March 23, 2018 and GITenberg Join Together to Form Free Ebook Foundation

From the Free Ebook Foundation Launch Announcement: Two projects that have been building towards a sustainable ecosystem for free ebooks have joined together in a new non-profit corporation. The Free Ebook Foundation envisions a world where ebooks will be funded, distributed and maintained for the benefit of all, by coordinating the efforts and resources of […]

Knight Foundation Announces Plan For a Second Knight News Challenge Focused on Library Innovation

From the Knight Foundation Blog: Today we are happy to share that we will run a second challenge focused on library innovation in 2016, and we would like your thoughts to help shape the challenge around the future needs and opportunities for libraries. Please share your thoughts with us on Twitter using the hashtag #newschallenge […]

Mellon Foundation Awards Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) 24-Month, $1.5 Million Operating Grant

From CLIR: The Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) has received a 24-month, $1.5 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support general operations starting July 2015. “We are, as always, very grateful for the Mellon Foundation’s generous support of CLIR,” said CLIR Board Chairman David Gift. “The alignment of Mellon’s mission with […]

ALA Releases National Policy Agenda for Libraries

ALA’s Policy Agenda for Libraries was released today as the 2015 ALA Annual Conference gets underway in San Francisco. The full text document is available here. A four page executive summary is also available. A foreword to the agenda written by Deborah Jacobs from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation was also published. Policy goals […]

News Roundup

1. SirsiDynix and Zepheira Announce New Details of Strategic Partnership 2. Digital Public Library of America makes push to serve all 50 states by 2017 with $3.4 million from the Sloan and Knight foundations 3. Baker & Taylor and collectionHQ Extend ESP – Evidence-based Selection Planning – to More Public Libraries 4. Coming in September: […]

Reference: U.S. State Dept. Releases 2014 Country Reports on Human Rights Practices

From U.S. State Department: Mandated by Congress, the Human Rights Reports help inform U.S. government policy and foreign assistance. They are also a reference for other governments, international institutions, non-governmental organizations, legal professionals, scholars, interested citizens, and journalists. Direct to All Resources (Incl. Global Overview, Country-by-Country Reports) Direct to Key Human Rights Events 2014/Summary Direct […]

ARL Signs Onto TOP Guidelines to Improve Research and Publishing Practices

From an Announcement Posted on the ARL Web Site by Judy Ruttenberg (Association of Research Libraries) and Sara Bowman (Center for Open Science): Today in Science, the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP) Committee has published the TOP Guidelines, a set of author guidelines that journals can adopt to enhance the transparency of the research they […]

ALA Sends Letter to President Obama Urging Him to Select a Librarian as Next Librarian of Congress

We were very happy to read the letter (we’ve posted it below) from ALA President Courtney Young to President Obama urging him to select a professional librarian as the next Librarian of Congress. There are many highly qualified librarian candidates that have all of the required skills required to lead LC. As we recently pointed […]

Collaboration: Library and Archives Canada & University of Ottawa Sign Memorandum of Understanding

From Today’s Announcement: Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and the University of Ottawa will collaborate in several key areas over the next five years to share expertise, knowledge and technology as well as support research and outreach initiatives. This unique agreement—the first of its kind signed with a Canadian university—was announced today by Librarian and […]

Credo, Gale, IEEE, and SAGE Announce Support For NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative (ODI)

From a Joint Announcement: In the cooperative spirit of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), four leading academic content providers — Credo; Gale, a part of Cengage Learning; IEEE; and SAGE – today, publically disclose their support of the Open Discovery Initiative (ODI). In NISO’s Open Discovery Initiative: Promoting Transparency in Discovery (RP-19-2014), content providers […]