UT Joins Digital Public Library of America

Posted in News“UT Libraries has partnered with the Tennessee State Library and Archives and the Tenn-Share statewide library consortium to become a service hub for the Digital Public Library of America. Tennessee’s service hub was one of four successful applicants added to the DPLA network in February 2015. For most of American history, the ability to access […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 27 February 2015 | 7:25 am

N.O. Public Library hopes to avert financial crisis

Posted in News“The New Orleans Public Library is taking some steps to keep library doors open with funding running out. Thursday morning there was a Turn the Page on Literacy event for young students, with the hope of turning the page on its finances. The library is looking to make New Orleans the most literate city in […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 27 February 2015 | 7:22 am

Planned sale of rare books roils Gordon College

Posted in News“When a wealthy family bequeathed a collection of rare Bibles and Shakespeare folios to Gordon College in 1922, it came with a catch: the works had to remain intact and with the school. That’s why a descendant of the late collector Edward Payson Vining, a railroad executive and bibliophile, was surprised to learn that Gordon […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 26 February 2015 | 2:25 pm

Legislation filed to help libraries in lawsuit

Posted in News“With the future of many libraries in Northern Kentucky in the hands of the Kentucky Court of Appeals, a bill introduced by a Kentucky lawmaker would address the issue at the heart of the controversial lawsuits challenging library taxes. House Majority Leader Rocky Adkins, D-Sandy Hook, introduced the bill that would allow library boards to […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 26 February 2015 | 7:26 am

“She blinded me with library science”: why the Feminist Library is more vital than ever

Posted in NewsIt’s a cold afternoon in Elephant and Castle, but the meeting room at the Feminist Library is packed with women. The range of ages is startling: as young children are led in by their father, an older woman is buying the donated Chelsea buns someone has brought along. Inside the library’s meeting room, people are […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 26 February 2015 | 7:20 am

Notre Dame libraries launch online respository

Posted in News“This month, Hesburgh Libraries launched CurateND, an online repository that allows students, faculty and staff to store, manage and share their research. Users can deposit a variety of types of content, including articles, datasets, documents, images and senior theses. They can also link different files, choose who and how many people can see or make […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 26 February 2015 | 7:08 am

UMass students, librarians want more faculty to use open source textbooks to save students money

Posted in News“About 65 percent of college students don’t buy textbooks because of cost, said Matt Magalhaes, the affordable textbook campaign coordinator for MassPirg at the University of Massachusetts. Textbooks can cost students $1,200 a year. He and other students and librarians at the university are hoping that students will pressure their professors to adopt open source […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 25 February 2015 | 12:58 pm

HistoricPlacesLA Catalogues Over 25,000 of L.A.’s Most Significant Buildings and Sites

Posted in News“As the head of the City of Los Angeles’s historic preservation program, I’m amazed that I still sometimes get puzzled questions from people who think L.A. has no past. “Historic preservation in Los Angeles? Do you really have anything historic to preserve?” Yes, it’s true that Los Angeles came of age later than most of […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 25 February 2015 | 11:00 am

Remarkable Lessons In Innovation From A Public Library

Posted in News“There are two ways to run a public library in a small town: the traditional way, or the Maxine Bleiweis way. For the past 17 years, Maxine has been the director of The Westport Library in our suburban town of 27,000 people. In her hands, the library hasn’t just been a place to get books. It’s […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 25 February 2015 | 10:56 am

HOMELESS PEOPLE NEED LIBRARIES, AND LIBRARIES NEED THEM, TOO

Posted in News“Jeffery Bailey spends nearly every day at his public library. It’s not just that he loves books. For the 43-year-old who sleeps in a tent outside a local church, the library is pretty much the only place he can go that won’t charge him to provide safety, warmth, useful services and entertainment. Many public libraries […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 24 February 2015 | 4:07 pm

Libraries Are Concerned About the Lack of New e-books in the Kindle Format

Posted in News“Libraries all over the US have expressed concern to Good e-Reader that the vast majority of new e-book titles from Overdrive are not available in the Kindle format.  The few books that have been made available are from small presses and not major publishers.  Is this something to be worried about? Overdrive has the largest […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 24 February 2015 | 7:37 am

Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right

Posted in News“Frank Schembari loves books — printed books. He loves how they smell. He loves scribbling in the margins, underlining interesting sentences, folding a page corner to mark his place. Schembari is not a retiree who sips tea at Politics and Prose or some other bookstore. He is 20, a junior at American University, and paging […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 February 2015 | 7:37 pm

