October 24, 2014

The Aspen Institute Releases New Report: “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries”

From a News Release: “Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries” explores how public libraries can respond as the digital age increases the demand for high-speed information access, changes in our education systems, innovative job training models and additional community services to help people and communities compete in the new economy. The report is part […]

California: 100,000 Los Angeles Elementary Students Still Without Libraries

From KPCC Radio: About 40 percent of Los Angeles Unified elementary schools still lack the staff to open libraries, leaving about 100,000 students without a way to borrow books on campus, according to figures recently released by the district. During budget hearings last spring, Superintendent John Deasy promised to spend $6 million to bring back […]

Encyclopaedia Britannica Sees Digital Growth, Aims to Draw New Users

A recent Chicago Tribune article that has been syndicated to a number of newspapers. From the Article: Chicago-based Encyclopaedia Britannica, which shelved its venerable print edition in favor of a digital-only version more than two years ago, is looking to reclaim its legacy as the household reference of choice. [Clip] Some 50,000 households pay $70 […]

New Research Article: “A Survey of Graphic Novel Collection and Use in American Public Libraries”

The following article was published online in the past week. It appears in the new issue of Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. Title A Survey of Graphic Novel Collection and Use in American Public Libraries Author Edward Francis Schneider University of South Florida Source Evidence Based Library and Information Practice Abstract Objective – The […]

Ohio: Public Library Of Cincinnati And Hamilton County Begins Offering Career Online High School Diploma Program

The Public Library Of Cincinnati And Hamilton County announced today that they’re now offering library users the opportunity to earn accredited high school diplomas and career certificates via Career Online High School. The Career Online High School program is marketed to libraries by Gale. Here’s the library’s web page with FAQs about the program including […]

Cool! 3D-Printed Books Make Pictures Real for Blind Children

From New Scientist: A new project is printing Braille picture books for visually impaired children. Each page turns the pictures from the original book into raised 3D shapes alongside traditional Braille text. “The advantage of 3D-printing is really about making one-of-a-kind objects,’ says Tom Yeh, who heads up the Tactile Picture Books Project at the […]

Ohio: Columbus Metropolitan Library Expanding Book Delivery Program to Public Schools

From the Columbus Metropolitan Library: Tomorrow, Columbus Metropolitan Library (CML) will begin delivering bins of carefully selected books to 16 elementary schools in the Columbus City Schools (CCS) district. This new service is part of a larger CML effort to impact early literacy and third grade reading. CML piloted the book delivery program with Groveport-Madison’s […]

NJ State Library Will Begin Offering High School Diploma Program at Select Public Libraries Throughout State

From the New Jersey State Library: The New Jersey State Library (NJSL), an affiliate of Thomas Edison State College, has announched the launch of its Online High School Completion Program, which will allow NJ residents to earn an accredited high school diploma and credentialed career certificate at their local library. The groundbreaking program is designed […]

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 […]

Amazon Formally Launches Kindle Unlimited E-Book (and Audiobook) Subscription Service

We posted some extended comments focusing on what this and other ebook subscription services might mean for the library community the other day when news of Kindle Unlimited leaked. We’ve included some of them at the bottom of this post and added a few new thoughts. – Today, the Kindle Unlimited service was formally announced. […]