Mount Horeb school cancels reading of transgender book after lawsuit threat

Posted in News“Around the same time a bill proposing restrictions on school bathrooms for transgender students prompted an emotional public hearing in an Assembly committee last week, one Dane County school made an effort to be more inclusive of a transgender student. On Monday, students at Mount Horeb Primary Center were scheduled to read and discuss “I […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 29 November 2015 | 8:04 am

A Slippery Number: How Many Books Can Fit in the New York Public Library?

Posted in News“As New York mysteries go, it hardly competes with “Who’s buried in Grant’s tomb?” or “How many pigeons live in the five boroughs?” But for devotees of the New York Public Library, the question of how many books can be stored in the majestic central stacks on Fifth Avenue is far from academic. They say […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 27 November 2015 | 9:34 pm

Library expected to open in polygamous Utah town in 2016

Posted in News“After years of efforts, a public library is expected to open soon in Hildale, home to the polygamous Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. The planned facility will be part of the Washington County Library System. The system’s director, Joel Tucker, said he plans for the library to be operating in March. “We […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 25 November 2015 | 7:22 am

Campus Libraries Rethink Focus as Materials Go Digital

Posted in NewsSari Feldman, president of the American Library Association, sees a coming transformation of academic libraries thanks to technology. She says they are taking on greater roles in creating teaching materials and scholarship — and preserving tweets as well as books.” (via Chronicle of Higher Education)Leave a Comment

Posted by on 25 November 2015 | 7:09 am

The Future Of Libraries Is Collaborative, Robotic, And Participatory

Posted in News“To look at the state of many libraries after the recession, facing cuts and closures and fundamental questions about “relevance,” you could be forgiven for being gloomy about their future. But gloomy is not the predominant tone of a terrific new report from Arup, the well-regarded design consultancy. It shows that some libraries, at least, […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 25 November 2015 | 7:07 am

DC public school students now have city library cards

Posted in News“Middle- and high-school students in the nation’s capital now have better access to the city’s public libraries, thanks in part to a White House initiative. The program is called the ConnectEd Library Challenge. Back in April, President Barack Obama challenged 30 communities to ensure that all students have access to library cards.” (via AP)Leave a Comment

Posted by on 25 November 2015 | 7:04 am

Can fewer books on the shelf improve Nebraska libraries?

Posted in News“It is a passionate topic for librarians like Rossella Tesch of the Chadron Public Library who maintains, “Books are life!” “Libraries are what contain them,” she added. “Well, I think libraries are life.” Even for the most ardent librarian, there is a growing recognition, “libraries are no longer just about books.” (via Nebraska NPR)Leave a Comment

Posted by on 24 November 2015 | 10:42 am

LexisNexis Acquires Premier Legal Analytics® Provider Lex Machina

Posted in News“LexisNexis® Legal & Professional today announced that it has acquired privately held Lex Machina, Inc., creator of award-winning Legal Analytics®, a next-generation technology platform that transforms how law firms and companies excel in the business and practice of law. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.” (via Lexis Nexis)Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 November 2015 | 1:07 pm

Quiet, please… In praise of the British Library

Posted in News“My favourite place to work in London, my private club and second home, was once described by Prince Charles as “the assembly hall of an academy for secret police”. He was directing his ire specifically at Humanities 1, the main reading room of the British Library. It’s true it doesn’t possess the Beaux Arts grandeur […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 November 2015 | 7:24 am

New Omaha digital library offers a space to ‘do’

Posted in NewsA new-age structure on the corner of 72nd and Dodge Streets in Omaha looks oddly out of place amid retail stores. This is Omaha’s attempt to design the technological library of the future. This aptly named “Do Space” aims to lower the costs of entry for all Omahans to modern, computer-intensive pursuits. The former bookstore […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 November 2015 | 7:21 am

Toronto Library Dusts Off Its Massive Vinyl Collection

Posted in News“Checking out the Toronto Reference Library’s massive vinyl-record collection is about as convenient as lugging a crate full of 12-inch singles to a party. To listen to any of the public institution’s more than 15,000 slabs of wax, visitors need a librarian at the fifth-floor info desk to retrieve whatever they’re looking for from rows […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 November 2015 | 7:19 am

At Long Last, Sci-Fi and Fantasy Have Infiltrated the Literary Mainstream

Posted in News“SCIENCE FICTION AND fantasy writing has long been disparaged within the literary world. While older works like Frankenstein and 1984 have gained classic status, many critics deride contemporary sci-fi and fantasy—typically without actually reading it. The prestigious anthology series The Best American Short Stories tends to eschew science fiction and fantasy, except at the behest […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 21 November 2015 | 8:11 am

Cyber Science 3D and Gale Partner to Create 3D Science Products for the Library Market

