March 20, 2018

Singapore: National Library Board Says Ebook Lending Has Nearly Quadrupled in Past Five Years

From The Straits Times: More readers are borrowing electronic books, or e-books, from libraries, with mobile devices making it easy to read while on the go. As a result, the number of e-books borrowed has almost quadrupled in the past five years. Eleven million were borrowed last year, compared with three million in 2009, according […]

California: Protest at Berkeley Public Library Over Weeding

From Berkeleyside: A crowd of around 30 people gathered at the front of the Central Branch of the Berkeley Public Library today to protest new procedures for weeding books from the library’s collection. The protesters believe the process, ordered by Library Director Jeff Scott, is being carried out irresponsibly. [Clip] In an effort to save books […]

Linked Data: A Project from the Netherlands Wins LODLAM Challenge Open Data Prize

From the Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI): Researchers from Centrum Wiskunde & Informatica (CWI), VU University (VU), Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), Delft University of Technology (TU Delft) and the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vison have been awarded the Lodlam Open Data Prize for the Polimedia research project. The prize is an award for Linked […]

Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and World Bank Group Publications Join NFAIS

News from the National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS): The National Federation of Advanced Information Services (NFAIS) announces Carnegie Mellon University Libraries and World Bank Group Publications have joined NFAIS as new members. “We’re delighted to welcome Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) Libraries and World Bank Group Publications as members of NFAIS,” said Marcie Granahan, […]

Digital Divide: “Obama Program to Connect Public Housing Residents to Web”

UPDATED July 16 Full Text of President Obama’s Speech at Launch of ConnectHome Initiative We’ve embedded a video of the speech at the bottom of this post. From The New York Times: The Obama administration announced on Wednesday a program to connect thousands of public housing residents across the nation to the Internet at low […]

Collaboration and Sharing: National Library of Australia (NLA) & Australian National University (ANU) Sign Memorandum of Understanding

From ANU: The longstanding relationship between The Australian National University and the National Library of Australia was reaffirmed following the signing of a new Memorandum of Understanding. For both institutions building research resources for scholars to use around the world, and taking advantage of the online environment to provide access to a rich array of […]

Funding: Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) Library Bond Refinancing Wins Solid Approval

From KUAR Radio: The library tax for the Central Arkansas Library System (CALS) will both decrease and go on longer after voters approved a bond refinancing plan by an 86-14 percent margin. The week-long voting period ended yesterday. Only about 4,400 went to the polls. [Clip] Between $5.5 million and $7.5 million will be used […]

Roundup: Book on LGBT Issues To Remain In Kid’s Section of Hood County, Texas Library

Note: For background on this story see this infoDOCKET post from July 3, 2015: “Fifty Challenges Filed Against LGBTQ Children’s Books in Rural Texas County” From CBS DFW: Hood County commissioners spent nearly three hours Tuesday listening to members of the public on both sides of arguments over some controversial books. [Clip] The books at […]

OverDrive Launches the First Two Public Library Digital Collections in Japan

From OverDrive: These launches [with two public libraries in Japan] come as a result of OverDrive’s partnership with Media Do whose experience in the Japanese market enables us to be in touch with new library users who may have been previously unaware of OverDrive. This venture has resulted in the launch of OverDrive Japan which enables us […]

Help Outernet and Creative Commons Build a #LibraryFromSpace

From a Creative Commons Announcement: If you could send a folder with 50 MB of content to every human on Earth, what would you include? This weekend Creative Commons volunteers and Outernet [“Humanity’s Public Library’] are hosting a CC Content Edit-a-thon to populate the first Outernet library to be broadcast from space. The edit-a-thon will […]