September 30, 2016

Canada: Newfoundland and Labrador Public Library Closures Suspended Until Review Completed

From the CBC: Newfoundland and Labrador’s education minister says he has requested a suspension of the decision to restructure the public library system. Dale Kirby stated during a scrum with reporters Thursday that he was never comfortable with the decision, and says the it was made following consultations with Premier Dwight Ball and members of […]

Two Architecture Firms Selected to Design Obama Library/Presidential Center in Chicago

From the Obama Foundation Web Site: The Obama Foundation has selected Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners (TWBTA) to lead the design team for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, and Interactive Design Architects (IDEA) to be their partner as they begin this exciting project. TWBTA stood out in their commitment to explore the […]

New HathiTrust and NFB Partnership Will Make More Than 14 Million Digital Books Accessible to Blind and Print-Disabled Users

From HathiTrust: More than 14 million digital books will soon be made available to blind and print-disabled users, thanks to a new collaboration involving the National Federation of the Blind and the HathiTrust Digital Library, a digital repository hosted at the University of Michigan. When launched, the program will dramatically increase the availability of books […]

South Carolina: A Charleston Co. Public Library Branch Renamed in Honor of Librarian Cynthia Hurd

From WCBD: A Charleston County Public Library branch [was] renamed [yesterday] and dedicated in honor of Cynthia Graham Hurd – a 31-year library employee who died in the Emanuel AME church shooting in June 2015. Charleston County Council, with support of the Library’s Board of Trustees, agreed to rename the [St. Andrews Regional Library] building to honor […]

Alexander Street Press Acquired by ProQuest


From a ProQuest Announcement Alexander Street, a leading provider of streaming videos and music as well as award-winning primary source collections to libraries around the world, has joined the ProQuest family of companies. [Clip] The acquisition brings together Alexander Street’s valuable video, music and unique primary source collections with ProQuest’s extensive aggregation of content, which […]

Penguin Random House Sells Fodor’s to Internet Brands

From Internet Brands: Penguin Random House has reached an agreement to sell Fodor’s, to Internet Brands, a leading Los Angeles-based online media and technology company, whose well-known travel websites such as and The agreement reflects the growing value and potential of digital and mobile consumer engagement with travel information and content. Terms of […]

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 […]