October 27, 2016

New Reports: Trends on Use of Public Libraries, Reading Habits, and Bookstores in U.S.


Three new reports released today by the Humanities Indicators project from the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. From HI: In new releases today, the Humanities Indicators report on measures of U.S. reading habits, noting a recent decline in time spent reading for pleasure and substantial declines in the number of bookstores and visits to public libraries. […]

Roundup: Ride and Read Project Launches as Bibliotech Library in Texas Begins Providing Library Kiosks at Bus Stops

From Texas Public Radio: Just in time for Bibliotech’s third anniversary, the library has struck a new partnership to expand its reach and provide library materials to a new community of patrons who otherwise might find it hard to go to a library. VIA [the Greater San Antonio Region bus system] riders will be able […]

ALA Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels Announces He Will Retire in July 2017

From an American Library Association Announcement (Full Text): American Library Association Executive Director Keith Michael Fiels announced today that he will retire in July 2017. Fiels has led ALA since 2002, making him one of the longest-serving executive directors in the Association’s history. Before he came to ALA, Fiels was director of the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners […]

Media Source Appoints Steve Zales as CEO


Just in from Media Source, the parent company of Library Journal, School Library Journal, The Horn Book, and other properties. Media Source, Inc., (“Media Source”) appoints Steve Zales as Chief Executive Officer effective today. Zales succeeds Randy Asmo, who steps down after 29 years at Media Source, including 18 years as its CEO. Mr. Asmo […]

2016 E-Rate Trends Report Published Online


From a Funds For Learning Report Publication Announcement: In an effort to aid policymakers, administrators and other E-rate stakeholders as they shape the future of the program, Funds For Learning [an e-rate consulting firm] releases its E-rate Trends Report. Based on a survey of 1,016 applicants representing a cross-section that closely matches the overall population […]

Coverage of Carla Hayden’s Swearing-In Ceremony as 14th Librarian of Congress (September 14, 2016)


We will post a variety of reports, video, and other resources here throughout the day. Tweets of Ceremony via @LibraryJournal Stream Video: Ceremony (Version One) Swearing in of Carla Hayden (via C-SPAN) Runs 46:29 Video: Ceremony (Version Two) Note: This version runs approx. 106 minutes and begins with about video and music before ceremony begins. […]

CNN: “In Historic First, International Criminal Court Has Classified Destroying Cultural Artifacts as a War Crime”

From CNN: In a historic first, the International Criminal Court has classified destroying cultural artifacts as a war crime. It follows the trial of jihadist Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, who pleaded guilty Monday to destroying religious monuments in the ancient city of Timbuktu in Mali. [Clip] Mahdi, also known as “Abou Tourab,” was charged in March […]

New Online: IMLS Releases FY 2014 Public Libraries Survey Data, New Visualization Tools Also Available


The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released FY 2014 Public Libraries Survey data earlier today. Links below. From IMLS: Today, the Institute of Museum and Library Services released the data for the FY 2014 Public Libraries Survey. Accompanying FY 2014 data are new online visualizations and tools to make the data easier to […]

In Philadelphia, Public Libraries are Serving as Hubs of Health Information (Nurses in the Library)

From Penn News (U. of Pennsylvania) News: Public libraries serve communities in myriad ways, providing places where people gather to read, learn a new language, access the internet, pick up tax forms, or apply for jobs. Now, with support from a President’s Engagement Prize, Penn School of Nursing graduate Melanie Mariano will help Philadelphia’s public libraries […]

In the UK, BBC Radio and Libraries Partnering to Create “One of the Biggest Book Club in Country”

From The Bookseller: Altogether just under 40 BBC local radio stations in England including two on the Channel Islands are teaming up with libraries in their areas to launch a new Book of the Month slot, to encourage both reading and boost visits to libraries. The initiative, organised in partnership with the Society of Chief […]