December 14, 2017

DPLA to Expand Access to Ebooks with $1.5 Million in New Funding From Sloan Foundation

From DPLA: The Digital Public Library of America is thrilled to announce that the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has awarded DPLA $1.5 million to greatly expand its efforts to provide broad access to widely read ebooks. The grant will support improved channels for public libraries to bolster their ebook collections, and for millions of readers nationwide to […]

Oregon: Douglas County Plans to Close Its Public Libraries Later this Year

From KLCC: The Douglas County Board of Commissioners is preparing to close its 11 branch libraries later this year. The board says it can no longer afford to fund the system. [Clip] County Commissioners say because of declining timber revenue, they have had to pare down services. The most recent casualty is libraries. In the […]

ALA and Google Launch “Ready to Code University” Pilot Program (Phase Two)

From the American Library Association: Today, the American Library Association (ALA) and Google, Inc., announced a call for Library and Information Science (LIS) faculty to participate in Phase Two of the Libraries Ready to Code project. This work will culminate in graduate level course models that equip MLIS students to deliver coding programs through public and […]

Missouri: Kansas City Public Library Investigates Swastika Graffiti Found Inside Central Library

From KCUR Radio: Kansas City Public Library officials say they plan on pressing charges after several marks of racist, misogynistic and anti-Semitic graffiti were found inside the Central Library location downtown Sunday. [Clip] “Something of this magnitude has never happened at our library, and all of us our shaking our heads because we are so […]

Saskatchewan: Saskatoon Public Library Dedicates Space for Truth and Reconciliation

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From the CBC: Saskatoon is now home to what is believed to be the first library space in the province permanently dedicated to reconciliation. Today, Saskatoon’s Frances Morrison Central Library will launch the Read for Reconciliation area. The space will include a full set of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission reports, as well as numerous books about Canada’s […]

Pennsylvania: “Charity To Provide $100M For Philadelphia Parks, Libraries”

From the AP: A Philadelphia charity said Sunday it will contribute $100 million to help Mayor Jim Kenney renovate city parks, libraries, recreation centers and playgrounds. The William Penn Foundation said the money committed to the mayor’s “Rebuilding Community Infrastructure Initiative” is the largest single grant in the foundation’s history. From Philly.com: The gift, which […]

Leonard Cohen Archives Live on at University of Toronto Library

From The Star: Leonard Cohen’s career took him from Montreal to Greece to Los Angeles, but he chose to leave much of his life’s work, including early poetry and novel manuscripts, in Toronto. The singer, songwriter, poet and novelist, buried last week in Montreal following his death on Nov. 7, for years donated thousands of […]

ALA President Julie Todaro Releases Statement on Libraries, the Association, Diversity and Inclusion

UPDATE (November 18, 2016) MIT Libraries Stand Committed To Diversity, Inclusion, Equity & Social Justice UPDATE (November 16, 2016) ARL Issues Statement, “Research Libraries and Archives Stand Committed to Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, Social Justice UPDATE (November 16, 2016) Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) Announces Open Forum on Diversity, Inclusion, and Our Work, Post-Election […]

Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Announces Recipients of 2016 Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions Awards at Annual Forum

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From ULC: The 2016 Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions were presented during a special Innovations Celebration on October 6. The event was part of ULC’s 2016 Annual Forum. Award winners were chosen by a panel of expert judges who considered nearly 270 submissions in 10 categories that supported U.S. and Canadian public library programs focused […]

IMLS and COSLA Working Together to Study Public Library Data Collection in U.S.

The following announcement was made on October 7, 2016. From the Institute for Museum and Library Services and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies: The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) have begun a project to examine, evaluate, and map the landscape of public library data […]