October 1, 2014

Candidates Announced: Janes, LaRue, Porcaro, and Todaro to Vie For 2016-17 ALA Presidency

Today, the American Library Association announced that four well-known members of the library community are candidates for the 2016-17 ALA Presidency. The candidates are: Joe Janes, associate professor and chair of the MLIS program at the University of Washington Information School James La Rue, CEO of LaRue & Associates JP Porcaro, Librarian for Acquisitions and […]

Public Library News Roundup From the U.S. and Canada

Connecticut Westport: “Coming Soon to the Library: Humanoid Robots” (via WSJ) Delaware New Castle: Editorial: Don’t foul up innovative library plan (via Delaware Online) Idaho Video Report: Librarians around Idaho go high tech Illinois Chicago libraries accept immigrant licenses as ID (via AP) Michigan Brandon Township charges ex-librarian lied about skills (via Detroit News) Missouri […]

FindAway World Gets $500,000 U.S. Air Force Contract For Preloaded, Secure E-Reader Devices

Let’s Review: 1. In August, the U.S. Air Force wanted to learn more about companies that could provide them with a secure, pre-loaded e-readers for use by USAF libraries. In many respects, similar to what the Navy offers with their new NeRD ereader. 2. Later in the month, the USAF published a synopsis saying they […]

Netherlands: Swets Files For Bankruptcy

Note: We’ve updated this post multiple times with additional material. Look for the updates below. A story on the German publishing industry web site boersenblatt.net (in German) reports that Netherlands-based Swets (Swets & Zeitlinger Group B.V.) is insolvent and has filed for bankruptcy. We’ve reached out the company for comment. With the caveat the mechanical […]

Washington University Libraries Creates “Documenting Ferguson” Digital Repository

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The digital repository launched earlier this month is discussed in this announcement from Washington University in St. Louis. From the Announcement: Washington University Libraries, the library system of Washington University in St. Louis, is collecting and preserving photographs, video and other content for the digital repository “Documenting Ferguson.” Free and accessible to all, the online […]

The Barack Obama Foundation Issues RFP to Four Potential Hosts of the Future Obama Presidential Library

From The Barack Obama Foundation: Today, The Barack Obama Foundation issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, Columbia University, and University of Hawai’i, all of which submitted their qualifications to host the future Obama Presidential Library earlier this year. The Foundation’s Request for Qualifications (RFQ), released […]

New Report Says New York’s Branch Libraries in Need of More than $1 Billion in Repairs

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The title of the report discussed and linked to below is Re-Envisioning New York’s Branch Libraries. It was released today. From the WSJ: New York’s public library branches need $1.1 billion in repairs to fix leaky roofs, broken air-conditioning systems and a host of other problems, according to a report released Monday by the Center […]

Queens Library Director Thomas Galante Placed on Indefinite Paid Leave by Library Board

From the NY Daily News: The story of embattled Queens library chief Thomas Galante entered a new chapter Thursday night after he was put on indefinite leave by the board. Galante, who has headed up the Queens public library since 2003, will get full pay [$392,000/year] while he is out on leave… But he’s banished […]

Macmillan Begins Selling eBooks To Library Consortia

The change to Macmillan’s library ebook sales policy for public libraries is effective immediately according to a post on OverDrive’s Digital Library Blog: Macmillan Publishers has made the decision to begin selling their eBooks to library consortia! [Clip] Macmillan eBooks are Metered Access eBooks available for 52 checkouts or a 24-month timeframe, whichever comes first. […]

Free Library of Philadelphia Receives $25 Million Grant For Central and Branch Library Renovations

The $25 million grant is the largest grant ever given by the William Penn Foundation. It’s also the largest grant ever received by the Free Library of Philadelphia. The renovations are part of the just announced 21st Century Libraries Initiative. From The Philadelphia Inquirer: The Free Library will receive $25 million from William Penn over […]