March 1, 2015

Major Cuts Proposed for Indiana State Library Budget, Remotely Accessible Databases and Genealogy Department Targeted

Word via Fred Moss on the Records Preservation and Access Committee Blog from the Federation of Genealogical Societies. From the Blog Post: With a more than $2 billion state budget surplus, the 2015 state budget proposed by the administration provides for  a 25% cut to the Indiana State Library’s funding.  This proposal specifically targets cuts […]

IMLS Releases New Report With FY2012 U.S. Public Library Statistics, More Than 1.5 Billion Trips to Public Libraries During Year

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: In 2012, Americans made 1.5 billion trips to public libraries in the United States — the equivalent of more than 4.1 million visits each day, according to new research by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The research indicates there is still a high demand […]

ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy Releases Draft of National Public Policy Agenda For Libraries

From ALA: Libraries are in a revolution fueled by rapid advances in technology, and thus the roles, capabilities, and expectations of libraries are changing rapidly. National public policy for libraries must reflect these changes. Today, the American Library Association (ALA) Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) released a discussion draft policy agenda for libraries to […]

Proposal by New Mexico State University Proposal Would Limit Access to Public Records

From the Albuquerque Journal: New Mexico State University plans to propose extensive changes to restrict the reach of the state’s public records law – amendments that transparency advocates call “troubling” and vow to fight. A document prepared by NMSU and obtained by the Journal describes a litany of proposed exemptions to the Inspection of Public Records […]

California: “Artist Upset After Long Beach Public Library Removes Doll From Art Display That It Considered Controversial”

UPDATE January 27, 2015 Art piece showing lifeless black doll returns to Long Beach library display that includes white police officer (via Long Beach Telegram) — From The Long Beach Press-Telegram: Commissioned to create provocative art for a display at the Long Beach Public Library, Lethia Cobb said she was surprised earlier this month when […]

Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Will Award $154.8 Million to States to Improve Library Services

From an IMLS Announcement: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) today released its Fiscal Year 2015 allotment table for 56 State Library Administrative Agencies (SLAAs), totaling $154,848,000. These annual grants represent the largest source of federal funding support for library services in the U.S. The grants allocate a base amount to each of […]

“Baltimore’s Iconic Pratt Library Is Getting A 100 Million Dollar Makeover, But Where Are All Of The Books Going?”

Here we go again? From the Baltimore City Paper: One thing the Pratt will not have more of after the refit is shelf space. The library’s upper floors will see an overall reduction of more than 6,500 linear feet of shelving, Hayden revealed in an email to activist David Yaffe last month. Five years ago […]

Netherlands: Dutch E-Book Resale Site Has To Close For Now, Court Rules

From Loek Essers at PC World: Dutch ebook resale site Tom Kabinet has to close because, at least at the moment, it cannot prove that all the books offered for sale on the site have been legally obtained, an Amsterdam court ruled Tuesday. Tom Kabinet, which allows sellers to upload ebook files to the site, […]

NEH & Mellon Announce Pilot Grant Program to Digitize Out of Print Books in Humanities and Make Them Available With CC License

The pilot is named Humanities Open Book. From a Joint NEH/Mellon Announcement: A new joint grant program by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation seeks to give a second life to outstanding out-of-print books in the humanities by turning them into freely accessible e-books. Over the past 100 […]

Nature Magazine Publisher (Macmillan Science And Education) and Springer Science Announce Intention to Merge to Merger

UPDATE Noon January 15, 2015 We asked Springer about specific plans to merge journal packages and other products. Here’s what they had to say. From a Springer Spokesperson: Today’s announcement was simply that: an announcement that we intend to merge. However, we will have to wait for several months before various competition authorities give us […]