August 24, 2016

Reference: History: Smuggled Diplomatic Diaries From Dawn Of Cold War To Be Made Freely Available Online

From the University of Lincoln (UK): An extraordinary collection of diplomatic diaries smuggled from Moscow to Paris as Communism swept across the East almost 70 years ago will be digitized and made freely available online for the first time. The writings of Fu Bingchang (1895-1965), China’s ambassador to the USSR from 1943-49, offer a remarkable […]

13 Oversized Hand-Colored Prints by John James Audubon Donated to University of Utah’s Marriott Library

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From Fox Salt Lake City: Thirteen over-sized, hand-colored prints by American Artist John James Audubon were donated to the school’s J. Willard Marriott Library. “It has a vitality that’s rare,” said Todd Samuelson, the assistant director of special collections at the library. “It has a vitality that’s rare,” said Todd Samuelson, the assistant director of […]

Report: “Philadelphia Libraries to Get $600 Million Makeover Courtesy of Mayor Kenney’s New Plan”

From The Daily Pennsylvanian: With the help of Mayor Jim Kenney’s massive $600 million plan to restore Philadelphia’s public libraries, recreation centers and parks, these libraries will finally begin to find new life, according to a March 14 Philadelphia Inquirer article. Kenney hopes to fund this plan by selling $300 million in bonds, along with […]

New Research Article: “Content Volatility of Scientific Topics in Wikipedia: A Cautionary Tale”

Published yesterday on PLOS One. Title Content Volatility of Scientific Topics in Wikipedia: A Cautionary Tale Authors Adam M. Wilson University at Buffalo Gene E. Likens University of Connecticut Source PLOS One Published: August 14, 2015 10.1371/journal.pone.0134454 Abstract Wikipedia has quickly become one of the most frequently accessed encyclopedic references, despite the ease with which […]

Ian Singer, VP and Group Publisher, to Depart Media Source (Owner of LJ, SLJ, and The Horn Book)

Here’s the full text of an announcement we just received from MediaSource, parent/publisher of Library Journal, School Library Journal and The Horn Book. Media Source, Inc., has announced that Ian Singer is leaving his position as Vice President & Group Publisher, Library Journals, LLC & The Horn Book, Inc., as of August 28. During his […]

Candidates: Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe and Sara Gaar Laughlin Will Vie For 2017-18 ALA Presidency

Here’s the ALA announcement that includes brief bios of each candidate. Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor and coordinator for information literacy services and instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Sara Gaar Laughlin, retired director of the Monroe County Public Library in Bloomington, Indiana, are the candidates for the 2017-18 presidency of the American […]

Canada: The Windsor Public Library’s Espresso Book Machine Has Produced 10,699 Books in Three Years

From The Windsor Star: [Sue] Perry runs the main library’s self-publishing Espresso Book Machine which has produced 10,699 books in three years and she hopes to be even busier delivering professionally-bound paperback books into the hands of local authors. Windsor was the first public library in Canada to install such a machine in 2012 so […]

ALA Opens Nominations For 2015 I Love My Librarian Award

From the American Library Association: The American Library Association (ALA) asks library users to nominate librarians that have transformed lives and communities through education and lifelong learning for its coveted 2015 I Love My Librarian Award. The award invites library users nationwide to recognize the public service of exceptional public, school, college, community college or […]

Nominations For 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Now Open

From IMLS (Institute For Museum and Library Services): Each year, the Institute of Museum and Library Services presents select museums and libraries with the nation’s highest honor, the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.  IMLS is now accepting nominations for the 2016 award which recognizes libraries and museums that make significant and exceptional contributions […]