October 5, 2015

Mobile Platform For Libraries Provider Boopsie Acquired by Demco

Here’s a Portion of the Acquisition Announcement: Demco, Inc., a leading library supplier, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Boopsie, the leading mobile platform-as-a-service provider for libraries worldwide. “We’re excited to add the Boopsie team and software platform to our global organization because their people, technology and user-centric approach are designed to deliver a […]

U.S. Senate Confirms Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew as Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)

From IMLS: Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew’s nomination to be director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) was confirmed by the United States Senate on Tuesday night. The Institute, an independent United States government agency, is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. [Clip] Dr. Matthew […]

New York Public Library Hires Dutch Architecture Firm Mecanoo to For Mid-Manhattan Branch Renovation

UPDATE More Details About the Renovation and Selection of Mecanoo Direct from NYPL From The NY Times: One year after abandoning its much-disputed Norman Foster-designed renovation, the New York Public Library has selected architects for the $300 million project, which will include creating a new interior for the Mid-Manhattan branch and opening more public space […]

New Hampshire: Kilton Library’s Tor Relay is Back Online


The decision to reactivate the Tor Relay after it was taken offline (it’s now back online) came Tuesday night after a library board meeting and vote by library trustees in Lebanon, New Hampshire. The relay was taken offline after a letter from the Dept. of Homeland Security was sent to state authorities. The Kilton Library […]

New Pew Report: “Libraries at the Crossroads”, Includes Data About Ebook Usage

Here are a few of many highlights and findings found in the new Pew report. You can access the full text here. A PDF version (52 pages) is also available. We’ve also shared a few comments at the bottom of this post. Highlights  On Library Ebook Borrowing and Usage People are increasingly aware that they […]

Roundup and Analysis re: Fair Use Ruling by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (Lenz vs. Universal Music)

From The Hill: The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday ruled that copyright holders must consider fair use before demanding companies such as YouTube remove potentially infringing content. The three-judge panel on the court determined Stephanie Lenz, who posted a YouTube video of her child dancing to a Prince song in 2007, can proceed […]

Kansas: Wichita Public Library Foundation Increases Central Library Funding Goal To $8M

From KUMW Radio: A fundraising goal for a new central library near downtown Wichita has increased to $8 million. [Clip] The foundation has already raised over $4 million, and Barry says the added funding will help bolster technology for the library and add a bit more room. [Clip] Construction for the new library could start […]

Roundup: Computer Equipment Failure Makes Some Library of Congress Online Services Unavailable For About a Week

UPDATE September 6 Copyright Registration Systems Are Back Online From the U.S. Copyright Office: Systems of the United States Copyright Office are back online as of 8:00 am, Sunday, September 6, 2015 and customers may resume submitting registration applications electronically. As previously reported, on Friday, August 28th, the Library of Congress shut down a data center […]

Policy Issues: “Library Groups Seek to Support FCC in Net Neutrality Case”

From Associations Now: On Tuesday, the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies [COSLA] filed a motion seeking permission to file an amicus brief in support of the FCC in U.S. Telecom Association v. Federal Communications Commission, the primary case challenging […]

“EFF Asks Court on Behalf of Libraries and Booksellers to Recognize Readers’ Right to Be Free of NSA’s Online Surveillance”

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: It should be no surprise that libraries and bookstores—the places where you can go pick up a copy of 1984 or Darkness at Noon—are privacy hipsters. They’ve been fighting overbroad government surveillance since before it was cool. That’s why we’re proud to have filed an amicus brief on behalf of a […]