February 26, 2015

Most Funding for the Indiana State Library Restored in Latest Proposed Budget

From the Evansville Courier & Press: The Indiana State Library could avoid big funding cuts proposed by Gov. Mike Pence now that legislators are making changes to the state’s spending plan. Pence’s budget proposal would have axed the state library’s funding by 24 percent, some $2 million, forcing the downtown Indianapolis library to eliminate many […]

Official: EBSCO Acquires YBP

UPDATE 4:45 PM: Coverage from Meredith Schwartz at Library Journal UPDATE 2:45 PM: We’ve added links to comments from ProQuest re:GOBI at the bottom of this post. Here’s the official announcement from EBSCO about today’s acquisition of YBP Library Services. More to come on infoDOCKET and on Library Journal. From EBSCO: EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) […]

Massachusetts: Public Libraries Pushing For 50% Boost in State Funding

From MassLive/The Republican: Public libraries are hoping for a significant boost in state aid this year after a long period of spare funding, said Mary Kronholm, a Blandford resident and a member of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners. As budget season approaches, the commissioners are pushing for a 50 percent boost in “line item […]

Koha Announces Support and Funding From EBSCO, Will “Ensure Long-Term Viability” of the Open Source ILS

Interesting! We’ve asked for some more details about the following news. If/when we hear back we will update. From Today’s Announcement: Together the two [Koha and EBSCO] are working to provide a viable web-based, open source ILS for libraries of all types. Koha libraries reached out to EBSCO for support of some important projects, and […]

Alabama: “Funding Tight For Smaller Rural Libraries”

From the Dothan Eagle: Nancy Pack, the director of the Alabama Public Library Service, said tough financial times hitting area businesses and government agencies haven’t left libraries untouched. Pack said libraries across the state have seen drops in funding from the federal, state and local levels. “Libraries aren’t getting as much money as they did […]

Coverage Roundup: FCC Chairman Will Propose “Strongest Open Internet Protections Ever”

UPDATED February 4, 2014 We’ve added (below) a link to a just released statement by ALA President Courtney Young on the Wheeler announcement. UPDATED At the bottom of this post we’ve embedded a fact sheet about the proposal from the FCC. From a Column by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler Published on Wired.com: This week, I […]

Florida Governor’s State Budget Proposal Includes Library Funding Cut

From The Ledger (Lakeland, FL): Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s proposed budget for the next fiscal year continues a trend of better funding for arts programs but trims spending on libraries. [Clip] The proposal recommends $24.4 million for the State Aid to Libraries program and $6.9 million for cultural and historical grants. The library funding, if […]

IMLS: President’s FY 2016 Budget Request Includes Increased Funding To Support National Digital Platform

UPDATE: We’ve added comments from ALA at the bottom of this post. From the Institute For Museum and Library Services: Today the President released his FY 2016 Budget Request to the U.S. Congress. The budget includes $237,427,957 for the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). With these funds, IMLS will provide leadership for the […]

Winners of Knight News Challenge on Libraries Announced, More than $3 Million Going to 22 Innovative Projects

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CONGRATS to all of the winners as well as everyone else who participated in the process!!! Expect more info about these projects soon! We will also be tracking there progress. At the bottom of this post we’ve embedded a five minute video (from the Knight Fdn) about the projects receiving funding. Two Categories of Winners/Recipients 1. […]

Pilot Project: Three Chicago Public Library Branches Will Begin Lending Internet Routers and Tablets Next Month

From the Chicago Sun-Times: Chicagoans using three branch libraries — Brighton Park, Greater Grand Crossing and Douglass — will be able to check out Wi-Fi “hotspot” devices and tablets along with their books, periodicals and movies, thanks to $575,000 in grants tailor-made to bridge the digital divide. [Clip] Each of the three branch libraries will […]