July 23, 2014

33 Digitized Historic Audio and Video Recordings Added to Online Archive of California and Calisphere

From a California Digital Library Announcement: CDL is pleased to announce the recent addition of 33 digitized sound and video recordings to the Online Archive of California (OAC) and Calisphere, as part of a pilot project to investigate hosting and providing access to A/V media. These recordings were digitized by the California AudioVisual Preservation Project (CAVPP), […]

California: Merced County Library System Feels Budget Woes

From the Merced Sun-Star: The Merced County Library received about $433,000 in funding from the Merced Redevelopment Agency, which was abolished a year ago. Since the budget for fiscal year 2010-11 expired, state, federal and local aid for the county library system has fallen by nearly $1 million. [Clip] Cuts are nothing new to the […]

California: Saving Pomona Library May Prove Taxing

From the Inland Valley Daily Bulletin: Here’s where matters stand with the Pomona Public Library: The library is likely to remain open through June 2013, but on an even more limited basis than today, and without most of its veteran employees. Meanwhile, there’s a strong chance Pomona voters will be asked to tax themselves to […]

California’s Califa Consortium Expanding eBook Project, Content and Publishing Tools from Smashwords in the Works

From an Article by Library Journal Exec. Editor (News and Features, Michael Kelley): The San Mateo-based Califa Group, which is the largest library network in California, has made major strides in its project to create an ebook ownership model along the same lines as the Douglas County Libraries in Colorado. Califa has substantially increased its […]

Acquisitions: Library of Congress Will Acquire 4,000 Digital Images of California by Carol Highsmith

From LC: The Library of Congress is acquiring 4,000 digital images documenting present-day California from distinguished photographer Carol M. Highsmith, who is traveling throughout the Golden State. Highsmith is photographing California during the next several months, in cities large and small, from San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge 75th Anniversary celebration to El Centro’s vegetable fields […]

Reference: New USGS Topographic Maps for California, Louisiana, and Mississippi Rolling Out

Maps are free to download online. Links below. From the USGS: In response to the need for up to date map coverage of the United States, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has developed a national map series named the US Topo. With approximately 48,000 new digital maps currently available for free download, more than 4,300 […]

California: Glendale and Pasadena Public Libraries Begin Testing 3M Library Cloud

From the Glendale News-Press: When libraries began applying to be part of the cloud test last year, Pasadena Public Library Director Jan Sanders said she “started nagging people.” “Both Pasadena and Glendale are driven to piloted projects and moving ahead,” she said. It also helped that the libraries have been using self-check-out machines made by […]

California: Escondido Public Library Adds Information Producers: YOU

From the San Diego Union-Tribune: The Escondido Public Library is adding to its collection in a very modern way. A new program called LibraryYOU — the first of its kind anywhere — lets community members share expertise and local knowledge through videos and podcasts. The digital documents are cataloged like any other material in the […]

Congratulations to Sarah Houghton (aka Librarian in Black)!!!

We will let this Marin Independent article provide you with the details but I wanted to offer a shout out to our friend and colleague, Sarah Houghton (who many of you know as the Librarian in Black) on being named the new director of the San Rafael (CA) Public Library. It goes without saying that […]

Petition Drive Underway: "Ballot Measure Would Give San Jose Libraries Bigger Budget Slice"

From the San Jose Mercury News: Sensing there’s not enough voter support to extend an expiring parcel tax that funds libraries, former San Jose elected leaders announced a petition drive Thursday for a November ballot measure that would instead give them a fixed slice of the city budget. Advocates including former Mayor Susan Hammer, former […]