July 30, 2016

Reference: Orlando Attack: “Post-Mass Shooting Programs and Resources Overview” Now Available

Two resources follow. 1. From HHS ASPR (Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness & Response)/Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE): Post-Mass Shooting Programs and Resources Overview (19 pages; PDF) ASPR TRACIE has gathered information on programs and resources available to the communities affected by the Orlando nightclub shooting. Information is organized by […]

Authors: Dan Brown Donates 300,000 Euros to Ritman Library in Amsterdam to Digitize Ancient Texts

Note: 300,000 Euros=approx. $337,000/USD. From Reuters: American author Dan Brown has donated 300,000 euros ($335,000) to Amsterdam’s Ritman Library, where he researched some of his best-selling novels, to help preserve its ancient works. The funding will be used to digitize part of the library’s rare collection of books and manuscripts about the Hermetic religious tradition […]

Report: “E-Books Fair Game For Public Libraries, Says Advisor to Top Europe Court”

From ars technica UK: Electronic books should be treated just like physical books for the purposes of lending, an advisor to Europe’s top court has said. Maciej Szpunar, advocate general to the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), said in an opinion published Thursday morning that public libraries should be allowed to lend e-books […]

Georgia: Gwinnett County Public Library System Will Be First in U.S. to Offer Self-Service, Off-Hours Access


From the Gwinnett Daily Post: A Norcross-based company [Bibliotheca] is giving the Gwinnett County Public Library a chance to be the first library system in North America to have self-service access outside of normal hours. Open+ is a system developed by technology supplier Bibliotheca that automatically controls and monitors building access, self-service kiosks, public access […]

ALA Posts Final Report of the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

The Final Report of the ALA Task Force on Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (50 pages; PDF) is now available online. From the Background Section Embracing and celebrating diversity, and creating a more inclusive profession have been long-standing goals of the American Library Association (ALA)1 . The Association, its divisions, roundtables and other groups have long had committees or […]

Senate Committee on Rules and Administration to Consider Librarian of Congress Nomination This Thursday

UPDATE 3: Here’s the Formal Statement Announcing Committee Approval of Dr. Hayden’s Nomination: U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Committee on Rules and Administration, released the following statement today after the committee voted to approve the nomination of Dr. Carla D. Hayden to serve as Librarian of Congress: “Leading the Library of […]

Mississippi Library Commission Sees 7.8% Budget Drop For FY 2017

From the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal: With the Mississippi Legislature slashing funds for public libraries, the Lee County Library lost 25 percent of its materials budget, one of its largest reductions since 2008. According to House Bill 1645, nearly $11.2 million in funding for Fiscal Year 2017 will be taken out of the state general […]

Media Source Inc. Names Victor F. Ganzi Chairman of Board


 Media Source is the parent company of Library Journal, School Library Journal, The Horn Book, and Junior Library Guild. From the Media Source Announcement: Media Source, Inc. a leader in collection development and library management solutions, today announced that Victor F. Ganzi has been named Chairman of its Board of Directors. The former Chief Executive […]

Tennessee: Friends of Library Group to Open Bookstore in Airport

From the Times Free Press (Chattanooga, TN): Friends of the [Chattanooga Public] Library, calling the business model a first for an airport nationally, will lease about 750 square feet in the lower level of the terminal where it will sell books. [Clip] William Sundquist, chairman of the group that supports Chattanooga Public Library, said plans […]

Thailand: New Bangkok City Library Will Stay Open 24 Hours a Day

From Coconuts Bangkok: Good news for all the bookworms who drop thousands of baht every time they step into Asia Books. Bangkok is preparing to launch a new kind of city library, a reading space that will stay open 24 hours a day and have ridiculously cheap membership costs. [Clip] The library is expected to […]