May 28, 2016

Libraries and Librarian Education: 40 Recipients Receive $13 Million in IMLS Grants (First Cycle of National Leadership and Laura Bush Grants)

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From IMLS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 40 grants to institutions totaling $13,016,100. The grants were awarded through the first cycle of the National Leadership Grants for Libraries Program and the Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program. Direct to Details + Abstracts of All 40 Grants Highlights: National Leadership Grants Project […]

Public Libraries: Georgia’s General Assembly Adds Four Library Facilities, Materials Funding to State’s FY2017 Budget

From the Georgia Public Library Service News: Georgia’s General Assembly endorsed the importance of the state’s public libraries in the wee hours of March 25 when it ended the 2016 session with a proposed budget of $23.7 billion for fiscal year 2017. The appropriations bill retains all funds that were included in Gov. Nathan Deal’s […]

ALA Releases State of America’s Libraries Report 2016 (Includes List of Most Challenged Books of 2015)

Direct to Full Text Report From the Report: Out of 275 challenges recorded by the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom, the “Top Ten Most Challenged Books in 2015” are: Looking for Alaska, by John Green Reasons: Offensive language, sexually explicit, and unsuited for age group. Fifty Shades of Grey, by E. L. […]

Pew Research Releases New Findings on Public Library Usage in the U.S.

Note (Rant) from Gary Price, infoDOCKET Founder/Editor: Oh look, once again we note findings in a Pew report about many people (who use a public library) don’t know about some/many of the services and resources that their public library provides. I’ll say again, if we don’t tell people (both locally and nationally) who use or […]

Report: “Philadelphia Libraries to Get $600 Million Makeover Courtesy of Mayor Kenney’s New Plan”

From The Daily Pennsylvanian: With the help of Mayor Jim Kenney’s massive $600 million plan to restore Philadelphia’s public libraries, recreation centers and parks, these libraries will finally begin to find new life, according to a March 14 Philadelphia Inquirer article. Kenney hopes to fund this plan by selling $300 million in bonds, along with […]

GAO Report: National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) Needs to Work on Access and Modernizing Technology

The new GAO Report: Library Services for Those with Disabilities: Additional Steps Needed to Ease Access to Services and Modernize Technology was made available online today. The National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (NLS) is part of the Library of Congress. From the Findings: The National Library Service for the Blind and […]

Libraries, Publishing, Research: Ithaka S+R Releases 2016 US Faculty Survey Findings

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From a Blog Post by Roger Schonfeld (Co-Author Report): We have been running this survey on a triennial basis since 2000 to examine the attitudes and behaviors of scholars at four-year colleges and universities across the United States. The survey provides the higher education community with a regularly updated snapshot of its faculty members at […]

Alaska: Proposed State Budget Cuts Funding For Library Internet Access in Rural Libraries

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From KTOO: These days, the libraries in Haines, Klukwan and Skagway mean much more to residents and visitors than checking out a book or two. The facilities are hubs for educational functions and information gathering via the internet. Patrons use the free web access to find jobs, file taxes and scholarly and cultural pursuits. [Our […]

Legal: New Decision in Georgia State University E-Reserves Case Released

From Krista Cox at the Association of Research Libraries: On March 31, 2016, the District Court for the Northern District of Georgia released its opinion on remand in the Georgia State University e-reserves case, Cambridge University Press v. Becker. [Clip] On remand, the district court considered 48 infringement claims and revisited the fair use assertions by Georgia State […]

New BBC Report: Over 8,000 Public Library Jobs in England Lost in Past Six Years

From the BBC: Almost 8,000 jobs in UK libraries have disappeared in six years, about a quarter of the overall total, an investigation by the BBC has revealed. Over the same period, some 15,500 volunteers have been recruited and 343 libraries have closed, leading to fears over the future of the profession. [Clip] The BBC […]