April 23, 2014

UPDATED: Macmillan Announces Details of Library Lending Pilot

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Macmillan has announced initial details of its first foray into licensing trade ebooks to libraries, following a letter late last year from CEO John Sargent indicating the publisher’s intentions.

The details the Macmillan release:

The pilot program is set to launch before the end of first quarter in 2013. Under the agency model, and working with multiple distributors, Macmillan will offer over 1,200 backlist eBooks from its Minotaur Books mystery and crime fiction imprint, a part of the St. Martins Publishing Group. The titles cover all sub-categories of crime fiction from thrillers to cozies, hard-boiled crime to psychological suspense and include many award winners. Once purchased by a library, the titles will be available to them to lend for 2 years or 52 lends, whichever comes first. All of the books in the program will have the same digital list price.

Children Borrowing More Books From Japan’s School Libraries & More New Library Statistics

From Kyodo News Service (via The Japan Times): The number of books checked out by elementary school children from libraries nationwide reached a record average of 26 per child in fiscal 2010, the education ministry said. The increase from 18.8 per child in the previous survey in fiscal 2007 apparently reflects the trend of refraining […]

University of Calgary: Professor Teaches Librarians to Never Be Meek

From Macleans: Early on, professor Toni Samek asks her students this question: Is homelessness a library issue? Students entering the Master of Library and Information Studies program at the University of Alberta, where Samek has taught for 18 years, come from fields as diverse as nursing and law. They arrive not knowing what to expect. […]

Popular! Kentucky Public Libraries Had a Record Breaking 2011, 20 Million Library Visits & 30 Million Borrowed Items

From the AP: Kentucky’s public libraries reached new heights of popularity in 2011. For the first time, the libraries recorded more than 20 million visits by people who checked out more than 30 million books and other items from their collections, according to statistics from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives. Almost 2.5 million […]

Toronto Public Library Approves Plan to Begin Selling Advertisements, First Up Will Be Ads on Due-Date Slips

UPDATE: The plan that’s described in the post and primary document below was approved last night (February 27, 2012) by the Toronto Public Library Board. via Torontoist: At its meeting tonight, the TPL board will consider a proposal to create an advertising policy for Toronto’s libraries. The reason such a policy doesn’t already exist is […]

Arsonist Sets Pamphlets Ablaze in San Francisco Public Library Room for Blind, Print Disabled

From the The San Francisco Examiner: A man set fire to a stack of pamphlets in San Francisco’s main library branch in the unit block of Grove Street on Sunday, damaging cassette tapes, chairs and computers, police Sgt. Daryl Fong said. The fire alarm was triggered at 3:37 p.m. The fire was set in the […]

Florida: West Palm Beach Public Library Foundation Receives $5 Million Grant

From The Palm Beach Post: The West Palm Beach library foundation is receiving a $5 million grant from The Mandel Foundation, a Cleveland-based foundation whose primary priority funding areas include leadership, management of nonprofits, higher education, Jewish education and continuity, and urban neighborhood renewal. The library will be renamed the Mandel Public Library of West […]

New York: Yonkers Library Worker Admits Stealing $163,582, Faces Prison

From the LoHud.com: A former Yonkers library worker agreed Thursday to serve one to three years in state prison for stealing $163,582 out of the public library system over seven years. Margo Reed, 54, pleaded guilty in Westchester County court to second-degree grand larceny and filing a false tax return, both felonies. The plea satisfied […]

Fewer New Materials Mean Long Waits For D.C. Library Customers

From The Washington Examiner: Facing a dramatic slash to its book budget, the D.C. Public Library system is anticipating customer waits of up to six weeks for its popular materials if the D.C. Council does not restore funding next year. At an oversight hearing Wednesday conducted by Councilman Tommy Wells, about 50 library staff and […]

UK: Library Closures Inquiry Begins & Full Text of Public Inquiry Responses

From the BBC: MPs have begun hearing evidence at a Select Committee inquiry on library closures. The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has been requesting views on the service since November. [Clip] When MPs questioned whether libraries could compete with the technology of the 21st Century, Ms [Abigail] Barker [a member of Voices […]