July 5, 2015

Texas State Library and Archives Commission Receives $7.5 Million Increase in Funding

Here’s something you don’t see all that often these day, a sizable increase in funding for libraries. From the Texas State Library and Archives Commission: The 84th Texas Legislature has increased the appropriation of the State Library and Archives Commission [TSLAC] by $7.6M for the 2016-2017 biennium. The new funding includes resources to launch the […]

Coalitions: Canadian Public Libraries for Fair Ebook Pricing Launches Website

From a Canadian Public Libraries for Fair Ebook Pricing News Release: Canadian Public Libraries for Fair Ebook Pricing have joined to raise awareness of high ebook prices charged by multinational publishers at fairpricingforlibraries.org. [Clip] “Demand for ebooks continues to grow – in fact, it’s our fastest growing area of circulation at Toronto Public Library with […]

Budget Cuts Force Vermont Law Library to Reduce Hours

From the Associated Press: The Vermont Department of Libraries is phasing out law library services at the State Library in Montpelier as part of its effort to cope with a budget reduction of over $400,000. [Clip] Starting July 1, the State Library will be open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. It will […]

ALA Says Copyright Office for the Digital Economy Act (CODE Act) is “Misguided”

We first posted about the CODE ACT on June 4, 2015: Two House Judiciary Committee Members Release Draft Legislation to “Modernize” U.S. Copyright Office. The post includes a link to the draft document and other resources. New Today From the American Library Association: Today, American Library Association (ALA) president Courtney Young responded to the introduction […]

Chairman of Boston Public Library Board of Directors, Jeffery Rudman, is Resigning

The full text of Jeffery Rudman’s resignation announcement is posted below. Rudman’s resignation comes eight days after Boston Public Library President, Amy Ryan, announced her resignation and one week after the “missing” BPL artwork was discovered misfiled in the library. Full Text of Jeffery Rudman’s Resignation Announcement (via BPL): Today, the Chair of the Boston […]

Highlights From Association of Research Libraries (ARL) 2014-2015 Salary Survey

The ARL Annual Salary Survey 2014–2015 was released the Association of Research Libraries today. The complete report (including data tables in .xls format) is fee-based and available for purchase here. Along with the publication announcement, ARL did share some highlights from the survey in this news release. The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published […]

Full Text Statement: Librarian of Congress James Billington Announces Retirement

The full text announcement about Dr. Billington’s retirement is found below. First, a fast fact or two about the Librarian of Congress position and a look at next steps in appointing and confirming LC’s new leader. This page from LC with brief bios of the thirteen men who have served as the Librarian of Congress […]

Just Released: 2014 Statistics From U.S. Publishing Industry’s Annual Survey Released Today, Includes Section on E-Book Subscription Services

A nice helping of new statistics today from the Association of American Publishers. Of special note are the sections on audiobooks and ebook subscription services. From the AAP: The U.S. book and journal publishing industry generated $27.98 billion in net revenue for 2014, representing 2.70 billion in units (volume), according to StatShot Annual, a yearly […]

Elsevier Files Lawsuit Against Site Providing Access to Pirated Articles

From TorrentFreak: In common with other content behind paywalls, there are several specialized sites that allow the general public to download pirated copies of these academic works. According to Elsevier the company is losing revenue because of these sites, so in order to stem the tide the publisher has filed a complaint (pdf) at a […]

RFC: U.S. Copyright Office Seeks Comments on Mass Digitization Copyright Program

Last week’s report on Orphan Works and Mass Digitization by the U.S. Copyright Office mentioned that: The Office suggests a “pilot program: that would enable users to digitize and provide access to certain works for research and education purposes under conditions to be agreed upon between rightsholder and user representatives. To assist it in developing […]