February 14, 2016

San Diego Public Library Staff Trained to Identify Sex Trafficking Victim

From NBC San Diego: More than 800 staff members at all of San Diego’s 36 library locations recently received training on how to spot sex trafficking victims, how to start a conversation with them, and ultimately how to steer them to the appropriate resources for help. “We actually had a situation where we had a […]

Peer Reviewer Recognition: SAGE Takes a Minority Interest in Publons

From SAGE: SAGE Publishing today announces that it has led an investment round for a minority stake in Publons with additional participation by existing investors. Known for its mission to use peer review to speed up science, Publons will remain completely independent and publisher-neutral following this investment, allowing for continued participation from other parties. Established […]

Kiera Parrott Named Reviews Director of Library Journal and School Library Journal

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From a Library Journal /School Library Journal News Release: Library Journal and School Library Journal are pleased to announce the unification of the journals’ Reviews Departments, bringing together the teams that currently produce all the review and book and media trend related products published under the LJ and SLJ brands each year. This unified department […]

Canada: A Long-Lost Violin Concerto Discovered in a University of Toronto Library Basement

From the CBC: Last year, University of Toronto music librarian James Mason was spending a lot of time on two different projects. One was a gargantuan effort to digitize the library’s collection of scores, correspondence, photos and concert programmes that once belonged to the legendary Canadian violinist Kathleen Parlow. The other was a bit of […]

Censorship: Russian Minister Vows Investigation After ‘Book Burning’ at College Libraries

From The Telegraph (UK): Russia’s culture ministry has promised to launch an inquiry after authorities in one region burned at least 50 books and confiscated dozens more from university libraries because they contain sentiments “alien to Russian ideology”. Educational authorities in the Komi republic, a region in Russia’s Arctic northwest, said they destroyed 53 books […]

Pew Internet Releases Findings From Survey on Privacy and Information Sharing Issues

From the Report: A new Pew Research Center study based on a survey of 461 U.S. adults and nine online focus groups of 80 people finds that there are a variety of circumstances under which many Americans would share personal information or permit surveillance in return for getting something of perceived value. For instance, a […]

UK: Amazon.com Lockers in Public Libraries (Case Study)

The UK Government’s, “Libraries Shaping the Future: Report and Case Studies” material (first released on December 16, 2015), added a brief case study today with info/outcomes/lessons learned about how libraries in Chichester, Horsham and Crawley installed Amazon.com lockers in 2012. Amazon Lockers allow customers to pick-up packages vs. having them left at home/office. From the […]

Canada: “Halifax Public Libraries Says It Can Manage With Less City Funding”

From the CBC: Despite an overwhelming number of visitors to the Central Library in Halifax, along with a major increase in computer use and online visitors, Halifax Public Libraries management says it can make do with less municipal funding next year. The request to the city is for $19,440,000 for 2016-2017 — roughly $130,000 less than what it […]

What Happens After College? Project Info Literacy Releases Lifelong Learning Research Report

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The new report was released today by  Project Info Literacy based at the The University of Washington’s iSchool. From the PIL Web Site: What lifelong learning needs do recent graduates have once they finish college? During 2014-2015, the PIL research team interviewed and surveyed 1,651 recent graduates from 10 US colleges and universities. Report Abstract […]

California: “San Bernardino Libraries Get $50K Because of Tragedies”

From the San Bernardino Sun: California State Librarian Greg Lucas offered $15,000 to the city library system and $25,000 to county libraries because of the Dec. 2 terrorist attack, and another $10,000 to the county system because of July’s Lake Fire. The one-time funds come through the federal Library Services and Technology Act, wrote Lucas […]