter said she left her Juniper Drive home around 5 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 and came back a few hours later to discover the […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 31 August 2014 | 3:59 pm

Double Life: On-call librarian is also artist and musician

Posted in News“If you have ever called a library’s after-hours number with a question, the person on the other end of the line could have been Carrboro artist and musician Phil Blank.Blank runs a company called ChatStaff, which provides after-hours service to libraries all over North Carolina and beyond. But he’s also a painter, illustrator and accordion […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 31 August 2014 | 3:52 pm

Library of Congress cooks CDs in quest to save them

Posted in News“CDs may not be the first thing to come to mind when you think of the Library of Congress, but it houses more than 500,000. The extensive collection includes everything from music to maps and labs where researchers are destroying CDs to learn how to preserve them, CBS News’ Jim Axelrod reports. In 1982, Billy […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 12:08 pm

Of books, trees, and knowledge

Posted in NewsTo Ling Guo, a curator for the Beijing Botanic Garden, one of the best places to learn about Chinese crab apples is half a world away, in Harvard’s Arnold Arboretum Horticultural Library. Guo was wrapping up two months at the Arboretum as a visiting scientist and a recipient of the Jewett Prize, which supports researchers […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 7:33 am

D.C. adds a social worker to library system to work with homeless patrons

Posted in News“Among the many roles for which public libraries are appreciated, there’s one that can be problematic: de facto day shelter for homeless people. Downtown’s Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library attracts many such patrons, and Jean Badalamenti understands why. “The city drops folks from three shelters off here every morning and picks them up in […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 7:30 am

Rocky Mountain Gun Owners vs. small town library?

Posted in News“It’s shaping up to be a small town showdown straight out of an old West tale: gun-rights group Rocky Mountain Gun Owners is threatening to wage a legal battle on its own turf against the Clearview Library District in Windsor, where RMGO is also based.The dust-up was spurred when librarians asked mother Erika Sattler to leave the Windsor-Severance […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 28 August 2014 | 7:21 am

A Brooklyn Librarian Will Now Make You a Personalized Reading List, and You Don’t Even Have to Put on Pants

Posted in News“This has been, without a doubt, an excellent summer for New York’s libraries. In Manhattan, the Stephen A. Schwartzman branch set up a beautiful outdoor reading room that was open for the past two weeks before closing on the 22nd. A group of seafaring booklovers announced that they’ll launch a floating library aboard the Lilac […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 7:27 am

Vancouver’s main library to undergo major reorganization

Posted in News“Vancouver’s downtown library — a nine-storey “Colosseum” that holds 1.3 million items and covers a full block at Georgia and Homer — is approaching its 20th anniversary, and with that will come some significant changes. The downtown branch, which is known as the Central Library, is being rearranged to make it easier for people to […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 27 August 2014 | 7:21 am

George Washington U. clarifies ‘no alternative textbook vendor’ guidelines

Posted in News“Faculty members at George Washington University are once again free to tell students they can save money by buying their textbooks online, after the university initially urged professors to stop pointing students to sources other than the campus bookstore. In a letter dated July 17, the university reminded faculty members of its “contractual obligation” with […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 8:11 am

Dallas’ Libraries, Among the Nation’s Worst Funded, May Actually Get Some More Moneyr

Posted in News“On Wednesday, book lovers from across the city showed up in force at the Dallas City Council meeting. It was the first time council members were able to throw amendments at the proposed city budget for the next fiscal year. And supporters of Dallas Public Libraries wanted them to carefully consider the library budget in […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 7:53 am

Pastor wants ‘demonic’ books removed from public library in Cleveland

Posted in News“A Cleveland pastor wants what he calls “demonic” books pulled from the shelves of the public library. Pastor Phillip Missick of King of Saints Tabernacle, a Messianic church, filed a complaint with Austin Memorial Library, Cleveland’s public library, asking that many fiction books on vampires, demons and the supernatural be purged. He says he was […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 7:52 am

Chicagoans Divided on Using Tax Money to Attract Obama Library

Posted in News“As President Barack Obama’s foundation reviews locations for his library and museum — Chicago is the unofficial frontrunner. But voters in his adopted hometown are divided over whether to use taxpayer dollars to help the Windy City secure and build the future tourist trap. The Chicago Tribune polled Chicagoans on the issue and found reactions […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 7:51 am

Bill Clinton library plans 10th anniversary event

Posted in News“The presidential library honoring Bill Clinton in Little Rock, Arkansas, is planning for a major event in November to honor its tenth anniversary, sources familiar with the planning said Thursday. The event is expected to fall on Nov. 14, according to emails circulating among potential attendees. That’s four days before the anniversary of the Nov. […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 7:49 am

Jane Austen Artifacts at the Morgan Library and in England

Posted in News“Likenesses of Jane Austen, as well as objects that passed through her family’s hands, are emerging from storage with fanfare and traveling widely. In the past year, Austen heirlooms on the move have included a tiny 1869 watercolor portrait, which sold to a private collector for $270,000 at Sotheby’s in London, and a turquoise ring […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 7:48 am

Wikipedia’s medical errors and one doctor’s fight to correct them

Posted in News“You can’t always believe what you read on the internet. That is particularly true when it comes to medical information in the crowd-sourced online encyclopedia, Wikipedia. But one doctor is on a mission to change that. Dr. James Heilman works as an emergency room physician in Cranbrook, B.C., and is also a clinical instructor at UBC. He’s […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 August 2014 | 7:47 am

Mellon Grant Advances Library Digitization Efforts

Posted in News“The Washington University Libraries have been awarded a $50,000 grant by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The grant will allow the Libraries to implement Hydra, a powerful open-source software system used by research institutions around the world to provide access to their digital content. Equally important, Hydra facilitates collaboration among institutions that want to share […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 3:02 pm

Hint of Scandal Embroils Queens Library’s Leaders

Posted in News“There it is atop the Queens Public Library’s headquarters: The roof deck at the heart of an inquiry into misused money, where some say the president of the library, Thomas W. Galante, likes to take cigarette breaks. Four wrought-iron chairs and some low tables are jammed onto a 16-by-14-foot space one flight up from Merrick […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 10:14 am

Gardeners on Alert as Pennsylvania Targets Risks of Seed Exchanges

Posted in News“A crackdown by Pennsylvania regulators on a seed exchange at a small library has put gardeners and advocates of locally grown organic food on alert across the country. In June, the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture told a public library in Mechanicsburg, Pa., that it couldn’t distribute homegrown seeds. The agency said a planned seed-exchange program […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 10:00 am

Panel OKs State Librarian Despite Initial Concerns

Posted in News“The son of a former California Supreme Court justice won approval Wednesday from a state Senate panel as the new state librarian after initial concerns that he had never worked in the field and had no formal training as a librarian when he was nominated. Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown named Greg Lucas of Sacramento to […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 21 August 2014 | 9:31 am

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