April 20, 2015

A New Public Library News Roundup is Now Available (26 Stories From the U.S. and Canada)

Here’s our latest roundup featuring a selection of public library stories from the U.S. and Canada. Alberta Medicine Hat: Library staff pay increased through new collective agreement (via Medicine Hat News) Arkansas Fayetteville library’s future still unclear after city, court decisions (via Arkansas Online) California Alameda County: Librarian connects incarcerated youths to lesser-known writers (via […]

Minnesota Public Radio on a Library Catalog Card Artist

From MPR: Vickie Moore grew up flipping through catalog cards in search of what to read next. Using a computer is certainly more convenient, she admitted, “but it’s not the same as browsing through the card catalog, which was a bit like wandering through a bookstore.” [Clip] An artist by training, she was accustomed to […]

Wikimedia Foundation, ACLU, and Others Sue National Security Agency (NSA) and Justice Dept. Over Mass Surveillance Program

From the Wikimedia Foundation: Today, the Wikimedia Foundation is filing suit against the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) of the United States. The lawsuit challenges the NSA’s mass surveillance program, and specifically its large-scale search and seizure of internet communications — frequently referred to as “upstream” surveillance. Our aim in […]

California: Possible Measles Exposure For Library Patrons at Two Branches of Berkeley Public Library

From the Bay Area News Group (via Contra Costa Times): Public health officials say a person who may be infected with measles visited the West and Central branches of the city library Feb. 27 and 28, potentially exposing hundreds of patrons to the airborne virus. [Clip] Patrons who were at the libraries on the dates […]

Public Library News Roundup (44 Items From Around the U.S and Canada)

What follows below is a selection of 44 public library news items from around the U.S. and Canada that were published throughout February and during the first three days of March 2015. An overwhelming majority of these items have not been shared on infoDOCKET to this point. We hope you find at least a few […]

Video: New Orleans Public Library Hopes to Avert Financial Crisis

From WWL-TV: The New Orleans Public Library is taking some steps to keep library doors open with funding running out. [Clip] Right now the library is tapping into its reserve funds to stay afloat, but that will all be spent by next summer. The library is hoping voters will pass a millage proposal on the […]

Iraq: “ISIS Burns Mosul Library: Why Terrorists Target Books”

From infoDOCKET Founder/Editor: Gary Price: Words often fail when you read stories like the following one and they can fail multiple times too. For example, words fail when you read about the destruction caused by the act itself (building lost, rare materials destroyed, etc) and they fail again when thinking about what the burning of […]

IMLS Announces 30 Finalists for 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Announced

Congratulations to the 15 libraries and 15 museums announced as finalists today! From IMLS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced 30 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 21 years, […]

Oklahoma: State Arts, Libraries Agencies Prepare for Further Cuts

From KWGS Radio: A state House budget subcommittee asked cultural agencies Monday how they’re preparing for another year of cuts. [Clip] Oklahoma Department of Libraries Director Susan McVey told the subcommittee she has to spend money on certain things in order to get more than $2 million in federal dollars. “And that’s what we use […]

Most Funding for the Indiana State Library Restored in Latest Proposed Budget

From the Evansville Courier & Press: The Indiana State Library could avoid big funding cuts proposed by Gov. Mike Pence now that legislators are making changes to the state’s spending plan. Pence’s budget proposal would have axed the state library’s funding by 24 percent, some $2 million, forcing the downtown Indianapolis library to eliminate many […]