October 30, 2014

Termination: Swets Ending All Services in the Near Future

On September 28, 2014 we began posting about the bankruptcy of Swets. Now, five weeks later, the company says that all services will soon be terminated and asking for outstanding debts to sbe paid. Late last week Swets posted a 1700 word announcement on their web site that provided details about insolvency proceedings in the […]

Public Library News Roundup (15 Stories from the U.S. and Canada)

California Sonoma County Library patrons, advocates pinning hopes on Measure M (via The Press Democrat) Delaware Delaware Libraries Debut Inspiration Space (Via NewsWorks) Indiana Indianapolis: Library plans $59M in new branches, upgrades (via Indianapolis Business Journal) Louisiana Library Board will seek approval to purchase building for outreach center (via The Advocate) Maryland Annapolis library to […]

With Funding From Friends Group San Antonio Public Library Installs Digital Book Kiosks at San Antonio International Airport

From the San Antonio Business Journal: The San Antonio International Airport has unveiled two Digital Library kiosks that will allow travelers to check out digital media to take on trips. The kiosks were funded by the Friends of the San Antonio Public Library at a cost of $26,000. In addition to allowing travelers to check […]

41 Semifinalists Named in Knight Foundation News Challenge: Libraries

680 submissions to the News Challenge: Libraries were reviewed by 11 advisers and today 41 semifinalists were announced. From a Knight Foundation Blog Post: Today, we are excited to announce that 41 projects have moved to the next stage of consideration. These semifinalists will have a week to fine tune their entries before we begin […]

Omaha, Nebraska: Mayor’s Office Proposes Letting Police Check Out Library Patron Information

More privacy issues in the library world. From the Omaha World-Herald: The Omaha Mayor’s Office would like law enforcement officials to be able to access personal information from Omahans’ library cards in emergencies, setting off a debate over patrons’ privacy. Mayor Jean Stothert’s chief of staff, Marty Bilek, appeared before the Omaha Public Library’s board […]

Appellate Court Reverses District Court Judgment in Publishers v. Georgia State U. Fair Use Case

Note; Since Our First Post About the Court’s Decision We’ve Updated With Several Items about the Court’s Ruling. All Links are in the UPDATE Section Below. Duke University Scholarly Communications Officer Kevin Smith shares the breaking news and some initial analysis of today’s appellate court [U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Atlanta] ruling in […]

Public Library News Roundup (14 Stories From Around the U.S.)

Here’a a new infoDOCKET roundup with a compilation of what we hope are interesting/informative reports about a few public libraries around the U.S. All of these items were published online in the past two weeks. Alabama Athens library employee charged with stealing funds (via WAAY) Colorado Durango: How much is a library worth? (via The […]

The Aspen Institute Releases New Report: “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries”

From a News Release: “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” explores how public libraries can respond as the digital age increases the demand for high-speed information access, changes in our education systems, innovative job training models and additional community services to help people and communities compete in the new economy. The report is part […]

Partnerships: PLOS, CDL, and DataONE Launch Pilot Project to Develop Data-Level Metrics

From a PLOS Blog Post by Jennifer Lin: In partnership with the University of California Curation Center at the California Digital Library, and DataONE, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new project to develop data-level metrics. This project is funded by an EAGER grant from the National Science Foundation. The project, titled “Making Data Count: […]

TSLA Wins Appeal, Texas Will Receive Full Award of Federal Library Funds

From the Texas State Library and Archives Commission: The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has won its appeal to keep its full allotment of federal funds awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Due to reductions in state funding in 2013, Texas was at risk of losing as much as $1.7 million […]