August 30, 2014

U. of Pennsylvania’s ‘ModPo’ MOOC Partners with New York Public Library

From Penn Current: Emily Dickinson and Walt Whitman created an American tradition of radical poetry about 160 years ago, and this year, Penn’s Kelly Writers House (KWH) and the New York Public Library (NYPL) have created a radical way to teach it. Starting this fall, New Yorkers enrolled in Al Filreis’ online Modern and Contemporary […]

Canada: Vancouver Public Library’s Main Branch Undergoing Reorganization, New “Inspiration Lab” Being Built

Media coverage of a reorganization process that began earlier this summer. From the Vancouver Sun: The downtown branch, which is known as the Central Library, is being rearranged to make it easier for people to find books, as well as to create space for a new Inspiration Lab. The 3,000-square-foot Inspiration Lab will be on […]

Pennsylvania: Oldest Public Library in the Nation in Danger of Closing (Video)

From NBC Philadelphia: For more than two centuries, the Darby Free Library has remained both a vital part of its community as well as a historical landmark. Built in 1743 by Quakers, it remains the oldest public library [in continuous service] in the nation. But a financial crisis has left it in danger of shutting […]

Ohio: Columbus Metropolitan Library Expanding Book Delivery Program to Public Schools

From the Columbus Metropolitan Library: Tomorrow, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will begin delivering bins of carefully selected books to 16 elementary schools in the Columbus City Schools (CCS) district. This new service is part of a larger CML effort to impact early literacy and third grade reading. CML piloted the book delivery program with Groveport-Madison’s […]

Upcoming Knight Foundation News Challenge to Focus on Libraries in the Digital Age

Some very exciting news from the KF. Spread the word!!! More soon. From a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Blog Post by John Bracken: On Sept. 10, we’re opening the next News Challenge, on libraries. Our 12th News Challenge, it will build upon the 19 projects we funded with $3.47 million in June […]

Canada: Mount Royal University Breaks Ground on $100M Library Project

Libraries in Alberta are hot and continue to make headlines. Along with the new Mount Royal library story (below) here are a few examples from the infoDOCKET archive: 1. In June, the Edmonton Public Library was named the Gale/LJ 2014 Library of the Year in June. A couple of weeks ago we mentioned the debut […]

Canada: New $57.6 Million/129,000 Sq Ft Halifax Public Library Opening This Fall

From The Globe and Mail: Halifax’s new $57.6-million gleaming glass library of the future is to open later this fall – a 129,000-square-foot building in the city’s downtown with a unique cantilevered rectangular glass box on the top, suggesting a stack of books. Fully accessible, culturally sensitive, environmentally sustainable and architecturally stunning, with elegant angles […]

U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum Will Build $40 Million Archives & Conservation Center in Suburban DC

From The Gazette: Bowie [Maryland, pronounced Boo-ee] will soon be the home of the largest collection of Holocaust archives in the world, according to representatives from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Andrew Hollinger, a spokesman for the museum, said that because of recent efforts to search out and collect evidence of the Holocaust, the […]

Nebraska: Omaha’s Proposed City Budget Includes Reduced Funding For Public Libraries

From the Omaha.Com/Omaha World-Herald: The [budget] plan headed to the City Council for a public hearing Tuesday comes with a cut for the city’s libraries; the department’s $13.1 million budget is down about 5 percent from last year. To avoid cutting staff or library hours, officials have plans to reduce the library’s materials budget — […]

Video: $6.6. Million Worth of State Funds Withheld from Missouri Libraries

UPDATED August 12 Additional coverage in this story from the AP: “Libraries feeling pinch of state budget fight” — Original Post From KODE-TV/FourStatesHomePage.com: “This is huge and it will hurt,” says Joplin Public Library Director Jacque Gage. It’s a 6.6 million dollar cut– affecting libraries across the Show Me State. “We currently get 50 cents […]