August 31, 2015

Toronto Public Library Hopes to Put Book-Lending Vending Machine at City’s Union Station

From The Star: The Toronto Public Library hopes to roll out a book-lending machine at Union Station by the end of the year. If it’s successful, more could be on their way. The move is a novel idea aimed at making the library more accessible to Torontonians and broadening the number of users, which sits […]

Canada: Edmonton Public Library Launches Streaming Service Featuring Local Musicians

The new Capital City Records launched today and is available at: www.capitalcityrecords.ca From the Edmonton Journal: The library’s new site, Capital City Records, allows music fans the chance to download or stream music that has an Edmonton connection, make playlists, browse digitized gig posters and share memories about defunct venues. [Our emphasis] It’s the first […]

Diversity: Librarians at ALA Recommend Titles For 3Ms 2015 “Partner for Pride” Reading List

From School Library Journal: Attendees passing by the 3M booth at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francicso were encouraged to write down their favorite title of a book supporting diversity and add it to a heart-shaped display made of rainbow-hued Post-it notes. For each title posted on the Partner for […]

ALA Releases “Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors”

From the American Library Association: On June 29, 2015, the American Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee approved a new document, “Library Privacy Guidelines for E-book Lending and Digital Content Vendors.”  The document, which outlines best practices for vendors to follow to protect the privacy of library users,  is intended to encourage vendors and libraries to […]

AP: “Facing Islamic State Threat, Iraq Digitizes National Library”

From the Associated Press: As Islamic State militants set out to destroy Iraq’s history and culture, including irreplaceable books and manuscripts kept in the militant-held city of Mosul, a major preservation and digitization project is underway in the capital to safeguard a millennium worth of history. In darkrooms in the library’s back offices, employees use […]

New York: Queens Library Receives $14M for Capital Improvements

From Queens Borough President, Melinda Katz: Borough President Melinda Katz announced an allocation of $14 million of her Fiscal Year 2016 discretionary capital funds for important expansions, renovations and technology across 12 library branches throughout the borough. “The millions of families who rely on the Queens Library services deserve nothing less than a world-class library […]

Ian Singer, VP and Group Publisher, to Depart Media Source (Owner of LJ, SLJ, and The Horn Book)

Here’s the full text of an announcement we just received from MediaSource, parent/publisher of Library Journal, School Library Journal and The Horn Book. Media Source, Inc., has announced that Ian Singer is leaving his position as Vice President & Group Publisher, Library Journals, LLC & The Horn Book, Inc., as of August 28. During his […]

Chicago Public Library Receives $2.5 Million Grant to Expand Early Learning Spaces Across City

From the City of Chicago: Mayor Rahm Emanuel was joined this morning by Chicago Public Library (CPL) Commissioner Brian Bannon at the Albany Park Library branch to announce a significant expansion of Chicago Public Library early learning spaces across the city. Thanks to a $2.5 million grant from Exelon Corporation to the Chicago Public Library […]

Special Collections: Pitt Library Songbook Key to Lawsuit Over ‘Happy Birthday’ Rights

From the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: “Happy Birthday to You,” one of the most recognized songs in the world, has long been a cash cow for a company that charges for use of the 1893 ditty. A songbook found by Pitt librarians is likely to end the dispute over whether it should be copyright protected, lawyers say. […]

The Library Privacy Project and TOR Project Begin Library Exit Node Pilot

From a Library Privacy Project Blog Post by Alison Macrina: Today, we’re excited to announce a new initiative, a collaboration between the Library Freedom Project and Tor Project: Tor exit relays in libraries. Nima Fatemi, the Tor Project member who’s already helped Library Freedom Project in a number of ways, is our main partner on […]