October 17, 2017

Public Library News Roundup: 28 Stories From 16 States and 2 Provinces

Here’s a selection of recent public library news reports from around the U.S. and Canada since we shared our last roundup two weeks ago. Alabama Gardendale library seeks funding for new books, additional employees (via AL.com) Alberta Edmonton Public Library Extends Outreach Workers Project British Columbia Vernon: Possibly library cuts a concern (via The Morning […]

Cool! Video of “Listen to Wikipedia” Installation in the NCSU Hunt Library Immersion Theater

A new video from the James B. Hunt Library at North Carolina St. University. View the “Listen to Wikipedia” video wall and see the mobile web app in action. Blurb Wikipedia has never sounded so good! This video shows how users can interact with the Listen to Wikipedia app at the James B. Hunt Jr. […]

Michigan St. University: “MSU Library Looks to New Services, Technology, Despite Problems”

From The State News (MSU Student Newspaper): Newer services, resources and collections have allowed the library to serve a wider variety of student needs, but a lack of more usable space and specialized staff might be barring the library from reaching its full potential, Director of Libraries Cliff Haka said. Haka added he believes MSU […]

UK: Four Higher Ed Funding Bodies Publish New Policy For Open Access in Post-2014 Research Excellence Framework

From the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE): The policy describes new eligibility requirements for outputs submitted to the post-2014 REF. These requirements apply to all journal articles and conference proceedings accepted for publication after 1 April 2016. They do not apply to monographs, other long-form publications, creative or non-text outputs, or data. The […]

New Reference Resource: TuitionTracker, Database With College Cost Info For More 3,700 U.S. Colleges and Universities

This searchable reference database was released earlier this month by The Dallas Morning News and its partners, The Hechinger Report and the Education Writers Association. Direct to Tuition Tracker From The Dallas Morning News: The Tuition Tracker online tool at www.tuitiontracker.org shows the net price by income group for a year of school at more than 3,700 U.S. […]

Edmonton Public Library Extends Outreach Workers Project

From MetroNews.ca Downtown has them but soon five more Edmonton Public libraries will have access to the three outreach workers who have helped individuals at Stanley L. Milner for the last three years. Edmonton Public Library officials announced Thursday their outreach workers who work with at-risk individuals accessing the library will extend their service to […]

Syracuse.com Talks With ALA President and Syracuse U. Professor, Barbara Stripling

Stripling talks about the importance of libraries, books, reading, and The Declaration for the Right to Libraries in a new Syracuse.com/Post-Standard article titled, “Syracuse educator at forefront of national charge: ‘Libraries change lives’” From the Article (approx 1000 words): As a child, Stripling and her sister read everything they could from a library bookmobile that […]

Serials: “Print Isn’t Dead After All; Mags Record Upbeat Quarter”

From Crain’s NY Business (via Google Cache): The struggles of print media are far from over, but the first quarter of 2014 has been a particularly upbeat period for the magazine business, and not just because 35 titles launched, compared with 23 in the same quarter a year ago. Observers were also impressed by the […]

The Cost of Open Access Publishing: Wellcome Trust Publishes Progress Report

From The Wellcome Trust Blog: The Wellcome Trust recently published details of how much it spent on open access publishing in the year 2012-2013 in an attempt to make the debate around the costs of open access publishing more evidence-based. The data we released fuelled much discussion online and Robert Kiley, Head Digital Services at […]

Der Spiegel: “The Digital Paradox: How Copyright Laws Keep E-Books Locked Up”

The following article was published online by Der Spiegel The English version (below) appears on the Der Spiegel International web site. From the Article: It is a paradox: Books that traveled around the world via interlibrary loan in the 20th century paper era are safeguarded locally in the Internet age. Indeed, it is the sheer […]