August 26, 2016

CNN: “In Historic First, International Criminal Court Has Classified Destroying Cultural Artifacts as a War Crime”

From CNN: In a historic first, the International Criminal Court has classified destroying cultural artifacts as a war crime. It follows the trial of jihadist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, who pleaded guilty Monday to destroying religious monuments in the ancient city of Timbuktu in Mali. [Clip] Mahdi, also known as “Abou Tourab,” was charged in March […]

New Online: IMLS Releases FY 2014 Public Libraries Survey Data, New Visualization Tools Also Available

2016-08-08_15-32-20

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released FY 2014 Public Libraries Survey data earlier today. Links below. From IMLS: Today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services released the data for the FY 2014 Public Libraries Survey. Accompanying FY 2014 data are new online visualizations and tools to make the data easier to […]

In Philadelphia, Public Libraries are Serving as Hubs of Health Information (Nurses in the Library)

From Penn News (U. of Pennsylvania) News: Public libraries serve communities in myriad ways, providing places where people gather to read, learn a new language, access the internet, pick up tax forms, or apply for jobs. Now, with support from a President’s Engagement Prize, Penn School of Nursing graduate Melanie Mariano will help Philadelphia’s public libraries […]

In the UK, BBC Radio and Libraries Partnering to Create “One of the Biggest Book Club in Country”

From The Bookseller: Altogether just under 40 BBC local radio stations in England including two on the Channel Islands are teaming up with libraries in their areas to launch a new Book of the Month slot, to encourage both reading and boost visits to libraries. The initiative, organised in partnership with the Society of Chief […]

Report: Chicago’s Historic Jackson Park Neighborhood Selected For Site of Obama Library, Formal Announcement Expected Next Week

2016-07-27_13-58-08

UPDATE July 29, 2016 President Obama Formally Announces that Chicago’s Jackson Park Neighborhood Will Be Location of Presidential Library Note: Along with being close to the University of Chicago, the Jackson Park neighborhood is also home to one of the city’s most famous attractions and resources, the Museum of Science and Industry. The area was […]

Georgia: “Fulton County to Renovate Historic Central Library, Not Build New”

From The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: Fulton County commissioners voted Wednesday to spend up to $55 million to renovate Atlanta’s Central Library, scuttling plans to build a new facility downtown. The decision brings to an end months of debate over whether the county should keep the iconic building near Peachtree Center that has fallen into disrepair and […]

Dr. Carla Hayden is the New Librarian of Congress, Senate Approves Nomination 74-18

2016-07-13_15-05-241

The U.S. Senate has just voted to APPROVE the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden as Librarian of Congress. Searchable C-SPAN video of comments Senators and the vote. From the Senate Floor: Watch Remarks by Mikulski, Blunt, and Cardin Before Vote The Vote Roll Call Vote Data (via U.S. Senate) Grouped By Vote Position YEAs —74 […]

Thomson Reuters Sells Intellectual Property & Science Biz For $3.55 Billion in Cash

The sale was expected. From TR: Thomson Reuters today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Intellectual Property & Science business to private equity funds affiliated with Onex Corporation (“Onex”) and Baring Private Equity Asia (“Baring Asia”) for $3.55 billion in cash. The sale is subject to regulatory approval and […]

Data: U.S. Publishers Report $28 Billion in Revenue During 2015; Downloaded Audio Sales Grow, eBooks Decline

2016-07-11_13-22-17

From the Association of American Publishers (AAP): The U.S. book and journal publishing industry generated $27.78 billion in net revenue for 2015, representing 2.71 billion in units (volume), according to the Association of American Publishers (AAP) StatShot Annual survey. Revenues and unit volume were essentially flat with a decrease of 0.6% from $27.96 billion in […]

Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library Closures Suspended Until Review Completed

From the CBC: Newfoundland and Labrador’s education minister says he has requested a suspension of the decision to restructure the public library system. Dale Kirby stated during a scrum with reporters Thursday that he was never comfortable with the decision, and says the it was made following consultations with Premier Dwight Ball and members of […]