April 15, 2014

Findaway World Launches AudioEngine Audiobook Distribution Platform


We mentioned Ohio-based Findaway World about one month ago on infoDOCKET when 3M announced that 40,000 audiobooks were now available to Cloud Library partners. Findaway World powers the 3M Cloud Library audiobook service. Now, Findaway World is announcing that their AudioEngine audiobook distribution platform (what 3M, MackinVia Follett, and Baker & Taylor already utilize) is […]

Cengage Learning Exits Chapter 11, Complete Restructuring

From Today’s Announcement: Cengage Learning announced today that it has emerged from Chapter 11, having completed its financial restructuring. “We have used the restructuring process to significantly reduce debt and associated costs, and substantially improve our capital structure while continuing to meet the educational and research needs of our customers and end-users,” said Michael Hansen, […]

Public Library News Roundup: 28 Stories From 16 States and 2 Provinces

Here’s a selection of recent public library news reports from around the U.S. and Canada since we shared our last roundup two weeks ago. Alabama Gardendale library seeks funding for new books, additional employees (via AL.com) Alberta Edmonton Public Library Extends Outreach Workers Project British Columbia Vernon: Possibly library cuts a concern (via The Morning […]

ARL’s SHARE Project Awarded $1 Million Grant by IMLS and Sloan Foundation

We’ve passed along several items about the SHare project on infoDOCKET in the past including this one just a few days ago See: “New EDUCAUSE Article Provides Useful Overview of SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE)”. At the bottom of this post we’ve embedded the full text of the SHARE Project Plan that was released in […]

Report Highlights: 17.66 Percent of Web Traffic On Public Library Websites Accounted for by Mobile Devices

Below, a few  findings from a new 100+ page, fee-based report titled, Survey of Policies to Assure Mobile Device Access to the Library Website, published by the Primary Research Group. More than 60 libraries contributed comprehensive data and insights to the report, and data is broken out by size and type of library and other useful criteria. […]

California Governor Appoints Journalist to State Librarian Position

From the LA Times: [Governor Jerry] Brown [has] appointed Greg Lucas, 55, a former political reporter for the San Francisco Chronicle, to the post. Since 2011, Lucas has been a senior editor for the Sacramento website Capitol Weekly, which provides articles on California politics, and he also writes and edits California’s Capitol, a website he […]

Presidents of ALA Ethnic Caucuses and ALA Release Joint Statement About 2016 Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida

Here’s the Full Text of a Joint Statement From the Presidents Of American Library Association Ethnic Caucuses And The ALA Regarding Future Of 2016 Conference. The values of diversity, equity, and inclusion form the foundation of the library profession and our professional associations. Those values have been challenged by the discriminatory enforcement of the “Stand […]

Good News: Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Withdraws Controversial Code of Conduct

From a Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) Statement: Political pressure sometimes works.  In a victory for staff, Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has withdrawn its controversial Code of Conduct put into effect in early 2013. The code contained severe restrictions on staff behavior, both in their public and personal lives. The restrictions on LAC employees garnered media and public scrutiny and, in the wake of intense public pressure, LAC administrators placed the […]

IMLS Announces Plans For Meetings/Webcasts With Library Stakeholders to Discuss Future Funding Strategies

From the Institute of Museum and Library Services: IMLS Deputy Director for Libraries Maura Marx will lead the series of nationally webcasted meetings with library leaders and other experts. IMLS invites broad participation via the webcasts and social media. Library professionals and the public are invited to view live webcasts of the meeting and to […]

Jane Pyper Stepping Down From Toronto City Librarian Job

From the Toronto Public Library: The Toronto Public Library Board announced today that City Librarian Jane Pyper will be stepping down from her role at the end of June 2014. “The entire Board joins me in thanking Jane for her significant contribution to the library over the years. She has built a successful and distinguished […]