July 29, 2014

Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through […]

A Coalition of Library and Education Groups Files Net Neutrality Comments with FCC

The 42 page document containing comments on net neutrality filed with the Federal Communications Commission today can be accessed here. 11 organizations signed the comments including: American Association of State Colleges and Universities American Council on Education American Library Association Association of American Universities Association of College & Research Libraries Association of Public and Land-grant […]

Amazon Formally Launches Kindle Unlimited E-Book (and Audiobook) Subscription Service

We posted some extended comments focusing on what this and other ebook subscription services might mean for the library community the other day when news of Kindle Unlimited leaked. We’ve included some of them at the bottom of this post and added a few new thoughts. – Today, the Kindle Unlimited service was formally announced. […]

Florida: Miami-Dade Commission Vote for Slight Property-Tax Rate Hike to Help Libraries

UPDATE July 26 Miami-Dade mayor lets higher library tax stand (via Miami Herald) From the MH Post: Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez won’t veto a higher property tax rate ceiling for libraries set by county commissioners. Mike Hernández, Gimenez’s spokesman, said Friday that the mayor decided to let the commission’s 8-5 vote from last week stand, […]

News and Analysis: Here Comes Amazon’s All-You-Can Read E-Book Subscription Service

We’re not at all surprised to learn that some sort of Amazon ebook subscription service is coming. Are you? In our many posts about all-you-can-read ebook subscription services (over a long period of time) and as recently as yesterday we said to expect something like what’s being reported today. Quick Background Amazon already offers one […]

Libraries and Archives Leave International Copyright Discussions Empty Handed After Countries Again Fail to Reach Agreement

Here’s a report from IFLA. Discussions regarding an international copyright instrument for libraries and archives again collapsed inconclusively at the 28th meeting of the Standing Committee on Copyright & Related Rights (SCCR) in Geneva, from Monday 30 June – Friday 4 July. In the early hours of Saturday 5 July, Member States finally “agreed to […]

Roundup: FCC Approves Spending Billions to Put Wi-Fi in Schools and Libraries

Formal Announcement From the Formal FCC Announcement: The Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking adopted by the FCC will accomplish three major goals: • Significantly expand funding for Wi-Fi networks and distribute it fairly to all schools and libraries while recognizing the needs of the nation’s rural and poorest school districts • Maximize the […]

Open Access Publisher PeerJ Receives Investments From SAGE and O’Reilly in Second Round of Funding

Open access published PeerJ has announced a new round of funding led by SAGE and O’Reilly From Posts by SAGE and PeerJ: We are pleased to announce that we have secured a new round of funding led by SAGE and O’Reilly. David McCune, non-Executive Director of SAGE will now sit on the PeerJ Board of […]

Boston Public Library’s Debuts “Bibliocycle” While Storymobile Hits the Streets For 19th Year

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Another city and another library on wheels! Nice! Also, great to see the BPL partnering with another Boston organization to make it all happen. From the Mayor’s Office in Boston, MA: Mayor Martin J. Walsh today announced the launch of the Boston Public Library’s Bibliocycle, and the re-launch of ReadBoston’s Storymobile, now in its nineteenth […]

Directors of Several Urban Public Libraries Send Letters to FCC Re: Proposed E-Rate Funding Plan

UPDATE: Here are direct links to the letters from the libraries mentioned below as well as others (via FCC Electronic Comment Filing System) Letter From Hartford Public Library Letter From Seattle Public Library Letter From New York Public Library Letter From Multnomah County Public Library (Portland, OR) Letter From King County Library System (WA) Letter […]