November 26, 2014

Omaha, Nebraska: Mayor’s Office Proposes Letting Police Check Out Library Patron Information

More privacy issues in the library world. From the Omaha World-Herald: The Omaha Mayor’s Office would like law enforcement officials to be able to access personal information from Omahans’ library cards in emergencies, setting off a debate over patrons’ privacy. Mayor Jean Stothert’s chief of staff, Marty Bilek, appeared before the Omaha Public Library’s board […]

Appellate Court Reverses District Court Judgment in Publishers v. Georgia State U. Fair Use Case

Note; Since Our First Post About the Court’s Decision We’ve Updated With Several Items about the Court’s Ruling. All Links are in the UPDATE Section Below. Duke University Scholarly Communications Officer Kevin Smith shares the breaking news and some initial analysis of today’s appellate court [U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, Atlanta] ruling in […]

Public Library News Roundup (14 Stories From Around the U.S.)

Here’a a new infoDOCKET roundup with a compilation of what we hope are interesting/informative reports about a few public libraries around the U.S. All of these items were published online in the past two weeks. Alabama Athens library employee charged with stealing funds (via WAAY) Colorado Durango: How much is a library worth? (via The […]

The Aspen Institute Releases New Report: “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries”

From a News Release: “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” explores how public libraries can respond as the digital age increases the demand for high-speed information access, changes in our education systems, innovative job training models and additional community services to help people and communities compete in the new economy. The report is part […]

Partnerships: PLOS, CDL, and DataONE Launch Pilot Project to Develop Data-Level Metrics

From a PLOS Blog Post by Jennifer Lin: In partnership with the University of California Curation Center at the California Digital Library, and DataONE, we are pleased to announce the launch of a new project to develop data-level metrics. This project is funded by an EAGER grant from the National Science Foundation. The project, titled “Making Data Count: […]

TSLA Wins Appeal, Texas Will Receive Full Award of Federal Library Funds

From the Texas State Library and Archives Commission: The Texas State Library and Archives Commission has won its appeal to keep its full allotment of federal funds awarded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Due to reductions in state funding in 2013, Texas was at risk of losing as much as $1.7 million […]

Candidates Announced: Janes, LaRue, Porcaro, and Todaro to Vie For 2016-17 ALA Presidency

Today, the American Library Association announced that four well-known members of the library community are candidates for the 2016-17 ALA Presidency. The candidates are: Joe Janes, associate professor and chair of the MLIS program at the University of Washington Information School James La Rue, CEO of LaRue & Associates JP Porcaro, Librarian for Acquisitions and […]

Public Library News Roundup From the U.S. and Canada

Connecticut Westport: “Coming Soon to the Library: Humanoid Robots” (via WSJ) Delaware New Castle: Editorial: Don’t foul up innovative library plan (via Delaware Online) Idaho Video Report: Librarians around Idaho go high tech Illinois Chicago libraries accept immigrant licenses as ID (via AP) Michigan Brandon Township charges ex-librarian lied about skills (via Detroit News) Missouri […]

FindAway World Gets $500,000 U.S. Air Force Contract For Preloaded, Secure E-Reader Devices

Let’s Review: 1. In August, the U.S. Air Force wanted to learn more about companies that could provide them with a secure, pre-loaded e-readers for use by USAF libraries. In many respects, similar to what the Navy offers with their new NeRD ereader. 2. Later in the month, the USAF published a synopsis saying they […]

Netherlands: Swets Files For Bankruptcy

Note: We’ve updated this post multiple times with additional material. Look for the updates below. A story on the German publishing industry web site boersenblatt.net (in German) reports that Netherlands-based Swets (Swets Information Services B.V.) is insolvent and has filed for bankruptcy. We’ve reached out the company for comment. With the caveat the mechanical translation […]