April 29, 2016

High Honors! Winners of 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Announced


From IMLS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making […]

In Response to HB 2, ALA/ALSC Cancels Institute Scheduled to Take Place in Charlotte, North Carolina

From the American Library Association: The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) voted today to cancel its 2016 National Institute scheduled for September in Charlotte, N.C. The cancellation is a response to the passage last month of North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (House Bill 2), which repealed […]

Follett Buys Baker & Taylor


From The Chicago Tribune: Westchester [IL]-based Follett, best known for selling books and other materials to schools, colleges, bookstores, students and K-12 libraries, on Monday announced what it said was the biggest deal in its 142-year history by buying Baker & Taylor, a provider of books, video and music products to public libraries worldwide.[Clip] Baker […]

U.S. Supreme Court Declines to Hear Authors Guild v. Google Case


UPDATE: Authors Guild Statement re: Today’s Announcement from SCOTUS Link to and Full Text of Statement Below UPDATE 2: Comment From Google Below From IP Pro: The US Supreme Court has declined to hear the Google Books case, dealing a major blow to authors looking to be compensated for the mass digitisation project. Justices handed […]

IFLA and Other Library Organizations Respond to Comments About Libraries Made by Hachette Livre CEO

The letter is in response to comments made this week by Hachette Livre CEO Arnaud Nourry when he spoke about libraries as proxies for the commercial sector. Links to two media reports (PW and The Bookseller) are found below. The letter was signed by the following organizations: LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries) IFLA (International […]

ALA Launches Public Policy Advisory Council

UPDATE: ALA Appoints Roger Rosen as Senior Advisor for National Policy Advocacy From the American Library Association: As part of its National Policy Convening, the American Library Association (ALA) today announces the establishment of a Public Policy Advisory Council (PPAC) to strengthen the engagement of the library community in national public policy. The Council will […]

Libraries Can Help Connect the Next 4 Billion – IFLA Co-signs Letter to Finance Ministers

From the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA): IFLA has co-signed a letter calling for universal, open, secure, and affordable broadband connectivity, with full protection of human rights. The letter to Finance Ministers, who are meeting today in Washington, urges them to offer support to public access facilities, such as libraries, which facilitate significant gains […]

Libraries and Librarian Education: 40 Recipients Receive $13 Million in IMLS Grants (First Cycle of National Leadership and Laura Bush Grants)


From IMLS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 40 grants to institutions totaling $13,016,100. The grants were awarded through the first cycle of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Direct to Details + Abstracts of All 40 Grants Highlights: National Leadership Grants Project […]

Public Libraries: Georgia’s General Assembly Adds Four Library Facilities, Materials Funding to State’s FY2017 Budget

From the Georgia Public Library Service News: Georgia’s General Assembly endorsed the importance of the state’s public libraries in the wee hours of March 25 when it ended the 2016 session with a proposed budget of $23.7 billion for fiscal year 2017. The appropriations bill retains all funds that were included in Gov. Nathan Deal’s […]

ALA Releases State of America’s Libraries Report 2016 (Includes List of Most Challenged Books of 2015)

Direct to Full Text Report From the Report: Out of 275 challenges recorded by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom, the “Top Ten Most Challenged Books in 2015” are: Looking for Alaska, by John Green Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. […]