March 31, 2015

New York Public Library to Break Ground on Expansion of Underground Storage at Iconic 42nd Street Building

From the NYPL: The New York Public Library breaks ground this week on a significant expansion of modern underground storage at its iconic Stephen A. Schwarzman Building on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street. The project – approved by the Library’s Board of Trustees in September 2012 – will transform 55,700 square feet of raw space […]

State of Vermont’s Public Law Library on “Chopping Block” Along With Other Potential Cuts to State Library Services

UPDATE March 27 2015  Vermont Library Association Voices Concerns About Proposed Vermont Department of Libraries Budget Reduction (Statement From VLA) From the Rutland Herald: Vermont’s law library is one of many programs potentially on the chopping block due to the state’s nearly $113 million budget shortfall for fiscal year 2016. It is the only public […]

Official Statement and CEO Letter: OverDrive Sold to Rakuten For $410 Million in Cash

OverDrive was sold to Rakuten, a Japanese company today for $410 million. It’s a cash deal and is scheduled to close next month (April 2015). Overdrive will be part of Rakuten USA. Rakuten is an e-commerce company headquartered in Japan. Here’s a list of Rakuten’s major businesses. The Rakuten announcement notes that OverDrive achieved EBITDA of […]

A New Public Library News Roundup is Now Available (26 Stories From the U.S. and Canada)

Here’s our latest roundup featuring a selection of public library stories from the U.S. and Canada. Alberta Medicine Hat: Library staff pay increased through new collective agreement (via Medicine Hat News) Arkansas Fayetteville library’s future still unclear after city, court decisions (via Arkansas Online) California Alameda County: Librarian connects incarcerated youths to lesser-known writers (via […]

Minnesota Public Radio on a Library Catalog Card Artist

From MPR: Vickie Moore grew up flipping through catalog cards in search of what to read next. Using a computer is certainly more convenient, she admitted, “but it’s not the same as browsing through the card catalog, which was a bit like wandering through a bookstore.” [Clip] An artist by training, she was accustomed to […]

Wikimedia Foundation, ACLU, and Others Sue National Security Agency (NSA) and Justice Dept. Over Mass Surveillance Program

From the Wikimedia Foundation: Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States. The lawsuit challenges the NSA’s mass surveillance program, and specifically its large-scale search and seizure of internet communications — frequently referred to as “upstream” surveillance. Our aim in […]

California: Possible Measles Exposure For Library Patrons at Two Branches of Berkeley Public Library

From the Bay Area News Group (via Contra Costa Times): Public health officials say a person who may be infected with measles visited the West and Central branches of the city library Feb. 27 and 28, potentially exposing hundreds of patrons to the airborne virus. [Clip] Patrons who were at the libraries on the dates […]

Public Library News Roundup (44 Items From Around the U.S and Canada)

What follows below is a selection of 44 public library news items from around the U.S. and Canada that were published throughout February and during the first three days of March 2015. An overwhelming majority of these items have not been shared on infoDOCKET to this point. We hope you find at least a few […]

Video: New Orleans Public Library Hopes to Avert Financial Crisis

From WWL-TV: The New Orleans Public Library is taking some steps to keep library doors open with funding running out. [Clip] Right now the library is tapping into its reserve funds to stay afloat, but that will all be spent by next summer. The library is hoping voters will pass a millage proposal on the […]

Iraq: “ISIS Burns Mosul Library: Why Terrorists Target Books”

From infoDOCKET Founder/Editor: Gary Price: Words often fail when you read stories like the following one and they can fail multiple times too. For example, words fail when you read about the destruction caused by the act itself (building lost, rare materials destroyed, etc) and they fail again when thinking about what the burning of […]