August 21, 2014

Seattle Public Library Partners with Smashwords and Begins Library’s First-Ever Ebook Self-Publishing Contest

From Geekwire: As part of its ongoing Seattle Writes initiative, the library has partnered with self-publishing and distribution platform Smashwords to encourage local writers to package their writing for an audience. The eyeball icing on the finger-typing cake? A contest, open until midnight on October 15, in which up to three entrants who publish via […]

Name Change: San Jose State School of Library and Information Science is Now the SJSU Information Program

The word library was removed from the name of the program as of today. As the statement below points out the name change was approved by the San Jose State University Provost in January of this year. From an SJSU Information Program Announcement: As of August 1, 2014, the SJSU School of Library and Information […]

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 […]