April 14, 2018

Hawaii’s Public Library System Requests State Funding For Security Guards in All Libraries

From KHON-TV: The Hawaii State Public Library System is asking lawmakers for money to hire more security guards. If approved, all 50 public libraries statewide would have at least one security guard on duty during regular business hours. [Clip] If the library system’s $387,000 budget request passes, there will be guards at every library in […]

New Reference Database: Canadian Research Knowledge Network Launches Public Index of Digitized Collections from Institutions Across Canada


From the Canadian Research Knowledge Network: The Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN) is proud to launch the Canadian National Digital Heritage Index (CNDHI), an index of digitized collections from across Canada with the goal of creating a single, current list of all Canadian digitization projects. This national index, the first of its kind in Canada, […]

National Libraries: Library and Archives Canada Publishes Three-Year Plan (Roadmap) 2016-2019

Released today by Library and Archives Canada (LAC) in Ottawa. From the Introduction of the Plan by Dr. Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada: …LAC developed this three-year plan as a roadmap for its activities until 2019. The plan is based on consultations with clients, partners and employees. From June to December 2015 we […]

New Research Article (Preprint): “Academic Libraries and Copyright: Do Librarians Really Have the Required Knowledge?”

The following article (accepted for publication, preprint) will be published in the March 2017 issue of College & Research Libraries (C&RL). Title Academic Libraries and Copyright: Do Librarians Really Have the Required Knowledge? Authors Juan-Carlos Fernández-Molina University of Granada, Spain João Batista E. Moraes State University of Sao Paulo, Brazil José Augusto C. Guimarães State […]

Higher Ed: New Report on Trends in Doctoral Education in the United States, Dataset Also Available


UPDATE April 1 2016 Report: U.S. Institutions Awarded Most Doctorates Ever Recorded in 2014 The 54,070 research doctorate degrees awarded by U.S. institutions in 2014 represent the highest total ever recorded in the 58-year history of the Survey of Earned Doctorates, (SED) an annual census of research degree recipients. The number of science and engineering […]

Denmark: Job Cuts, Closures, and Fewer Open Hours at Danish Royal Library (National Library of Denmark)

From The Copenhagen Post: The Danish Royal Library [Det Kongelige Bibliotek] will be forced to cut 43 out of 322 positions, trim its opening hours and completely close some smaller reading rooms. Library director Erland Kolding Nielsen said that the cuts are a direct result of austerity measures imposed by the government. [Clip] The library is […]

Poetic Places is a New App (Free) From The British Library


From a British Library’s “Digital Scholarship” Blog Post by Sarah Cole, the current Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at BL: Poetic Places is a free app for iOS and Android devices and the main outcome of my work as Creative Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the British Library, funded by CreativeWorks London. Poetic Places brings poetic depictions of places into the […]

News Roundup

1. eBooks Providers: Illinois Heartland Library System Moving From OverDrive to 3M Cloud Library Tomorrow (via The Southern Illinoisan) 2. Colorado State University Selects Ex Libris Alma and Primo 3. OCLC Signs Long Term Agreement with National Library of the Netherlands ( Koninklijke Bibliotheek (KB) to Serve Public Libraries 4. Ebooks: ProQuest Adds Titles From […]

New York Times Article on Large Unpaid Fine Balances and Access to Library Resources

From The NY Times: When Damaris Triana, then 8, lost several “Little Critter” books that she had borrowed for her sister, the library here fined her $101 — including $40 in processing fees — a bill that was eventually turned over to an agency to collect from her parents. The $101 is a small part […]

Audible is Selling Harry Potter Audiobooks at “Insane Rate” of 345 an Hour, One Million Potter Audiobooks in Four Months

From MarketWatch: So much money has poured into Audible.com’s New Jersey headquarters since the company started selling Harry Potter audiobooks in November, that the wizarding bank Gringott’s may need to open a Newark branch. Customers purchased more than one million copies of the audiobooks in just four months, the Amazon subsidiary told MarketWatch. That revenue […]