February 23, 2018

U. of Illinois Library’s Project Unica Preserves Books So Rare They Exist in Only One Copy

From the U. of Illinois News Center: Among librarians and booksellers, hymnals and children’s books are infamous for their low survival rate, as a result of overuse and abuse. So when the staff at the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library found an eight-page unbound copy of the ABCs and common prayers published in 1536 […]

No Joke: Toronto Public Library Was Asked to Pull Dr. Seuss Book ‘Hop on Pop’

We might never know whether or not someone was pulling a prank. However, because the complaint was filed and TPL considered it the Dr. Seuss title is now included on the Toronto Public Libraries official list of materials asked to be reconsidered. From CTV News: A popular tale by Dr. Seuss was one of seven books […]

OCLC Research Releases: “Preservation Health Check: Monitoring Threats to Digital Repository Content” (Prelim Findings, Phase 1)

The following report was recently published by OCLC Research. Title Preservation Health Check: Monitoring Threats to Digital Repository Content April 2014 Authors Wouter Kool Brian Lavoie Titia van der Werf Source OCLC Research About the Report Preservation Health Check: Monitoring Threats to Digital Repository Content presents the preliminary findings of Phase 1 of our Preservation […]

Randy Riley Named Michigan’s New State Librarian

From the From the Michigan Dept. of Education: Randy Riley has been selected as the next State Librarian, the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) announced. Riley, who has been the Michigan eLibrary (MeL) coordinator, will succeed Nancy Robertson, who is retiring April 30th after almost a decade in that role. Riley is a librarian’s librarian, […]

New York City Freezes Queens Library System’s Cash Flow, More than $20 Million on Hold

From the NY Daily News: The freeze covers some $20.27 million in projects — including the Queens Central Library renovations exposed by the Daily News that have gotten library president Thomas Galante in hot water. City officials say they won’t release any funding until they’ve received sufficient documentation the expenses are legitimate. Among the money […]

Video: Patrick Losinski, CEO, Columbus Metropolitan Library, Speaks to Librarians in New Zealand

On March 26th, the CEO of the Columbus, OH Metropolitan Library, Pat Losinki, was one of the keynote speakers at the  Te Puna Libraries Forum organized by the National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa and held at three locations in New Zealand. The theme of this years forum was the “digital shift”. […]

Video: Take a Tour of the New British Library Newspaper Reading Room

The new reading room (aka “Newsroom”) opened yesterday in London. Background materials below. The reading room also offers public access to the UK Internet Archive (not accessible on the web). The opening of the Newsroom marks the culmination of a £33 million programme [$55.56 million] that has also involved moving the Library’s vast collection of […]

OCLC Releases WorldCat Works (197 Million Bibliographic Work Descriptions) as Linked Data

Note: This project was announced on February 25, 2014 when a preview went live. Our post includes a recorded video. From Today’s Announcement: OCLC has made 197 million bibliographic work descriptions—WorldCat Works—available as linked data, a format native to the Web that will improve discovery of library collections through a variety of popular sites and […]

Coldplay Announces Lyrics Scavenger Hunt in Libraries Worldwide

From Radio.com:   The good news? Coldplay fans can read the lyrics to the band’s new album before it hits stores. The bad news? They’ll have to find them, first. The band announced today (April 28) they will hide handwritten lyric sheets of Ghost Stories from frontman Chris Martin in nine libraries across the world, creating a scavenger hunt […]

Colorado’s Statewide Ebook Pilot Project Moving Into Testing and Demo Phase


Direct to e-Voke Colorado Web Site (User Interface) From Douglas County, CO Libraries: After seven months of work, the project is nearing completion. An alpha-stage, e-content management platform has been 80% developed, and currently meets six of eight functional requirements as determined by the eVoke advisory committee, including representatives from the Colorado State Library, CLiC, Colorado […]