December 16, 2017

The Number of American Homes With Only Wireless Telephones Continues to Grow

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New data about the use of wireless telephones in the U.S. from the latest National Health Interview Survey data from the Center for Disease Control. From the Report: Preliminary results from the January–June 2013 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) indicate that  the number of American homes with only wireless telephones continues to grow. Two in […]

Rhode Island: Providence Public Library Appoints New Executive Director

From the Providence Public Library: The Providence Public Library (PPL) Board of Trustees has announced the appointment of H. Jack Martin, MLIS, as the Library’s next Executive Director upon the retirement of current Library Director Dale Thompson.  Martin will begin on January 13, 2014. Martin comes to the private, independent PPL with diverse library experiences […]

Many Public Libraries in Georgia to See Reduction in Funding

From The Daily Tribune News (Cartersville, GA): Beginning July 2014, the Bartow County Library System, along with two dozen other library systems across the state, will see a reduction in its local funding formula based on recommendations from the Georgia Public Library Service under its board of regents. For Bartow, this means a projected loss […]

Maine: A Look at Some of the Non-Traditional Items Users Can Borrow at Libraries Around the State

From the Portland Press Herald: Maine has at least 10 public libraries expanding the idea of what a library can loan to card holders – art prints, American Girl dolls, volleyball and croquet sets, ukuleles, fishing poles, telescopes, sheet music, binoculars, backpacks, energy auditing tools and GPS equipment. Many have added the non-literary items in […]

A New Issue of Information Technology and Libraries (32.4) is Now Online

The latest issue of Information Technology and Libraries (Vol 32 No 4) is now available online. ITAL is published by the Library & Information Technology Association (LITA) of the American Library Association. Table of Contents President’s Message Cindi Trainor Editor’s Comments Robert Gerrity Editorial Board Thoughts: The Promise of Immersive Libraries Jerome Yavarkovsky Articles That […]

Amazon’s Kindle Owners’ Lending Library Now Offers Access to 475,000 eBooks

Today, in a roundup of 2013 accomplishments Amazon.com notes that the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library (KOLL) now offers access to more than 475,000 full text ebooks for U.S. customers. One year ago KOLL provided access to approx. 250,000 ebook titles. When KOLL launched in early November 2011 approx. 5,000 titles were available. If you’re unaware of […]

Japan: A Brief Look at the National Diet Library’s Digital Collection and Service for Information Access

The National Diet Library (NDL), Japan’s National Library, has shared highlights from an October presentation at the OCLC Asia Pacific Regional Council 5th Membership Conference in Bangkok. The highlights appear in the December 2013 issue of the NDL Newsletter (in English). The presentation was given by Naoko Harai, a member of the NDL’s Acquisitions and Bibliography Department […]

Fast Facts and Stats About the 2013 Holiday Season

Happy Holidays! Here are a few highlights from a roundup of fast facts and stats provided by the U.S. Census. If you visit the web page each statistic listed includes a link to the source. 13.9% The estimated percentage of total 2012 sales for department stores (including leased departments) in December. For jewelry stores, the estimated […]

Report from Harvard’s Library Test Kitchen 2013 Open House

Note: We’ve shared a few items about the “Library Test Kitchen” (an advanced seminar at the Harvard Graduate School of Design) earlier this year and also about one year ago. Links to these posts are found at the bottom of this post. The following report provides a look at some of the student projects that were featured […]

Arizona: Pima County Public Library Doubles Funding for Digital Media

From the Arizona Daily Star: The Pima County Public Library [Tucson area] is doubling down on its bet on the popularity of e-books. It has recently doubled its $600,000 budget for electronic media, including digital versions of books that can be read on Amazon Kindles, Apple iPads and other digital devices. The $1.26 million figure, […]