May 26, 2015

Election Results: Julie Todaro Wins ALA Presidency For 2016-2017 Term

One very close election this year! Only 22 votes separated Julie Todaro from runner up, Joe Janes. 10,119 votes were cast for ALA President. ALA reports that in 2014 the organization had 55,316 members. Ten years ago (2015) ALA membership was 66,075 (largest ever). A recently released data set from the U.S. Census (linked below; […]

NYC Mayor’s Proposed 2016 Budget Shows $10 Million Funding Cut For New York City’s Library Systems

From the NY Daily News: Libraries took a $10 million hit in the city’s 2016 budget. The three systems received $323 million — including $5 million from the City Council — in operating funds in 2015, and this year were only promised around $313 million. [Clip] The New York, Brooklyn and Queens public libraries also […]

Texas: San Antonio Public Library’s Newest Branch Features Drive-Through

The new Encino Branch Library opened on Saturday. From Library director Ramiro Salazar said one of the exciting highlights about the nearly 10,000 square-foot-branch is the premiere of the library system’s first drive-through service point. Salazar said the service will allow residents to stop at the drive through window to drop off and pick up items […]

Louisiana: New Orleans Voters Approve Library Tax

From Times-Picayune: New Orleans’ libraries can look forward to a cash infusion after voters agreed Saturday (May 2) to raise property taxes to support the ailing public system. Voters were asked to consider providing the library system with as much as $8.2 million a year starting in January, in addition to the current 3.14-mill, $8.7 million annual […]

Texas: San Antonio Public Public Library & Bexar County BiblioTech Partnering on Digital Content Acquisition and Delivery

From the San Antonio-Express News: A city-county rivalry over digital library services has eased with the announcement of a new partnership between the San Antonio Public Library system and the all-digital Bexar County BiblioTech. Mayor Ivy Taylor and County Judge Nelson Wolff disclosed the pact with vows to improve cooperation between the SAPL and the […]

Wisconsin: Police Offended by Art Displayed at Madison Central Public Library

From WKOW-TV: Wisconsin’s top police union is condemning what they call an “ill-conceived promotion” at the Madison Central Library, but officials there are defending their decision to display a painting that depicts a group of militarized police officers pointing their weapons at an African-American child holding a toy gun. Madison artist Mike L’Roy said the […]

Report: An Arkansas Public Library System Begins Placing Restrictions on Use of 3D Printers

The news about the Pope County Public Library System in Arkansas is included in a report from St. Louis Public Radio about 3D printers in libraries. The ALA has recommended guidelines for libraries to address concerns about safety, access and liability. But some local libraries have established rules on their own. At the Pope County […]

President Obama Announces New Digital Content Program (Ebooks) & ConnectED Library Challenge

UPDATE: The White House has posted a “fact sheet” about the two programs/initiatives announced today 1. Access to eBooks 2. “ConnectED Library Challenge” We will update this post with more info as it becomes available. From an Email by Roberto J. Rodríguez: Deputy Assistant to the President for Education (via DPLA): Through greater access to America’s […]

Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Public Libraries Remain Open

From You can find more than books at the Baltimore public library today, as all branches remain open and fully staffed in the wake of protests and riots that have rocked the city. With a state of emergency declared and schools closed citywide Tuesday morning, the Enoch Pratt Free Library has chosen to stay […]

Primary Sources and Other Reference Materials: Nepal Earthquake, April 2015

We plan to add additional resources and documents moving forward. Global Disaster Alert and Coordination Center Alerts, Maps, Data Files, and More UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator for Nepal Office of the Resident Coordinator – Situation Reports Reference Maps Thematic Maps Infographics UN OHCA (Asia/Pacific) Twitter Stream Humanitarian Data Exchange Nepal Earthquake Materials Maps ESRI […]