March 23, 2018

Public Libraries as a Place For Kids to Eat and Learn During the Summer

From The New York Times: Librarians used to forbid any food or drink to avoid staining books and attracting pests. People who tried to sneak snacks in the stacks would be reprimanded. But in recent years, a growing number of libraries have had a major shift in policy: They are the ones putting food on […]

Slide Deck: Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries at MIT, Speaks to Librarians in Australia

Chris Bourg, Director of Libraries at MIT, spoke to members of the Council of Australian Libraries (CAUL) during a workshop at the University of Sydney on July 4, 2017. Slides from the presentation titled, “Future of libraries: View from MIT” are now available online. Direct to Slides See Also: Brian Bannon (CPL) and Chris Bourg […]

Reference: UN Releases Updated Country-by-Country Population, Births, and Deaths Data Tables

The July 2017 updates have been posted to the Population and Vital Statistics Report web site. These tables are updated monthly. 1. Population, Latest Available Census and Estimates (Latest Available Year) July 21, 2017. 10 pages; PDF. 2. Live Births, Deaths, and Infant Deaths, Latest Available Year (2002 – 2016) July 21, 2017. 10 pages; PDF.    

New Article/Case Study: “Predicting the Role of Library Bookshelves in 2025″

The following full text article was recently published by The Journal of Academic Librarianship. Title Predicting the Role of Library Bookshelves in 2025 Author Coen Wilders Utrecht University Library, The Netherlands Source The Journal of Academic Librarianship Available online 19 July 2017 doi: 10.1016/j.acalib.2017.06.019 Abstract University libraries are questioning the added value of open shelves with books. […]

Netherlands: “Municipal Budget Cuts Close Nearly 300 Dutch Libraries: Report”

From NL Times: Over the past five years nearly 300 libraries in the Netherlands closed their doors because of municipal budget cuts, RTL Nieuws reports based on its own research. The library closures saved municipalities around 38 million euros, according to the newspaper. Rotterdam, Arnhem, Utrecht, Sittard-Geleen and Eindhoven are the five municipalities that cut […]

News Roundup

1. An Interview with Retiring ALA Executive Director Keith Fiels (via American Libraries) Note: Fiels will retire on Monday (July 31, 2017). 2. Council of State Archivists (COSA) Begins Search for New Executive Director 3. Ingenta To Enhance Access to Publisher Content Through New Agreement With Chan Zuckerberg Initiative’s Meta Discovery Engine 4. Canada to Modernize […]

All Australian and New Zealand Universities Gain Access to Taylor & Francis Group Journals, Multi-Year Deal Signed

From a Joint Announcement: Taylor & Francis and the Council of Australian University Librarians (CAUL) are pleased to announce a new agreement enabling access for all 47 Australian and New Zealand universities to Taylor & Francis’s portfolio of more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals from 2017-2019. The agreement introduces an innovative pricing model based on tiers defined […]

HathiTrust Federal Documents Program Digital Collection: Statistical Abstract of the United States (1872-2012, Full-Text)


The following digital collection was recently made available by the HathiTrust Federal Documents Program. A collection of Statistical Abstract volumes produced by the U.S. government from 1878-2012. Note: The Statistical Abstract was not published in 1884 or 1927. Missing volumes: 1878, 1879, 1880, 1890. All volumes accessible to all users. Those with partner access can download […]

Video: Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting (Recorded July 27, 2017)

The Chief FOIA Officers Council Meeting took place earlier today in Washington, DC. A recording of the meeting is embedded below. The Chief FOIA Officers Council is composed of the Deputy Director for Management of the Office of Management and Budget, the Director of OGIS, the Director of the Office of Information Policy (OIP) at […]

New Data/Report: “Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools: Findings From the School Survey on Crime and Safety: 2015-16″


Crime, Violence, Discipline, and Safety in U.S. Public Schools: Findings From the School Survey on Crime and Safety: 2015-16 (First Look) was released today by the National Center for Education Statistics. From a Report Summary: During the 2015–16 school year, the rate of violent incidents was higher in middle schools (27 incidents per 1,000 students) […]