Posted in News“The partnership will pair Gale’s content expertise with Cyber Science’s 2D and 3D interactive capabilities in multiple science subjects. “We have been interested in Cyber Science 3D’s unique immersive and interactive software and educational content for quite some time,” said Liz Mason, Vice President of Product for Gale. “We are very pleased that we will […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 November 2015 | 7:28 am

Digital Public Library of America and Pop Up Archive partner to make audiovisual collections across the U.S. searchable

Posted in News“Libraries across the United States house tens of millions of audio and video recordings, a rich and vibrant body of cultural history and content for the public, scholars, and researchers — but the recordings are virtually impossible to search. The Digital Public Library of America is partnering with Pop Up Archive to offer discounted services […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 18 November 2015 | 1:27 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Brooklyn Public Library deal reportedly falls short of market value, leaves NYC shortchanged

Posted in News“The Brooklyn Public Library is getting shortchanged on a controversial development deal, a new report claims. Developer Hudson Companies is set to shell out $52 million for the site where the Brooklyn Heights branch is located. But the analysis finds that’s just 68% to 78% of the true market value — or $16 million to […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 18 November 2015 | 8:14 am

Posted in News“To reclaim Gould Memorial Library at Bronx Community College, Stanford White’s most dazzling extant structure in New York, its admirers must invent new uses for a building that was intended by a much different institution — New York University — to serve a now-antiquated form of scholarship, using riches of which the community college could […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 18 November 2015 | 8:12 am

State Library makes public up to 70,000 never-seen photos of Melbourne and country Victoria

Posted in News“The State Library of Victoria has begun to make publicly available a massive archive of historical photographs being described as the Google Street View of the 1970s. For 40 years the library had 2,000 rolls of film sitting in storage containing up to 70,000 photographs of Melbourne streetscapes and historical country towns. Library Services Director […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 18 November 2015 | 8:11 am

UD Library receives National Digital Newspaper Program grant from NEH

Posted in NewsThe University of Delaware Library has received a National Endowment for the Humanities National Digital Newspaper Program grant to digitize approximately 55,000 pages of newspapers published in the state of Delaware between 1836 and 1922. The grant, in the amount of $121,907, will support digitization from copies of the master negative microfilms held by the […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 18 November 2015 | 8:07 am

Citing Right To Privacy, New Hampshire Library Offers Untraceable Web Browsing

Posted in News“If you use the Internet or carry a smartphone — and let’s face it, that’s almost everyone who’s not off the grid — you probably already know that companies are tracking our movements. Apps track where we shop, the items we search for, and where we like to travel. Companies are gathering as much data […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 18 November 2015 | 8:06 am

In city elementary schools, a campaign for libraries

Posted in News“Across the city, many classrooms lack what Alison Walters has cobbled together from 10-cent yard sales, book-club deals, and the proceeds of side jobs she works “to support my teaching habit”: a colorful, voluminous classroom library. City and school officials want to change that. On Tuesday, Mayor-elect Jim Kenney, Superintendent William R. Hite Jr., and […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 18 November 2015 | 8:02 am

The Canadian Library Association Releases New Statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries

Posted in NewsToday, the Canadian Library Association (CLA) released of a new Statement on Intellectual Freedom and Libraries. This new Statement replaces the previous 30 year old Position Statement on Intellectual Freedom. The Statement seeks to provide a broader national and international context for the role of libraries in ensuring intellectual freedom as well as a framework […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 17 November 2015 | 1:24 pm

New York Public Library Acquires Archive of The New York Review of Books

Posted in NewsThe archive of The New York Review of Books has been sold to the New York Public Library, which praised the material in an announcement as providing “unique evidence of intellectual life in the United States in the second half of the 20th century.” The archive, which totals some 3,000 linear feet of material, includes […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 17 November 2015 | 7:04 am

Are There Critters and Germs in My Library Books?

Posted in News“An outbreak of bedbugs at the library in a fictional correction facility in “Orange is the New Black” prompted officials on the TV show to burn all its books. That might seem extreme, but infestations in real-life libraries pop up in the news cycle as well. Last week, a Delaware library had the critters rear […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 16 November 2015 | 2:24 pm

Meredith Evans named new director of Jimmy Carter Library

Posted in News“Meredith Evans has been named the new director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum. She assumes the role Nov. 29. Prior to joining the Carter library, she oversaw the Washington University Department of Special Collections in St. Louis. Evans earned her master’s degree at Clark Atlanta University, was curator of printed materials at […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 16 November 2015 | 11:37 am

Law librarians archive New York State’s regulatory history

Posted in News“Since her early days of working at the New York State Supreme Court Library in Buffalo, Jeannine Lee recognized the need for a better way to archive the Department of State’s “New York Codes, Rules and Regulations.” Lee, who retired last year as director of the law library, said it was cumbersome to maintain all […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 16 November 2015 | 11:24 am