Springer partners with Copyright Clearance Center

Posted in News“Springer has partnered with Copyright Clearance Center (CCC) on a new solution enabling corporate life sciences researchers to perform text and data mining (TDM) quickly and easily across publishers. As one of the first publishers to sign onto the service, Springer will offer a significant portion of its full-text article content through the CCC service […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 February 2015 | 2:00 pm

In a country like Britain, obsessed with the now, libraries are a political battleground

Posted in News“Relative to our basic understanding of what a city’s main library ought to provide, it seems mind-boggling: 240,000 works of non-fiction, quietly taken from the shelves, and either given to other institutions or handed to a local company which “buy, recycle and find a second life” for old library stock – a polite formulation for […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 February 2015 | 10:09 am

Missoula: State’s busiest library out of shelf, storage space

Posted in News“Space, funding and parking are three of the issues the Missoula Public Library is looking at in the design and construction of its future home. The library recently put out a request for qualifications for architects to apply to be the firm chosen to design a new complex that will be built at the site […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 February 2015 | 7:51 am

Berkley or Berkeley? Library scores misspelled buttons

Posted in News“When two cities have nearly identical names, mix-ups are bound to happen. But for the city of Berkley’s Public Library, a decade-old mistake by a library on the west coast turned into a pretty sweet deal. The Oakland County library received a batch of buttons from the Berkeley Public Library, located in Berkeley, Calif., after […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 February 2015 | 7:50 am

Detroit’s Frederick Douglass Library to get new technology

Posted in News“If you’re reading this column, then you know how much I love reading and books and libraries — as much as I now love gadgets and iPhones and computers. So it’s great news that the Detroit Public Library, which the economy pummeled into closing two branches in the last three years, is expanding services in […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 February 2015 | 7:47 am

Newly renovated BPL central library unveiled

Posted in News“A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held Saturday to open the Boston Public Library’s newly renovated central library. The library’s first floor now features special new areas for children and teenagers. “It shows our commitment to the youth of the city, of the future, and how we’re going to help them grow, learn and expand their opportunities,” […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 23 February 2015 | 7:46 am

Someone is Trying to Save You From Awful Books at the Boston Public Library

Posted in News“February is Library Lovers’ Month, a time of year when you would expect bookworms to cuddle up in warmly lit bookstack nooks and whisper (literally whisper, this is the library we’re talking about) sweet nothings into the pages of their beloved novels. But those who visit the Boston Public Library’s “BiblioCommons” portal, which hosts user-generated […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 20 February 2015 | 8:41 am

Howard University Fills in Wikipedia’s Gaps in Black History

Posted in News“Wikipedia is a vast ocean of erudition, with entries on virtually every subject, obscure to earth-shattering, and, it may seem, every human being of even vague renown. It is also, its leaders concede, very white. “The stereotype of a Wikipedia editor is a 30-year-old white man, and so most of the articles written are about […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 20 February 2015 | 8:33 am

Traveling librarians promote literacy throughout Salt Lake City

Posted in News“Since 2011, local librarian Liesl Johnson has been fighting in the trenches of early childhood literacy. “In order to really bolster early literacy in our community, we needed to do more than just provide resources and programs within our walls,” said Johnson, who serves as the Salt Lake City Public Library System’s director of children […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 20 February 2015 | 8:29 am

OBAMA GETS UPDATE ON SEARCH FOR PRESIDENTIAL LIBRARY SITE

Posted in News“President Barack Obama is getting an update about the competition to pick a site for his future presidential library. Obama stopped by his family’s home on Chicago’s South Side while in town to designate a national monument and campaign for Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s re-election.” (via The Associated Press)Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 February 2015 | 7:16 pm

New IMLS Data Catalog Enables Creative Use of Library, Museum, Administrative Datasets

Posted in News“The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) announces the launch of data.imls.gov, its open data catalog site. This new resource puts IMLS data—comprising agency data such as grants administration and data about museums, libraries, and related organizations—at the fingertips of researchers, developers, and interested members of the public who want to dig deeper.” (via […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 February 2015 | 2:56 pm

Millburn High School librarian juggles print, digital offerings

Posted in News“With 30,000 print titles and 20,000 digital titles at the Millburn High School library, students and staff need some guidance.Enter high school librarian LaDawna Harrington.At Millburn High School, she has been guiding students and staff through the library’s vast collection, which she has worked to increase during her five years with the district.A part-time lecturer […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 19 February 2015 | 8:51 am

British Library Expanding Its Endangered Archives Online

Posted in News“At a moment when libraries and archives in the Middle East face threats of damage and destruction from war and ideology, the British Library has announced that it has now made four million images from its Endangered Archives program available online. The initiative, established in 2004 and supported by the Arcadia Fund, has so far […]Leave a Comment

Posted by on 17 February 2015 | 1:04 pm