April 15, 2014

ALA Releases 2014 State of America’s Libraries Report Including List of Most Challenged Books of 2013

The full text report (HTML) is available here. A PDF version is “coming soon” according to ALA. Highlights From the Report (via ALA News Release and Report Intro): Libraries continue to transform to meet society’s changing needs, and more than 90 percent of the respondents in an independent national survey said that libraries are important to the […]

The Authors Guild Files Brief in Google Books Appeal & Proposes That Congress Establish a National Digital Library

From the Associated Press: “Saying Google Inc. is stealing business from online book retailers, the Authors Guild asked a federal appeals court Friday to reinstate its lawsuit contending that the Internet giant is violating copyright laws with its massive book digitization project.” From the Authors Guild News Release: “Without the permissions that Amazon had painstakingly […]

Florida: Without More Tax Dollars, Miami-Dade Library System Would Fire More Than Half its Full-Time Staff

Note: Two related items are linked at the bottom of this post. From the Miami Herald: Without more tax dollars, Miami-Dade County’s library system would fire 56 percent of its full-time staff and bring on part-time workers to operate branches that will see hours cut by an average of 35 percent, according to a document […]

American Library Association to Host Invitational Summit on Future of Libraries

We hope the summit [info below] includes a discussion about some of these issues: What can we do to bring knowledge of what libraries have to offer to more people? Are we doing enough to let people know that many (not all but many) library resources and tools are accessible 24x7x365. Pew studies during the […]

First “Library Edition” of Startup Weekend Held in Toronto

Here’s news of a cool event that was held in one of our most favorite cities, Toronto. The first ever Startup Weekend anywhere in the world focusing on creating, “dynamic solutions to issues facing libraries today” was held at Mozilla’s offices in Toronto last weekend. First, what is Startup Weekend? Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and […]

Queens Public Library Board Votes Not to Suspend the Library’s Director, Thomas Galante

From the NY Daily News: Following a five-hour meeting, much of it behind closed doors, the library’s board voted 9-9 not to force director Thomas Galante to take a leave of absence. The tie meant the motion to suspend did not carry. One board member, Terri Mangino, arrived from Florida at the last minute to […]

New York State Will Increase Funding for Libraries by More Than $1 Million

From the Watertown Daily Times:  The state budget includes significant support for local libraries, rejecting Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s proposed $4 million cut while increasing funding for libraries across the state by $1 million over last year’s budget. “Our Legislature did a great job reversing Cuomo’s cuts,” said Stephen B. Bolton, director of the North […]

Kansas: Library Gun Ban Bill Fails

From KMBZ Radio:  A Kansas City lawmaker’s attempt to keep guns out of libraries has failed. Senator Pat Pettey, of KCK, introduced an amendment to House Bill 447. Pettey, a Democrat, wanted to carve out special rules for libraries and community centers. She told KMBZ that, as of 2017, these facilities will not be able […]

ALA Responds to Rep. Paul Ryan’s Budget Proposal That Recommends Elimination of IMLS

From the American Library Association: In a new budget released today from Representative Paul Ryan (R-WI), the House Budget Committee Chairman denounces the critical role that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) plays in supporting civic engagement, literacy and lifelong learning in more than 123,000 libraries nationwide. Rep. Ryan recommends that the federal […]

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.