October 24, 2014

Adding Transparency to the Ebook Transaction

During September 2011, Overdrive announced that some of the ebooks it provided would be accessible on Kindle devices. This was a big moment in the history of ebooks and libraries. It was something that the library community wanted. However, with the increased access came privacy concerns. Amazon.com would, due to the way the system was […]

ALA Election Results: Young Wins President, Gonzalez Treasurer; Dues Measure Passes by Wide Margin

According to an ALA press release, “Young received 5,391 votes, while Immroth received 5,029 votes.” Meanwhile, a measure to allow ALA to increase dues in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) without explicit member approval also passed.

Presentations From “E-books in Libraries: A Global Question of Survival?” Seminar Now Online

Here are links to number of interesting presentations from the “E-books in Libraries: A Global Question of Survival?” seminar that took place in London on February 21, 2013.  This event was co-sponsored by IFLA MLAS (Management of Library Associations Committee) and CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals) and featured presentations by experts about the ebook situation […]

All Electronic: A Minnesota School Library Gets Rid of Entire Book Collection

From the The Star Tribune (Minneapolis): The school library inside Benilde-St. Margaret’s junior and senior high is now nearly barren of books. [Clip] But the tall stacks of 5,000 books that towered in the main room last school year are gone. Teachers brought a few into classrooms, but most were donated to schools in Africa. […]

JSTOR Adds “Institution Finder” Tool to Help Users On the Go

The Institution Finder is located on JSTOR’s public login page on the web. This video below explains how it works. It’s a simple resource that has the potential to save users time and aggravation. We like! Kudos JSTOR.

Yale Law School’s Legal Scholarship Repository Passes One Million Downloads

Congrats and kudos to the Goldman Library staff. From the Lillian Goldman Law Library (Yale Law School): We’ve reached a milestone in library this morning: we have had over a million downloads of legal scholarship from our repository.  The repository currently contains over 4,000 articles from faculty and students, and it features special collections, such […]

New Report From OCLC Research: “Print Management at ‘Mega-scale’: a Regional Perspective on Print Book Collections in North America”

Released today by OCLC Research. Title Print Management at “Mega-scale”: a Regional Perspective on Print Book Collections in North America Authors Brian Lavoie, OCLC Research Constance Malpas, OCLC Research JD Shipengrover, OCLC Research Summary The report, Print Management at “Mega-Scale”: A Regional Perspective on Print Book Collections in North America, provides insight into the characteristics […]

Takin’ it To the Streets! A Look at Mexico City’s “Book Truck” Art Library

From GOOD: Local arts nonprofit Alumnos47 has converted a Freightliner M2 20K truck into a 215 square-foot mobile library with the capacity for 1,500 books on visual art and culture. Designed by architecture firm PRODUCTORA, this bibliophile’s dream emerged out of a project the foundation was working on for years: a brick and mortar public library in the […]

Louisiana: A New Orleans Weekly Says, “Save the Libraries” in New Editorial

From Gambit New Orleans: Last week, Mayor Mitch Landrieu, flanked by city officials and Charles Brown, city librarian and executive director of the New Orleans Public Library, reopened the Algiers Regional Library, which had been closed since Hurricane Katrina. It was the fifth library opened by the city in the last four months, the others […]

Public Libraries: The Seattle Times Publishes Editorial on Library Funding

From The Seattle Times: A seven-year Seattle Library Levy is the wrong way to pay for an essential day-to-day service. Free public libraries are an essential service. They are about reading, which is about education, personal achievement, and democracy. Because libraries are such good things, they should not be offered up to voters in politically […]