November 24, 2014

Six Month Review of Public Library e-Lending Pilot in UK Published

Note: The year-long pilot was launched on March 3, 2014. See: “Ebook Lending Pilot Project Launching Today in UK” From a News Release Posted on the Publishers Association (UK) Web Site: The year-long pilot project, being run in partnership by the Society of Chief Librarians and The Publishers Association, into remote lending of ebooks by […]

Open Access: Gates Foundation Funded Research Will Require Immediate Free Access to Journal Articles and Underlying Data

From Science Insider: Breaking new ground for the open-access movement, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a major funder of global health research, plans to require that the researchers it funds publish only in immediate open-access journals. The policy doesn’t kick in until January 2017; until then, grantees can publish in subscription-based journals as long […]

Simon & Schuster Drops “Buy it Now” Link Requirement on Ebook Borrow and Hold Pages

UPDATE We’ve added comments from Simon & Schuster and the American Library Association since we first posted this item. In June whenSimon & Schuster announced that their complete frontlist and backlist titles would be available to libraries for lending we also learned that S&S was requiring that titles acquired for library lending also include a link […]

NY Times: FCC Chairman Expected to Propose 62% Increase in Funding Used to Wire Schools, Libraries with Broadband

UPDATE 4 New: Fact Sheet: FCC Chairman Wheeler’s Plan To Reboot The E-Rate Program To Meet The Needs Of 21st Century Digital Learning (5 page, PDF; via FCC.gov) UPDATE 3 ISTE Applauds FCC Chairman’s E-Rate Proposal UPDATE 2 Statement From FCC on Proposed Reboot Plan UPDATE ALA President Comments on the News From The NY […]

President Obama Urges FCC to Implement Stronger Net Neutrality Rules

UPDATE: Along with the statement we’re also rounding up reaction to President Obama’s comments from a number of groups. You’ll find it below the embedded video. From a White House Blog Post: President Obama today asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to take up the strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality, the principle that […]

Scribd Ups the Subscription Service Ante With the Addition of 30,000 Audiobooks

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We have written a lot about not only the development of “all you can read” ebook services like Oyster, Scribd, Kindle Unlimited, etc/ for the past couple of years but also the possible impact over the long term that these and likely other services will have on public libraries. Today’s News From Scribd: “All You […]

Termination: Swets Ending All Services in the Near Future

UPDATE November 1, 2014: Swets Will Provide Information About Your Subscriptions The info that Swets will provide to customers is found in this nine page document that was posted last Friday. We’ve also embedded a copy at the very bottom of this post. The doc also contains information about how to request the information. ALL […]

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 […]