July 22, 2014

IMLS Releases FY 2012 Public Library Survey Data Files

FY 2012 data files released online today (July 2, 2014). A report analyzing the data will be published this Fall. From the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): The Institute of Museum and Library Services [has] released data files for the FY 2012 Public Library Survey (PLS), which provides statistics on the status of […]

World Book Night Suspends Operations in U.S. Due to a Lack of Funding


Sad news. World Book Night is suspending operations in the U.S. due to a lack of funding. The 2014 WBN U.S. included participation from more than 1000 libraries who registered on the ALA web site. This is yet another example of a worthwhile project not being (at least to this point) sustainable for the long term. […]

Pennsylvania: Libraries Feeling Pressures of Continued Funding Cuts

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Pennsylvania’s public libraries endured the pain of the funding ax in recent years, cutting back on staff, services, new book purchases and hours of operation. In Washington County, the situation is about to become more dire — one community’s library might have to close altogether. Citizens and Chartiers-Houston libraries, two Washington […]

Humanities: Harvard Library Shares Digital Files of Nine of Rare Childhood Brontë Manuscripts Online

From the Harvard Gazette: The tiny, hand-lettered, hand-bound books Charlotte and Branwell Brontë made as children surely qualify. Measuring about 2.5 by 5 centimeters, page after mini-page brims with poems, stories, songs, illustrations, maps, building plans, and dialogue. The books, lettered in minuscule, even script, tell of the “Glass Town Confederacy,” a fictional world the […]

Report: The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2014 Released, Pearson Tops List

Note: A summary document by Dr. Rüdiger Wischenbart includes analysis, insights, and charts from the Global Ranking 2014 report. Direct to The Global Ranking of the Publishing Industry 2014 (10 pages; PDF) Top 10 Global Publishing Groups 1. Pearson 2. Elsevier 3. ThomsonReuters 4. Wolters Kluwer 5. Random House 6. Hachette Livre 7. McGraw-Hill Education […]

New York Public Library Receives First City Funding Increase ($4.4 Million) In Six Years

From NYPL:  The New York Public Library will receive a $4.4 million increase in city operating funds for Fiscal Year 2015, according to the new city budget, unveiled today by Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, and the New York City Council. The increase – the first for the system since Fiscal […]

NY Daily News Reports: “Queens Public Library Trustees Plan to Remove Thomas Galante as director — Then Give Him Consulting Job that Pays $800G”

UPDATE 3:30pm Queens library board cancels meeting about Thomas Galante’s $800,000 exit package (via NYDN) UPDATE Gov. Cuomo signs bill to reform operations at embattled Queens library system (via NYDN) From The New York Daily News: The trustees of the Queens Public Library have scheduled an emergency meeting for Thursday night to remove their controversial director Thomas […]

Simon & Schuster eBook Pilot Concludes, All S&S Ebook Titles Now Available to All U.S. Public Libraries

UPDATE The Simon & Schuster ebook pilot continues in Canada. According to S&S spokesman Adam Rothberg: “Wider expansion is certainly a possibility in the future, and the Canadian systems that are in the pilot remain so.” Simon and Schuster announced today that they’ve ended their ebook pilot with more than 20 public library systems in […]

OverDrive Will Make Transactional Pricing Available With New Streaming Video Content From Warner Brothers

OverDrive has announced that transactional pricing (what they call pay-per-checkout)  will be available for hundreds of streaming video titles from Warner Brothers. This is the first time that OverDrive has offered content using this pricing model. The deal with Warner Brothers was formally announced yesterday. Other distributors of content to the public library market including Hoopla, Freading, […]

Projects from New York Public Library, Chicago Public Library, and DPLA Awarded Knight Foundation “News Challenge” Grants

The grant announcements were made this AM. Congratulations to all of the winners. A look at all 19 projects receiving funding. 652 projects submitted proposals. You can review all of them here. Projects From Libraries Receiving Funding 1. New York Public Library: “Check Out the Internet” ($500,000 Award) From NYPL: The Library’s program, expected to launch […]