July 29, 2014

Roundup: Toronto Public Library Workers Go On Strike

The Toronto Public Library is the busiest urban library system in the world. (Fast Facts About TPL) More than 2300 library workers belong to the union. Statements From the Toronto Public Library Workers Union: Toronto Public Library Workers call strike after Library Board fails to offer fair deal (via TPLWU) TPLWU 4948 on Twitter From […]

Reference: New Orleans: Online Tool Allows Research of French Quarter Properties

From The New Orleans Times-Picayune: The Historic New Orleans Collection has unveiled a new online tool for researching information on all French Quarter properties. The Collins C. Diboll Vieux Carré Digital Survey, available at www.hnoc.org/vcs/, is an electronic version of the Vieux Carré Survey, which has information on every block of the French Quarter, including […]

"E-Readers Grow; Libraries Can't Get Many Titles"

From the San Francisco Chronicle: “If we’re not allowed to have access to or even allowed the ability to purchase that broad array of titles, what does that mean for the longevity of the library?” asked Trent Garcia, electronic resources librarian for the San Francisco Public Library. “What is our role if we don’t have […]

Egypt's National Library Seeks to Improve Access to Information

From Ahram Online: The National Library and Archives (NLA) recently announced plans to modernise the administration of the Egyptian National Library and improve access to information countrywide. [Clip] Firstly, the NLA aims to bring all of Egypt’s libraries under the National Library’s umbrella within a four-year period, along with standardising regulations governing all library operations. […]

New York Public Library Deems Print Encyclopedias 'Relevant' in Digital Age

From WNYC Radio: As reference materials continue to move online, the New York Public Library will continue to keep print versions of the World Book Encyclopedia in all its 87 branch libraries, which are found in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island. “We definitely think it’s relevant for certain groups of users,” said Denise Hibay, […]