June 26, 2016

Tennessee: Friends of Library Group to Open Bookstore in Airport

From the Times Free Press (Chattanooga, TN): Friends of the [Chattanooga Public] Library, calling the business model a first for an airport nationally, will lease about 750 square feet in the lower level of the terminal where it will sell books. [Clip] William Sundquist, chairman of the group that supports Chattanooga Public Library, said plans […]

Thailand: New Bangkok City Library Will Stay Open 24 Hours a Day

From Coconuts Bangkok: Good news for all the bookworms who drop thousands of baht every time they step into Asia Books. Bangkok is preparing to launch a new kind of city library, a reading space that will stay open 24 hours a day and have ridiculously cheap membership costs. [Clip] The library is expected to […]

Connecticut: Hartford Public Library Facing Possible Job Cuts and Branch Closings

UPDATE Hartford Mayor Vetoes Council Cuts That Could Have Shut Down Library Branches (via NBC Connecticut) From WTIC: The Hartford Public Library may be forced to close three branches and cut 25 jobs if the city’s budget is approved. The library system recently eliminated 10 positions, but the rest of the cuts will take effect July […]

Looking Good: Branch of Free Library of Philadelphia Allows Job Hunters to Borrow Ties From “Tiebrary”

From TakePart: The internet is littered with advice columns on how to look your best during a job interview—and for men dressing to impress, this usually includes wearing a tie. But what happens when a cash-strapped guy doesn’t have the funds to purchase the necessary neckwear? If that job seeker is in Philadelphia, all he […]

Calgary Public Library and Local Radio Station Work Together to Launch Local Music Collection

From The Calgary Herald: It was an idea brewing in the mind of CJSW station manager Myke Atkinson for a long time: a library to explore the varied Calgary music scene. So the station approached the Calgary Public Library and, with the help of a $30,000 grant from the Calgary Foundation, built the Calgary Local […]

AnyThink Director Pam Sandlian Smith Elected President of the Public Library Association (PLA)

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Anythink Libraries (a “revolution” of the Rangeview Library District) are located in Adams County, Colorado. From Today’s Announcement: Announced Friday, April 29, Anythink Director Pam Sandlian Smith has been elected 2017-2018 Public Library (PLA) Association President. A division of the American Library Association, PLA helps provide a diverse program of communication, advocacy and programming for […]

Arkansas: Legislative Leaders and Governor Agree to Restore $1 Million in State Funding For Libraries

From Arkansas Online: Legislative leaders and Gov. Asa Hutchinson have agreed to restore a $1 million cut in state funding for libraries and a $1 million cut in state funding for senior citizen centers. Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang, R-Searcy, and House Speaker Jeremy Gillam, R-Judsonia, on Friday said the agreement was reached in […]

James Neal Elected ALA President For 2017-2018 Term

From American Libraries: James G. (Jim) Neal, university librarian emeritus at Columbia University, New York, has been elected president-elect of the American Library Association. Neal received 3,479 votes, while his opponents, Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, professor and coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, received 3,317 votes; and Christine […]

High Honors! Winners of 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service Announced

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From IMLS: The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the 10 recipients of the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 22 years, the award has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making […]

In Response to HB 2, ALA/ALSC Cancels Institute Scheduled to Take Place in Charlotte, North Carolina

From the American Library Association: The Board of Directors of the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) voted today to cancel its 2016 National Institute scheduled for September in Charlotte, N.C. The cancellation is a response to the passage last month of North Carolina’s Public Facilities Privacy & Security Act (House Bill 2), which repealed […]