September 2, 2014

The Big Weed: Boston Public Library Weeding Up to 180,000 Books From Print Collection

From The Boston Globe: The library, in Roxbury, once brimmed with books. But officials have been steadily culling its collection the past few months as part of a push by BPL administrators to dispose of up to 180,000 little-used volumes from shelves and archives of branches citywide by year’s end. Library officials say the reductions […]

Video: Boise Public Library is Opening a Digital Branch at Boise Airport Later This Month

A new addition for your libraries in airports list. From KTVB (Includes Video): The Philadelphia airport has a digital library and our Airport Director, Rebecca Hupp, had visited there this spring and she came back and said can we do this in Boise?” said Kevin Booe, Boise Public Library director. His response? Of course. And […]

Nebraska: The Omaha Public Library’s Book Bike Hits the Streets For the First Time

Like we’ve seen in other U.S. cities including Seattle, Denver, and Boston, the Omaha Public Library now has a book bike. Three pictures of the bike from Omaha.com and a report from WOWT. Anyone can check out a book when they see the bike and also make use of it’s mobile wi-fi [Clip] “It’s an […]

Open Data: FCC Makes More Than 1.4 GB of Open Internet Comments More Accessible to Public

From the Federal Communications Commission: It goes without saying that there has been tremendous interest in the FCC’s Open Internet rulemaking.  As of yesterday, over 1.1 million comments were filed in the docket, both through our Electronic Comment Filing System (ECFS) and our special openinternet@fcc.gov email address.  We welcome and expect many more comments in […]

Bowker Reports U.S. Traditional Print Book Production Dipped Slightly in 2013, Print-on-Demand Experiences Steep Decline

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From Bowker: Production of print books by traditional publishers slowed in the United States in 2013, declining from 309,957 titles in 2012 to a projected 304,912 titles in 2013, according to Bowker. The two percent decrease reverses the sector’s growth in 2012 over 2011, but points to a relatively stable market for print works despite […]

Alabama: Lack of Funds Stalls ‘Library of Future’ Plan in Montgomery

From the Montgomery Advertiser: The Montgomery City-County Library Board has decided for now to shelve plans to create the state-of-the-art library that originally was envisioned as part of the Questplex project. The problem came down to not having the money to do it, said Thomas McPherson, president of the Montgomery City-County Library Board. “We have […]

Seattle Public Library Partners with Smashwords and Begins Library’s First-Ever Ebook Self-Publishing Contest

From Geekwire: As part of its ongoing Seattle Writes initiative, the library has partnered with self-publishing and distribution platform Smashwords to encourage local writers to package their writing for an audience. The eyeball icing on the finger-typing cake? A contest, open until midnight on October 15, in which up to three entrants who publish via […]

Name Change: San Jose State School of Library and Information Science is Now the SJSU Information Program

The word library was removed from the name of the program as of today. As the statement below points out the name change was approved by the San Jose State University Provost in January of this year. From an SJSU Information Program Announcement: As of August 1, 2014, the SJSU School of Library and Information […]

Michigan: Detroit Public Library Would Be Forced to Close If Current Property Tax Not Renewed (Proposal L)

From WXYZ-TV: Detroit voters will decide the fate of the Detroit Public Library on the August 5 primary ballot. The vote will decide if the Library continues its current operating millage of four mills, which supplies 86 percent of its operating budget. [Clip] If the proposal doesn’t go through the current millage will continue through […]

A Coalition of Library and Education Groups Files Net Neutrality Comments with FCC

The 42 page document containing comments on net neutrality filed with the Federal Communications Commission today can be accessed here. 11 organizations signed the comments including: American Association of State Colleges and Universities American Council on Education American Library Association Association of American Universities Association of College & Research Libraries Association of Public and Land-grant […]