September 5, 2015

Roundup: Computer Equipment Failure Makes Some Library of Congress Online Services Unavailable For About a Week

From The Washington Post: The computer failures at the Library of Congress that have crippled the U.S. Copyright Office since last week also have shut down the electronic services of the National Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. That office’s Braille and Recorded Books, or BARD service, has not worked since Tuesday, preventing thousands […]

In Wales, SirsiDynix Awarded Contract To Build a National Library Management System For Public Libraries

From the Welsh Government: A single library card across Wales would mean users could borrow and return books in any library across the country. It would also open up access for people to take advantage of free computer use in libraries no matter where in the country they are and create a national e-books and […]

Sound Recordings: Dallas Central Library is Selling Part of Its 38,000-Piece Record Collection”

From the Dallas Observer: When Heather Lowe came to Dallas a little over a year ago to work at the J. Erik Jonsson Central Library, she realized she was sitting on a gold mine. While the Dallas Public Library system had taken on a series of budget cuts over the years, one thing had remained […]

New Full Text Report/Data From ACT: “The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015″

From ACT: U.S. high school graduates continue to make little progress in college and career readiness, according to The Condition of College & Career Readiness 2015, the latest annual student readiness report from ACT. The report, based on data from a record 1.9 million ACT-tested students—nearly 60 percent of the 2015 U.S. graduating class—shows very […]

Milestones: 43% of Articles Published by MIT Faculty Since Open Access Policy Adopted Available in Institutional Repository

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From MIT Libraries: A new milestone was reached in collecting articles under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy : 43% of the articles published by faculty since they adopted their Policy are now being shared through the Open Access Articles Collection in Dspace@MIT. As of the end of July 2015, downloads of the 17,400 articles deposited […]

Policy Issues: “Library Groups Seek to Support FCC in Net Neutrality Case”

From Associations Now: On Tuesday, the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies [COSLA] filed a motion seeking permission to file an amicus brief in support of the FCC in U.S. Telecom Association v. Federal Communications Commission, the primary case challenging […]

“EFF Asks Court on Behalf of Libraries and Booksellers to Recognize Readers’ Right to Be Free of NSA’s Online Surveillance”

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: It should be no surprise that libraries and bookstores—the places where you can go pick up a copy of 1984 or Darkness at Noon—are privacy hipsters. They’ve been fighting overbroad government surveillance since before it was cool. That’s why we’re proud to have filed an amicus brief on behalf of a […]

University of Iowa: “10,000 Zines and Counting: a Library’s Quest to Save the History of Fandom”

Note: The article includes a link to coverage of the project from Library Journal that was published a couple of months ago. infoDOCKET first posted about the U. of Iowa project in November 2014. From The Verge: The University of Iowa is home to almost a century of fandom history. Its library’s special collections house […]

Texas: Collin County Commissioners Vote to Eliminate County Funding For Public Library

From the Celina Record Collin County Commissioners met on August 13th to hammer out the 2016 budget. Celina Library staffers never imagined that their facility would be in the cross hairs. In a 3-2 vote, County Commissioners voted to eliminate all county funding for public libraries. This accounts for roughly 10% of the Celina library’s […]

The White House Announces Recipients of 2014 National Humanities Medal

From the National Endowment for the Humanities: The White House today announced the distinguished recipients of the 2014 National Humanities Medal. The awardees include historians, writers, a philosopher, scholar, preservationist, food activist and an education course. President Barack Obama will confer the medal in a September 10 ceremony in the East Room. The First Lady […]