November 24, 2014

Columbus Metropolitan Library Announces New Position To Work With Area Schools

An impressive commitment from CEO Pat Losinski and the entire team at CML. Kudos! From 10TV.com: On the same day the state released school report card data, the Columbus Metropolitan Libraries announced a new position designed to “help ensure that students have the resources to succeed outside of the classroom.” CML officials announced Thursday the […]

New York City: NYC School Librarians Hold Protest to Protect Jobs

UPDATED: More About The NYC School Librarian Story in an Article by School Library Journal’s, Karyn Peterson. See: Educators, Parents Fight NYC Bid to Bypass State Mandate for School Librarians New York City’s librarians, teachers, and parents are prepping for a major battle with the city’s Department of Education (DOE) on the heels of the […]

Miami-Dade Reduces Number of Libraries on Chopping Block to Four But Major Layoffs Still Expected

From the Miami Herald: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez, who last month warned that 22 of the county’s 49 public libraries could be shut down this fall due to deep budget cuts, announced Thursday that his administration now expects to shutter only four. [Our emphasis]  The dramatic reduction, while welcome news to library supporters who have […]

School Libraries: Children’s Ebooks Published by Hachette Coming to Follett

Note: Today’s announcement from Follett (below) follows news from last week that the company is also partnering with Random House for children’s ebooks. From Follet: Follett today announced a partnership with U.S. trade publisher Hachette Book Group (HBG) to provide preK-12 school libraries and students expanded access to popular children’s titles in an ebook lending format […]

eBooks For School Libraries: Follett Announces Partnership With Random House

Follett will offer new and popular titles from Random House to the school library market. From a Follett News Release: Follett’s ebook customers are now able to purchase Random House ebooks and lend them to students. The partnership gives librarians the opportunity to enhance their collections with many of the most sought-after titles, such as […]

Coming Later This Year: Bing Launching “Bing For Schools”, New Version of Search Site Tailored to Students, Educators

From a Bing Blog Announcement: Starting later this year, Bing For Schools  will offer schools in the U.S. the option to tailor the Bing experience for K-12 students by removing all advertisements from search results, enhancing privacy protections and the filtering of adult content, and adding specialized learning features to enhance digital literacy. The program is completely […]

Follett Launches $50 Million Education-Focused Venture Fund

From Follett: Follett Corporation today announced the establishment of the Follett Knowledge Fund, a capital funding source for new technologies that have the potential to improve and even disrupt the way educational content is delivered and consumed. Follett has committed $50 million to the fund, which complements and extends the company’s extensive portfolio of digital solutions and tools.

Rebecca T. Miller Named Editorial Director of Library Journals

Rebecca T. Miller

Rebecca T. Miller, Editor-in-Chief of School Library Journal, has accepted the position of Editorial Director of Library Journals, effective immediately. She will serve as Editor-in-Chief for both Library Journal and School Library Journal. Michael Kelley, previously Editor-in-Chief of LJ, is no longer with the company. Please submit LJ news and feature queries to Executive Editor Josh Hadro at jhadro@mediasourceinc.com.

“Young Adult Book Discovery Start-up Evoke Wins First Publishing Hackathon”

From Digital Book World (w/ Additional Links): More than 200 digital book entrepreneurs competed in the hackathon and the winner was announced today at Book Expo America after a final round in which each company was given six minutes to pitch its idea to a panel of technology experts. The Publishing Hackathon attracted 200 people in […]

Connecticut House of Representatives Unanimously Passes Bill to Study Library Access to Ebooks, Legislation Now Moves to State Senate

House Bill 5614 (An Act Cocerning Ebooks and Libraries) passes Connecticut House of Representatives. Bill now heads to Senate. From the AP: The state House of Representatives voted Tuesday 143-0 to pass a bill requiring the commissioner of consumer protection to report to the General Assembly on the issue by Feb 1. The bill, which […]