September 5, 2015

Policy Issues: “Library Groups Seek to Support FCC in Net Neutrality Case”

From Associations Now: On Tuesday, the American Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, Association of Research Libraries, and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies [COSLA] filed a motion seeking permission to file an amicus brief in support of the FCC in U.S. Telecom Association v. Federal Communications Commission, the primary case challenging […]

“EFF Asks Court on Behalf of Libraries and Booksellers to Recognize Readers’ Right to Be Free of NSA’s Online Surveillance”

From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: It should be no surprise that libraries and bookstores—the places where you can go pick up a copy of 1984 or Darkness at Noon—are privacy hipsters. They’ve been fighting overbroad government surveillance since before it was cool. That’s why we’re proud to have filed an amicus brief on behalf of a […]

Texas: Collin County Commissioners Vote to Eliminate County Funding For Public Library

From the Celina Record Collin County Commissioners met on August 13th to hammer out the 2016 budget. Celina Library staffers never imagined that their facility would be in the cross hairs. In a 3-2 vote, County Commissioners voted to eliminate all county funding for public libraries. This accounts for roughly 10% of the Celina library’s […]

In Windsor, Ontario: “Fewer Books, More Digital: C$7.9 Million Helps Create New Library System”

Note: C$7.9 Million Converts to $5.95 Million/USD. From The Windsor Star: A $7.9-million infusion of cash — Windsor’s largest library investment in years — means the city’s whole system will soon transform. The Windsor Public Library will have fewer books and more electronic resources. It will offer some new and upgraded spaces, and a couple […]

California: Community Biology Lab Officially Opens in La Jolla’s Riford Library

From KPBS Radio: Patrons of a local public library can check out more than books — a new community lab now lets them check out DNA, too. The biosafety level one lab is nestled inside La Jolla’s Riford Library [a branch of the San Diego Public Library]. It aims to spark the public’s interest in […]

City of Libraries: The Toronto Library “Passport” Book Coming Soon

A wonderful idea for a superb and popular library in an awesome city. We like! By the way, the Toronto Public Library opened their 100th branch on May 20, 2015. From Torontoist: Sometimes, it pays to be a tourist in your own city. With that idea in mind, designer Noah Ortmann has created the Toronto […]

Only Known Manuscript of an Early Version of ‘Happy Birthday’ Song Discovered in a University of Louisville Library

OnFrom U. of Louisville: The only known manuscript of Louisville native Mildred Hill’s song “Good Morning to All,” which evolved into the world-famous “Happy Birthday” song, was recently uncovered in the Dwight Anderson Memorial Music Library at the University of Louisville. Hill, along with her sister Patty, co-authored the piece originally known as “Good Morning […]

IMLS Announces 276 Grants, $14.16 Million for Libraries in the United States

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today announced 276 grants to institutions totaling $14,165,292. The grants were awarded through six programs: National Leadership Grants for Libraries, Sparks! Ignition Grants for Libraries, Native American Library Services Basic, Native American Library Services Enhancement, Native Hawaiian Library […]

UK: “British Library Rejects Taliban Trove Fearing Terror Laws”

From Agence France Presse: Academics have criticised the British government for creating a “climate of fear” after the national library declined to store the world’s biggest collection of Taliban-related documents over concerns it could be prosecuted under terrorism laws. A group of international researchers spent years putting together a trove of documents related to the […]

Obama Foundation Releases Request for Qualifications For Architecture Firms Interested in Designing Obama Presidential Center (Library and Museum)

From the Barack Obama Foundation: Today, The Barack Obama Foundation released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) soliciting submissions from firms interested in providing architectural design services for the Obama Presidential Center (OPC). The RFQ outlines the goals of the OPC and asks for submission of credentials, references, examples of prior work, and additional materials to […]