First Lady Will Recognize Libraries, Museums for Top Honor in White House Ceremony

Posted in News“On June 1 at the White House, First Lady Michelle Obama and Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew, will honor outstanding museums and libraries with the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Ten institutions from across the country will attend the White House ceremony to receive […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 26 May 2016 | 2:58 pm

Web Archiving with National Libraries

Posted in News“After the Internet Archive started web archiving in the late 1990s, National libraries also took their first steps towards systematic preservation of the web. Over 30 national libraries currently have a web archiving programme. Many among them archive the web under a legal mandate, which is an extension of the Legal Deposit system to cover […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 26 May 2016 | 12:12 pm

Gale Expands Historical Digital Newspaper Offerings and Support for Digital Humanities Research

Posted in News“Gale, a part of Cengage Learning, has expanded its historical newspaper collections with the launch of several new archives. Now available are The Telegraph Historical Archive, 1855-2000, a 145-year archive of Britain’s best-selling quality newspaper; China from Empire to Republic: Missionary, Sinology, and Literary Periodicals, a collection of English-language periodicals published in or about China […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 26 May 2016 | 10:10 am

University of Florida, Elsevier explore interoperability in the publishing space

Posted in News“The University of Florida and Elsevier are unveiling a project to connect the institution’s repository of scholarly works to the larger network of publishing platforms, giving users a portal through which they can explore tens of thousands of articles by the university’s authors.Researchers at UF publish around 8,000 scholarly articles a year, and about a […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 25 May 2016 | 8:14 am

Libraries feel the eBook pinch

Posted in News“The book worm has turned. Local libraries are making noise about eBook prices, saying that they pay multinational publishers up to five times more than average consumers do for the same titles. And libraries — including ones in Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Vancouver — say they’d like things to change, so that they can pay […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 24 May 2016 | 11:55 am

New Email Alerts and RSS Feeds on

Posted in News“Last year’s most viewed new post on In Custodia Legis was Legislation Email Alerts on  The email alerts are an excellent addition to the system that allow you to track a specific piece of legislation, what a Member of Congress is sponsoring and cosponsoring, and when the next issue of the Congressional Record is available.Building on those email […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 24 May 2016 | 9:16 am

EBSCO Information Services Expands its Resources on Asia with Release of the Bibliography of Asian Studies

Posted in News“The Bibliography of Asian Studies™ (BAS), an authoritative resource for research and scholarly literature on East, Southeast and South Asia, is now available from EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO). The Bibliography of Asian Studies is produced by the Association for Asian Studies (AAS) which partnered with EBSCO in early 2016 as the provider of BAS. The […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 24 May 2016 | 9:15 am

Mayor restores additional cut to Hartford libraries

Posted in News“The Hartford Public Library won’t face $393,000 in additional budget cuts in the coming fiscal year after Mayor Luke Bronin used a line-item veto restore funding.Bronin announced his veto Friday, following the city council reducing his originally proposed budget by approximately $5 million, including the cuts to the library, which already faces a $354,000 cut […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 24 May 2016 | 7:20 am

Axiell acquires Mobydoc and solidifies position as number one in collections management

Posted in News“Axiell, the number one supplier of collections management solutions globally, today announces the acquisition of Mobydoc, the market leader for French museums, particularly national museums. The acquisition brings together Axiell’s global resources and experience within Archives, Libraries and Museums (ALM) with the solid position that Mobydoc has held in the French market for over 20 […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 24 May 2016 | 7:18 am

Hollywood films drive Australian library book tastes

Posted in News“Hollywood is driving library borrowing habits like never before – and Australian authors without film-book tie-ins are struggling to find a mass readership.With the film version starring Emily Blunt soon to be released, British writer Paula Hawkins’ novel of a vanished wife, The Girl on the Train, has topped the list of most borrowed library […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 24 May 2016 | 7:15 am

Mexican-American textbook stirs cultural debate in Texas

Posted in News“A textbook proposed to help teach the cultural history of Mexican-Americans in Texas public schools is under scrutiny by scholars, some of whom decry the effort as racist and not a reflection of serious academic study.The textbook, titled “Mexican American Heritage,” describes Mexican-Americans as people who “adopted a revolutionary narrative that opposed Western civilization and […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 May 2016 | 9:04 pm

Pound Ridge Library director accused of inflating stats

Posted in News“In this tranquil corner of Westchester County, a noisy controversy is coming from, of all places, the public library.Director Marilyn Tinter, who has worked for 40 years at the library in the town of 5,000-plus residents, has been suspended with pay for what is a $97,237-per-year position.The Library Board of Trustees made several allegations — the subject of an ongoing hearing — including that Tinter allegedly inflated circulation statistics by […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 May 2016 | 8:58 pm

Libraries stand firm in support of GLBT books

Posted in News“In a year when Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender (GLBT) communities are facing divisive “religious freedom” and “bathroom privacy” legislation, libraries are working against legislating discrimination by fostering acceptance through the power of books.  The American Library Association (ALA), and hundreds of libraries will celebrate June 2016 as GLBT Book Month™, a nationwide celebration of the authors […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 May 2016 | 1:39 pm

Lexis for Microsoft Office Wins SIIA Business Technology CODiE Award

Posted in News“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional, a leading global provider of content and technology solutions, today announced that it received the prestigious 2016 SIIA CODiE Award in the “Best Solution for Integrating Content into Workflow” category for Lexis for Microsoft Office, the market-leading legal drafting and review tool. This award recognizes Lexis® for Microsoft Office® as an […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 May 2016 | 11:37 am

Museums in the Age of Social

Posted in News“When Americans stood in line for hours to see King Tut in the 1970s, a new kind of museum exhibition took hold: the blockbuster. Featuring spectacular artifacts from the tomb of the ancient Egyptian pharaoh, the “Treasures of Tutankhamun” traveled to six cities across the United States between November 1976 and April 1979, and drew […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 May 2016 | 11:32 am

The Boston Public Library has a new president

Posted in News“The Boston Public Library Board of Trustees selected a new president on Saturday, according to a statement from the library. Jill Bourne, city librarian at the San Jose Public Library, was chosen by the trustees in a unanimous vote, according to the Globe. “Jill Bourne brings new ideas, innovation, and deep experience in urban libraries to […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 May 2016 | 4:59 pm

Unemployed Detroit Residents Are Trapped by a Digital Divide

Posted in News“In downtown Detroit, start-ups and luxury retailers are opening up and new office buildings are being built as the city works to recover from its deep economic problems. Six miles to the north, in the neighborhood of Hope Village, residents like Eric Hill are trying to participate in that progress but are running into hurdles. […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 May 2016 | 3:51 pm

Retro video games invade space at university libraries

Posted in News“On the third floor of a University of Calgary building, a classic composition echoes through the halls, not Beethoven or Bach but Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. circa 1985.Old video games are disrupting the university’s ultramodern digital library.At universities across Canada, Super Mario Bros. and other games are infringing on Shakespeare’s turf, as games from the past begin […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 May 2016 | 3:41 pm

The Delicate Task Of Restoring One Of The World’s Oldest Libraries

Posted in News“The copper craft makers in Seffarin Square in the historic district of Fez, Morocco, bang out designs on platters and shape copper pots to a rhythm. Called the medina, neighborhood streets lined with domes and archways take you back through the history of the dynasties and occupiers that ruled Morocco from the 9th century on. […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 22 May 2016 | 3:32 pm

Ex Libris Expands Its Operations and Increases Its Investment in the Spanish Market 

Posted in News“Ex Libris®, a ProQuest company, is pleased to announce that it is increasing its investment in the Spanish market and has reached an agreement with its Barcelona-based partner, GreenData, that will see Ex Libris playing a direct role in the Spanish market.” (via Ex Libris)Leave a Comment

Posted by on 20 May 2016 | 10:20 am

New library shelves 3,400 bottles of wine

Posted in News“The newest library on campus contains no books and offers no borrowing privileges.Located in the basement of Stocking Hall, it lacks the soaring windows and grand views of other locations. Students can’t access the library, and since it’s kept at a constant 54 degrees, it would not offer much of a study refuge anyway.These shelves […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 20 May 2016 | 10:12 am

IFLA-FAIFE statement on the continuing detention of the Director of the Library of Ukrainian Literature

Posted in News“In November 2015 IFLA-FAIFE published a statement expressing concern over the targeting of the Library of Ukrainian Literature in Moscow.  The Director, Natalya Sharina had been arrested and charged on suspicion of inciting hatred or animosity towards a social group by allegedly holding banned books in the Library.  Natalya was subsequently arrested, and then placed […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 20 May 2016 | 6:40 am

Goodreads Is Finally Cashing in on Its Devoted Community

Posted in News“THE PREMISE OF Goodreads is simple, as it has been since the service launched in 2007: Track the books you read, leave ratings and reviews, and network with fellow readers. In practice, though, the platform has grown to be a sprawling literary social network, equal parts Facebook, Yelp, and Reddit. Message boards, recommendations, and listicles […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 May 2016 | 3:18 pm

Darien Library to Launch New Website and Catalogue System June 1st

Posted in News“Darien Library is pleased to announce the forthcoming launch of its new website on June 1, 2016. The new website is designed to be a user-centric portal to library events, services, and materials. The new website will launch with SOPAC3, Darien Library’s ground-breaking new catalog system.” (via a Comment

Posted by on 19 May 2016 | 3:12 pm

Judge, Orland Park Library foes end years-long legal spat sparked by library internet porn policies

Posted in News“A years-long legal battle involving a group of Orland Park residents, a New Jersey blogger and an Orland Park library employee who each accused those on the other side of spreading lies about them in an attempt to bring the other side to heel in a fight over library policy, has ended in Chicago’s federal […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 May 2016 | 2:56 pm