May 21, 2018

News Roundup (December 27, 2017)

1. MIT Libraries Year in Review 2017 2. New Jersey: Nutley Public Library About to Begin Lending Turntables, Vinyl Record Collection is Also Expanding (via  TAPinto) 3. Oregon: Commissioners Vote To Provide Building For Library Services to City Of Roseburg (via KCBY) 4. FCC Approves First ‘Power-at-a-Distance’ Wireless Charging Device (via The Hill) 5. National Library of Vietnam Celebrates […]

UK Government “Admits ‘Losing’ Thousands of Papers from National Archives”

From The Guardian: Thousands of government papers detailing some of the most controversial episodes in 20th-century British history have vanished after civil servants removed them from the country’s National Archives and then reported them as lost. Documents concerning the Falklands war, Northern Ireland’s Troubles and the infamous Zinoviev letter – in which MI6 officers plotted to bring […]

Massachusetts: Special Collections: Museum, Advocates Spar Over Future of Phillips Library

From The Salem News: Ask museum leaders [Peabody Essex Museum] what they want, however, and they say exactly the same thing the advocates are saying: to “save the Phillips Library.” The two sides have very different ideas, however, over how to save the library and its 400,000 historical documents, manuscripts, books and ledgers. Museum officials […]

Ohio: Public Libraries: “New Library Levy Would Double What Hamilton County (Cincinnati) Taxpayers Pay for Library”

From Cincinnati’s library board intends to ask Hamilton County taxpayers in May to double what they contribute each year. The board of the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County passed resolutions for the levy on Wednesday during a special session. After facing months of protests, they also promised not to sell the North […]

New Data: Enrollment and Staffing in U.S. Public Schools and School Districts (2015-16 School Year)


From the National Center for Education Statistics: In the 2015-16 school year, the number of students for every full-time equivalent teacher in public schools was 16.0, down from 16.1 the previous school year. . The National Center for Education Statistics released a new First Look report today December 26, entitled Selected Statistics from the Public Elementary […]

Library of Congress Makes Announcement Re: Twitter Archive Acquired in 2010 and Changes to Collection Policy

Here’s the full text of today’s LC announcement along with a link to a new white paper. At this point there are no new details about access to the archive. From LC: In 2010, the Library of Congress announced an exciting and groundbreaking acquisition—a gift from Twitter of the entire archive of public tweet text […]

University of Illinois Librarian to Help Puerto Rican Libraries with Disaster Recovery

From the University of Illinois News Service: Miriam Centeno, the collections care coordinator for the University of Illinois Library, will spend two weeks in January in Puerto Rico helping librarians assess and repair damage to their collections from Hurricane Maria. Centeno will work as a consultant at the University of Puerto Rico – Mayaguez Campus. She’ll […]

News Roundup (December 26, 2017)

1. California State Library Providing Nearly $200,000 in One-Time Funding  Aid to Libraries in Communities Hit Hard by 2017 Wildfires 2. Fast Facts: Turn-of-Year Holidays Observed Around the World for 2017-2018 (via Bloomberg BNA) 3. Amazon Holiday Season 2017 Review (Bestsellers, Top Streamed Programs, etc.) 4. I Want It Now: “Same-Day Delivery Triples in Past Year” (via […]

In Japan, “Bookstores Using Innovation to Survive”

From The Japan News/The Yomiuri Shimbun: Some small bookstores are working to distinguish themselves in the retail book industry, which is struggling due to a decline in publishing and the rising presence of electronic books. [Clip] The number of bookstores nationwide fell from 17,911 in fiscal 2006 to 14,098 in fiscal 2016, according to the […]

Reference: Fast Facts and Stats About the USA: “Holiday Season 2017″

From the U.S. Census: This festive season, or simply the holidays, is a time for gathering and celebrating with family and friends, gift-giving, reflection and thanks. To commemorate this time of year, the U.S. Census Bureau presents the following holiday-related facts and figures from its collection of statistics. Here are a few examples of what’s […]