December 10, 2017

A Coalition of 60 Organizations Sends Letter to Attorney General Re: Justice Department’s Demand for Protest Website Data

Note: AALL and ALA are two of the organizations who signed the letter linked to below.  From OpentheGovernment: Today, a broad coalition of over 60 public interest organizations sent a letter to the Attorney General expressing concern over the Justice Department’s demand for information associated with a protest-organizing website. While the Justice Department, in the face of mounting […]

Repositories and Preprints: bepress Acquired by Elsevier

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Another Elsevier acquisition in the academic content and software space. A list of several other acquisitions is found at the bottom of this post. Firstthe Full Text of the News Release: Elsevier today acquired bepress, a Berkeley, California-based business that helps academic libraries showcase and share their institutions’ research for maximum impact. Founded by three University of California, […]

Fact Checking: Snopes.com is in Danger of Shutting Down, Launches GoFundMe Campaign

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From the SaveSnopes.com Website: We [Snopes] had previously contracted with an outside vendor to provide certain services for Snopes.com. That contractual relationship ended earlier this year, but the vendor will not acknowledge the change in contractual status and continues to essentially hold the Snopes.com web site hostage. Although we maintain editorial control (for now), the […]

Report: Montana State Library Braces For “Dramatic” Budget Cuts and Staff Reductions

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UPDATED June 15, 2017 Montana: State Library Board OKs Plans For “Dramatic” Budget Cuts (Great Falls Tribune) UPDATED June 7, 2017 Montana State Library Budget Cuts Services to Vision Impaired, Data Management (via Missoulian) From the Article: “The state library really cannot continue in its current form if we lose approximately $1 million out of […]

Michele Kimpton Named Interim Executive Director at DPLA

From the Digital Public Library of America: As part of DPLA’s ongoing transition to a new executive director, the Board of Directors has named Michele Kimpton the interim executive director until a new executive director is hired. Kimpton is currently the Business Development Director and Senior Strategist at DPLA, and has been working on sustainability models, an ebook […]

Ex Libris President Matti Shem Tov Named New CEO of ProQuest

Here’s the full text of today’s change of leadership announcement that we just received: Matti Shem Tov, President of Ex Libris, a ProQuest company, will succeed Kurt Sanford as CEO of ProQuest in 2017. ProQuest’s success under Mr. Sanford’s direction and the development of a strong leadership team set the stage for Mr. Shem Tov to […]

President Donald Trump’s FY2018 Budget Cuts Nearly All Funding for IMLS, NEA, NEH, CPB

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UPDATE: New FAQ: IMLS Releases “FY 2018 IMLS Budget Frequently Asked Questions” While it’s hardly a surprise we’re nevertheless sad to report that the just released FY2018 Budget of the United submitted to Congress by President Trump eliminates nearly all funding for IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), […]

National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Chairman William D. Adams Announces Resignation

From NEH: William D. Adams, the tenth chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, announced today his resignation from the agency, effective Tuesday, May 23, 2017. Adams was nominated by President Barack Obama in April 2014 and was confirmed by the United States Senate three months later. His service to NEH followed 14 years […]

Hillary Rodham Clinton Will Be Closing General Session Speaker at 2017 ALA Annual Conference in Chicago

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From ALA: [Hillary Rodham Clinton’s] session will take place on Tuesday, June 27, 10 -11:30 a.m., at the 2017 ALA Annual Conference & Exhibition in Chicago. Clinton’s appearance at the conference is sponsored by Simon & Schuster. Additional info in this ALA news release.

IMLS Announces the 10 Recipients of 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service

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Congratulations to the five libraries and five museums who are the recipients of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the 10 recipients of the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest […]