October 23, 2017

Washington: No Library Card? No Problem, If You’re A Tacoma Middle School Or High School Student

From the The News Tribune (Tacoma, WA): Teen services librarian Sara Sunshine Holloway was tired of telling kids “no.” Often, she said, students would come to the Tacoma Public Library for an event or program. They’d get excited about the library, and ask to check out a book or CD. But without a library card, […]

Facilities: “Edmonton Library Hoping For Support In Budget Deliberations”

Note: The Edmonton Public Library was the Gale/Library Journal 2014 Library of the Year. From the Edmonton Sun: Edmonton’s best-read 50-year-old could be getting a faceilft if a proposed capital budget amendment is passed next week, but a total overhaul could take more than just city dollars. “Stanley Milner Library is nearly 50 years old […]

Canada: Ryerson University Library and Archives Releases Findings From Laptop Lending Study

Ryerson University is located in Toronto. From The Eyeopener: The Ryerson University Library and Archives (RULA) has released the results of 2013 study into its laptop lending program. The three main themes of the survey questions were why and how students are using the laptop lending program, feedback on the current program, and students interest […]

Improvements Needed: A Visit to Cambodia’s National Library

From The Phnom Penh Post: As part of agreements to join ASEAN, the government has committed to improvements, but can it bring the National Library into the 21st century? Approaching Cambodia’s National Library is an impressive reminder of the beauty of Phnom Penh’s architectural heritage. Built on a large patch of land to the west […]

A Brief Look at Digital Content Available From Utah’s Public Libraries

From The Salt Lake Tribune In 2011, Utah’s public libraries offered a collective total of 111,670 ebooks and audiobooks, according to data collected by the Utah State Library. By 2013, that number had grown to include more than 1 million audiobook and ebook titles. “Utahns have increasingly relied on digital resources to answer day to […]

New Online: New York City Municipal Archives Digitizes Materials From Early Colonial “New Amsterdam” (1647-1674) Collections

From the New York City Municipal Archive: The Municipal Archives has digitized early colonial collections. Ordinances drawn from the Records of New Amsterdam for the period 1647-1661 and their corresponding translations are now available at archives.nyc Digitizing the records and posting them online are the first steps in making the City Archives more accessible. These […]

National Library of New Zealand Acquires Copy of the World’s Largest Atlas

From The Dominion Post: The book, World, is so big that it arrived at the Alexander Turnbull Library in a crate weighing more than a quarter of a tonne. Two people are needed to turn a page of the book, of which only 31 have been made. The original plates were destroyed, meaning no more […]

New Library with Focus on Continuing Education and Training Opens in Singapore

From TodayOnline.com: A new library focused on Continuing Education and Training (CET) – a collaboration between the Singapore Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the National Library Board (NLB) – was launched. [Clip] Presently, the LLiBrary features a specifically collection of 8,000 physical non-fiction books, 30 periodical titles and more than 200 audio-visual materials that are […]

Statistical Report: “Measuring the Information Society”, New Edition of ITU Report Online

From the ITU (International Telecommunication Union): Over three billion people are now online and information and communication technology (ICT) growth remains buoyant in just about every country worldwide, according to ITU’s flagship annual Measuring the Information Society Report. The report is widely recognized as the repository of the world’s most reliable and impartial global data […]

Plans to Refocus Canadian Library Association on Leadership in Library Values, Research and Advocacy Enacted

From a CLA Announcement: Today, CLA’s Executive Council enacted plans to restructure the Association for long term sustainability and to better meet the needs of its members. After an extensive strategic review, CLA will be refocused on leadership in library values, research and advocacy. In order to accomplish these objectives, CLA made a number of […]