July 29, 2014

Innovative Interfaces Acquires Polaris Library Systems

From today’s press release:

Innovative, a global leader in library technology, announced today that it has acquired Polaris Library Systems, a leading provider of technology to public libraries in the U.S. The combined companies will be led by Innovative CEO Kim Massana.

Telluride, Colorado: Library Board Terminates Director Barb Brattin

From The Watch (Telluride): The Wilkinson Public Library Board of Trustees voted to terminate executive director Barbara Brattin on Thursday. In addition, the board voted to begin seeking an interim library director, whose duties will include managing day-to-day library operations and helping the board conduct a search for a permanent replacement for Brattin. Three of […]

Florida: Miami-Dade County May Shutter 42 Public Libraries, Lay Off 260 Employees

 UPDATE July 14 The Miami Herald has removed the story and url from their web site without any info or explanation as to why it was taken oofline, . We’ve changed the links to a cached copy of the article that’s available via the Google cache. The story is also available via the Bing and […]

Skip Prichard Named CEO and President of OCLC, Will Take Over July 1

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Skip Prichard was named the next President and CEO of OCLC, effective July 1. (In the meantime, he will serve as President-elect, effective June 3.) Prichard will succeed Jay Jordan, who will retire June 30, after 15 years as OCLC President and CEO.

Prichard most recently served as President and CEO of Ingram Content Group, a position he left just shy of a year ago, saying he’d met the goals he came to achieve. Previously, he was President and CEO of ProQuest Information and Learning, a position he vacated after the business was sold to Cambridge Information Group in 2007.

IMLS Announces Recipients of 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

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From the Institute for Museum and Library Services: The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the recipients of the 2013 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community and celebrates institutions that make a difference for […]

Help Write the Open Data Directory, Six Days Remain to Share Your Comments

From EPSI Platform (European Public Sector Information Platform): The World Wide Web Foundation promotes building a global directory of open data references and related information resources. The Open Data Directory (ODD) will host a variety of resources, such as: use cases, case studies, stories and anecdotes, methodologies, strategies, business cases, papers, reports, articles, blog posts, training […]

No Paywall: The New York Times to Offer Free Unlimited Access to Online Video

From The NY Times: The New York Times announced that beginning today it will offer unlimited access to video (NYTimes.com/video) on NYTimes.com, on the mobile Web site (m.nytimes.com) and on mobile applications, to all users regardless of their subscription status. Courtesy of Acura and Microsoft, video views will not count against the 10-article per month limit […]

University of Iowa Libraries and Provost Office Launches Open Access Publishing Fund

From the Iowa City Press-Citizen: [Last] week, the Office of the Provost and UI Libraries established a $50,000 fund to cover researchers’ publication fees for open access journals, which can be as much as $3,000. Library officials say it will be an annual fund. [Clip] When researchers publish in an open access journal, they’re charged […]

USC Libraries and School of Dramatic Arts Collaborate on Series of “Flash Plays” to Showcase Role of Libraries in Discovery

Here’s something we haven’t seen before in the library world. From the University of Southern California (USC) Libraries: The USC Libraries have begun a collaboration with USC School of Dramatic Arts professor Oliver Mayer to showcase the essential role of libraries in discovery and the creative arts through an upcoming series of flash plays. The […]

Video: Harvard’s Jonathan Zittrain Talks About H2O, Adaptable Digital Textbook Project

H2O, Adaptable Digital Textbook Project is a project from the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) with support from the Harvard Library Lab. From the H2O Web Site H2O is a suite of online classroom tools developed and provided by the Berkman Center for Internet & Society in collaboration with the Harvard Law School […]