September 2, 2014

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.

California’s Califa Consortium Expanding eBook Project, Content and Publishing Tools from Smashwords in the Works

From an Article by Library Journal Exec. Editor (News and Features, Michael Kelley): The San Mateo-based Califa Group, which is the largest library network in California, has made major strides in its project to create an ebook ownership model along the same lines as the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado. Califa has substantially increased its […]

Video: The New European Library Goes Live

Here’s a new 2:30 introductory video released today by The European Library.

New Issue Alert: Research Library Issues (June 2012): Special Collections in the Digital Age

This issue features four “significant documents” assembled by the ARL Working Group on Transforming Special Collections in the the Digital Age. They are, “to serve as a community toolkit for navigating some of the decisions involved in expanding access to special collections via digitization.” Direct to Full Text of Pre-Publication Version of Research Library Issues […]

Jack Blount Will NOT be Joining OCLC as New Pres/CEO, Jay Jordan Will Postpone Retirement

UPDATE (9:20 PM): OCLC has released an official statement about tonight’s news. It doesn’t provide much more info (vs. what’s posted below) about why Jack Blount will not take over as president/CEO of OCLC and Jay Jordan will postpone his retirement. The OCLC Board of Trustees believes Mr. Jordan’s strong track record, his skills as […]

ALA Releases 2012 Public Library Funding & Technology Access Study (With Maps & Infographic)

From the ALA Announcement/Summary: More Americans than ever turn to their libraries for access to essential technology services, with 62 percent of libraries reporting that they are the only provider of free computer and Internet access in their community. More than 60 percent of libraries report increased public use of computers and Wi-Fi over the […]

Substance Abuse Librarians Raise the Alarm as Libraries Continue to Close

From a News Release: Members of the Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists (SALIS) are calling for urgent action to halt the closure of specialist libraries and databases, before valuable resources and expertise are lost forever. Since SALIS started actively campaigning against the closure of alcohol, tobacco and other drug (ATOD) libraries and databases eight […]

International Collaboration Will Develop Open Repository For Academic Library Electronic Resources Data

From JISC: Kuali OLE, one of the largest academic library software collaborations in the United States, and JISC, the UK’s expert on digital technologies for education and research, announce a collaboration that will make data about e-resources—such as publication and licensing information—more easily available. Together, Kuali OLE and JISC will develop an international open data […]

IMLS Awards $50,000 to the Public Library Association to Prototype a Summer Reading App

From IMLS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced a planning grant of $50,000 to the Public Library Association (PLA), a division of the American Library Association. This National Leadership Grant will aid in the development of a “summer reading app” for mobile devices by the summer of 2013. [Clip] “Research shows […]

New White Paper and Podcast from ACRL: “Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits”

From an ACRL Announcement: The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released a white paper, “Connect, Collaborate, and Communicate: A Report from the Value of Academic Libraries Summits,” which reports on two invitational summits supported by a National Leadership Collaborative Planning Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The white paper […]